JohnG

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  1. I have two informal coasters that I have been using for about a year. One is an unfinished piece of walnut, and the other is a piece of cherry half finished with ARS and the other half Osmo Polyx. They are both used most days for hot coffee mugs and for cold water glasses. They both look and feel about the same as when I put them into use. My conclusion- I don’t think the finish selection for coasters is as critical as some assume it is.
  2. What have you been replacing them with? I feel that even just a sheet of melamine and some L brackets would be a significant improvement. Solid wood wouldn’t be much more work though, other than finishing/painting depending on what my wife wants.
  3. While most our house was very well thought out and quality construction, our house is full of those awful wire mesh shelves that you see at the big box stores- Even more unfortunately, our walls are full of broken plastic clips that are supposed to support said awful shelves. For speed and ease, I’ve considered going with some “closet system,” but they seem more expensive than they are worth and I worry that I’ll be disappointed by their quality. I’m hoping that you all can provide some inspiration from something you have made or experience with premade shelving solutio
  4. If they’re working for you in your shop, you should get an insurance policy. Be careful classifying them as an independent contractor. Make sure you know and understand the differences, which vary by state. While you may be able to fly under the radar, this has been under a lot of scrutiny.
  5. JohnG

    Hijack!

    Or if you live in SoCal, they think that any ice on the road is black ice.
  6. JohnG

    Hijack!

    FYI a bunch of items up on Festool Recon right now.
  7. Looks like I won’t be taking the crown from you.
  8. JohnG

    Amazon Account

    But do they know S*#t from sheetrock?
  9. JohnG

    Amazon Account

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/b2b/reports/
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    Amazon Account

    Ha! Mine was also a book in January 2007. It's been a while since I looked at my total purchases and it's actually around $2,500/yr. Not as bad as I had assumed. The other thing to consider is what is more profitable for the manufacturer of the item. Typical retail arrangements cut out a lot of margin for the manufacturer (especially with large chain retailers) and selling on Amazon can actually be more profitable. I do like to support local businesses, but I also want to support any USA manufacturers that I can buy from. I'll typically buy USA made through Amazon before I buy overseas
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    Amazon Account

    I'm with you. I have several purchases that have never even been opened. For all I know they could have sent something completely different than what I ordered. The other (not so) fun thing to do is export your entire purchase history to see how much you have spent on Amazon.
  12. Just imagine if a Stanley #100 followed the same size trend as #1-#8...
  13. Took an awesome delivery today! I’ve only played on it for about half an hour but am really pleased with it.
  14. I’ve never tried sharpening it for that reason, which is probably why that part of making the spoons is frustrating to me. Also probably because I’m using kiln dried wood instead of green.
  15. I can’t stand the bamboo spoons we have in the kitchen for stirring and mixing, so I got the ball rolling on making a few from some cherry scraps. Roughed out on the bandsaw slightly less roughed on the belt sander with 80 grit Then carved out the spoon hollow, cleaned up with a card scraper, and then worked up the grits. I’m far from proficient at spoons but have carved a few and enjoy it for an occasional project. I will probably enjoy it better once I get better at hollowing them.
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    Free Shipping

    Volume shipping discounts are pretty significant. Losing money on shipping for some orders is also just part of the cost of doing business these days.
  17. I had been given the Woodriver corner radius jig set and they all seemed to be not quite 90* so there would be a slight divot ~1.5” away from the corner on both edges if I ran the router to the stops. However, I found that if I ran the router just far enough to reach the tangent on both edges I could avoid that happening.
  18. Got a box full of USA made Grade 70 chain for use with the soon-coming tractor. Not in the mail, but I picked up a 55” guide rail for my recently purchased track saw (no rail included).
  19. They are fantastic! I made one for trimming splines on picture frames and now I want to find a use for an L fence on every new project.
  20. JohnG

    Free Shipping

    Likely due to clueless higher-ups setting performance goals based solely on the number of packages shipped out or similar. Or they don’t treat the employees well enough for them to care or use their brains at all.
  21. I am too. Unfortunately I usually sign someone else’s name and use the wrong date!
  22. I’ve probably used my current recip saw for trimming limbs and roots, etc more than for anything else. It works really well.
  23. Sketchup allows you to get a better understanding of how parts fit together and can be invaluable for working out complex angles or other complicated joinery. Plan view drawings will always be faster for cutting out parts and getting dimensions and for quick reference on placement or shape of parts. They are similar tools but don’t completely replace eachother.