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  1. Later this summer, I get to put together a new (basement) shop. With the kids all away (at school) we've decided to sell our house and build what will eventually be a 'retirement' home (I'm still working, but remotely full time ... so it doesn't matter where I am). So, I guess I have 2 major projects for 2022: Pack up my current shop Plan and build out my next shop.
  2. FWIW - the Woodwright line from Andersen looks like a solid product. My only issue is that they don't have equivalent transom window, sliders, or awning windows. Only double hung.
  3. I like the Marvin product line and looked at them for a previous property. The quote we got was IMO a little on the insane side. But - nice windows!!
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    Marc & Powermatic

    It was good to see Marc being so upbeat and appreciative of the long relationship with Powermatic. No sense throwing them under the bus - it seems to have been a good relationship both ways. Having said that - it'll be nice and fun and interesting to see what Marc does with the different pieces of machinery in his shop. Disclaimer - I don't own any Powermatic, although I do enjoy a touch of mustard on my hot dogs.
  5. Hey all - wondering if anyone has experience or thoughts on the various Andersen models (400, 400/Woodwright, A-series) and/or Pella (Architectural or Reserve lines). Andersen is appealing for some reasons, Pella for others. Lead times are an issue across the board though.
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    Cape Cod?

    Any WTO members from the Cape? I spend a lot of time here, but we're looking at finally downsizing and "retiring" here full time. Would love to connect with any woodworkers in the area....
  7. 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.
  8. 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 installed standby generator, I keep coming back to the dilemma* of fuel supply - what happens if the natural gas supply is interrupted? From what I've been reading, this has been one of the big issues in TX beyond the electricity outages. Locally, we had an incident a few years back where an entire area had the natural gas *shut off* for moths, due to gas supply issues (house fires and explosions, leading to shut-off off of the natural gas supply .. check it out here ). I'm debating either going with natural gas - and hoping it's only needed for electricity blackouts - or going with diesel, which would be more 'self contained', but brings its own set of issues with regard to run time and fuel storage. Any thoughts or experience regarding diesel standby generators? *dilemma vs dilemna: I learned it as dilemna, but apparently all major dictionaries are smarter than I am. So "dilemma" it is...
  9. I usually do a quick once-over to check for staples, on any dimensioned lumber or sheet goods, especially from the big box stores.
  10. An older thread - And there is always this option... https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/man-used-2021-ford-f-140213250.html
  11. 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 about it when we moved in. We do, however, know several people who have them. Natural gas powered, automatic testing (weekly), and they automatically engage when power loss is detected. There is work do be done around the main panel, since you need to isolate via a transfer switch (isolate the house from the main feed when generator is on; and need to isolate generator-powered loads from those in the house that are not). I want to say the last time I looked, a 10-12KW Natural gas unit for our house would have run me in the range of $10K. But I've not priced it in a few years. AS I pointed out above - we lose it so infrequently that depending on a portable generator (and manual work to get it going) is not an issue for me.
  12. I think it's 6 hour difference, to the US East Coast.
  13. 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.
  14. 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 paper can add up. True, but like anything it depends on how much work you get to do and how much sharpening you need to do. Using the sandpaper/glass method let me decide when to get into some waterstones and the associated intricacies of using them - how to store them, how to keep them flat, etc. But using the SS method let me become accustomed to waterstones on my own terms and timeline. Now, I use waterstones pretty much exclusively - and if I decide to get new or different stones, I have a baseline of what to expect of what works for me. One recommendation I'll make is to get a decent honing guide (I use the Veritas MKII and I like it, but there are a lot of good options out there). You'll be able to make use of it with pretty much any sharpening medium you choose. Good luck, and let us know what you decide to use.
  15. neither do I actually but for some reason I still do...
  16. 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.
  17. thanks I get the PSI catalog but usually pay it no mind....guess ill look at it more closely.
  18. That's pretty clever. Nice way to add detail.
  19. 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.
  20. That's the plan! Yes, it's a Nova 1624-44 . Nice surprise gift from my wife many years ago.
  21. I had purchased a slow speed grinder and a pair of CBN wheels , but I’ve done so little lathe work recently, they just sat in the corner. They say a good shop project is a good way to get back into the swing of things, so here’s my new grinder setup.
  22. ....to all the moms here, and to all the moms related to those here!
  23. I'm also working from home. For a while, what should have been 5-10min chats became 30-60 zoom meetings. The email load got crazy, and both early-risers (those in work early on normal days) and the night owls all seemed to think others were on their schedules. So - no shop time. It does seem to be moderating some, so Ill try to carve out time from the job and family to do something.