Eric.

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  1. A Japanese maple big enough to mill is going to be a VERY old tree, and you'd be lucky to get any lumber worth using due to the irregular branching structure, as noted above. I don't think I've ever seen one with a trunk bigger than a foot in diameter, and we have some very old trees in downtown St. Louis. They just don't get big enough to mill, and IMO are much more valuable as living specimens than as lumber. I get more satisfaction out of pruning my living Japanese maples than I would making furniture out of them. It would be cool to build something out of a dead one, though.
  2. Thanks guys for all the comments.
  3. The only thing I can say with certainty is...I love my Gibson.
  4. Yeah, there are so many to drool over. I plan to pick up some specialty planes in the future, but my budget is a little blown right now. Router plane is first on that list.
  5. Found it, Russ. Thank you! And thank you, Shannon, for a great video. That explained exactly what I needed to know. I think I got my answer...I need to save more money for more tools LOL.
  6. Want to add a jack. Low angle or standard? Go!
  7. Cool. I also have to know where you found that awesome little brass mallet with the stubby handle...how many ounces is that? I haven't seen those anywhere.
  8. So after doing a considerable amount of research tonight, I feel obliged to throw the "white vs. blue" question to you guys as well. Have any experiences that would help me lean one way or another? Sounds like the blue is harder, more brittle, tougher to sharpen, but holds an edge longer. The white sharpens more easily and to a slightly sharper edge, not as brittle, but dulls a little faster and might be a little soft for the hardest of hardwoods. Anything to add to that list? Think I'm leaning toward a set of white steel Matsumuras because they're slightly cheaper. What sizes did you star
  9. So I've been looking into getting a set, but I have NO idea what's what and who's who and which ones are authentic and handmade and which ones are made in China and just have some Japanese letters carved in the handle. Can anyone lead me in the right direction? For example, these on ebay... http://www.ebay.com/itm/360024701520?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649 Legit or no? How do you know? And what's the difference between those and these? http://www.ebay.com/itm/360063849912?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649 There are several Japanese seller
  10. Does anyone know where I can get some free plans for a router table cabinet? I like the Bench Dog design, and would prefer one identical to it, but I kinda want to whip this project out pretty quick and don't have the time to experiment. I looked around a bit, but couldn't find any cabinet plans I was ga-ga over that I didn't have to pay for.
  11. You can get a two ton chain hoist from Harbor Freight or any other junk tool store for pretty cheap...think I paid about $30 for it. I use it to change the blades and clean the decks on my mowers, but it comes in real handy to lift heavy equipment out of the trailer, too. Might not work from the bed of a truck if you can't back it into the garage because the machine makes it too tall. Anyway, something to consider. It's a one time cost for all your future equipment purchases.
  12. Eric.

    Hackberry

    True, guess I will! Could always use it for shop furniture, too.
  13. Eric.

    Hackberry

    Hey guys, a large hackberry tree fell over in my dad's backyard. I'm getting ready to go cut it up, mostly for firewood, but there are a few sections that are large enough to mill some lumber from if it's worth it. The little bit of research I did suggests that it is suitable for furniture, but I thought I'd find out if you guys had any first-hand experience with this wood before I spent the time milling it. Appearance, workability, uses, etc. Thanks guys!
  14. No, not the protective coating, the greasiness underneath it. Stupid title to the thread...sorry for the misunderstanding.
  15. I just got a new Forrest WWII blade, plucked off the rubbery stuff...I use WD40 to clean off the residue left underneath. Is there a better solvent to clean blades? I've always used the WD but I wanna take care of this blade better than I have my cheapos in the past. Or maybe it doesn't matter?
  16. Eric.

    Too much?

    No kidding. Imagine dealing with a sheet of 3/4 MDF in there. Something tells me he's set up in the garage to break down sheet goods before he takes them into the shop, though. The man is not lacking equipment. Wow.
  17. I'm thinking I'll just run the cords and wires through the bandboard and into the basement and put the amp on a shelf down there...I'll only have to run about 8 ft or so, and I don't really need frequent access to the amp like I do the receiver. That way I can build a housing around the other components in the garage...the receiver doesn't get that hot, just the amp.
  18. Good ideas so far guys. The cabinet idea just won't work. In all honesty I'm overworking the stereo with the ridiculous speakers I have it driving. I really need a bigger amp...I had to take it out of a cabinet when it was still in the house because it was overheating. Out of the cabinet, no problem. I like Dave's idea...think I might go in that direction.
  19. I just got a new stereo so the old one found a new home in the garage shop. It's pretty nice equipment and I'd like to keep it that way. I'm trying to figure out how to keep the bulk of the dust off of it without suffocating and overheating it...it pushes a fair amount of juice to a couple pretty heavy speakers. Thinking about building some kind of housing that would utilize furnace filters on two sides, and putting a fan or two in there. You guys have any brilliant ideas for keeping the electronics in your shop clean and cool?
  20. Wish I hadn't opened this can of worms. Everything I read says that small router bits don't cut well at the slower speeds on the shapers, regardless of your feed rate.
  21. You can buy an adapter for the shaper and run all your router bits with it. The problem is the RPMs are too slow for small router bits.
  22. So I guess router tables are for routing and shapers are for shaping...just like everything else, each tool has a job that it's made specifically for and does better than others.
  23. Apparently the biggest and most important difference is cutter speed, and router bits will produce inferior cuts at the lower speeds offered on the shapers. Which probably means I'm gonna pass. Shaper cutters are too pricey.
  24. Why don't more people have shapers then?