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4 hours ago, mat60 said:

Thanks @Pondhockey .  Looks like it  being adjustable will very helpful. I take it the rails will be close to the jig so you wont get any sag .

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Minimal 'shop time' today.  We had some pretty terrible weather come through there, and much of the town is still without power because of downed trees.  I spent most of the day helping to chop up a tree that fell in a neighbor's yard, fetching gas and propane, trying to ix my chainsaw, etc etc and whatnot.  I did pull and rinse/dry the parts from a recent #7 jointer purchase from its rust removal bath.  So far, I'm impressed the product.  I'll post more on it later (the product and also the cleaned up pieces).  Looking forward to a glass of wine (or something) and some dinner.

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1 minute ago, Pondhockey said:

In my neck of the woods, there's a fine line between chain saws and table saws; I'd say you did some woodworking today ;-)

Did you keep any of the wood?

 

Thanks!  I like your thinking!

I did - that was actually the whole purpose of "offering" to help. My wife's idea :) . A bunch of the brush went out behind their house.  Smaller and medium stuff is piled up in my back yard for firewood. And the larger stuff - the stuff I really wanted - I'll cut down tomorrow.  It was probably an 18"-20" trunk.  There are some decent pieces that I think will be firewood, but there are some good pieces that I can either mill on my bandsaw, or cut into turning blanks for bowls. I can't recall what type of tree it is (they're the row of street trees planted when they built our subdivision) so I'll call them "FOG" (found on ground) and see what they come out to be. 

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It’s that time of year again where I feel the need to extend an invite to you guys to MOVE!   72* here and I see signs of blooms on my tomato plants. And you can get a 3,000 sq. ft. house here for under 300k. Just saying. 

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That's nice of you, Coop.  But I've been there;  I know that you probably have an air conditioned shop and can get into your a/c car in your a/c garage and drive to the a/c drive up liquor store, but hey, you have to get out of the house some time!  (Besides, the pond hockey is not so great in Houston.)

When the weather get's too brutal this summer (is that about now or in April?) think about coming North ;-)

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1 hour ago, Jfitz said:

Thanks!  I like your thinking!

I did - that was actually the whole purpose of "offering" to help. My wife's idea :) . A bunch of the brush went out behind their house.  Smaller and medium stuff is piled up in my back yard for firewood. And the larger stuff - the stuff I really wanted - I'll cut down tomorrow.  It was probably an 18"-20" trunk.  There are some decent pieces that I think will be firewood, but there are some good pieces that I can either mill on my bandsaw, or cut into turning blanks for bowls. I can't recall what type of tree it is (they're the row of street trees planted when they built our subdivision) so I'll call them "FOG" (found on ground) and see what they come out to be. 

Nice.  You used almost everything but the "bark".

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20 minutes ago, Pondhockey said:

That's nice of you, Coop.  But I've been there;  I know that you probably have an air conditioned shop and can get into your a/c car in your a/c garage and drive to the a/c drive up liquor store, but hey, you have to get out of the house some time!  (Besides, the pond hockey is not so great in Houston.)

When the weather get's too brutal this summer (is that about now or in April?) think about coming North ;-)

From the pics I’ve seen of Idaho, I’d probably rather live there than Hawaii. It’s on my bucket list. 

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42 minutes ago, K Cooper said:

From the pics I’ve seen of Idaho, I’d probably rather live there than Hawaii. It’s on my bucket list. 

If you come up, I'll get you on an ice hockey team (my beer league team won the championship this week.)  Or if it's just a visit, then at the very least, you'll have a place to stay, with shop privileges.  (You can show me how to use my stuff.)

In Hawaii's and Houston's favor there's no extended Mud Season (shudder; it's coming.}

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Having done the dog breading bit, it's a testament to having a good contract!  I'm fortunate that mine has never been tested in court but, I'm happy to see that good ones do work!

Congrats!

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Ever seen the movie Best in Show?   It wasn't so funny to us-too much reality.

I think the pair were some of those people that believe they can't possibly be wrong, and that everyone else is dumber than they are.   Sounds way too familiar these days.

The guy probably thought we were so dumb, and would not want to go to the expense of hiring a lawyer, so would just pay up.   He picked the wrong ones for that though.

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