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About Stampy

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  1. Why not do a plunge cut on the table saw for the long slots?
  2. I work in a 10x16 shop that has a table saw with out feed, dust collector, Band saw and 8 foot miter/router station. Also a workbench with drawers at the end (10 foot end) with bench Drill press and belt/disk sander on it. Windows on one end and one side. Love the natural light. Hate the size. Once a project is started it consumes the space and nothing else can be done in there. Use of the table saw grinds to a halt as the out feed doubles as assembly table. Everything is on wheels. Some days I have to step outside to change my mind it's so crowded. I work on everything from bui
  3. Awesome. My grandson and I do this all the time. He's 3 1/2 and very curious. I've marked a bunch of stuff in the shop with red tape and now he knows what he can touch on his own and has to ask for first. Kids learn so fast, first thing he says now when he walks in is "I have to ask to use those tools right"? We build cars from old cutoffs and hole saw some wheels and now he has a little collection. Takes 15 minutes to make and he loves them.
  4. Sad to see him go. My mother met him when she did the Carousel Horse cover for the Christmas catalogue.
  5. Found this in the Seattle underground museum.
  6. My tools are officially for sale....nicely done.
  7. Having just built a house with a new wood stove you need to look at several different aspects of the area the stove will be in. The best way to start is with the chimney as it can be the most restrictive part. Distance to combustibles is a moving target based on codes, type of stove and as previously stated chimney placement. As stated previous poster advising putting up some tile, this makes no difference if the distance to the combustibles behind the tile is not within code or installation procedures for the stove installed. Our stove is in a partial alcove and to eliminate the overhang res
  8. Slats for sure as opposed to ply so the mattress can breathe. Especially if the mattress is foam.
  9. Put the board away on your rack, forget about it for 2 or 3 years. Then one day when your finnaly cleaning your shop re discover it and tear into it. Thats what usually hapens to me. Oh and in the mean time deny yourself the pleasure of working with a nice peice of wood by going to the local diy store and buy some over priced crappy wood and try to make chippendale furniture with it. Good luck
  10. I sanded one corner to test it out with some 600 grit and it came out really nice.
  11. I like that suggestion Highlander. Thank you all. I was thinking of doing a coat on the underside as well. Anyone have issues with cupping of a block this size? It's 87"x32" and 2" thick.
  12. Well we are in the final stages of the reno/build of our home and have moved back into the house and are feeling quite happy about the whole project. Some will recall a couple of posts months ago about our concerns with our build and our builder. After navigating the trials and tribulations of all that we are at the finish line. Just a few odd's and ends to do that I will complete and we will have a 99% new home. Pictured is the walnut island butcher block top. It came un finished as we wanted to get our hands dirty. I bought some food grade oil and need to do some sanding to get t
  13. Before i converted my old garage electrical I used to run a table saw and lights all on one 15 amp circuit without tripping the breaker. If your house was built in the 80's you could have aluminum wiring or a mix of both. And thats bad. Sub panel is the best way to go. I put in a 60 amp sub in my garage and ran all 20 amp circuits never had a problem. As a footnote we just have completed a rebuild on our house, when I was doing the demo on the old house I found several circuit conections that had been done improperly that had burn marks. You could have this from bad DIY from previo
  14. Nice! I'm going to poach some ideas from this one. Looks like you integrated the lower stretcher into the legs with some joinery. Hard to tell in these pics. Can you offer any details? Stampy
  15. As many of you were very open with your advice with our roof problem I thought I would update you on what has transpired. My builder and I recently sat down and had a long heart to heart. Funny how life can be. Some very profound parallels in our personal lives have been stressing us all including the roofing contractor who has had his son leave his company suddenly to pursue other avenues. They had a falling out and the affect has been devastating to his father who was planning on retiring and giving him the business. He was his right hand man and the labourers are now doing his r