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  1. And I've not forgotten I owe you an insider VLA tour, although at the moment we're closed to everyone except required staff.
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    I have the Woodpecker "framing" squares and like them, but the big one is "only" 26". They are pretty spendy and I imagine it's possible to do better (or worse, a Starrett 36" master precision machinist square is $4.6k).
  3. Given that you have (access to?) a CNC, what do you see as its advantages?
  4. I've never had a driver refuse to roll it into the garage. I always try to tip ($20), but it isn't always accepted. My logistics are simple though (paved driveway, very mild slope).
  5. Apropos of nothing much, I work for the place that operates the VLA (and some other radio telescopes). I call myself a radio astronomer gone bad (I now manage software and telescope IT).
  6. I know this is an old post, but the pictures seem to have disappeared. Does anyone have a current link?
  7. Perhaps mistakenly I deliberately did not get twist-lock (I have outlets on the ceilings and the walls), since if I run into a cord or whatever I want it to pull out.
  8. I got a lot of used fittings at a good deal, maybe not a screaming good deal, so I'm committed. I agree at list price it's a lot of money, but everyone values things differently (c.f. Festool (which I have), Bridge City (which I do not), ...).
  9. Sorry for reviving an old topic - but thought it best to keep it all together. I picked up some Nordfab fittings (relatively) cheaply from a local woodworker, so I guess it's time to finally stop dragging a hose from machine to machine and install some actual duct. Is there any update on what the best place to buy Nordfab is these days? (, Oneida, and Grizzly are recommended above, but from nearly 4 years ago).
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    Dealing with HOA

    I guess I’ll be the contrarian. If you are running your power tools much of every weekend afternoon in close proximity to your neighbors patio, as it sounds from the first post, forget the legalities and HOA regulations; that’s just rude and not very neighborly. (As is whatever is coming out of their loudspeakers if loud). Why not be the better person and move it to your garage instead of indulging in legalisms and revenge fantasies?
  11. I'm curious about where you will put the turbo vise - at one end of the bench, leaving the other end for the tail vise?
  12. My understanding is that using two holdfasts simultaneously is thought to promote binding/kickback - one side or the other should be free to fall away. (Seems plausible to me, but no personal experience since I don't do this).
  13. Does making multiples at the same time save significant time, or is all the work in the shaping, sanding, etc, so it's not a big savings?
  14. It's ingenious, but I worry that it might be ungainly for mounting / dismounting / moving from machine to machine. I hope it's a huge success!
  15. I also like using the colors for different grits (using spectrum (or resistor) colors for grit, i.e. red = coarsest). I also hadn't thought about stacking up several at once - smart!
  16. Same. When they switched to Zinio I decided to not renew since I couldn't get the PDFs any more and that broke my OCD collecting impulse. To each their own of course, but I found the major decline in interesting (to me) material dated back to the departure of Bender, Huey and Lang (shame they couldn't make a go of 360 Woodworking), not the more recent departures.
  17. I didn't do anything other than save my nickels and dimes (quite a few of them) and bought a 5 HP Oneida. I haven't put ducting in yet so I'm still pulling a 4" hose from machine to machine. (I'd like to do Nordfab ducting but don't want to pay for it, so I'll likely end up with thin wall PVC). Sorry I don't have an answer to my original question!
  18. Probably overkill, but I ended up getting some brackets from Tractor Supply and attached some 2x10's (I think, maybe 2x12) to them and just rolled it off on the mobility kit. My delivery was a pallet on a pallet for some reason, so I had 8 or so inches to come down. (I put an on-edge 2x4 under the ramp about half way down since I figured it would be too bendy otherwise).
  19. Thanks to everyone who helped us get our lathe equipped. We bought a few 3x6x6 blanks from (Craft Supplies) to get started. They don't seem very wet (we don't have a moisture meter), but they did come wrapped in plastic with wax (?) on the end grain. We live in New Mexico which tends to be very low humidity (e.g., right now it is 15%). All of our blanks have cracked to one extent or another as we've turned them. (Usually when the blank was sitting, sometimes over night). Is there something we should be doing to prevent this, or is this just what happens?
  20. I've got a ~10 year old plywood bench that has it's deficiencies for handwork especially (not completely flat, vice not flush with legs/apron, ...). While I'd like a Roubo if it magically appeared in my shop, one intermediate thing I've been thinking about doing is building a Shannon Rogers style joinery bench instead for the handwork I actually do, leaving the plywood bench for machine work, assembly etc type stuff. Having experimented with dimensioning wood entirely by hand I know I definitely don't want to do that, so I'm just looking for a good system for joinery type handwork.
  21. When I was looking for my bandsaw (>5 years ago) the bandsaw I wished I could afford was the Minimax 16 (now metric 400 I believe). I believe it also has 16" of resaw capacity. I am not in the market so am not current on the thinking about today's models, but I'd be surprised if it still isn't a very solid unit / strong contender. (I ended up with a Grizzly 17" bandsaw which does the job but just doesn't have that nice tool fit and finish).
  22. Definitely carbide to start with! Thanks for the info.
  23. What size turning tools should I get - it looks like the range from ~12" to ~30" total length, with the most common size seeming to be about 24". I can imagine that over time we might want to fill in the range, but to start with what's the most versatile size? (I imagine turning a "soup bowl" sized bowl might be my wife's canonical starter project).
  24. Something I have heard of people using for top-heavy long-skinny lathe moving is attaching trailer jacks (3x) with wheels, e.g. attaching something like the below to the pallet and lifting it up and wheeling it around. No personal experience, bit it seems a possibility: %2B Towing > Trailer Jacks > Marine %2B Swivel Jacks&utm_campaign=Ironton&utm_content=44062&gclid=Cj0KCQiA8_PfBRC3ARIsAOzJ2urW51EL8NeCvuihx-ANkeCiUiPBopkdtc5dlD3Y3wAJe7HqdMvskToaAiykEALw_wcB
  25. Thank you Mark and Riley for the advice and clear explanations. Although the lathe (on sale!) was only my second most expensive tool, I'm pretty sure it will be the champion after I get all the accessories :-)