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  1. Blue Ridge Lumber is a large scale commercial mill with a decent sized selection of "pick your own" lumber, but they are really geared toward large orders. The walk in rack is sort of an after thought to their operations. However, the wood grader (Kenny) who works there will pull stuff aside for you when they are processing the species you want if you ask him. Also, I don't think they take credit cards. CP Johnson in Culpepper is more geared toward the hobbyist. They have a large selection of native species and, I believe, now have some cabinet grade ply. The only drawback is that it's about a 45 minute drive from Charlottesville. I've never been to RA Yancy, and I'm not sure if they have a storefront. All I've ever seen is huge stacks of pine on their lot.
  2. I have no experience with those instructors, but I did take the Benchwork Week class with Roy and Bill at the Woodwright's School in NC. There are only like 8 or ten people in the class, so there's always someone available to answer questions or work out technique issues. Plus you end up with a useful tool chest. It wasn't cheap, but I thought it was worth it and would do it again.
  3. Jet typically has a sale at the end of Nov / beginning of Dec. It's a good one at 50% off, however they seem to run short every year and have to back order a lot. I'm still waiting on some that are supposed to be available around 2/20/15.
  4. I have exposed ceiling joists in my shop, so I drove a nail and looped a piece of string under the hose as it exits the 735. This keeps the outfeed area clear.
  5. FYI, the Bell Forest free shipping only applies to project packs. I was going to take advantage of the deal and buy a bulk order of cherry but was told it doesn't extend to "pick-a-board" or custom orders.
  6. I wouldn't run a 5" x 6" piece through a planer. You might be able to do it with a drum sander, but I don't have any experience with that.
  7. I used contact cement on both surfaces for my Moxon, and it has held up well for almost two years now.
  8. One of my favorite tools to use is the Veritas small plow plane. I don't know why, but I always get a kick out of using it.,41182
  9. I have the large and medium Veritas shoulder planes and prefer the medium size. The large one is a little unwieldy unless you're working on jumbo tenons.
  10. Wow, lots of things I never even considered. I like the idea of wrapping the foam board so that it can be removed if needed. Thanks for the help!
  11. I'm thinking about lining the compartments of a jewelry box with felt. What do you use to secure the material? Contact cement?
  12. I've got the Veritas small plow plane, and it's one of my favorite tools. It's easy to set up, holds it's settings, and gets good results. It is a bit pricier though...
  13. I'm having a hard time finding anything other than Crown denatured alcohol locally. Does anyone have any experience using it to dissolve shellac flakes? I'd prefer something more refined like Bekhol, but I'd have to mail order it. You can't even buy Everclear anymore without a special permit!
  14. I too have used paypal for years without any difficulties. One extra layer of security that you might consider is creating a separate checking account specifically for use with paypal. I keep the bare minimum amount of cash in the account to keep it open and then transfer in the necessary amount whenever I make a purchase. That way, if an unauthorized withdrawal is attempted, it will either fail if overdrawn or get only a small amount of "retainer" money.
  15. I use a Weber smoker (the one that's shaped like a pill on end) without foil, and it works well. I tend to put something in the drip pan water (beer or apple juice) and use a dry rub. If the weather is bad or I don't want to fiddle with the charcoal, I'll wrap the meat in foil and use the oven. It also turns out well, but it's definitely a different beast. Doesn't using foil in the smoker kind of defeat the purpose of using a smoker? Do you still get a smoke "ring" in the meat?