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Today this flew into the shop

This took 7 months to get to me.

30 bdft of quartersawn white oak and 10bdft of maple from Bell Forest.  

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I have looked at the Foredom tools for a long time.  They look like they would be nicer to use then a Dremel.  The thing that keeps me from going for it is I start to realize I don't use my Dremel all that much.

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I have that Stewmac mini router plunge base.  I use it with cordless Dremel, and Milwaukee motors.  It's a nice little tool.  I use the smallest spiral bits I could find.  It's pretty easy to freehand to a line.

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13 hours ago, Chet said:

I have looked at the Foredom tools for a long time.  They look like they would be nicer to use then a Dremel.  The thing that keeps me from going for it is I start to realize I don't use my Dremel all that much.

I hope to do some more inlay work where it will come in handy. One of the reasons I went this route is becuase of the noise my Dremel makes after about a minute the high pitched whinny sound drives me nuts.

2 hours ago, Tom King said:

I have that Stewmac mini router plunge base.  I use it with cordless Dremel, and Milwaukee motors.  It's a nice little tool.  I use the smallest spiral bits I could find.  It's pretty easy to freehand to a line.

Good to know I glued up some test pieces last night to give it a try this weekend.

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The Fordham type tools use a larger motor, so maybe the whine isn't so bad. Down side is that the flexible drive cable needs some particular care and feeding or it can break. I think a motor on a router base is much better for inlay work, but the flex cable would be great for sculpting.

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7 hours ago, pkinneb said:

Curious what do you do with the line set scoops?

Gets the mini-split line sets out of the walls and to the outdoor unit with a clean, well sealed path.

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16 hours ago, wtnhighlander said:

My Christmas gift finally arrived ...

Thats a good way to stretch out the holiday season.  Enjoy the new tool.

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10 minutes ago, Coop said:

John, just curious. How do they account for the qty of 10,000, by weight?

“They” say there are about 3500 per pound. Around here bees are typically sold as a 3lb package. Of course I’m sure it’s just approximated. 

1 minute ago, Mick S said:

They count legs.

Reminds me of a time during my bee class when the professor was talking about the people who first studied and learned what the bee dances mean. A classmate asked “How did they get the bees to dance?” With a straight face he said, “You tickle them.” and then continued on for a couple minutes before going back and explaining how they had set up a makeshift hive to observe the bees naturally doing the dances.

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Around here, it is crawfish season and they go from $5 live to $9 cooked per pound, whole. That equates to the meat costing as much per ounce as Japanese Wagyu. I bet if bees were edible, they would exceed that. Bee etouffee, maybe not? 

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