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  1. Does that tube rotate or is it fixed in place?
  2. Sorry for the late answer on this. She can FaceTime at the very very end of appointments, but not during the actual ultrasound due to Cleveland Clinic rules.
  3. I have thought about investing in jamming equipment. I will, at a minimum, be able to kill their access to the wifi from my own device.
  4. This is slope-dependent, but I have had success rolling crates and pallets with >500lbs of whatever in/on them on black iron pipes. I took them off my pipe clamps in one situation and rolled a tool in its shipping box from its drop point outside my old building, into the building, down a hallway with a concrete floor, into the elevator, and then down the hallway to my old shop space on the seventh floor. I had to use wedges (like door stops) to keep the thing from rolling as I rearranged the pipes but 45 minutes later I had the box in place.
  5. Haha, it's close enough to the house that I will undoubtedly chase them into the shop at some point.
  6. Ha. It's just escalated in a new direction. I'm almost finished wiring the garage. It looks like I will have the shop in functional shape before the twins arrive...good thing, as I don't want to wait 18 years to have a shop available to me.
  7. One positive about this is my dog is certainly getting a lot more attention. However, that also means with the oncoming tick season we'll need to be twice as vigilant because she's playing outside twice as much! I picked two off her already today.
  8. Latest for us is that I can no longer attend my wife's ultrasound appointments. This really bums me out considering they're our first children (and we don't plan to have more than the twins!).
  9. I'm in NE Ohio. We're under a "shelter in place" order. I work from home 80% of the time under normal circumstances. This situation has now curtailed my business trips to Seattle where my company is based. My company's employees are all working from home for the time being, which I find a little amusing as it's my day-to-day reality but to my colleagues it's a brand new world. Granted, it sounds incredibly difficult to juggle childcare while working from home. My wife is pregnant with twin boys due mid-June. She's obviously not feeling perfectly comfortable at the moment, but she's doing an admirable job preparing for the boys' arrival nonetheless. What concerns me is the prospect that we may need to change her birth plan in the event that hospitals get inundated. A more likely scenario but one that is still undesirable is that we may not be able to rely on help from our friends or my mother in law immediately after the boys are born. My wife will be recovering from a c-section, and without her mom's help etc. I will be taking care of two tiny infants and a recovering wife for weeks on my own. Luckily my company will give me a generous amount of paid parental leave so I won't need to stress as much about the financial end of things (aside from my wife leaving the workforce for a while at the end of her current contract prior to the boys' birth). My wife and I joke that we'll need to take notes of what life during this plague was like so we can tell the boys scary stories in the future.
  10. I never did look into it because I abandoned my plan for adding onto the detached garage or building a new building due for multiple reasons (chief among them cost!). I have, instead, insulated and covered the walls and ceiling with plywood. Now my current task is to run all my EMT conduit and wire the place. The shop needs to be up and running soon (before my wife gives birth)!
  11. First, I think your shop is fantastic. There's a lot of stuff in there, but it certainly looks well laid out for actually getting work accomplished. Next, I've seen a number of folks build flip up/down CNC tables. Here are some examples: (this could do double duty as a cart for a lunchbox planer or something similarly sized if the whole thing were scaled down somewhat...he has a not-small CNC) Fancy + basic examples in one thread: Basic, smaller footprint:
  12. The sheet on Kem Aqua® Plus White says can be a topcoat in and of itself, or a final coat of Sher-Wood® Kem Aqua® Plus Clear (T75C555 series) could be applied. There's a gentleman named Eric Reason that tests out different spray finishes and he might have some idea about cross-brand compatibility if you need something extremely durable over the top of Kem Aqua for some reason. My understanding about that finish is it is extremely durable on its own though.
  13. I personally would not mix my assembly surface with food prep (but that's because I sometimes use poisonous stuff on my assembly surfaces). A restaurant supply store would probably be a good place to find a big plastic cutting surface you could throw up on top of your assembly table though. I agree with @legenddc that silicone mats might be a good option for the assembly table.
  14. One thing I've considered for making something like those Microjig dovetail track nuts is to pick up some inexpensive plastic cutting boards, routing the profile as @wtnhighlander suggested, and countersinking a 1/4-20 bolt into them.*-inches&filter=thickness:0.5-inches:0.5-inches:0.75-inches&multi=true Link above shows a 24" x 18" x 1/2" White Polyethylene Cutting Board for $12.50. I bet even cheaper ones could be found at a dollar store or maybe even a thrift store.
  15. I agree, and if one were still concerned it's possible to glue two buckets together to stiffen up the whole structure. I've done this with a dust deputy attached to my shop vac and it works fine.
  16. Great idea. I'd hesitated to use that configuration (I used it in one of my multiple permutations to gauge the future-proofness of my wiring layout) when I thought I still had to accommodate my wife's car, and then didn't correct myself. Any other thoughts?
