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  1. I also have the ridgid SV and I currently use it as my primary dust collection system. I've added a homemade thein seperator upstream from the shop vac which removes most of the dust before it hits the vacuum. I also put a pair of pantyhose over the filter in the vac. The pantyhose can be cleaned with a quick 'snap' which is much quicker and cleaner then removing the main shopvac filter for cleaning.
  2. No problems with the glueup Jerry except that it took a long time and I got glue everywhere. I chose my straightest boards for the bench top so they didn't cause any issues.
  3. I'm very nearly finished my work bench. I modified the design from the guild build to accommodate my space and my budget. I can't call it a roubo but I can certainly call it a "cheepo", as I only spent $280 on the project (I already had the vices). I had access to a 3/4" hard maple for only $2 per bd-ft, so I made the entire bench by gluing up these thin boards. I reduced the length to 64" to fit my shop space, and the benchtop thickness to 3 1/4" for efficient use of my material . The front face is removable for easy access to the tail vise. It's a rock-solid work bench and a huge upgrade over my old one. I still need to flatten the top and add the shiplap on the lower shelf, but otherwise it's finished.
  4. I'm sure you will cover this in the coming weeks, but I think it's worth mentioning here. The primary reason that I keep my guild membership active is having quick access to the guidance of a professional woodworker. Knowing you've got my back gives me the confidence to push my boundaries and try new things. It's very important to me that I can get access to you quickly when I need it on any of my projects (not just the guild builds). Having said that, I understand why you are making this change and I think it's the right thing to do.
  5. Seems like a good time to renew my guild membership. I hope it works out ok for you.
  6. A big turning point in my woodworking was learning to slow down. I used to rush when I was in the shop and my earlier pieces suffered because of it. Now I take as much time as I need to get the job done properly, and I find it much more rewarding.
  7. You're right Russ, I have it backwards. Thanks for setting me straight. I removed my earlier diagram so nobody else would be confused by it. Matthias has a good description of it here: He says "There is almost no shrinkage in the direction of the wood's grain (lengthwise). There is some shrinkage radially (perpendicular to the growth rings), and a greater amount of shrinkage tangentially (along the curvature of the growth rings)."
  8. As a point of interest, I recently learned that the side and face grain behave differently when it comes to expansion. Trees expand and contract most in the direction of the annual growth rings and only about half as much across it. This explains why cupping occurs since the boards don't expand uniformly in all directions.
  9. I've done this a few times and I always get some burning from the router bit at the bottom of the groove. Sanding out those burn marks is a nightmare; especially at the corners. It helps to route the groove in several passes with your final cut being very shallow (1/64"). You'll probably still get some burning but this will minimize it.
  10. I often find my self drooling over the domino but I can't justify spending that much on a one-trick-pony. I'd rather spend less money and get a more versatile machine such as the woodrat. Granted, you can't beat the time savings that the domino offers, but I enjoy doing joinery and I don't mind spending extra time on it.
  11. What city are you in? In Ottawa, the best place is KJP. Definitely avoid the big box stores. You'll pay way too much for very poor quality wood. Check your yellow pages and look for the word 'hardwood'.
  12. Welcome aboard Bill. Good luck with the rocking horse. Take your time with it and have fun.
  13. Thanks guys, that helped. I tried again using a lighter touch with my burnishing rod and the burr seems to last longer now. I was probably burnishing too aggressively. Good idea with the magnetic business card. I'll have to stop throwing those things in the trash.
  14. Here's another resource for card scraper sharpening. It's a well written article from popular woodworking.