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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.
  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?
  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.
  16. I believe this question came up here before, may have been somewhere else. But then small shops fascinate me anyhow. Since the question is the smallest shop seen and how they dealt with space in the shop for storage, I'll assume that your in a similar type of situation. Since you don't mention the size of your closet shop or larger. LOL I will describe a friend's shop he had. It was about a 6x10 shed. He had all bench mounted type tools, I say type as when you first walked in the door there was his table saw. It sat up against the wall on the bench and there was a small size trap door that was for outfeed going through the wall. The door was about 8"tall and about 24" wide. His saw wasn't the usual bench saw it was an old contractor's saw with the wings removed and shortened rails for the fence mounted to the saw. Needless to say that what wasn't mounted on the bench went under the bench. He also had 8" wide shelves above the benches, he had narrow benches on each side of the shop. Needless to say there was a lot of stuff in the little space. He had me build him a 4x4 add on off the corner. He built shelves in it from top to bottom to store his tools and hardware and finishing supplies in. This gave him a tremendous amount of space in his little shop to move around in and do more. Dust collection was nothing more than a shop vac. He had a lumber rack on the wall in his garage to store his lumber. If you can envision what a 4x4 add on could do for you, I think you would be surprised at how much space you could have in your small shop. While i'm a firm believer in hanging everything on the walls, wall space comes at a premium. Which for me has come to mean space saving cabinets in the shop. By Space saving I'm thinking of vertical pull outs that resemble vertical drawers with shelves that can be of varying widths. Of course this means I have to build them yet.
  17. Have you considered maybe running a groove and gluing a wood strip to sink the screw into to give the screw hold some bite to it? I would think that would work and give you the confidence that it wouldn't pull out on you. Just a thought.
  18. What would you do differently? After suffering a devastating loss of this nature, it would require me to re evaluate my woodworking. The first thing would have to be a shop that would be built partially underground as I live in Tornado Alley. Once I had a shop with all the amenities of plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling as well as a good dust collection system. I would invest in good quality hand tools which would be an upgrade from what I currently have. Next on the list would be a 20" Band Saw and 20" Planer as well as replacing all the other woodworking machines I have. The one tool I wouldn't replace would be the SCMS as I use my RAS more than I do the SCMS.
  19. If the pieces aren't attached yet sometimes you can tighten the gap by making a saw kerf in the joint. Otherwise sawdust mixed with glue make a good filler.
  20. While I can't say that I have your problem, at least at this time. I had a friend who's shop was smaller it was a 6x10 or 12. He was faced with your dilemma. His solution to the problem was to add on a 4x4 room if you could call it that. He had so much stuff in there on shelves sort of like a tool crib. Surprisingly this opened up his work area a lot. Everything sat on shelves and was all with in plain site.
  21. For right now I'm just going to start doing some kind of woodworking projects. See my blog on my shop tour, since I have all my tools out of storage its time to play a little. Next years list will be items I need to do to finish out the shop. 1. Insulate the shop 2. Put up walls and ceiling in the shop 3. Put in the duct work for dust collection 4. Run air lines After that I will then know what I will want to upgrade next after having worked in the shop for a while.
  22. Since not many check out the blog section. I thought I would let everyone know that I posted my shop tour in the blog section. Still learning my way around this forum so forgive me for posting my shop tour in the wrong place.
  23. Have you considered putting in drops to reach up an attach to. This could be done for electrical as well as for the dust collection. As said retractable cords are nice for smaller hand tools, but I wouldn't want to run a machine from them.
  24. My suggestion would be to build the larger gate for vehicles and then next to it put a walk through gate the best of both worlds and yet independent of each other.
  25. Hey Bois, What you mean the vise is on the wrong end? Oh wait I'm left handed LOL. For a counter space I wouldn't mind, but then as mentioned it would really rob you of valuable space in a small shop. For a workbench I prefer one that it can get to all sides without having to try and move a project around on.