Andrew Pritchard

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  1. So I've just spotted an HV3500 on Kijiji for $75 CAD. The seller claims it's been used once. Has anyone any experience with these units? Are they any good?
  2. Mine's a very cheap collector, so they didn't run to hooks for the bag. I started off using duct tape, but the sticky wears off so quickly with all the fine dust around it.
  3. This is a good reason to keep a guard around the blade if you can, and never stand directly behind the blade if you can possibly help it. Respect and a little bit of fear of your power tools is a good thing. When you don't, that's when you'll get hurt. They are designed to cut stuff, and unless you have a SawStop, it can't tell the difference between flesh and wood.
  4. So I got my dust collector about 6 months ago, but I've always had an issue with getting the plastic bag on the bottom to stay still whilst I put the clamp band in place. The other day, I had some epoxy left over so decided to make use of it and solve my problem at the same time: There are now 3 clothes pegs just holding the edge of the bag in place whilst I finish the job of putting the band in place.
  5. I'm a PC user through and through. I only have an iPhone because when I bought it, it was best of class. I wish I'd waited 6 months and got an Android. iTunes is a complete mess of a user interface. I hate it. It's slow. It's buggy if you're on a 64bit platform. Painful. My next phone will not be an iPhone.
  6. The woodtalk online podcast has vanished from my iPhone, and when I search for it, I can't find it on iTunes. Has it come off iTunes and I missed something?
  7. I was hoping that the magnets and the paste wax would make an air tight, or at least moisture tight, seal over the surface so come the new year when the weather warms up, I would need to do less (or better yet, no) work the get the surfaces rust free again.
  8. Has anyone tried using a combination of paste wax and sheet magnets like this:
  9. Oh yes, probably. It was a good few years ago. You know, when WEP was considered a form of encryption, rather than a joke.
  10. From memory, Target were using WEP at the time, which whilst technically was encrypted, was known to be breakable with little difficulty. This was a good few years ago now, and I can't find the information any more.
  11. I have not been stropping my blades, but still getting reasonable results with my sandpaper. Perhaps that's an upgrade more worth doing than moving to stones.
  12. Incidentally, dissemination of out of copyright information is entirely legal. In the United States, copyright term has been extended many times over from the original term of 14 years with a single renewal allowance of 14 years, to the current term of the life of the author plus 70 years. If the work was produced under corporate authorship it may last 120 years after creation or 95 years after publication, whichever is less. This is mostly Disney's fault. Obviously Marc's images are not out of copyright by any stretch, but there is the possibility that some of the content is out of copyright and it is entirely legal, permissible (and some argue right) to broadcast that work to as many people as you like, including charging for it.
  13. The answer to your question is quite simple. If I used the same energy to gather those images and applied it to projects in my workshop, I'd probably just about get my garage door open and turn on my table saw, but that's about it. For those with the right talent and a little training, what this guy has done is ludicrously easy. Case in point, not so long ago someone was stealing credit card numbers from Target because Target decided (stupidly) to use WIFI enabled point of sales terminals. Target were literally broadcasting credit card numbers on short wave radio. Once the perps had the right programs/code (also ludicrously easy to obtain), literally all they had to do was sit in the car park to steal those credit card numbers.Thousands of people use credit cards in stores like Target every single day. See War Driving The reason why we don't have a cure for cancer is because that stuff is hard. It's a sad fact of life that crime does pay, and pays well. Earning a living the honest way is significantly harder that stealing and reselling content like this, especially if once you've gathered the information, you can sit back and deliver that content electronically on receipt of a PayPal balance. With the right programming, you wouldn't even need to click your mouse. The invoicing system can literally send the pictures out automatically. It might be a little more complicated if you wanted a CD and/or printed material because I'd actually have to get out of bed to do that.
  14. Steve Ramsey (Wood Working For Mere Mortals) has several videos on "Ted"
  15. You notice how Dallas and Ash doing the "surgery" had face masks on, but there was no filter and no oyxgen lines going into the masks? Hollywood - gotta love it.
