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  1. JohnG


    I’ve been keeping an eye on the construction lumber around me since we have several projects on the “sometime soon-ish” list and it’s been hit or miss. Sometimes it’s been like that, but today when I was in Lowe’s it was all pretty decent looking.
  2. This has the parts diagram and parts listing. You might have to dig around to find a current equivalent part number or something else with the same specs, but this should get you started.
  3. Could’ve been worse! edit: not me, grabbed from google images.
  4. Actually it is not! We have a 4 slice toaster, and occasionally the right set will not stop on it’s own. So it will need to be replaced. Usually you don’t harvest honey in the first year, but if they start strong and fast you might be able to take a little bit. They need to produce extra honey to build up stores for the winter. I went with this brand simply because I have a relative affiliated with the company so I was able to get my setup for significantly less than any other option. I have been pleased with the quality of it though.
  5. We get our first package of bees today so I’m scrambling to be ready. All hive boxes are built and last night I painted them. Most frames are ready, but I have to install the wax foundation in one more set. All of these parts will make two separate hives, so technically I’m ready for our first package. But, our chickens are supposed to hatch on the same day that I’m picking up thw bees so I won’t be getting any less busy. Hope to update my bees thread soon.
  6. Depending on the height and what you put on them, screws from the top may be less visible. Especially in a room that is typically used for sitting.
  7. Woodcraft stores are independently owned. Not sure about Rockler.
  8. Welcome! or one of their dealers, which can be found on their website. Woodcraft and Rockler are popular woodworking supply chains. Both are sawstop dealers and if you have one near you they will be able to get the model you want.
  9. I guess I’m confused. Was this thread just to vent about shipping prices? Doesn’t seem like you are looking for any input other than to agree that shipping heavy and bulky lumber is expensive.
  10. All the cedar/cypress are small- 4-6” max diameter. They’ve been blown over by the wind or knocked over by fallen pines. Wouldn’t be good for much.
  11. Not yet. The current log piles are mostly pine and cedar/cypress. Stuff that will eventually be either burned or chipped. However, I do have my first milling log! Hoping to get it cut next weekend. Sycamore
  12. My tractor has already paid for itself. I had a mass of pine trees that were fallen and hung up together and on other trees. Some broken 5’ off the ground and some 25’ up. I had been really nervous about trying to get them untangled and on the ground without me being at the bottom of the pile. The tractor and some chain made easy work of sliding the trunks out from under the trees and laid them down nicely. Then turned it around and loaded all the bucked logs onto the pallet forks and put them on my log piles. I certainly broke a sweat though.
  13. Some of it will come out quarter sawn.
  14. 5 gallons of anchorseal. Need to go pick up a sycamore tree trunk my neighbor cut down. It’s smaller- maybe 16-18” diameter 6-7’ long, then another 5-6’ that tapers down. Neighbor wants one slab and the rest is for me.
  15. One time I hauled several hundred bf of lumber from 8-12’ lengths in a Silverado 1500 with 6’ bed. Lumber yard guy recommended tailgate up with some straps to keep anything from shifting. Flag on the end. I only had to go about 20min but I think it would have worked fine for 20hrs.
  16. Don’t forget that now you’ll have a lovely 25% duty on the value of the saw in addition to the freight charges. For freight, you’ll have to pay the ocean freight to get it to the port, then pay a trucking company to pick it up from the port and deliver it to you. And potentially a ‘last-mile’ freight company if the trucking company will not deliver to your door. Personally I’d just look at Felder/SCM, or just get the slider table on a Sawstop. Without seeing one or talking to someone with direct experience with one, the risk is far greater than the cost difference for me.
  17. I’m not aware of any handheld power tools being made in the USA. It’s unlikely that a company would be able to do that and stay competitively priced, especially for a more niche product like the Domino (not to mention the patent issues). There just aren’t enough people willing to pay the premium for USA made products for a company to justify investing tens or probably hundreds of millions of dollars into the necessary manufacturing facility. I did see that Festool is making some guide rails in the USA and plans to make some other products here as well, but the actual power tools probably
  18. Just make sure the proceeds go toward a new tool if you sell one!
  19. Luckily we already have a fairly diverse selection of trees on our property, but we do have a few sections that are primarily softwoods that we need to add some hardwoods to. Pine, cedar, cypress, poplar, dogwood, magnolia, sycamore, variety of oaks, maple, gum, cherry, and more that I haven't identified yet. Turns out we had ordered (7) american chestnut trees. Now to decide where to plant them... Also have some cherry, oak, maple, and walnut trees in pots from our last place that we need to find a permanent home for.
  20. Whiteside all the way. Plus, their facility is just down the road from me. I’ve been hoping to find a way to get a factory tour but I’m assuming there’s no chance of that until covid settles down.
  21. I just got notification that my american chestnut trees have shipped! Thanks to @Chestnut for the post a while back about getting his, I immediately went and got on the waiting list to get some. Also coming this week is about 15 apple, peach, pear, cherry, persimmon, and olive trees. Still need to plant our 60ish berry bushes as well. It’s going to be a busy spring/summer.
  22. JohnG

    Dear Hunter

    Congress passed the Real ID Act back in 2005. Since each state manages their own driver’s licenses, there’s no consistency in type or effectiveness of security features across states. Real ID sets minimum standards to enable it to be used for federal identification in addition to state identification. It will be required (or passport, which is another federal identification) to enter some federal facilities and to board flights (TSA is a federal program) and some other federally managed programs. The new deadline is 10/1/2021. When we moved I had to get a normal driver’s license instea