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About Jfitz

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  1. Hi Harry - welcome! It would be helpful to know what type of woodworking you're looking at....turning? boxes/decorative items? Furniture? Knowing your location might also help.
  2. I'm with Tom and Wtn .... I have a portable and deal with the "switchover" manually (only had to do it as a test; never needed it for emergency use). Mine is gasoline powered, though - no propane here outside of the gas grill. It's 6500W, so strong enough to run the entire house with the exception of central AC. The suggestion for keeping a spare carb on hand is a great idea.... We have natural gas to the house (used for heat, hot water, and cooktop) and an already oversized gas meter and supply pipe (took care of this when we renovated a few years back). If I go the route of an insta
  3. I usually do a quick once-over to check for staples, on any dimensioned lumber or sheet goods, especially from the big box stores.
  4. An older thread - And there is always this option... https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/man-used-2021-ford-f-140213250.html
  5. Hey Coop! Hope you're doing as well as possible with the weather. I have a portable generator and can connect it to the house if needed - but in the 25 years we've lived here, we've never lost power for more than a few hours (and in recent years it's only been 10 mins max.....we're fortunate to have a great local power system). I *have* looked into permanent standby-by generators (natural gas; automatically engage; etc). The real trick comes into sizing - if you want to run A/C, or just critical items like lights and heat. Prices have come way down from when I first thought abou
  6. I think it's 6 hour difference, to the US East Coast.
  7. All good feedback and ideas above. You need to find a way to optimize your truck rentals - rent from a different place, or stock up and get more material in any one trip. Or, you need to get a trailer or something. I did a quick search on the local craigslist and found a number of trailers available for $400 or less.....the harder part would be putting a hitch onto your leased car. To the original question I use either a Yukon XL (fits 4x8 sheets laying flat inside), or a 6x10 utility trailer.
  8. Totally agree! An RichardA's advice about keeping it simple is spot-on. Find something that works for you. I can only relay my experience - I started with wet-dry sandpaper on pieces of plate glass (I seem to recall I went all the way up to 2000 grit, but don't hold me to that). This is also known as the "scary sharp" method (look it up, there are a lot of videos on this). This was a good way for me to get going, somewhat inexpensively, and allow me to work with sharp edges and know what it meant to have a sharp tool. The knock against scary sharp is that long-term the cost of the p
  9. neither do I actually but for some reason I still do...
  10. I tend to disagree but I hope you can prove me wrong. Most of the vintage ones I would want seem to go regularly for over $100.
  11. thanks I get the PSI catalog but usually pay it no mind....guess ill look at it more closely.
  12. That's pretty clever. Nice way to add detail.
  13. Hi all - I want to batch out a bunch of pens using laser-cut inlay 'cancer ribbon' kits I got online. They are for a 27/64" tube, and work with the Woodcraft Wallstreet pen kits...but I would like to know what people think regarding 'quality' pen kits, what to look for, favorites, etc.
  14. That's the plan! Yes, it's a Nova 1624-44 . Nice surprise gift from my wife many years ago.