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  1. Consider turning on the option "click to play" in firefox. It isn't well documented, but it's not that hard to turn on 1) In the url bar, type 'about:config' then press Enter 2) in the Search bar, type 'click_to_play' 3) Double click the 'plugins:click_to_play and change the value from 'false' to 'true' After that, then all plugin players will require you to click them before they play. If you want to white-list a site, you can click the purple lego-icon next to the url field and set it to always allow a particular type of plugin. I use it for security reasons, but it also allow
  2. I saw that Bosch saw a few weeks ago on display at the Lowes on Plano Rd in Richardson. I didn't use it, of course, but it sure looked and felt like a very nice tool.
  3. It does get pretty hot here in the summer, but the tradeoff is worth it to me. I have chronic sinusitis and also reactive airway disease (essentially asthma, but not as persistent if I avoid the triggers). Wearing the mask helps noticably with both of these, so the few minutes of mild discomfort is offset by days or weeks of not having those other symptoms. I'm really grateful to Marc for introducing me to this respirator. It has made a huge difference for me.
  4. This respirator is a really great thing to have, for woodworking and a whole lot more. In the last week I've used it not only for woodworking, but also for home repair projects that included climbing in the attic to replace a broken recessed fixture, cutting hardie board and cutting into a concrete slab with a diamond blade on an angle grinder (made a bunch of fine dust that you REALLY don't want to breathe). It worked well for all of those, though I'll need to replace the P100 filter after using it with the concrete dust. It's so comfortable that I sometimes forget to take it off. The on
  5. There is so much "variability" in search engines among sites, that I pretty much always use a 3rd party search engine with the "" for more consistent results. It also works with if you prefer not to have every search you perfomed tracked.
  6. podkicker also works well.
  7. FWIW, I recently picked up a 12v Bosch combo (Bosch CLPK22-120), and the prices vary widely. It was going for $139 over the holidays, then went up to $159. A couple of weeks ago, I saw it for under $100 (on amazon and ebay). Today, $200+. My point is that if you're patient, you can save quite a bit. As far as comparing 12v against 18v, I like the compact size of the 12v models more than the power of the 18v models, which are larger and less fun to haul around. I think there are some jobs that call for the extra torque and higher battery capacity, but I doubt most people really need that, a
  8. My bench is laminated doug fir that I glued myself. I'm sure Glu-Lam would work fine. The only concern I can see is that 5 1/8 would be pretty darn thick for a bench top,and resawing a beam that thick is going to be a trick.
  9. I don't know why corded drills don't have clutches, but I have given up on driving screws with a corded drill. I've also given up on just having one. I have a drill press, a corded 3/8", and two 12V cordless (one is a dril with a chuck, and the other is impact which works very well for driving screws.) I like the press for accuracy, and the corded one for the torque. I like the cordless for their small size portability. It might seem excessive, but I used each of them today for different jobs (some woodworking, some home repair).
  10. I have a similar situation. I also have a detached garage that hosts my workshop, and I have some significant temperature and humidity changes. Mine might be a bit hotter overall in the summer and not quite as cold in the winter, but it's still an issue. I don't have a high-end workbench, but I do have a wood workbench with a laminated top. The top is doug fir (construction 2x's) and is just shy of 3" thick. Overally, it's stable, but I have seen some minor changes on the surface that I've had to take a plane to. I suspect that this is partially due to the humidity changes and partially du
  11. It's a good idea, and it works very well for PVA glue, but I have to agree that the dollar store version is a better value.
  12. Here is a link to a variety of scarf joints, several of which should be easy enough to make and still avoid a gap:
  13. It seems to me that the heat would dissipate better if the baffles were in the top of the box, rather than the bottom. As this one is designed, I think there would be a pocket of warm air in the top of the box (hot air rises), and that the relatively cooler air in the bottom would be pulled out instead. It might or might not be significant, depending on how much air is moved around inside the box, but I don't see any reason not to put the exhaust in the top.
  14. Dimensional lumber (2x4, 2x6, etc) is usually available locally in either doug fir or soft yellow pine. Use whatever they have locally, I think. I laminated my bench top from doug fir 2x10's ripped in thirds. I found that there were fewer knots in the larger width boards, and the boards didn't twist as much as the 2x4's. I have no delusions about this bench being handed down to my grandchildren, but the bench functions wll for my purposes.
  15. Sorry to hear about your accident, RJsumthn. I hope you have a quick and full recovery. I had a "gentle reminder" the other day. I was ripping a board and didn't realize that the board was cupped. As the cut finished, the offcut dropped down and got in the path of the blade. Before I realized what happened, the board zinged past me. Fortunately, I did some other things right, including using a pushstick, had a splitter installed, and was not in the path of the blade. It still got my attention.... This is not the kind of tool marks you want to see...