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About TheFatBaron

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    Lately I've been doing a lot of wooden training weapons for use in Japanese martial arts. It's been enough that I haven't had time to get anything else done lately.

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  1. The existing surface is very solid. If it flexes or gives, I can't tell. Your idea for leveling compound is great, and I'll look into it. Yeah, the planer sled works great. If I did it again, I wouldn't use melamine shelving for the main body. Even with sandpaper on the bottom of the risers and wedges, it's still a little slippery. But the basic construction is stiff over its' length, and easy to grab and move.
  2. Hi everyone - After relocating to the PNW last summer, I'm finally getting around to a fun to-do item: resurfacing the workbench in the shop area of the house we bought. It's simple plywood and 2x4 cabinetry - incredibly stable, and the right size along the length of the way - but the surface itself is nowhere close to flat. The seams between the old plywood are up to 1/8" out of flat. The easiest thing for me to do would be to drop a 3/4" sheet of ply over top, screw it down and call it a day, but then I worry about the ply flexing under load as I do hand planing or something. Otherwise, I could shim the worst of it before screwing it down, or go thicker with an actual wood top. Thoughts? Alternatives? Am I missing an obvious way to level the current surface before putting down the new surface?
  3. I know people love to complain about Laguna customer service, but maybe they've finally fired/hired the right people (or maybe I just got luck). In moving across the country, one of the spacers/bushings came off the fence of my 1412 bandsaw. After poking around McMaster-Carr and a few other sites and not being able to find the exact match fit, I gave them a call. The woman who answered was 1) super friendly 2) showed me were the parts diagram/list was in the manual and 3) is sending me the part for free (it cost $1). And no, I wasn't paid for this. But I feel obliged to say something nice before I return to being a professional grump.
  4. Aaah, millwork! I don't think I actually search for that word (yes, it's in the title). That would likely bring better results than what I found. This is not an industry full of great websites... it's so hard to find a company that just says, 'yep we make/sell handrails in homeowner/consumer quantities.'
  5. Does anyone have any suggestions on where I could pick up handrails outside of the usual Big Box stores? I moved out here a bit ago, and am in the process of buying a house - which has no handrails on the entry stairs. I'm not looking for anything exotic or custom - or even a lot - it's probably about a dozen steps total. I'd just love to have some options.
  6. Since everyone questioned this: It says in stock, but when you add it to your cart, you get an error: And you can't actually check out with it in your cart. I didn't realize this was being offered through other retailers, though.
  7. Well, the fact that they're sold out has made my decision accidentally easy.
  8. Yep, that's what I figured you meant. No, I won't be letting him do much beyond glue & paint. I was hoping to find a good enough deal, but making an octagon with a jack/jointer plane and rounding from there is pretty simple - once everything heals up. Not really worth the money, and I'm not in a particular rush.
  9. I'm with you on this one. Taking the hand tool approach on this one. If it becomes a bigger thing, I'll probably just take a lathe class at a local shop, and do this the 'right' way. Don - 4 1/2 years old. Currently obsessed with all things flying and space related. Zeppelins/blimps, aircraft of all types, the Apollo missions, the Shuttle, Space X, Mars Rovers... he's going to be a giant dork, and I couldn't be happier.
  10. True, and I've got a walking stick jig for my bandsaw.... I could do that....
  11. Honestly, if I had even 80% use of my right hand right now... I'd probably do that.
  12. Other than making them myself (as I don't have a mill or lathe), does anyone know of a source for larger-diameter dowels? Woodcraft has 2" diameter in maple, which is ok (I can always stain or paint it) but it would be nice to be able to use other species. By the way, the project is some rockets that my son can build and recombine using rare earth magnets to put the parts together. Something to do while I wait on some ligaments in my right hand to heal up.
  13. Actually, they ask to not take photographs inside the buildings, though you're welcome to take any outside on the grounds, but frankly, pictures don't do justice to the pieces themselves (though I probably should've snagged one of the lumber stash).
  14. Hello everyone - I had a chance today to visit the Nakashima property and get a guided tour (along with about a dozen other people). If you find your way near southeastern Pennsylvania and have a few hours to spend, I highly recommend it. You get to go through several of the buildings as staff members explain details about Nakashima's philosophy, the history of the property, processes, and other details. It's not a particularly long tour, and unfortunately, you don't get to go into the workshop itself, but it's wonderful to see the in-progress pieces, examine the completed pieces and prototypes sitting around the property. And if you ever feel bad about your lumber stash... you should see theirs. They describe it as their "Raiders of the Lost Ark" barn, and it doesn't feel like they're exaggerating.