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    Furniture, Tools, Finishing, and Cheese, definitely Cheese. OK that's not woodworking related, but cheese is tasty.

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  1. I have nothing to offer, but is that a sock under the table?
  2. Thanks for all the replies. I'm going to hold off until January and see where we are then. I can postpone the decision until then and then decide.
  3. Ideally yes, but unfortunately they're down sizing and moving to a smaller home, so that's not going to be possible.
  4. Thanks but no, that's isn't one of the options i'm considering!
  5. Thanks for the reply Dave. Let me try to answer the questions and you can tell me what you think. My answers are in red. What do you think you should do? Not sure, what’s why I posted These are the questions I would ask myself. If you have the funds to make the change Yes, funds aren’t really an issue. Not to mean i’m made of moolah but my father in law is giving me the cyclone and in terms of time being spent on this he is helping with the 220 line installation and anything else I need to get it setup. If I didn't get the cyclone for free, would I have done it anyway I probably would have done it as my woodworking progressed. But it’s certainly not on my list of things that need upgrading. My current DC is only a year old and works well. My immediate upgrade list includes a Feestool kapex and new air compressor. Why isn't there a filter supplied with the cyclone? Can I use the existing filter? Well there is a filter, but as many Cyclone’s go it’s somewhat jury rigged. My Father in law has taken the fine particle filter bag of a regular DC and converted that to use on the output of the cyclone. Basically covered the part you normally attach to the DC with plywood and hung it from the ceiling. This setup doesn’t really work for me. Will my health be at an advantage? As mentioned I think my current setup works reasonable well, I also have this air cleaner. However my wife has severe asthma, so that’s why i’m trying to ascertain if there will be improvement with switching to a cyclone. Will it be louder? Doesn’t seem any louder than my current DC Will it use more power? Not really an issue. We have an energy star rated home and LED and CF lights throughout. That being said I’m a 39 year old geek/gamer/it guy, so we have more electronics than most people I imagine, so i certainly wouldn’t notice a difference on my hydro bill. Is my shop a basement, garage or garage that I can open front and back doors to get through ventilation. My shop is a basement shop and i have no ability to vent to the outside. We’re in a bungalow with neighbours about 8 feet away on either side and there are no windows in the basement area where my shop is. Can I use a 220 volt outlet for other things as well? I don’t have anything else that currently requires 220, however my table saw is convertable. Do I use the shop often enough to justify the cost? My woodworking, like many peoples ebbs and flows. The last project I completed was Marc’s wall hanging cabinet, that was in late may, I took the summer off as we were doing a bunch of traveling and I was trying to finish LA Noire on xbox Generally so far i’ve found i’m more into woodworking in the fall/winter (being in canada it’s nice to have an indoor hoobie come January) Is a free cyclone really a free cyclone when every thing else is taken into consideration? Well it’s free in terms of hardware, but certainly not of time. It will taking some doing to get the cyclone here and setup, but as I said I will have assistance from my father in law. It may provide some good bonding opportunities perhaps. I purchased my current DC last August and it's in perfect condition, and while I can sell it, i won't get near what I paid for it I imagine. I also JUST purchased the Rockler remote FOB (to turn on/off the DC from a remote key fob) two weeks ago, it was bout $90 after shipping and it's not easily returnable as I am in canada and mail ordered it. There's nothing wrong with my current setup and it works well for me, but just trying to figure out if it will be advantageous or not to go with the cyclone. Any insights are appreciated. Also sorry for the question numbers, i copy/pasted this into Pages on my mac then pasted back into a reply and it's messed up the formatting.
  6. Yeah i thought about that. Although i reuse the bags on the General DC and haven't had to buy any. If i decide to go with it i have to figure out something for the filtration portion, unfortunately i can't just vent it outside! And if the only improvement is emptying it that's not enough incentive really. Emptying my current one takes me five minutes, switching to the cyclone will be hours.
  7. I have the chance to get a free Cyclone dust collector. My current DC is only a year old and I JUST (haven't even used yet) got a remote FOB for it from Rockler. Installing the Cyclone is going to involve me selling/getting rid of my current 1 3/4 HP General DC which is working fine, running a 220 outlet, and generally redoing much of my dust collection system (running new pipes as the cyclone would be in a different part of the shop) Do you think this is worth doing? Should i see a big improvement?
  8. The piece of 4/4 mahogany I got seems to have warped. So i've just used it for the solid edgebanding so far. I'd have to get more to make the doors. I was actually considering doing the doors in maple instead, while still using 1/4 mahogany ply for the inserts. You think that would look good?
  9. Thanks! I've bee leaning towards BLO, i think that's the best way to go.
  10. So i've finally started the WHC. I had planned to build along in real time, but wasn't able to. I'm going with the Plywood version, mainly because i've not really used plywood for any "real" projects before. I'm using mahogany plywood, I had wanted to go walnut by my wood store was out and he gave me a great deal on the mahogany. This will be living in a bathroom which really doesn't get much use. We have a bathroom in our basement which has a shower but in the year we've lived here it's never been used, so i'm not concerned with mold and moisture. We don't have much room for hand towels or TP storage, so this will come in very I'm thinking of going with BLO or just a wipe on poly. Any suggestions as to which i should use? I've completed the case construction and am just about to start prefinishing. I was really tempted to complete the build and then finish, but reading Marc's book has given me (at least temporarily:) enough patience to look at the finish as part of the buiding process, rather than something i need to rush through at the end.
  11. Thanks, i'll check it out tonight.. Most magazines through zinio i think give you a free sample issue.
  12. Thanks Marc (and vic) I think i've decided to do what i originally thought - keeping FWW and POP and adding WOOD (can't beat two years for the price of one). I do have FWWs online membership, and i agree it's a wealth of knowledge. I'd just like to see it all in one place. The complete magazine and active online content all on my iPad. All this is quite new though, so in time i suspect most wood magazines (and all mags for that matter) will embrace this eventually. I also agree with what you and Shannon and Matt were talking about on the most recent Wood Talk Online radio. I don't think that just because you pay for a subscription that you're entitied to an electronic version. I'd happily even pay a premium for the electronic version if it were more than a simple scan and convert to PDF.
  13. What magazines do you subscribe to? I've been into woodworking for about a year (thanks marc) and as such my magazine subscriptions are coming up for renewal. Right now i subscribe to Fine Woodworking, Popular Woodworking, Canadian Woodworking and Woodsmith. I'm probably going to drop Canadian and Woodsmith. I've only seen one issue of Wood magazine, but they're having a buy one year get one free promo so I may subscribe to that. How do you like Wood Magazine? Also what do you think about electronic versions? I'm definitely interested in electronic versions as I have an iPad, but I don't just want to see a PDF copy of the current issue (which is what i think Popular Woodworking's electronic version is). I'd like to see active links and incorporated video content. What do you prefer?
  14. I use my 3M respirator when sanding. I'll only use it at the table saw if im cutting something that seems a bit nastier. Such as Jatoba or even Walnut. Most of what i do is maple and my dust collector/table saw seem to do a decent enough job so i don't really worry about it. Check back with me in 25 years though! I do have a General air cleaner though which i bought based on a review article in fine woodworking. I use that anytime i'm in the shop (even if using hand tools) and set it to turn off an hour after I leave.
  15. Thanks, Vic. I have a General 50-220 Hybrid saw. Using a brad nail to act as a stabilizer is the best idea i've heard yet. I've already ordered the zero clearance dado insert, but as soon as I need to go a different width, i'll definitely try what you suggest.