Coyote Jim

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    I'm a beginner so I am interested in learning. Lots and lots of learning.
    I do seem to love hand tools the most though.

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  1. Are we just shouting out science words now? I'll join in. Photosynthesis.
  2. One of these things is not like the others. The issue is that it is supposed to be like the others. Is there a fix for this? Or would the fix take longer than just milling up another board? The mortise is 5/8" x 2.5" (do you like how I mixed fractions and decimals there?) Hand chopped so the inside is all jagged.
  3. Little update: I got a response form TaylorTools.com. This is what they wrote: They were going to send me replacements with no questions asked. They were not even going to have me send the "bad" ones back. I responded back telling them it was human error and there is no need to send me replacements. I have to admit I hesitated and almost just kept my mouth shut but finally decided that I am a decent human being. [Ouch! Almost threw out my shoulder patting myself on the back there.]
  4. A week or more ago Johnathan Katz-Moses (of dovetail jig fame) posted a video about all the great things you can do with squares. It's not bad, you can view it here: In that video he mentions that at Taylortools.com they sell "Blemished" PEC squares. I do not know much about PEC but from the very limited research I did it looks like PEC makes some pretty high quality tools. Not quite at the level of companies like Starrett but way better than your normal home center tools. I decided to pull the trigger and get some of these "blemished" PEC tools. I bought: 12" Combination Square that Amazon sells for $79.99 for only $37.99. 6" Double Square that Amazon sells for $49.99 for only $25.99. 4" Double Square that Amazon sells for $45.99 for only $24.99. Plus tax but free shipping. I got all 3 of those for just under $100 They only took a couple days to be delivered and as soon as I got a chance I checked them all for square. And I was very disappointed. The Combination Square was spot on, but both the Double Squares were off. The 6" one was off by almost a 64th and and the 4" one was off by about half that. I was annoyed so I emailed Taylor Tools right away. Then I calmed down. Took my time, and re-checked all 3 squares. This time I did not use crappy particle board to check them for square. I used a board that I knew to be perfect. Turns out....all the squares are perfect. Good 'ol human error. As for the "Blemishes"? I can't find any flaw at all with either of the Double Squares. They look perfect to me. The casting in the combination square has some pits. Non of the pits effect the square in any way. Here are some pictures of the pits. All of these tools have some strange scratch marks on the rulers. These scratch marks look to have been put there on purpose. If I had to guess I would say that during QC, the person responsible for rejecting the rulers scratches them to make sure that they don't accidentally make it into the normal stock. Again, the scratches do not effect the use of the tools. Here is a picture of all the scratches. The quality of these tools is very good. I have never used a Starrett or Woodpecker square so I cannot compare. I can say that after a day of using them (I did a lot of milling and dimensioning today) these are the nicest squares I have ever used. I very much recommend them to anyone that has been getting by with a cheap square. They have more blemished tools on that site (all of which are squares, rulers and gauges) and when I need something that is listed there I feel confident in buying it knowing how good these squares are. If you are interested you can have a look at all their blemished tools HERE.
  5. For my day job I own a sign company. A pretty big one, we are up to 18 employees. So as a sign making professional I can say that for a DIY sign, you done good David. Really good.
  6. My daughter is in competitive gymnastics. She had a pretty good year. These are walnut shelves that I attached using hand cut sliding dove tails..... Just kidding, I just screwed them in from the back. The back is cherry ply.
  7. The wife mentioned she wanted a candle holder. I thought "No sweat, I can make something like that piece of cake." Then I came up with this design. "How hard could it be?" Turns out very hard. For such a small project this took me more hours than I am willing to admit.
  8. I did it. I pulled the trigger on the Hammer A3 41. Thank you everyone for your input. Especially @Mick S for taking the time. I am extremely excited even though my new machine will be delivered......in May! Good thing I am not in a hurry.
  9. I'm in Phoenix so I do not know the Tucson market well at all but I can give you the perspective of someone who is only 2 hours away from you. The woodworking scene in AZ is not very good compared to middle America. It's hard to find used tools and very hard to find nice lumber. In Mesa there is a very good hard wood dealer called Timber Hardwoods. They are the best place to get good hard wood around and they know it so their pricing, while not outrageous, is a bit high. You will find some private mills on Craigslist/Marketplace but most of those are also a bit pricey and they usually only have locally sourced wood. Here in the desert, "locally sourced wood" pretty much means mesquite. Which is an attractive wood but it is all twisted and cross grained and generally hard to work with. You can also find eucalyptus locally sourced too which is down right gorgeous but eucalyptus also suffers from the cross grain/twisted madness. Long story short, unless you can find a gem in Tuscon you will hard pressed to find a good source of hard wood without paying a premium.
  10. @Mick S How much setup/fussing did you need to do with your machine to get it dialed in? I am admittedly not good at that kind of thing and I need to prepare myself mentally for it if I am able to pull the trigger on the machine.
  11. Coop, You ain't the only one AND I Ain't kidding Is it possible your wives are overestimating how much game you guys have? I kid! I kid!
  12. That IS a very neat trick Mick. According to google maps I am just over 7 hours drive from Santa Fe. That's very generous to open up your shop. That's good to know about the Felder sale.
  13. Due to tax purposes I find myself in a situation where I can buy a piece of equipment. I THINK what I want is a Jointer Planer in one. My end goal is to someday have a detached wood shop where I will pretty much be hand tools only....except for a jointer and a planer. The vision I see is one where the shop is not small, but not exactly big either. So footprint matters, which is why I would like a combo unit. My question for you guys is two fold. Fold One: Does getting a combo machine line up with my vision or is there something better out there I don't even know about? Fold Two: Assuming I am not completely out to lunch, if you had up to $5000 spend on a combo unit that would last you a couple/few decades, what tool maker would you choose? So far I have done very little research. I was hoping to get some direction from you guys before I get swayed too much by a really good marketing campaign from Jet or Grizzle or Hammer or Northfield. (Just kidding about Northfield. I wish I had that kind of money.)
  14. Guys, I think we are being trolled.