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  1. That's why you split a central dc into the fence and cabinet as well as add an intake at the door. And that's got to be more than an eighth inch gap on three sides of the door. The best system is one that's balanced with intake meeting or exceeding exhaust. Also, I realize you're trying to prove a point but your numbers seem skewed. Shop vacs run about 150/55. My central dc runs 800/8.5 not 200/11.5. It seems like you may want to revisit your numbers.
  2. The ones I posted are the same and cheaper. I can also personally vouch for them.
  3. http://www.sommerfeldtools.com/Caster-Sets-for-LSD5/productinfo/CASTERS/
  4. Sommerfeld sells casters that are dual locking. I have them and when they lock they lock. There is no pivoting or spinning or moving. Regarding airflow just remember air prefers to go in straight lines and if it must turn it prefers gentle curves. Drilling holes in the door is fine...you don't need to control airflow. You just plain need to have it.
  5. I knocked the corners off on my smoothers and left cambering to my jack. I don't have a scrub plane yet so I have two blades for my 5. The first is a relatively large radius. The second is pretty small to use for roughing.
  6. I have a slightly different set up than Barry. However I agree in concept. The one thing I would add is get the large plates. When I got my first set I didn't realize there are multiple sizes. Also I'd recommend the holder.
  7. oh it hurt to type it and I fully know I lost social standing to say it. :-)
  8. I'd seriously recommend the Freud quadra cut. I just used mine this week to mill 90 feet of 3/4" mahogany quarter round. Worked like a charm. No tear out and all done in one pass. It wasn't cheap but it cut like a dream in my opinion.
  9. I am wondering why you're turning a child on the lathe. Most people in this forum use wood. Terrible joke aside I think 8 is a bit young. There is plenty else to do in the shop. She'll appreciate you making her wait if you work her up to it.
  10. Here is the answer. I sort of figured they were compressed a bit to start with.
  11. Depending on how soft they are, I know some panel spacers are meant to be compressed slightly when you install them. I would not make the extra depth exactly the same as the size of the space ball. I'd do some research to find out how much compression space ball recommends you start with. Also, why couldn't you just trim some of the panel edge off to make more room?
  12. Or...pack them in a pile of dry sawdust. That will wick a lot of the moisture out of the pieces much faster than air drying. If needed, change out the sawdust part way through the drying.
  13. If you need pointers when you're in the Chicagoland area, look me up.
  14. Yeah but...you need the outfeed table to move in order to set the height even with the top of the blades or you'll never make straight wood out of the machine.
  15. I used that product at first. It doesn't hold up well without repeated applications by the end-user.
  16. You can use something like these or make something similar with some hardwood blocks cut to match your angle and glued to hardboard.
  17. Nicely said! I called the organizers of TWWS a couple of years ago to talk with them about what I liked and didn't like. They said to look forward to major changes to kick start a dying show.
  18. First, of all, I agree with your statement that your mind is your most important tool if it's properly used. That's spot on! Second (again this is all in good fun forum discussion) you're right that the Egyptians had access to slaves, but they weren't a tool. They were used as a resource just the same as timber and stone. The builders expected a certain number of slaves to be killed, maimed or die for each percentage of construction. Still, if I'm trying to follow with your premise, the other part you didn't mention was some of the labor was through farmers who wanted to work in the off season while the Nile was flooding their land. They could only farm in between periods of flooding. HOWEVER! I'm not sure that farmers and slaves were really "an incredibly powerful tool" as you mention. Slaves were used primarly for menial labor and farmers are not necessarily skilled masons. Both were primarily used in unskilled jobs so their value as a "tool" was diminished. The last point I want to make on the slave part is two words: malicious obedience. They would do what, as much, how long, how far, how high as they were told and little more. In my opinion, those two words form another reason a slave is not a tool. That's all academic anyway because it's ignoring the poing that slaves and farmers and masons and architects and pharaohs are all human beings first and foremost; therefore, not a tool.
  19. I gotta bust your chops a little...and here it goes. Who are we to say they had crappy tools? They had the best available for that day and age right? It seems you're qualifying their tools relative to the tools we now have. By that justfication we're using crappy tools no matter if it's the latest SawStop or Lie-Nielsen back saw because a few hundred years in the future the technology will be better and our tools will be out of date. So...the premise of the initial question is invalid.
  20. If it's a punch, I'm thinking more like a leather or gasket punch. Or it looks like a snap/grommet press.
  21. I think the woodworker and his or her dedication to excellence has more to do with the project than the tool. I understand a crappy tool can make you work harder through set-ups, tuning, making jigs, sanding, etc. However, referencing my first sentence, please also remember that crappy work can be made on nice tools too. It's mostly up to you!
  22. You already had the answer. If all you have is a shop vac you're better off to let the chips dump on the floor while jointing then vacuum them up when you're done.
  23. Honestly, start by being sensible with the wood you select (local species), reducing waste through careful planning, minimize your power consumption by keeping lights on only where you're working, install low water use plumbing fixtures if you have them in your shop and look into solar electric or solar thermal systems. I know what I wrote is oversimplified, but my point is to treat the disease...not just the symptoms. If you're looking to do more stupid hippie (J/K) things look into any sustainable movement. You can range from combating non-native species, clean up garbage on the roadside, plant trees as part of an arbor organization or create projects from re-cycled or up-cycled projects, etc. The bounds are limitless and doing something at all is a great step.
  24. JayWC

    Where's dwacker?

    Although his execution sometimes left something to be desired, I can +1 your assessment above. He did show his passion. To me, that's why we're all in this forum!
  25. JayWC

    Where's dwacker?

    While I definitely definitely definitely wish him the best of health, I've gotta say I don't miss 75% of his posts. He typically projected the air that he was right and if someone posted another option or opinion most of the time he had to prove why he was right. I remember one discussion where it was pointed out that his take on making a tablesaw fence not parallel to the blade (specifically open at the back) was how it used to be done, but shouldn't these days out of hand. There was another one about dust panels and another about riving knives. The other thing he typically did was never let it rest. Just see the thing about his last customer bad mouthing him. As you can probably tell I got into it with him a couple of times. I even told him we're here for the betterment of ourselves and our fellow woodworkers. His comment back was that I'm an idiot. To me, that's not the point of the forum. So...again, while I'm on the hope he's okay team, please pardon me if I don't jump on the "miss his posts" band wagon.