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  1. The cut list is showing 127 bf, mostly 8/4, some 4/4, 6/4 and 12/4. I'd say 150 bf should cover a couple minor facepalm moments. I'm getting 200 in anticipation of several major facepalm moments.
  2. Eric.

    Need a bench!

    Benchcrafted stuff is certainly expensive, but "unreasonable" is pretty subjective. I guess it depends on how important quality is to each individual. It definitely hurt making the purchase, but I look at the bench build as a critically important project instead of an obstacle to surmount before starting another "real" project. Besides, this thing will last multiple lifetimes. So take solace in the fact that you'll never have to build another bench, instead of wasting time and materials upgrading every few years until you eventually arrive at the same place anyway.
  3. Plaster is hardcore brutal on blades. I went through a bunch of them, recip and circ, on my dad's kitchen rehab last year. Do they make any kind of masonry blade for the MultiX? That's what I'd look for...something that could cut through concrete.
  4. I visit a number of forums for several different hobbies, and this is the only one that doesn't constantly devolve into petty bickering and nonsense. It's nice coming to a place where a troll isn't lurking around every corner. Now when are you gonna do an episode on power carving?
  5. LOL Tim. Yep, pretty much. I'm still able to get outdoors pretty often...I can get deep into the Ozarks in about an hour. But now all my "hiking" is done the easy way...floating down small rivers in my canoe with a cooler of beer, and getting out once in a while to whip the fly rod around. Thread officially derailed...sorry buddy.
  6. Do you mostly use the 150/3, Marc? Or is there some reason I can't think of that would make me want the 150/5?
  7. Thanks guys. Guess I'll save a few bucks and go with the little guy. Dust collection just about the same on both units?
  8. It was always a dream of mine when I was younger to hike the entire Appalachian Trail starting in the south in spring and ending up in Maine by fall to see those world-famous colors. But alas life got in the way and now I'm too old and fat and family committed. I was able to hike the Smokies for 5 days several years ago...we did Mt. Sterling and just about died in an ice storm while we were up there. Fun stuff. I think 38" would be a little high for me personally, and I would probably try to keep it 36" or less unless you were trying to match it up to other nearby work surfaces. Surel
  9. Couple of questions for you Festool freaks... I need a new ROS and jigsaw. For the ROS, Either the 125, the 150/5 or the 150/3. All Festool sanders are on sale at Rockler right now, BTW. 10% I believe. As for the jigsaws, do any of you have experience with the barrel grips? What are the advantages/disadvantages of that design?
  10. I'm 5'9" and mine is dead nuts 34". I like that height...any taller and it could start getting to be a reach to the back of it. Here in MO the walnuts are losing their leaves already, hickories are turning bright yellow, the red maples are orange, ashes are deep purple, and the dogwoods are going red. I'd say in a couple weeks we'll be at peak color. But it sure doesn't feel like fall out and DRY since June. The Smokies are gorgeous, but I've only seen them in spring.
  11. Eric.

    5" Duct

    Thanks man, that's better than everything else I've found. The economy stuff is 26 gauge, though...I've heard stories of pipe collapsing on itself when it's too thin. Think that should be a concern? Maybe not with just 2HP?
  12. Eric.

    5" Duct

    Does anyone know where to find 5" duct? I've pretty much exhausted the Google, and what I've found has been insanely expensive. The reason I ask is I've got my eye on a cyclone separator to add onto my single stage DC...but the inlet on the cyclone is 5". Why? I have no idea. So assuming I can't find any 5", would I be better off reducing to 4" or expanding to 6" off the cyclone for my main line? The DC inlet is 6" and it's a 2HP. Thanks for any help guys.
  13. Just wanted to give everyone a heads up... I ordered the hardware package for the split-top yesterday, and they said it will be about a month before it ships. You have to imagine as more Guilders place their orders the wait will only get longer. So order your stuff! BTW, very prompt and courteous responses from Benchcrafted. I can't wait to start this build!
  14. That's pretty much my rationale, too. I'm planning to make this the last bench I ever build, so I may as well go all out and be done and happy with it. Got my guy down to $2.70/bf for the 8/4 red leaf maple...that's good enough for me. Guess I'm gonna go ahead and order it and the bench hardware today or tomorrow. Ouch.
  15. Right now I'm facing the challenge that Chip just mentioned. I'm currently about one year ahead of you, Imaginos...I just made the transition from hobbyist to "serious hobbyist." After a couple years of researching and saving up funds, I went out and bought a bunch of machines at once. After much deliberation, I purchased most of them from Grizzly, with the exception of the router table (yet to be acquired) and a PM2800 drill press. If budget wasn't an issue for me, I probably would have gone with another brand, but going with Grizzly allowed me to get more machines, bigger machines, more
  16. I went up to see what my local guy had in stock, and he's got a bunch of 8/4 red leaf maple for $3/bf. Does that sound about right to you guys or too high? Some of it had some nice figure that I could use on the face and legs.
  17. Eric.

    Race Track Full Setup

    Very nice. Looks like the same exact fabric I put on mine. Speedcloth with the suits patterned into it?
  18. Didn't even notice until you mentioned it, but yep, it's bent alright. Don't know how that could have happened other than being mangled in the hoist itself. It's been hanging from my rafters since it came out of the box.
  19. This one... And here's the culprit... On a brighter note, everything seems to be going together the way it should.
  20. What is it that you think I should have done differently? I'd like to know for future reference if I've been using a hoist the wrong way. It's a chain hoist with a single hook on a single chain. I hooked it up to tow straps that I laced under the skid and over the top of the box where they met at a single point. When I lifted the crate it did not swing and it was perfectly plumb when hanging. There was no jumping or jerking in the chain while I was lowering the machine. I don't know how else I could have handled it...seems to me I was using it exactly the way it was intended to be used.
  21. Yeah, the chain was perfectly vertical, and it wasn't swinging or anything. It just...gave. I guess it was probably a bad weld on that chain link. I can't fathom what if anything I was doing was a pretty straight forward operation using a piece of equipment for the exact purpose it was made. I'm pretty sure it was purely mechanical failure due to poor-quality materials or craftsmanship. I don't buy from Harbor Freight very often, and now I have a reason to never go there for anything, especially anything potentially dangerous.
  22. Yeah, it's a chain hoist. Even 50% of rated capacity would be a thousand pounds...supposedly the shipped weight of the planer was at least 300 less than that. We're looking at about 33% of rated capacity causing failure. That's just unacceptable. They're playing with people's safety with their incompetence.
  23. One of the chain links broke. I didn't know about the decreased rating thing...they should probably rate a hoist at whatever the weakest point is instead of the strongest. That's a little misleading.
  24. So over the weekend I made the drive from St. Louis down to Springfield, MO to pick up a few machines I purchased from Grizzly. While I was down there I stayed with some buddies and did some fishing. Of course after a two month drought, the sky decided to open up and pour down rain for the entire weekend, and of course my trailer and my new machines were out in the weather the whole time. I brought down every tarp I had and covered them as best I could, and fortunately everything stayed nice and dry. I made the drive back home yesterday and went about unloading today. All of the machin
  25. I went out today to buy another pair of 50" Jets. Apparently "they just raised their prices," at least according to the local dealer. They jumped from $50 a piece to $70 a piece. I said no thank you.