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  1. I’ve never heard of rosemary cedar, any pictures? Where are you located?
  2. Looks fantastic as usual! Just yesterday I was thinking we were about due for a @Bmac chair build post!
  3. It’s a beast. I thought my 271 cut through logs like butter but the 084 puts it to shame. I’ll look into a ripping chain or at least a skip-tooth chain for future milling but it made fairly quick work of this sycamore log. I didn’t time the cuts but overall the cutting time was much less than me moving the slabs and taking breaks. Once or twice it acted up for a brief moment, but the fuel in it was a bit on the stale side. I might check the carb just to make sure there isn’t some gunk in there. Otherwise it’s been running great. I did manage to hit the chain brake on the log a couple times but now I know to watch out for that
  4. Maybe start putting sawdust back down around the perimeter to slow the inflow? Hope you fare the storm well.
  5. JohnG


    Understandable. Hope all is well otherwise.
  6. There was a thread on here pretty recently where a few people complained of no responses and/or slow order fulfillment. The site says a relative or someone is continuing his shop, but you may want to proceed with caution. I believe Marc also has a blotch control recipe that you can make yourself.
  7. Doesn’t have to be in your backyard, but I thought we could use a general thread on personal milling experiences and to show off your milling setups and log piles. A while back I got a couple sycamore logs from my neighbor. They’ve been sitting next to my log pile for a while, waiting for a nice day to mill them(the pile is mostly for firewood but I’m hoping to have a separate pile for milling soon). I’m running a Stihl 084 that @Bmac helped me score. I’ve got a 36” bar and matching Granberg alaskan mill. I know people will complain that I didn’t quarter saw all of this, but too bad.
  8. Also, a word on helmets- Don’t be fooled by bike shop helmet salespeople saying “your brain is worth more than $10, don’t buy a $10 helmet.” All helmets sold in the US pass the exact same safety regulations. Period. More expensive helmets might look cooler and might be more comfortable, but there is no direct correlation between price and safety. Helmets have an expiration date, don’t ignore them. Helmets should also be replaced after any real crash where it strikes the ground.
  9. If you have a local bike shop I’d recommend starting there for parts and tools. Good tools to have on hand: Tire levers. There are some decent plastic ones out there but most are garbage. Good metal ones will not damage the rims if you use them properly. Chain breaker. When kids drop the chain and then do all sorts of pedaling forward and backward they can get it lodged in such a way that you have to break the chain. Slim 15mm combination wrench or dedicated pedal wrench. Remember that left pedals have reverse thread. They will have a ridged shoulder above the threads so you know which is the left pedal. Wrench for whatever style cranks (arm that pedals attach to) the bikes have. 4-6mm hex keys will cover most of the hardware on bikes, 5mm being the most common. A good pump or air compressor. Patch kits or spare tubes. If you get further into the bike maintenance, a 4th hand cable tool can be handy. Chain lube and some grease are good to have.
  10. JohnG


    Where’s @Mick S? I miss his contributions. Seems like it’s been a while since he posted, or is it just me?
  11. I have heard the Triton is too large. My Bosch 1617EVSPK fits with tons of room, if that helps for comparison. In lowest position- and with the collet flush with the table. The triton must be massive.
  12. How would the domiplate fix an accuracy issue with the domino? Are you saying that the stock plate was not 90* to the plunge direction? Or that it is not parallel to the side-to-side movement of the bit? The only time I have had alignment issues with my domino is when I wasn’t thinking and didn’t use the same reference side on both pieces. It’s been far more accurate than my dewalt biscuit jointer.
  13. Looks like you have bears in the area! I didn’t manage to split enough wood for our (milder) winter in time, so I’ll have to have some delivered. I only went through about a cord and some change last winter. Hoping to have enough for next winter without buying any.
  14. Thanks! Not yet. Though a decent electric minivan is probably the only vehicle that my wife would consider replacing her mini-minivan with.
  15. I wouldn’t advise anyone to bet against you
  16. Baby was born today so when we get home I’ll lightly sand the finish and then put it into use! I’ll post a picture of the bassinet on the stand.
  17. Sorry, I should have explained that part better. The bassinet has two plastic clips on each of the short sides. My first piece like this used dowels that fit nicely in those clips. The cove gives a recess that allows these clips to securely attach to the piece. And the roundover makes it easier to push the clips over the edge. Once the finish dries I’ll take a picture of it attached.
  18. Indeed it is! I had done a couple test cuts but this is the first project using the saw. It’s a huge improvement over my previous saw, and is a pleasure to use.
  19. Quick coat of PolyX. This has replaced GF ARS as my go-to finish. I did a fit test before finishing to make sure I actually measured correctly. It fits near perfectly! Hmm that angle makes it look like the legs aren’t tapered much, but you can see the taper better in a previously posted picture. They are about 2” at the top and 3.5” at the bottom. 1.5” taper over 28”. It might have looked better with slightly more taper but this will do for an on-the-fly speed build.
  20. With my wife’s due date being a few days ago, I figured today would be a good time to make a stand for the baby’s bassinet. I had actually made one of these in my early woodworking days, it was my second project (and for my first child). It was cheap pine (stained) and constructed with pocket screws. It served the purpose but I quickly realized I could make it better. It was also used for our second child, then as a temporary stand for my jobsite table saw. It started to develop a wobble so it crossed the rainbow bridge into the county dump before our latest move. Back to the present, we need a new stand and needed it yesterday. This revision is more focused on speed, but will still be nicer than my first. I had made templates for the TWW kids kitchen stool, so I used that for the legs on this project as well. Cherry… because cherry. Rough cut the shape and then template routed on the new router table setup. Fantastic! Dust collection works well, this was after all legs were done. Domino joinery- quick and easy! Dry fit- Long sides glued up- Short sides glued- The first one I made I used dowels for the bassinet to clip onto (It’s made to clip onto the round sides of a pack-and-play). I didn’t have any dowels the proper side so I used 2”x 3/4” aprons (?) and put a roundover on the top edge and used a cove bit to make a recess, making the top almost like a dowel. I just eyeballed the setup so it’s far from perfect but should be good enough. 2 hours invested so far. Definitely my fastest project.
  21. I made a wooden anniversary card for my wife a few years go. It was just 1/8” plywood cut in the shape of a “5” and I wrote a message on the back of it with a sharpie. I wrote directly on the wood and applied wipe-on poly directly over it. I had done tests with several types of finish and the wipe-on poly didn’t bleed the sharpie at all and it still looks just like it did originally. I had assumed that spray finishes would give a better result than wipe-on but they all made it bleed. Whatever route you choose, you should do a few tests of your own, since you can’t really undo it on the real piece. Edit: but all that being said, I really like how the writing on the piece from “a member on this forum” really pops.
  22. JohnG


    Sounds like I should reconsider. Thanks!
  23. JohnG


    Yes the air line would be a separate line inside the conduit. The conduit itself would not need to hold any pressure, and the ends are not sealed.
  24. JohnG


    Is there any danger or other downsides to running a compressed air line in the same conduit as a 240v circuit? I want to have a more permanent location for my “big” air compressor and run a couple drops from it in my shop and in my carport (for filling car/mower tires etc). There’s a conduit that would be a convenient spot to run the hose between the two locations. The other sections would be rigid instead of flex hose.