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Everything posted by curlyoak

  1. It is financially efficient to buy the same brand. The big expense is the batteries. The best time to buy batteries is December. Half off. I keep myself a year ahead in new unused batteries. Lithium batteries have an unlimited shelf life. No leakage. My preference is Makita. There are several good choices.
  2. Get a variable speed drill instead of the impact. I use and like Makita. Stay with one brand so if you expand and need another tool the batteries will be interchangeable in the same brand. 18v is not the smallest but an average lady should have no trouble with the size, especially if you use both hands.
  3. It will last for several years. The weakest link is the bottoms touching the dirt. the ends will eventually rot. It will last a lot longer than untreated wood. If you poured four footings and applied simpson clips to the bottom, you would solve for the weakest issue. If not the one in the link, they make many different ones.
  4. I agree with above. Also when you make no mention of budget. The jumbo band saws can be very expensive. What is your budget for a band saw? Your budget may inhibit a jumbo.
  5. I have and use a 12" Delta radial. Smaller and not too wide pieces are cross cut on the table saw. Longer and wider on the radial. Also rough cross cuts on the radial too. I keep the rough sawn needed for a project on a rack above the radial. Usually.
  6. Maybe when they get to around 10 they may have an interest?
  7. The white color of the wood is called the sap wood. Just below that surface is the brown beautiful walnut wood. I would remove most of the sap wood with a draw knife. Then finish it with mineral oil which is not toxic. The heart has so much more to look at...
  8. Just right! and the kids will find many other uses too. Are they old enough to start training them in the shop? Or get them to help?
  9. On a cost basis it is more for the cordless as corded tools can last a lot longer. But when you add in the labor savings and convenience, I lean mostly towards cordless. And when lithium became part of the deal is when I left corded behind.
  10. All the same matters. I use and like makita cordless. Same charger same batteries. The time to buy batteries is December. They are half off. And lithium can sit on the shelf indefinitely. They don't leak on their own. I was so happy to make the change to cordless. I still have a corded Milwaukee 1/2" hammer drill. Still works good but adds time to the work.
  11. Why limit this group of people that have lots of expertise and thoughts of all the good choices. Nothing wrong with Bosch. It is not the only game in town...
  12. A small hurricane that suffered from wind shear became a tropical storm that only did a sideswipe. Minimal damage. The gamble of no shutters paid off. Shutters equals 5 hours of work in high humidity and temps. Still there is prep work to be undone this morning. Very happy is was just a drill and nothing else. Hopefully no more the rest of the hurricane season...
  13. The topper was suspended from an outside ceiling exposed to the weather. I would expect some kind of damage if gale force wind started playing with it. The topper widows need cleaning and I wouldn't be able to see through the topper windows. I will drive a car for the next few days.
  14. The 11 o'clock update moved the track a little further off shore! The kind go news I like! Next update is 5:00...
  15. Preparing for hurricane Isaias. It appears the eye will not make it here but come close. So I will not put up the shutters.It is Cat 1 and I expect less than hurricane force winds here. However I am confident I can tolerate 80 plus winds without shutters. I am expecting 35 t0 60 mph wind speeds.also it is moving fast. We don't want it lingering around here. Hurricane Francis several years ago, a large cat3 put its eye off shore nearby and stayed for 24 hours. The damage was equal to a fast moving cat 5. If there wasn't covid, this is the kind of hurricane for parties. I have been through sever
  16. curlyoak


    This is an orchid that is from tropical Northern Australia. Much like the weather here in south Florida. Growing on a ponytail palm in my front yard.
  17. I have the big one. The 2+ hp smaller one seems to be equipped the same...
  18. Triton has a very good switching system...Good router overall.
  19. curlyoak


    This is a dead strangler fig remains wrapped around a palmetto tree. Does the fig remind you of any images?
  20. But now is the time to buy the lathe and any other tools because soon the little lady will need to grant permission...
  21. They offer 3 different grades of foam brushes. Which one did you pick. Thanks
  22. Looking back at previous threads rarely does he answer or thank us. Maybe we owe it to him?