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About MikeHill

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  1. If you just think of the overall length of a given piece, it's easy to figure out. For a piece with facing miters, the overall length is just the exterior length. For a piece with miters facing the same direction, the overall length is the exterior length + 1 thickness e.g. Given a board thickness of 3/4", for a piece with 2 miters facing the same direction, take the exterior length and add 3/4" for the total board length. There's also a case where you would take the board length and add 2 thicknesses but that case is not in your diagram.
  2. The nailer is just a convenient clamping technique here. A pretty commonly used technique though. For 1/4 thick, you'll have to try the nailier to be sure it doesn't split the wood.
  3. Some of my first projects used 1x pine as well. I remember feeling bad about how things were looking during construction. After everything was all assembled and I had a chance to sand out all the uneven joints, I felt a lot better about the project. You might be seeing some issues that can be minimized or completely eliminated when you start fine tuning everything. Get a sanding block and some 80 grit sandpaper to smooth out those joints.
  4. I also have a 1 car garage shop. I'm currently in the process of ripping out some tall floor cabinets which I'm going to replace with wall cabinets. Floor space is much more important to me than storage. With this change, I'll finally have the floor space I need to get a decent sized lathe.
  5. if you just need to bring the table and blade into alignment you might be able to do it by loosening the remaining 3 screws and using the broken one as your pivot point.
  6. I got mine used around 4 years ago. The only thing I added was the mobile base. Works great! Dust collection is not great but if you try running it with the dust collector disconnected you'll notice a lot more dust. I know I've forgotten the dust collector when a cloud of fine sawdust starts forming around me. So even though it's not great it is somewhat effective.
  7. I know people swear by these angle gauges but in my experience they're not accurate. Finally got tired of looking at mine and threw it out a few weeks ago. I've gone through a few. This last one I believe was an AccuRemote I got from Amazon. I tried calibrating it a few times but it was never 'right' everywhere.
  8. Don't overlook the 'no buy' option. Many hardwood dealers will joint and plane your stock when you buy it. I wouldn't go with this long term but if you're just looking to find out if you enjoy woodworking, this would be a good starting point.
  9. I'm also in a 1 car garage. I would love to have an outfeed table and a router table but after some hard thinking I decided I don't have room for either. My table saw is a Rigid model from Home Depot. The right side of the table expands and leaves a hole in the middle of the table. I cut a piece of 3/4 plywood and dropped that in the hole. I attached the router to the plywood and that's my makeshift router table. As a bonus, I can use my table saw fence for the router table. I use the router table a lot and don't have any complaints.
  10. There's a wood whisperer video you may have seen. I think it's called 'A Lumbering Feelin'. One tip from that video that helped me was to search the yellow pages and internet for 'Hardwood'. I was able to find a few local hardwood dealers that have what I need.
  11. I've been practicing dovetails too. I'm using a bandsaw jig that cuts 10 degree dovetails. To cut the pins I'm also using the bandsaw and tilt the table 10 degrees left for half the cuts and 10 degress right for the other half of the cuts. So how did I come up with 10 degress? After some research I found all sorts of angles being used. I settled for 10 degress as that's about as far as my bandsaw table will tilt to the left.
  12. Based on that then a scarf joint is also an end grain joint. I don't think this is true. It's not a black and white thing where it's either end grain or long grain. I still think that since the dowel is all long grain and the hole in the board is only partially end grain that it's not a mostly end grain joint.
  13. The hole's round too So... the dowel is all long grain except for the tip. If you're edge joining boards the hole you drill in the board is half long grain and half end grain. Sure it would be better if it was all long grain but it's definitely not mostly end grain.
  14. Great thread... I'm cracking up and some of the stuff. I've noticed when I can get something cheap from Costco it's always not great but still servicable and I'm satisfied. But when I get something cheap from Home Depot it's always a major POS that I wish I never brought home. A few screwdriver sets come to mind.