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  1. Baleigh may also have contracts for manufacturing capacity that ultimately could give JPW better flexibility and turnaround times from a production standpoint. This is purely a guess on my part as I am only speculating as to the relationships between the brands and the factories that make their stuff.
  2. Ack, touche! I was thinking more along the the petrochemical lines but you are 100% correct of course.
  3. @derekcohen hopefully my chisels I currently have lying dormant, wrapped in newspaper in some hastily-constructed, glued-and-nailed plywood drawers never see your posts because then they will know the true extent of their neglect. Your builds are a great inspiration for what I'd like to do when I can make more time in the shop.
  4. I think a key takeaway from @Coop's advice here is to not overdo it (whether it's sanding or applying finish) on the wood portions of the piece if you want to retain its current patina but clean it up/preserve it for ongoing use. If you want an entirely different look (faux distressed milk paint or whatever) that's a whole different preparation schedule to pursue, and while not particularly difficult, a lot more work. I think you'd be quite happy following Coop's advice. Since you're unfamiliar with shellac, know that it is a natural finish created from a beetle secretion that is used in
  5. Congratulations on the inbound bundle of joy. I'm going to echo all the sentiments folks have already shared. Frankly, most if not all woodworking tools have those California warnings plastered all over their manuals. Does that mean that a circular saw is really spraying carcinogens everywhere? No. Like @legenddc says, the warnings are in place of paying for prohibitively expensive and essentially unhelpful (for the majority of consumers and cases) testing. I have 11 month old twins. I care about what environmental factors I subject them to. That said, my wife and I aren't so parano
  6. No, not in any practical sense. However, a bigger blower (motor) will require 240v and therefore obviate the possibility of using 120v at a certain CFM. This speaks to why the horsepower ratings for machines that are 120v or 120v/240v peak at ~1.75hp.
  7. I agree with @Chestnut that a bandsaw would be high on my list (I also have a Laguna 14|12 and like it). One could buy a Laguna 14|12 bandsaw and a Jet or other not-as-nice-as-a-powermatic-but-still-totally-serviceable jointer for approximately the price of the powermatic parallelogram jointer (exa: You don't mention an actual budget but were 3-ish grand in the ballpark I would buy those tools, then build a bench.
  8. A shelf doesn't necessarily need to be accessible if it's relatively visible. Decor items could go on it.
  9. That seems like a pretty reasonable price for the accuracy. I think I am going to pick one up!
  10. One tip for the running shoe wearers (or any other shoes primarily cushioned with EVA foam) is that rotating pairs of shoes will give better wear life and performance over the course of that wear life than wearing the same pair every day. EVA foam takes many hours to fully decompress after being worn for any meaningful length of time. So, if a person wears one pair of running shoes every day they're wearing increasingly compressed material, which yield decreasing amounts of cushion and breaks the material down faster than if the shoes "rested" overnight. The rule of thumb is one can enjoy the
  11. @wtnhighlander you might consider using something like "Lock Laces" (US $10/pair). They're elastic laces with a little spring lock like those used on drawstrings. They effectively turn lace up boots into slip on boots. Undo the little spring lock and you'll be able to kick off your boots without losing your socks in the process! @curlyoak you make excellent points. I worked at a running shoe store in college (different job from the running shoe manufacturer) and one thing that that particular vein of shoe retail tends to hide from customers is that, by and large, the more expensive shoe
  12. I used to work for a running shoe manufacturer. I have also struggled with lots of running-related injuries in my late teens and twenties, followed by some pretty severe back issues. These circumstances have all led to my over-examination of footwear and its impacts on comfort and health. There are many factors that ought to drive a thoughtful selection of footwear, but I'll offer my thoughts on what I think are the three key ones to me: biomechanics, cushioning, and structure. What I have barfed up below is pretty long, and if you'd rather not wade through it, here are my main thoughts:
  13. I read you loud and clear. I do agree wood glue would probably be fine. I bolded your items that I am applying to my situation (I hadn't thought of the last one, but that is a great idea!). I am thinking that the imperfect interface between the "leg box" pieces and interior core will require actual structural filling. Plus, the long open time will give me more time to fiddle with the fit/fix clamp induced slippage vs racing against the clock. I will still practice my glue up routine multiple times before showtime of course.
  14. Oh I hear you. To be honest, I wanted to test myself and my tool setups a bit since I have been away from furniture projects for a couple years. I have some of Bob Lang's Craftsman furniture books and enjoy all the joinery drawings in them. When I saw the Stickley joinery with the little corners it looked like something to try to gauge where I am at the moment. Hindsight being what it is, I should have just used my domino or splines!
  15. Wow, thank you everyone. This thread shows a wealth of information and experience. My first leg's worth of pieces were only fair to middling off the tablesaw, and are now approaching okay after an hour's work fiddling by hand. We'll be putting that leg against the wall. I cut the profiles for this particular leg the other day and my setup wasn't great, I think. It looks like my riving knife needs to be tweaked. That said, I just finished cutting the rest of the profiles into my leg pieces and they are pretty good. The legs go together squarely and the miters aren't very gappy along a