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  1. I believe the level of detail you are seeing is able to be done with the free version. I am guessing he got quite creative with the materials tool in sketchup to make it look so life like. Well done!
  2. I have replaced a machine that my wife originally bought as a gift for me. In this case when I got the first tool, I was not as involved with woodworking as I am now. As I got up to speed the machine simply was not meeting my needs, and she saw the frustrations I was having with it. I bought the new machine, but kept the one she gave me for awhile. After awhile I asked her if it was okay if I sold it, and she said she was okay with it. I of course made sure I made something for her with the new machine afterwards. ;-)
  3. Understand. To add, I have been running this DC for a year now, and have been gradually adding machines on to it. I have 3 machines permanently attached to it (Table Saw, Jointer, Router Table) with 4" hookups, and 1 machine (the OSS) with a 2.5" hookup. The 2.5" hook up is also conveniently placed that I put a shopvac hose on it for surface cleanup. As others have stated, and as you have observed, the suction is not comparable to a shopvac, as they work on different principles. In my opinion a wood shop really needs both. To get a broader view of my DC setup, I also have a small 1h
  4. I have the same DC, the include wye is definitely 4".
  5. Just for clarification, the 2HP HF dust collector has a 5"inlet with a 4"x4" wye
  6. I have the G0654 6" Grizzly Jointer, which is their lowest cost floor model jointer. I knew going in that I would need to tweak, shim, and adjust it. I had two different settings to do this. The first one was when I first got it, and thought I had setup good enough, but after running it for awhile I found that it wasn't. The second time is when I start applying the shims. This honestly took me under 2 hours to complete. I cut up a coke can to use for my shims. The most difficult part was getting the space opened up to slip the shims in. Once done, the difference was immediately apparen
  7. +1 On the Harbor Freight comments. Buying from them isn't any different than buying from any other company. I bought the HF "2hp" dust collector last year. The HP rating is exaggerated, but I knew that before buying as I researched. My research also helped me conclude that this dust collector was a great machine for its money. My experience so far completely agrees with the assessments from other reviewers. Where HF keeps the cost lower on their tools is their quality control is less than other tool manufacturers. This means that you are more likely to find a tool that is damaged or has
  8. Sounds like an opportunity to get creative, and truly make the chair your own. Consider things such as putting a contrasting wood there, or some trim pieces to cover the glue line. (Or both!) Think outside the box on this one, but avoid if it all possible making new legs.
  9. I have a budget bench top drill press, and when I received a floor model drill press, I kept both. The bench top DP is good performer and it comes in handy if I need to dedicate one to a specific job. I saw a couple mentions of the Ridgid OSS/Belt Sander. I have one and love it. I think it is one of the best bangs for your buck out there.
  10. Wow, I wouldn't even know where to begin pricing that. Some of those planes maybe rare and are worth quite a bit.
  11. Just a note, if you had to choose between a planer and a jointer, I would go with the planer first. While it isn't optimal, you can use a sled in the planer to face joint a board, and a jig on the table saw to edge joint a board. It is much more difficult to replicate the function of planer with other machines in the shop. Of course there is always the hand plane option.
  12. mikem


    Congrats on the sale!
  13. What type of gouge are you using? Can you post pictures of the grind (top and side)
  14. The link is an email link, it won't take you anywhere. Still use caution though.
  15. It is a little expensive, but the Avery Woodworkers tape works very well. It has strong lateral strength, but is designed to be pulled apart easily. Plus the tape can be reused if making multiple pieces of the same template. http://www.woodcraft.com/category/4/1001087/2085967/Avery%20Dennison%20Woodworking%20Tape.aspx
  16. This is an interesting conversation. I am to the point where it would be nice to start getting a little income with my shop. I am looking at possibly starting an etsy store, more or less to feel out the waters with a variety of items to see what sells.
  17. I am planning on going, as well as to the Studley tool chest exhibit.
  18. mikem


    What I look for both when buying and selling used tools is what they are selling for currently. The rule of thumb I use for stuff machines less than 10 years old is 50% of what they go for new currently, which isn't necessarily 50% of what you paid for it. There are definitely exceptions to this rule, especially for higher end brands. The shop made add-ons typically do not add much value when selling machines used.
  19. Are you referring to those pesky ads for lawyers wanting to sue table saw manufacturers? The pics for those often show poor practice as well.
  20. For what its worth, I wouldn't consider that price absurdly high at all. It is a beautiful piece that you spent many hours working on, done in a very quick time frame. It is all to easy to sell ourselves short when pricing to compete with Ikea and Walmart.
  21. I used the same cams on my router table fence that other Mike M used for his Moxon. They work great. I got mine from Rockler: http://www.rockler.com/cam-clamp
  22. Terry, I do agree, should be a way to read local and cloud stored files. And perhaps put in a measuring tool as well.
  23. I have ran a horizontal bit in my 2.25hp Bosch, and it worked fine. The trick is making it in multiple passes. As C Schaffer mentioned Don was in the shaper camp, and gave pretty compelling evidence that a horizontal bit on any router isn't a good idea. So much so that the next time I buy a panel raising bit, it will likely be a vertical bit.