  16. It must have been 20C (68F) out today. I discarded the first cup because I got slightly more resin, and too many attempts to get the hardner right. I discovered that the lid on the hardner was on too tight so no air was getting in so the pump wasn't pumping properly. I think I might get a few medical syringes (minimum one for each) so I can measure out the resin and hardner by hand as the pumps pump out way more than I need in one sitting. Anyone found any problems with this?
  17. Until now I've been using the gel epoxy you get in the double syringe. But economy of scale is everything and so I've gone over to using West Systems Epoxy. The instructions sternly warn you to discard the first batch because the proportions are likely wrong. They also warn you that the volumes of epoxy will get quite hot as the compound sets. They aren't kidding about that second one: This is the pot I mixed the first batch in that I need to discard
  18. A little more information about this:
  19. With my birthday coming up, I've decided to investigate an upgrade to my sharpening for my hand planes and chisels Currently I'm using the "scary sharp" method, with a block of granite and series of sandpapers. I can currently get up to 2000 grit sandpaper. I'm sure there are higher grits papers I can get - I've heard of diamond lapping films, but they are rather expensive and I'm not so sure I want to go down that route. Anyway, my question is this: Is 2000 grit sandpaper the equivalent to 2000 grit stone when it comes to wet stones? I'm thinking of getting a 4000 and 8000 stone, but I'm wondering if the 4000 is necessary or whether in fact I should ditch the scary sharp for the upper grits all together. Has anyone here moved from scary sharp to stones - and is there much of a learning curve?
  20. A jobsite contractor saw is usually smaller surface because they often have to be thrown on the back of a truck to take to a site. They often also have aluminium tops to make them lighter. They sacrifice top size and weight for size and weight. The weight becomes important when you're trying to limit vibration. Jobsite saw: Contractor Saw, sometimes referred to as a hybrid saw because it combines the features of the saw above with the larger more powerful cabinet saw: Cabinet saw. Better dust collection and more powerful motor and typically used by professional shops.
  21. I got my jointer first before I got my planer, but that was more of an accident of history as I knew a sale was coming up for the planer, and a second hand jointer came up on my local classified which was in my price range. End result was that I got them around the same time because I didn't fancy messing around with a sled to for my planer to get boards flat and surfaces parallel. At the time I already had a little aluminium topped contractor style saw, which I hated mostly because the fence was difficult to get square and it was incredibly noisy partly for the aluminium top and partly for the direct drive. My more recent acquisition of a cast iron topped, belt driven Ridgid TS3650 is quieter, has a larger capacity cut and the fence is far easier to get square to the blade. Again, a second hand tool but well worth the money I paid for it. I'm not considering an upgrade to my jointer to get an 8" jointer. Partly because I want the wider capacity, and partly because the fence on the one I have is a complete b**** to get and keep square to the table top. Currently I'm surfacing boards and the edge jointing to take any bow out of the edge before running both sides through my table saw to square up the edges. Ultimately I think there's something to be said for buying the tools to suit the project you're working on. There's no point in buying a router if you know you're not going to do any work with it yet. I didn't get my bandsaw till a year ago, but I've been woodworking for over 2 years now. I mostly got it to do bandsaw boxes, but I'm now getting to the point where I'm seeing the limitations in the very cheap saw I got (hey - I paid $75 for it which is more than adequate for bandsaw boxes, but resawing more than 4" and it just bogs down). I think the biggest thing I've learnt so far about wood working is to spend more money on wood and do projects, than to spend on tools. Yes the tools are necessary to get the work done, but if you don't have any wood the tools will stand idle. You can buy S4S wood if you must (it's more expensive for sure), but you don't then NEED a jointer and planer. If you have a planer, you can buy S2S wood to get the work done. A jointer just means you can cut out the middle man between S4S and S2S. * S4S means flat and square on all 4 sides. S2S means flat on one side and one edge is flat and square to that one side.