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  1. Chiming in: I've had a half dozen or so freight deliveries (including 2 from Grizzly), and despite it always saying curbside delivery only on the website, in practice the drivers have always been happy to put it in the garage. Sometimes they even refuse a tip. So I think this is only a theoretical problem.
  2. I've had good luck buying and selling on local woodworkers groups on Facebook.
  3. For 5” thick, it needs to be about 26.5” high. So maybe it’s not so hard to find. (The lowest height of my current roller stand is about 27.75”)
  4. Sorry for a reviving an old thread, but since this is the post resulted in me buying my very own Hammer A3/41 in 2017 (very happy with it!) I thought I'd try here. I finally decided to build a Roubo workbench, and consequently will have to be planing long heavy fairly thick things. My current roller stand does not go low enough to support pieces thicker than about 3" in planing mode (I'll need 4.5" maybe 5"). This can't be the first time someone has encountered this, so my questions: 1. Does anyone have a roller stand that they really like that can go low enough? 2. I currently have the unsupported (no leg) short extension table. The long one with a leg seems kind of spendy, but if it works well I'd consider it. But is it even long enough(for 8'+ boards) and does the log shorten enough? Any other solutions this group came up with would also be welcome!
  5. Good luck! I broke my Powermatic lathe (fixed under warranty) trying to twist off a stuck faceplate (broke the spindle lock). I'll never use it without a washer again :-)
  6. And I've not forgotten I owe you an insider VLA tour, although at the moment we're closed to everyone except required staff.
  7. bglenden


    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).
  8. Given that you have (access to?) a CNC, what do you see as its advantages?
  9. 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).
  10. 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).
  11. I know this is an old post, but the pictures seem to have disappeared. Does anyone have a current link?
  12. 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.
  13. 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), ...).
  14. 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).
  15. 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?
  16. 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?
  17. 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).
  18. 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?
  19. 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!
  20. 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!
  21. 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.
  22. 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!
  23. 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).
  24. 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?