JohnG

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    Furniture, pen/bowl turning, shop fixtures, jigs

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  1. Ah makes sense now. Reminds me of a story from a friend of mine. He bought one of those Roomba or similar robot vacuums to try out. He had it running while at work and during the day he changed his mind and thought he would return it. When he got home, he found that his dog had left a large gift on the floor for him and that the vacuum had run over it and spread it around the house. Spent hours cleaning out the vacuum and the tracks it left.
  2. Also need more explanation on using a shop vac for “doggy doo doo duty”
  3. Wait, what? I’d be interested to see your setup for the vac for the grinder.
  4. That’s unfortunate but kinda funny. It would be good to call them and let them know so they can update their documentation or training. It will also give them the chance to either redeem themselves or dig the hole deeper.
  5. Time and materials is an easy way to come up with pricing, but it has some downsides. It does not at all take into account your local market and what people may be willing to pay for the item. Or what similar items are selling for in your area. It works against you as you become more experienced and efficient and for batching projects. Ideally you want to be able to make more on each piece as you get better and better, but you also become faster and more efficient, reducing your build time and therefore your price. Just a couple more things to keep in mind.
  6. Sure have! As a kid we used to pass it on the way to my grandmothers and always looked forward to seeing it. It was fun to see and it also meant that we were almost out of the car!
  7. I have family up on Signal and Lookout mtns. Love those roads!
  8. Before throwing money at it I’d check the infeed and outfeed tables for flatness, check the fence for flatness, and check if the fence to see if it’s relatively consistently square to the bed along the length.
  9. https://www.capacitorindustries.com/products/rpn3f406/ This isn't the exact same, but pretty close. Not sure what connectors yours has. You may be able to send your pic or read off the data to the company linked above and they could tell you if it would work. It’s a bit cheaper, but for a few more bucks I’d be tempted to go through Felder to be sure it’s the right one. If you go much cheaper you run the risk of them going bad with not much runtime, in which case you’re spending more time and money than going with the ones from Felder.
  10. Just like you don’t drive recklessly simply because your car has airbags, you don’t make unsafe cuts just because the SS has flesh detection. SS PCS is first on my list for tool upgrades once we move. I have two kids and hope to introduce them to woodworking in the future, and for that reason the safety features are especially important to me. Plus everyone I have talked to that has owned one loves it even without considering the safety features.
  11. You could also rewire the paddle switch. Those can be handy for things like homemade router tables or other tool stands/enclosures. Jobsite saws get a lot of flak but if you have reasonable expectations for them, they can definitely serve you well.
  12. What was it wiped down with? And how long before applying the danish oil to the top side?
  13. 3 votes for keeping the center piece.
  14. I'm not going to redo it or scrap it, and it may change once I have the drawers in place. It is more a question of general design.
  15. JohnG

    Spalted hackberry

    True. Spalting is any coloration caused by a fungus. It can happen in living trees or once they have died/fallen. Sometimes heavily spalted wood is spongy and needs stabilization, but that is not always the case. You can produce spalted wood by keeping it wet and letting it sit. If you let it sit longer you get more spalting but you also get softer, more decayed wood. If you dry and mill the wood earlier in the process you get spalted wood that is still structurally sound.