TheNehlsEnd

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About TheNehlsEnd

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  • Birthday 10/08/1956

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  1. I suspect that the reason your plane is gouging your work is because of the sharp corners on your blade. You might want to try rounding over the corners of the blade a bit to ease the sharp corners to help prevent gouging. Just a thought.
  2. If the picture is the view from your shop I wouldn't worry about the shop being messy. LOL Thanks for sharing the view.
  3. Haven't done a lot of lumber making with the exception of a couple of fruit tree trunks and a couple of pecan logs. Doing this on a 14" band saw I let the wood dry well before cutting. Its a slow process but have had some nice lumber for small projects.
  4. WoodCraft has a premier 3/4" carbon blade that cuts smooth and straight and has stayed sharp cutting hardwood. I've re sawn oak and walnut with it and am still using it.
  5. This is one of those kick me moments we all seem to go through. If it were me I'd take the offer and try it out. You should be able to use the remote on the cyclone. Put your other dust collector back in storage so that if you should change your mind you have it. Then again this is something I have been wanting for a long time.
  6. Here's a few I found on google. http://www.schooltube.com/video/79fcf3c56354406f8796/Measuring-Basics
  7. I've always just used threaded inserts in my homemade knobs. I like the idea though of using wax to keep the threads from being gummed up. Thanks for the tip.
  8. Something like this perhaps? http://www.songofthegreatlakes.com/slidingtable.htm
  9. My neighbors have one in the house and it does make a difference and allows the A/C to not work as hard. Although it has no effect on cooling the garage due to the type of roof design. They do draw the hot air in the house and out through the attic making the house cooler. Depending on whether your roof system is open from the garage through the house will determine its effectiveness in the garage. I have another friend who has one in his house and only uses the A/C in the extreme heat. They are cost efficient as they draw the hot air out and don't have a compressor to run. So your energy savings comes from not running the A/C as often. I've seen it be 90 degrees outside and feel like 75 in the house without the A/C being on.
  10. If its a daily procedure and the floor space isn't an issue then I would opt for a floor model. Floor models tend to be heavier and more stable with less vibration to them. If space is at a premium and you will only mortise once or twice a week at most I would suggest the bench model. Since mortisers are dedicated to a single task, you should be able to add your own features you want or need. As Darnell stated the use of an x-y table is handy to have. When I was making this decision myself, my first thoughts were how much space I had to work with. My second was on how often would I use this machine. Since space is a premium for me the floor model wasn't an option. I then thought about a bench model and how often I would use it. For my use it would be lucky if it would be used once a month. My decision next was the attachment model for my drill press. For as much as I mortise this works fine for me. Like the table saw, whether its a floor or bench model you'll find what upgrades you will want to add. Hope this helps, as to which one to get my first choice is always floor model. But reality always rules the decision for me.
  11. Thanks for the reminder. I have 2 that need to replenish and plan to pick up a couple more kits. The one for my bicycle is nothing more than an old metal band aid tin with a flip top that I use for bike riding type injuries, such as blisters and cuts. light weight and handy.
  12. I was wondering who owns who in the tool manufacturing game and there sister companies. I use to have a list, but that was so long ago. Does anyone know where I could find a current list or posting of the manufactures and who owns them?
  13. Nothing wrong with starting out with hand tools, I kinda wish I had. I haven't thought of shop progression as a plan in years. I did start off buying some used tools getting started. Then I started thinking of buying new tools and about some of the features I wanted. One of my biggest shop progressions in my first shop was getting my 6"jointer and then my trip to Grizzly. This was what I call basic item tools. Table saw, Drill press, dust collector and combination Belt and Disc sander. I then started picking up tools as I needed them or thought I needed them. By the time I moved into my second shop I had need for a thickness planer and larger air compressor. I'm now in my third shop which is a lot smaller than the others, but is comfortable and is here at my home a big plus. During the time I've been out of shop I have been thinking of more tool acquisitions and am leaning to upgrading my hand tools and using more hand tools in my projects. So in answer to your question my thought now is buy what you want now and buy the best you can afford instead of upgrading later as there will be other tools you will want or need without having to upgrade all the time.
  14. I prefer making a jig for the drawer pulls. It doesn't hurt the holes being slightly oversize, makes it easier to install the screws without a lot of effort.
  15. I will assume for the time being you are referring to length, if this is the case its a simple fix. Shim the legs so that the bench doesn't rock. Then the with a scribe go to the shortest leg and set your scribe to its height from the floor to the bottom of the leg. Now scribe all the remaining legs with this measurement and trim at the scribe line.