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About Grixxly

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  1. Very nice. I assume Walnut? I've been thinking of something similar, maybe half size for my Den to hold my Winchester 1894 and Garand. With maybe a box at the bottom to hold ammo.
  2. Maybe I should have been more specific. I quote on what they would be able to buy the materials + 3-4 times material. For example I don't go to the local hardwood dealer and pay 7$/BF for black walnut/cherry/etc. I go to a sawmill not to far from me and pay 1.50-2$/BF but I figure my costs as to what the local market is for the wood (not who I buy from).
  3. I have a roll of the LN bevel chisels and their mortise chisels and the first thing I did was hone them using the scary sharp system then wiped them with a good furniture wax. I re-apply the wax after every use or once a month if I'm not building something with them.
  4. I'm trying to decide if I want to modify this guild project and turn it into a dart board holder by removing the shelf, or if I want to use up some of my good wood to build a set of hanging cabinets to remove two worthless shelves in my my shop (a 68" span). Help me decide, please!
  5. Thanks for the input everyone. I went to the store today and 'played' around with the D-handled one for some time and I've decided to wait until Monday when the barrel comes in. I just feel more comfortable with the barrel model in my hand. And actually that surprises me because when I first saw it I thought who would want that? Anyway, thanks again for all the input.
  6. Very late to this thread, but I've been told and use this 'rule-of-thumb' when asked to do a piece. Before I even design, I'll get a good estimate on the size, and type of wood. Then taking materials into account I will quote materials + 3-4 x materials (depending on difficulty), e.g. If materials are $25 and the project is easy I'll charge $25 + $75 = $100. If difficult $25 + $100 = $125. For tables, assuming just skirts and legs, $200 per linear foot, e.g. 5' table is $1000. Maybe not the greatest but it has served me well. As an aside, if I don't really want to do the project, I'll charge 5-6 times materials and if they agree then the project becomes more agreeable!
  7. I have a very small shop and no room for a band saw, I don't do a lot of curved cuts so that never really bothered me. Now, however, the boss (A.K.A. Wife) has some projects for me that require curves. So, I've decided that I'll get a Festool jigsaw. But now I can't decide which model. The barrel model feels very good in my hands, but a guy at the shop where I do my purchases said he thought you can make tighter curve cuts with the D-handled version. Now, I don't know if that is bunk or not, but it made my go from 'Getting the barrel one' to 'What the hell do I want?'. Any advice?
  8. I don't own either and haven't used either, but I've been told that if the Powermatic 66 is the cadillac of saws the sawstop is a mercedes. And the local dealer sells the safe mechanism, or whatever it's called for $60 (I think). I like the idea behind the sawstop and I agree it'd be a pain in the behind to have it trip because of a staple or something, but I'd rather keep an extra mechanism on hand and keep the 10 digits I've got.
  9. I don't have experience with the powermatic but I will say this. Look at the CFM it has and if it's anywhere near 900+ get it. For $125 you will not have any regrets. I went years only using a shop-vac and I will never go back to that again. The shop-vac did not move enough air to keep up with any tool in my shop. I couldn't run more than a few boards on my jointer before I had to clear out the dust port. I stopped even bothering hooking the thing up to my table saw, instead opting to clean it out every other week. BUT NOW!!! I have a shopfox 1685 I bought off of Amazon and could not be happier. I will eventually upgrade the bag but it is a world of difference. My table saw cabinet is clear of dust, my jointer hums along without having to stop to clear the dust port. Hell, even just putting the pipe near my lathe picks up a lot of the shavings!
  10. Guess I should have read the whole thread... You look to be going in the right direction!!! BTW, where at in Iowa? I'm from Swisher, IA though I live in Memphis, TN now, though my Dad still lives in Cedar Rapids. --Grixx
  11. First, if it's the blade that came with the saw, scrap it. I would recommend a combination blade from a good maker. I use Freud, but I know CMT makes a good blade and I'm sure there are others. Second, a cross-cut sled is almost an essential. I would recommend buying a white 'plastic' cutting board from K-Mart or WalMart or et al; use the table saw to cut it into a couple of strips that fit your miter slots. Then use two-sided tape with the strips in the slots to secure it to 3/8-3/4 plywood (cut to a size easy to handle for most of your cross-cut needs). Then screw the strips into the bottom of the plywood. Then I would secure a straight board on the front of the sled and one at the back of the sled that is straight, square, and taller than your blade can cut. Then raise the blade and make your first cut. Now you have a kerf reference and can do most cross-cutting safely. Finally, parchment cooking paper works great at not sticking to glue. --Grixx
  12. I've used 'L' shaped clips from Rockler that turned out nice. Just make sure that the screw that goes in the top is 'loose' to allow for movement.
  13. It looks like curly walnut to me. Especially with the sap wood there and the knot.
  14. Georgia boots, steel toe, is what I wear and they requied no break-in period. And, I use stall mats that 4' x 6' for anti-fatigue. All bought at tractor supply and were fairly reasonable. --Grixxly
  15. Hi all, My name is Tony and am part termite. I love making sawdust. I grew up in rural Iowa and started woodworking because of a neighbor that could build the pyramids with a circular saw and a router. As I got older my need for sawdust fell to almost nil, then about 4 years ago the hunger grew again. Since then I've turned my garage into a 12 x 12 'workable' shop and have built router tables, benches, tables, and a few shadow boxes for some friends that have retired from the Navy. I love all kinds of woodworking and am glad to have found this place. Joke: Know what they call the bad part of Memphis? Memphis. --Grixxly