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About JasonS

  • Birthday 12/14/1975

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    Kingwood, NJ
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    Hand tools; hybrid woodworking; shaker, caftsman, arts & crafts, Shinto styles; furniture making

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  1. That flat metal back is the key. It has 4 prongs that go back and hook down. There are 2 advantages to that: 1) there's no need to tilt the hook when rearranging so you don't have to take everything down, and 2) those 4 prongs lock the hook in place so it takes effort to knock them loose. I've looked at a number of retail fixture suppliers for a while now, and I've never seen them in another store. My google-fu isn't great to begin with and such an obscure item is tough to describe in a search. I would certainly contact my old boss but it looks like my first one just retired (that was shocker - I thought Randy would be at the Burnsville store forever) and our regional manager seems to be retired as well. I'm not sure who's left of my contacts at corporate (it would feel weird to call and ask) and the rest of my store contacts and staff have either retired or have moved on. I had to leave the company about 8 years ago so that's kind of to be expected though. And that photo? That's the Minnetonka store. That's the store I was managing when I left the company. I started at Burnsville as the assistant manager, got transfered to Minnetonka for 2 weeks as the assistant, transfered to Minneapolis as acting manager for 6 months, then transfered back to Minnetonka as the manager. That was the job I liked the most of all that I've had. I kind of miss it sometimes. I really liked the people I worked with though, both in the store and at corporate (given how close I was to HQ I was there frequently - I even picked up larger orders there for customers while they went and had lunch). I even liked the company as an entity, honestly; they asked a lot of us but they treated us well in return. Sorry for that left turn to nostalgia. The photo just brought up memories and it's interesting to see how it's changed. The closest woodworking store to me now is the Allentown Woodcraft and it's...somewhat lacking.
  2. Does anyone know where to get the pegboard hooks Rocker uses in their retail stores? I used to work for Rockler and they're the best hooks I've ever used, but I don't remember the manufacturer name and I can't even find an image of them on the net. I'm several hundred miles from the nearest Rockler store and a phone call to one got me the answer that they come from Rockler's warehouse (which they do, but doesn't help me). Anyone have any ideas?
  3. Yeah, I keep hearing that the rolling carriage isn't great for frequent moving. I think I'm going to go with more typical mobile base. Thanks for the feedback.
  4. I've got a quote for a Hammer K3 Winner and I'll be heading to the showroom to discuss accessories and pay for the saw. We're moving in mid-May and I'll be using the 2 car garage for a shop and I expect to be moving the saw around frequently. My question to anyone who owns a Hammer machine: Is the rolling carriage Hammer sells worth the money and does it work well? Or do you think an traditional mobile base would serve me better?
  5. Do mine eyes deceive me, or is that a Veritas PMV-11 paring chisel I see in the ad for the waterstones on page 5 of the Lee Valley Winter 2019 catalog?
  6. I have and use the heck out of this set: Lee Valley Brad Point Bits. Yes, they're twice the price of the OP's preferred price, but they're the best bradpoints I've ever used. I've even got multiples of some of most commonly used sizes as backups. You could always get a smaller set of them, then add bits as you need the sizes. I made due with a 7 piece set of bradpoints for years, and probably still could if I stuck to more common sizes of hardware and such. I have an older set of TiN coated bit form Northern Tool. I've had them since '98 or '99. I've used fair number of them, but nowhere near even half the sizes. They work okay, but not great. I found that I needed to sharpen most of them to get good results, even the brand new, unused bits. As a side note, I still have a set my dad got me from Sears for my 12th birthday (31 years ago). I've lost a couple bits, but I still use them and they still cut fantastically, even in steel. Those I've never resharpened, though it'd be interesting to see how they perform with new edges.