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About higtron

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  • Birthday 10/10/1952

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    Rochester Washington
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    furniture, cabinets

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  1. I use a kitchen trash bag and put the pleated filter inside the bag and hold the end of the bag closed bang the hell out of the filter, then take the filter out of the bag for the final cleaning wah-la hardly any dust cloud. Now I have the filters you can clean with a hose, I have several so I have a dry clean filter at all times.
  2. I'm pretty sure everyone has a similar tale to tell. I have the fittings that work for me now sand paper is the answer for to tight a fit just a mater of elbow grease. To loose the fix I used is a plumbing boot a rubber sleeve with hose clamps Home Depot plumbing section also I've used PVC plumbing pipe and fittings you just have to be creative and try not to throw a hammer at the wall ( don't ask me how I know this ).
  3. I built a pole barn that was 100' x 60' it was 16' to the eves we had to get it engineered and the eve posts were specked out at 8x14s 24' long. They had to be custom milled an then pressure treated when they were delivered to the lumber yard the salesman called me and said " Dave Your trees are here when do you want them delivered" I had a good laugh over that one. You can get anything you want milled to your specifications kiln dried, pressure treated what ever you want just expect to pay a premium price.
  4. higtron

    Baby on board!

    Your tie downs look good but, I like to go to the lowest point when I secure my loads Congrats on the new saw, 20" re-saw capacity that's impressive!
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    Texas mesquite

    I'm not familiar with Mesquite I live in Washington State, I would just try it if it works great if it doesn't now you know. In Washington suckers happen a lot in Broad Leaf Maple trees I've never tried to do anything with them. I wish I had some Mesquite around here it looks like very beautiful wood.
  6. You just need to scrape back to bare wood no finish for Tite Bond, the dowel trick might work but, I would think with as small of a block and a magnet embedded in it, it would leave very little room for dowels. I would use TB original or TB 2, TB 3 has more open time so not as good for a rub joint you need it to grab fairly quickly practice on some scrap it's great technique for small pieces in tight places where clamping is difficult I wouldn't use it on a large glue up.
  7. higtron

    Texas mesquite

    Do you mean with suckers ( or volunteer trees ) that form at the base of an established tree? If so are you asking about the established tree or the suckers?
  8. A 1/2" chisel and use it like a scraper use the piece that going to be used sitting in its exact location mark around it with a sharp pencil then scrape away. Tite Bond glue, a small dab set the piece in place squeeze the piece in its location take it back off if there are dry spots add another dab and repeat when your satisfied wiggle the piece in place then hold it with pressure until it grabs maybe a minute or two what is referred to as a rub joint.
  9. If you lay that sucker down you'll be picking slivers out of your butt, it looks cool though!
  10. The cow magnet is about 1/2" diam. about 3" long and, no cows are harmed in this method. Conduit would likely be center of stud and wouldn't be a particularly strong attraction if at all a strong attraction would be a screw head, a nail head, a steel stud, a nail plate so you would know a location of a plumbing pipe. I'm just telling you what we used for stud finder on commercial work I first saw this used by my foreman at the time he was an experienced ( old bastard like I am now) carpenter who freely shared his years of tricks and, short cuts when he pulled the cow magnet trick out and saw it in action all us guy bought a cow magnet set up, and I used this trick for some 30+ yrs. I still have one in a drawer in the shop I still use it from time to time.
  11. When I used to do office building TI work we used steel studs for a stud finder I used a cow magnet ( I know it sounds crazy, a cow magnet is a cylindrical magnet that farmers make a cow swallow and stays in their first stomach and it attracts any bits of metal that a cow may ingest and stops it from going to another stomach and killing the cow) you put an end to a large eye dropper rubber bulb end with a small hole in the end for a piece of string to go through you stretch the rubber eye dropper over the end of the cow magnet you dangle this set up along the wall it finds any metal behind drywall when it settles into the steel stud, or any piece of metal, drywall screw or, sheet rock nail when the magnet stops as it travels along the wall the center of the magnet is the center of whatever is behind the drywall. these can be bought at any farm supply store for a few bucks you can also get a large eye dropper there also now you just need some string these magnets are extremely strong magnets this set up is the best stud finder I've ever used.
  12. I make a down and dirty 2x4 push block I don't own a gripper, when the 2x4 push block gets too chewed up I make another takes a couple minutes to make another or make several people have been making thin strips safely on the table saw way before the gripper was even thought of.
  13. I've been watching his videos for several months now, I really like his logical problem solving methods, vector clamping, dowel extraction (and I've used this method several times), and his recreating missing or damaged pieces. I agree with @drzaius his videos are very well done and informative even if you have no desire to fix furniture for a living, he is full of interesting tricks that will work for fixing or mending mistakes in new work.
  14. @Billy Jack Thanks 2 of the bags lasted me 10+ yrs and only one of those is held together with duct tape I bought 2 from HD so I won't need any more for the foreseeable future when a bag gets full I put a 30 gal garbage bag over the full bag flip them over slide the DC bag out of the garbage bag tie the bag off and it's ready for the dump. The reason only one of my bags is held together with duct tape is because I really only need one bag most of the time. The ones I've seen for sale on Amazon are for 20" dia. DC's mine is like 16" dia. that's a lot extra circumference and wouldn't make a very good seal so buying in bulk although being more economical just doesn't make sense in my situation. Thanks for the suggestion though.