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  1. prov163

    Rikon 10-326 Review

    I bought a Rikon 10-326 bandsaw to replace my Ridgid 14” reconditioned bandsaw. I started assembly tonight. So far, so good. Well packaged. Big table. Push stick is a nice “toss in.” Got the base assembled. Everything for perfectly. The instructions are okay, but you need to know that the hardware terminology can be confusing. It says there are 16 “flanges” which I assumed were the washers of which there were 16. However, upon further inspection I realized there are also 16 lock washers but they aren’t mentioned anywhere. So I figured they must be a unit so I used them as such and this base is solid. Everything fit together well and all of the holes lined up. Hardware is all metric. I recommend using a 1/4” drive set and an open/box end wrench for final tightening. The door fits snugly on the hinges which I like because the door won’t fly open when you pull too hard. There’s a lot of space inside and a fixed shelf so storing blades and tools in here will save space somewhere else. So far I’m very pleased. Here’s the rest of the new member of the family. I hope to get it assembled Sunday evening.
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    Hock Plane Kits

    I decided to order a couple of Ron Hock’s plane kits. Thought it would be a fun diversion and since I’ve never used a wooden body plane I could use it as a learning opportunity. I’ll make a post in the Review section. Anyone else here tried them?
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    Two questions (Just for Fun)

    I'd have to go M&T and dovetails. Cherry and walnut, although I love me some Ambrosia Maple.
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    Hock Plane Kits

    Got the Krenov plane done. Took a couple of shavings. Hope to get to the larger one and the spokeshave soon.
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    Sharpening System

    I have the Shapton stones and MKll. I like the setup but I am moving over to freehand sharpening. I plan to replace my Shaptons with DMT diamond plates soon. I will say that I started stropping about a month ago and it is a game changer for me. Keeps my blades very sharp, very easily. All that said, it doesn't matter what system you use if you use it. If it's too complicated or time consuming, you'll avoid it and then you end up with dull tools which are no fun. As you get more confident and have more success, you'll eventually end up changing systems to fit your working style.
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    Feeling stupid re LN102

    Did that one time myself. Flip the blade bevel up and make sure it’s seated on the depth adjustment mechanism.
  7. That’s why I plan to come in second - RFLOL
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    Passing it on

    My new apprentice began today. First thing I taught him was the Mike Pekovich blue tape trick for laying out mortises (which works great by the way). Not sure if Mike will appreciate my grandson’s interpretation, but he’s in the shop. He says it’s an airplane. Fine by me. He seems to really enjoy making things and I’m going to encourage that every time I get the opportunity. At the bench, working out some design issues. He’s just like grandpa, has a running conversation with himself in the shop. After three coats of Summer allergies snot, it’s ready to go. Pass your love of craft on. The next Krenov may be lurking at your bench.
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    Took a Woodworking Class.....

    Very nice work! And you learned some new skills to boot. Well done.
  10. This is exactly how the conversation would take place at my house.
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    Push blocks

    I use the Gripper. Like Steve said, easy to configure. I have a rule that anytime there is less than six inches between blade and fence, I use the Gripper. Yes, they’re great for small stuff, but don’t discount them as an all around push stick. I use them at the router table and bandsaw too. I can’t afford a Sawstop right now but I can afford a pair of these and accomplish the same goal - keeping my fingers. Oh, and I’d use them on a Sawstop too.
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    Quick Bench Update

    Walnut. If you want to have some contrast, make your bench dogs out of walnut. Really nice bench by the way.
  13. Ran into an old friend last night who owns a local machine shop. He told me he had a water jet and that if I ever needed anything cut out or engraved I should drop by. Sounds cool except the more I thought about it I kept thinking that water is great for cutting metal, plastic, but the amount of water necessary to cut/engrave would soak the wood and make it essentially unusable for some time. Am I missing something here?
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    Water Jet and Wood

    Hmmm. I think I’ll take a piece by for a sample and see how it comes out. I’ll report back.
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    My first chairs - LOL

    A couple of opportunities have come up recently for some extra money through my shop. I made a couple of small items for display at the local Chamber as well as a winery. When I was setting them up I realized I was putting my business cards in a plastic holder that made them lay horizontally but mine are vertical. I decided that I could make some business card holders out of scrap. If you want to stand out from the crowd you have to do something different. Moderator: if I broke a rule with the business card let me know and I’ll turn the card around in new pics. I realized that there are lots of ways to use scrap. I’m going to find other creative ways to display my cards using miniature furniture.
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    My first chairs - LOL

    I think I’m going to make an Adirondack chair for fun. I have 3 hours of video that I’m editing. I figure I’ll post it in the Advanced section. A bench would be cool.
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    My first chairs - LOL

    A better picture of the chair on the left.
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    Rikon 10-326 Review

    With such a well-built machine, the mobile base feels like a afterthought. Two casters on back with a two-wheeled handle that works on a center pin on the front. It works but it's clumsy and clunky in my opinion. But, if that's the worst issue it's easily fixable with a replacement. The mobile base I bought for the DJ-20 is great. Still, I'm really pleased with the bandsaw!
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    Rikon 10-326 Review

