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About emccrory

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  • Birthday 12/07/1956

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  1. A favorite "meme" from my youth (1970s) is shown in the attachment. Yuck, yuck. Well, my plans for the deck in the back yard require (now) that one end of the deck be a 5/4 x 8" x 12' decking board. They don't make that board (at least, they don't sell it at Menards, Lowes or Homey Depot). What would be the best approach to getting a board like this? The options I can think of are: Rip one edge off of two 5/4 x 6" x 12' boards, and then gluing them (with biscuits or dowels) into a 8" wide board. Get a 2x8x12 and resawing it. Both of these would be hard for me. I don't have a bandsaw, so resawing would be tricky. And the space in my basement workshop is fashioned around dealing with 8-foot material. So ripping a 12' board, or jointing it, would be tricky. Which seems easier to you? What alternatives can you propose?
  2. I have used the Minwax oil-based stains for all of my life. They look so much better (IMHO) than the water-based stains. My wife hates the smell, but I have been ok with it ... until now. I used one this weekend and did the work outside. I thought that would be fine, but I felt rather sick to my stomach afterwards. (It went away after an hour.) So, I'd like your recommendations for dust/gas masks that will block those VOC's when I use these stains again. My short search on Amazon and Woodcraft yielded this as a possible choice: "3M 62023HA1-C Professional Multi-Purpose Respirator" for about $30
  3. JJ: I have tried water-based stains. I don't like them. I use them occasionally on unimportant items. I guess I'd say that my motivation for this post was to see if there are any technology solutions to this problem, like air purifiers. Some people swear by Ozone purifiers, but the EPA says that this is hokum and potentially dangerous.
  4. I love Minwax brand oil stains. My wife is very, very sensitive to the smell. In good weather, I stain in the garage. But now in the winter, I have to stain in our basement workshop. My wife is unhappy about this. What can I do to mitigate the smell? Here is what I know/think: Normal HEPA filters don't touch it (in my experience, they seem to make it worse (because of the air motion?)) Installing a hood would be the best solution, but I fear that would be too expensive Putting the rags and brushes, that I used for the staining, into a sealed can after the work helps It looks like, maybe, a charcoal-enhanced filter can help, but quick Amazon survey shows these to be hundreds of dollars They say that ozone-producing filters help with other chemical smells (like the smells from used kitty litter). Another quick survey at Amazon reveals things in the $120+ range. This might be doable for me. What do you folks think? Thanks in advance.
  5. Wow. Interesting. I'd say that the US is a little different from your Belgian observations. Maybe it is because we have more trees on this side of the pond???
  6. You folks are awesome! All of these ideas/suggestions/pointers are excellent. A crazy veneer on plywood might be stunning. And a hardwood bottom (with splines and stuff) would, in fact, work. Charles, the tinyurl to picassa says "Sorry. The page was not found." The resolved url contains the phrase "locked=true". Tom, I'm going to show your pix to my wife and we will iterate from there.
  7. My wife has requested that I make for her a tea service tray out of wood. Seems like something that could be really pretty. Her idea is to have a thin bottom and raised sides; the side made of a maple-walnut-maple sandwich. Does that make sense, or do I need to draw a picture? I'm guessing it needs to be about 30 inches by 16 inches (rectangular, probably, but oval-y would be cool) and be able to lift at least 2 pounds (of tea, crumpets and porcelain). But I am having trouble conceptualizing the bottom of the tray. My intuition is that plywood will be ugly and that real wood will be pretty (-er). But how does one get a large, thin piece of hardwood? Joining two pieces of, say, 1/4 inch maple is hard/impossible, I think. Thanks in advance (and please be gentle), folks.
  8. Well said! I treat magazine plans as the mentor I have never had. I can build a box or a "Shaker-style" table without much thought, but to get pretty details and "flair" requires experience--the experience that commercial plans can provide. The plans from magazines rarely fit the space I have, so I have to rework them anyway.
  9. How did you attach the table slats to the rails?
  10. emccrory

    SawStop Delivery and Assembly

    The unpacking and setup of my new SawStop PCS175-36, February 10, 2011
  11. Mine is a picture of me on my mother's lap in 1957. This is a really cool picture, if I do say so myself!
  12. Check out the "Sawstop Unpacking" gallery I have created, here. If the assembly is any indication of the quality of this saw, it is fantastic! I have never seen assembly instructions like this--they were written by really smart and caring people. It sure seems like some assembly instrcutions are translated through two or three foreign languages before they get to English, and some instrcutions seem to be for a different model (like the Harbor Freight dust collector I got in conjunction with the SawStop). But the SS instructions are incredible. Also, the quality of the pieces is outstanding--the screws, for example, are very high quality steel. And no part of the saw seems to need any special care in assembly--when you get the screws in the right place, it lines itself up perfectly. I have made a few cuts and it works perfectly, as expected. The thing is Q-U-I-E-T! The Harbor Freight DC is about five times louder than the SS--seriously! I can't wait to get the free-bee over-the-blade dust collector (rebate form is in the mail already). I wonder what is going to be like to have a TS that stays lined up when you adjust it, and makes square cuts. I think I will find out soon.
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    It came in several boxes--tha main one was this one. This box weighed (I'd say) 400 pounds. Very Strong Neighbor and I opened this box and removed 100 punds of stuff: knobs, table extensions, tools. We also (on the advice of the truck driver) removed the iron top--this was close to 100 pounds itself. We were left with the cabinet, which VSN and I managed to muscle into my basement workshop. I'd say it was over 200 pounds.
  14. The SawStop is being delivered tomorrow morning (Thursday Feb 10). I'll take some pictures and post an "Opening the box" account. I hope my very strong neighbor, who manages a restaurant, is home tomorrow morning to help get this thing into my basement!