Mister Pants

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About Mister Pants

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  • Birthday 02/24/1970

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    Dallas, TX
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    Furniture making (obviously) , reading, video games, brewing, drumming

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  1. Agreed on the quality argument. While I personally am one of the hobbyists referenced above, and can't really comment on the pricing. The things I always point out to people interested in custom work are quality, flexibility of design, wood selection (i.e. it's made out of cherry not a substandard species stained cherry color) and having something durable that can be handed down for generations as opposed to a transient article that is often designed to wear out in several years.
  2. I have the same block plane myself, it was also my first. I picked it up at HD about ten years ago or so. As C Shaffer said, the iron is fairly thin and doesn't hold an edge all that well, but if you sharpen it and flatten the sole it's certainly functional.
  3. Got a chance to check it out at the Lowe's in Richardson (thanks SignWave!), dang that thing is nice. Incredibly smooth action, I really like the front controls for doing the compount miters as well. That said it's still at Lowe's, I can (and will) get it on Amazon for almost $100 less
  4. Very cool thanks for posting that Bart. I was wondering similar as I'd looked at a few of the aftermarket lasers and those I saw also spoke about not fitting Bosch, Rigid and a few others arbors.
  5. I own the 0691 (the 0690 with the 52" extension), I'm very happy with it, it runs smoothly, the fence is great and the riving knife is very easy to swap out. While it's made in China it still appears to be built to Grizzly's normally high standards (for their price). The only thing I can think of against it would be the packaging it came in was weak. I haven't used the 1023RL though so can't speak to it.
  6. Oooh Richardson you say? I'll have to check it out. I checked Woodcraft and the HD and Lowes near my house in Frisco. Richardson's worth heading to to check it out! Thanks guys, I'm leaning towards that one for sure, but for a fairly large purchase I have this problem with not seeing it, touching it, licking it etc. before purchase .
  7. Biggest concern I've seen in online reviews was that a number of folks have had issues with the table being flat, any issues on your part? Other things were that the action could be a bit sloppy (though from what I read it seems like that's easily fixable). It also doesn't have a laser line built in right? Given the price, I'm guessing the cuts are pretty dang accurate. How big is the footprint is it significantly larger say than a standard 12" non-sliding saw (what I'm upgrading from).
  8. Hey guys, Figured I'd throw this out to the braintrust and see if anyone's used these and their opinions. I'm looking for a new miter saw (upgrading to a sliding compound) and this looks interesting, unfortunately no one around carries them in stock (Woodcraft, HD and Lowes carry it, but none have them in stock or on display for me to look at). Online reviews seem to go between best miter saw I've ever seen, and complaints about the top being pretty far from flat. I don't have a whole lot of room in my shop normally so a full sized normal sliding compound miter would be difficult for me
  9. I often do hybrid design, not sure if that's a correct word or not. While I have done some stuff that's fully original, often I'll see an existing piece that I'll take the base idea of and re-design into a piece that I'm building. Two that come to mind are a jewelry armoire where I used an old spice box as a starting point and a chippendale mirror inspired plate rail. I wouldn't personally call those original designs, but not from plans. Not sure what to call it .
  10. Why did I never think of this before?! I could've saved myself a ton of aggravation. As for what I use, mine came with a bag that ripped the first time I tried to empty and replace it, so I got a pack of 10 from Rockler, I've only changed the lower bag twice now in a few years, with a separate cyclone attached to a trash can I get a lot of time out of the lower bags.
  11. Always used Tandy when I've needed leather. Mind you I usually need more than just a few scraps, but they do sell those as well (at least in the physical stores, never ordered online from them). http://www.tandyleatherfactory.com/en-usd/home/home.aspx
  12. I'd also check Van Dyke's and Lee Valley.
  13. Neat idea. I usually go with the big rolls of red rosin paper from HD (in the painting section), but discounted wrapping paper has got to be cheaper than that!
  14. I grew up in the world of if there's a nut and you have to tighten it you really have to tighten it. Back when I was starting out and got my jointer, I was setting the knives. You tighten the nuts towards the cutting edge with a tiny little wrench. Figuring I had to tighten these up really tight since they spin fast, I pulled down hard, the wrench slipped and 20 odd stitches later I got home from the emergency room (them blades is sharp!). First and only accident I've had in the shop, thankfully I was smart enough to make sure the jointer wasn't on .
  15. I grok what Marc's saying and he's right at least in my experience, but then again, unless it's being mortised (in which case I'm not too concerned) I'm going to be sanding it after the fact. Is the sandpaper just stuck on with adhesive, or is it the paper is bad the blade is bad?