  17. Hello again from Ohio - I have made substantial (to me) progress on my shop build. My pace has hastened as my wife is now pregnant with twins and it is my understanding that the likelihood of my having and enjoying shop is zilch if said shop is not completed before the babies are born. Thus I have been burning the candle at both ends between work, baby prep, remodeling a rental, and of course...the shop. Last time I posted I'd had my detached garage air sealed with closed-cell foam and had my electrical panel installed. Some additional demo and electrical updates were then required. I killed power to the original circuits and cut out all the old wiring (ancient Romex stapled to the rafters) and properly terminated the old circuits. I also had to rewire a three-way switch to a flood light attached to the building that's also controllable from the house. Next came the unpleasant task of filling the stud and rafter bays with cheap fiberglass insulation. This was made far less enjoyable by the fact that I couldn't empty the building to give myself room to work. I had to contort myself around bins and tools and my cache of lumber to cut and install every batt. The job took ten times as long as it might have otherwise given all the obstructions, and it's definitely uglier than it ought to be, but it's finished. Now I'm working on the walls and ceilings, which is far more fun. The garage is detached so I am less worried about fire barriers etc. than I would be if it were attached. I've chosen 15/32 4-ply rated sheathing for the walls, and I am undecided as to whether I will also use that on the ceiling or use 7/16 OSB instead. Cost is a major factor in my decision so it'll probably be OSB, but the rafters are on 24" centers. I may have to go the ply route if OSB sags when run perpendicular to the them. The sagging batts are suboptimal but I have them strapped in places, and the ceiling sheeting will compress them in place. This building will not be winning any energy consciousness awards. I've also worked out my wiring plan. I'll run EMT and metal boxes, leaving room in both for future circuits. Paranoid, I dreamt up multiple likely tool layouts (including some with provisions for parking my wife's vehicle per an earlier ill-conceived promise) to ensure my receptacle layout would be flexible enough. This was probably overthinking on my part because the space is 18'x25' and I'm placing plenty of outlets. However, as I worked through my permutations joy of joys struck me when I realized the mom-mobile we recently purchased won't fit in the space with room to open the door! This was doubly good news because I think it unlikely I will be able to build the tool shed in the backyard I'd previously planned due to family expansion budgetary concerns, and the lawn mower etc. still need an accessible place to live. Another bonus to losing the car-parking requirement is that I could conceivably remove the old roll-up door, build insulated carriage doors, and achieve significantly better climate control. Speaking of layout, I think I have settled on a reasonable initial arrangement for my existing tools and benches. Originally I'd planned to just use my 1.5hp Laguna dust collector with a run of flex hose, but now I think I'm going to build a relatively-inexpensive single run of 6" SDR35 pvc with a few blast gates instead. It's great to finally feel close to having a shop again after two years wanting, dreaming, and waiting for it. More to come!
  18. If your Dewalt planer is the dw735 I think you'll be fine. I have that planer and my little 1.5hp dust collector, attached to the planer with 4" spiral hose and (I believe) the port you described catches everything. The blower + suction violently ejects what's produced!
  19. Looks great! Nice job on the reveals.
  20. I do not own the table saw nor the dust collector you mention, but in terms of specs they look nice additions to your current compliment of tools. I have a Grizzly jointer and it's a fine tool for my purposes. I would say at those price points you're going to find lots of options from many different manufacturers, and perhaps with rare exceptions minimal significant differences between those options. Laguna, for example, has a very similar saw at approximately the same price. There are boatloads of dust collectors in that price range. Real duds are typically outed by overwhelmingly negative reviews (the less expensive planer-joiner combo machines come to mind here). I don't think this happens to be the case for either of the items you're considering for your shop. If you have had success with your Grizzly tools to date, and have also had enjoyed buying from them (assuming you got your drill press and bandsaw new), there's little reason to believe you'd have a bad time with either that table saw or dust collector. If you don't mind scouring the internet a little you might be able to find a better deal on "more" saw (via an older used Powermatic perhaps), but there is certainly something to be said for buying new and not inheriting a prior owner's issues. If you can afford these items without endangering your financial/familial wellbeing, you don't have serious complaints about your Grizzly tools or Grizzly in general, and you'd rather be woodworking than pulling your hair out comparing tools and reading reviews...I say pull the trigger. Very worst-case scenario you can get to work with the tools and, with more experience, decide you want bigger motors or different capabilities (or whatever) and sell them to partially fund something new. Perhaps start with the dust collector and focus on getting it set up for your space and current workflows. I think you'll be happy.
  21. I was going to say, I think I finally know what can be done with bags of sawdust...just add leafblower!
  22. If Amazon Prime is a must-have from a shopping perspective, this Shop Fox (Grizzly!) is available: It's just got a bag (not the nice canister the aforementioned Grizzly has) but it's...available via prime.
  23. Two words: potato gun.
  24. I have the Jet JDP17 with the fiddly depth stop. It was in storage for over a year before we moved, and once I got it back into a usable space I had to read the instructions and watch a video to remember how to set it properly. It's a less-intuitive mechanism than the standard depth stop I see on most drill presses.
  25. Concrete block is also potentially suboptimal without a ton of steel in Southern California from a seismic perspective. Also, concrete block may not burn (easily), but it can definitely spall...with potentially explosive results...if heated by fire. That all said it could be an economical way to go. So far as steel siding is concerned, it doesn't all look like rural pole barn standing seam stuff (if one's trying to avoid that look), for example: I still like the idea of steel siding and a steel roof for an outbuilding in SoCal given the fire-resistance relative to wood products. I'd still use wooden framing materials though.