    This saw has the Allen wrenches in a holder attached to the machine. The guide adjustments don't require an Allen wrench. They have knobs that lock into place. Pretty easy system once I get used to it.
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    Rikon 10-326 Review

    First blade change tonight. Took longer that it will as I get used to it but still half the time it took on the old machine. I like the guides. They’re pretty easy to set though the bottom guides are a little harder and dark. Using my little magnetic base LED light helps a lot. Gonna cut some curves tomorrow night as part of the “get acquainted” project I’m doing. So far, this is a solid machine. Again, my only real complaint is the mobile kit. I’ll deal with it for a while but I see a replacement in the future.
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    Shop reset

    Finally started a project tonight! I chose a simple project that I needed to do anyway but that would allow me to test out the new tools and their positioning. Everything is done except for the final DC piping. Temporarily using flex but with the tools on their mobile base I can get them pretty close to the DC. Final thoughts: 1. Why did I take so long to do this? That Shelix head is incredible. Quiet and amazing cut quality. I never imagined it would be this much of an upgrade. The space is much less cramped so it feels bigger. 2. If you’re serious about doing better woodworking then you need better tools. If you’re going to invest your time then invest the money. It doesn’t make you a better woodworker because you own them - you’re better because there are new possibilities. There are some projects I would not have tackled with my previous setup. Not so now. 3. This process makes you narrow down your essential tool kit. I took the 12” SCMS out last summer and I haven’t really missed it. I use that space as a dedicated sharpening station. 4. Doing a shop upgrade will open your eyes to other changes that can be made. First, stop long enough to enjoy making some stuff! Used the jointer with new head, new DC, and here three of my new Bessey clamps. Putting this together was remarkably simpler than it would have been before. I’m really glad I did this.
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    Shop reset

    I’m writing this thread to encourage those of you who know you need to make some shop changes but have been putting it off. It seems like a chore when you think about it, but once you get started it’s actually a lot of fun. My shop is a 12x24 stand-alone building. It has always seemed small, tight, cramped. I bought a couple of new machines so it seemed like the right time to do some resetting and changing. The fact that the first new machine didn’t fit exactly the way I wanted it to was also a factor. Lesson #1 - if you’ll go spend money on some new equipment, you’ll enjoy the reset more i started out with a list of frustrations most of which you can see in the first pictures. I’ve got a DJ-20 jointer but where it’s positioned it’s not getting the kind of use it should. To get to the dust collector I had to squeeze by the jointer and do a pirouette to empty the bags and replace them. There’s not enough space between some of the tools. Some hand power tools were across the room from the workbench they’re used on. These things weren’t a problem at first but now they are crying out for change. Lesson #2 - my shop hasn’t gotten smaller, I’ve gotten bigger. What I mean by that is my skill sets are improving. My present setup was fine when I was at that level but now it’s constraining me. It came to the point that I didn’t enjoy my shop time as much so I did less of it. I’ve been watching a lot of your projects, as well as Marc’s and others, and know I can’t get closer to that level of work unless I remove the barriers. Lesson #3 - it ain’t gonna fix itself. The bandsaw and dust collector are going to my son’s house tomorrow. The back right corner is where the dust collector sat, limiting my jointer infeed. The other end comes about 18” from the left wall, limiting the outfeed. The back wall of my shop. Time for some serious changes. More to come.
  23. Met Roy at HWW last Saturday. Very genuine and hilarious. Have a great time Vinny!
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    Shop reset

    So I got a lot done tonight. Mobile base on jointer. Clamps rearranged. There are a few more things to do but they’re going to get done as I go. It’s been too long since I did a project and with the new tools I’m stoked to get started. Before: After: Everything on mobile bases, too. Got some more clamp space - and some more clamps. BTW, I overheard my wife telling my youngest son, who asked what to get me for Father’s Day, “Clamps for his shop. He always says you can’t have enough clamps. He likes Bessey and I’ll find out what sizes he’s looking to fill in.” I love this woman!! I have a friend who does HVAC work and I’m going to get him to come over and pipe my DC system. That’s the last big thing on this project. Temporarily I’ll move the tool closer to the DC, (did I mention they’re all on wheels now? ), until it’s done. TIME TO MAKE SOME STUFF!
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    Shop reset

    Haven’t updated this recently due to work schedule. The shop is progressing, though not fast enough. Installed the new Byrd Shelix head in my jointer. I’m going to go ahead and set the tables while the fence is off. Then I’ll install it and set it at 90 degrees. BTW. A quick compliment on Byrd. I was initially frustrated when they didn’t answer the phone for a couple of days. I decided to try one more time and a very nice lady answered. She had been off for a couple of days and the guys in the plant don’t answer phones. I was going to order a set of bearings. She said to buy them locally at Grainger or Fastenal. She then asked me what jointer I had and gave me the bearing numbers. I ordered them from my local Fastenal and had them the next day - $6 total. The woman at Byrd made an impression that reminds me why I like working with small businesses when I can. I moved a cabinet that was here to another wall and freed up all this space for my clamps. When I get this mess back where it belongs or in their new locations, hopefully by this weekend, I can start building again. Finally.