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  1. 5 points
    John Morris

    Surveyor's Crew Truck Equipment Box

    Started Truck Box number 2 today. I wish our company would get another lumber supplier account, we only have Home Depot, and the ply there, sucks. First box in OP I tried this crud called Sanded Ply from China. Upon close observation the stuff looked pretty tight, thin ply's, no voids, but when trying to screw into the end of the ply like a simple butt joint, you could hear the ply's separating just ripping apart, so I had to pre-drill every thing and take it really slow. The second box, I tried a different ply, 10 bucks more per sheet, appears ok at first, I don't like the few thick ply's it has, but hey, it looked pretty decent, until I started peeling the sheets off from the stack I have in my shop, then the voids and cracks became apparent, crap! This stuff is sold at Home Depot, and imported from Ecuador, it's crap, stay away from it for any type of finish work, and the stuff costs 40 bucks a sheet. Big thick ply's, I don't like this. You can just see the crappy veneer peeling away by just looking at it. Look at the porous ply's. Starting going through the stack, and some were like this, cracks and putty fills for voids. Just absolute crap. But, the stuff screwed together really well, surprisingly, no cracks upon screw entry, no pre-drilling needed, thank goodness. The stuff actually felt kind of rubbery, but held the screws really well. For this truck box I put my PC 690 away and brought out my big gun, my 7518 with my straight edge, went through it like butter, nice clean dado's. I have straightedges for my routers and my worm drive saw, zero clearance to the cut line, just set the edge on the line, and cut, no brainer. I had 12 sheets of ply in the back, I unloaded half and left the rest in and pulled them out as needed, each sheet was cut to 6' as that is the length of the box, I just cross cut in place and slid it to the bench for the dado's or the table saw. The straight edge, again is a zero set to line, I used this one for my doors when I was installing a ton of doors on the side, I had a 36" straight edge for cutting the door bottoms off, and a 48" for wider doors, I don't know where my 36" went, been awhile since I installed doors, but I still have my 48" handy, good thing. I started this box today around 12 noon, should finish it tomorrow by lunch, and I'll deliver to the job.
  2. 4 points
    Chips N Dust

    Ankle Update

    11 weeks and 1 day from Surgery. I had an appointment with the surgeon this am followed by appointment # 8 of PT. The surgeon was very happy with the progress and results. I can start walking around the house without ankle support. I got an RX for an orthotic on my ankle to make sure the foot stays level and does not tip out. Also, he does want me back in 5 weeks for a another follow up. My wife told me that she wanted to be there to be sure she heard about any things I can't do. I told her HA HA - I didn't get any!!
  3. 4 points
    Gene Howe

    For the Dog Lovers

  4. 4 points
    Ron Dudelston

    An Update on Me

    But I still don't look good in spandex, John.
  5. 3 points
    HandyDan

    Food/grub.eats/feed...

  6. 3 points
  7. 3 points
  8. 3 points
    HandyDan

    How to Start a Fight

  9. 3 points
    HandyDan

    Fishing Fun

  10. 3 points
    Gene Howe

    An Update on Me

    Very few women and no man looks good in spandex.
  11. 3 points
    Fred W. Hargis Jr

    Virutex Biscuit joiner

    one of those "snooze you lose" things, huh?
  12. 3 points
    John Morris

    An Update on Me

    Ron, we've talked on and off about this and I am just absolutely thrilled for ya, this is unbelievable how you bounced back, and with just diet and exercise! So proud of ya ol codger, way to goooo!
  13. 3 points
    John Morris

    What's On Your Work Bench?

    Just a bunch of non sense. Making another truck box, and it's a nice 96 degrees in the old shop. I'm done! Time to drop my bags and roll it up!
  14. 2 points
    DAB

    Surveyor's Crew Truck Equipment Box

    i want a place where i can stand on the high point, do a 360, and proclaim that i own everything i can see.
  15. 2 points
    Thus the reason for the multitude of land disputes in the open west, just like the old days! Ma, get yer gun, we got squatters! Hey Gene, us Surveyors are like Lawyers, if there aint work in any given area, we'll create it!
  16. 2 points
    It really is a nice area where they are at. All you see are corn and soy bean fields and BOOM there is a big housing tract. They love going to downtown Pendleton with their old homes and buildings and they have a coffee shop there that is owned by some friends of theirs. In Fishers they have been doing a lot of building with many more stores and restaurants so they don't have to go down to Indy as much as they can get pretty much everything local instead of in Indy. Lots of corn and soy bean fields have been plowed under to build more and more family homes. Tami has a friend of hers that lives in Fishers that she used to go to church and school with back in Jr. & Sr. High School in So. Calif. that we were able to catch up with last time we were out in Indiana. We also have old missionary friends in Brownsburg, IN that is about 25 minutes north-west of Indy that we used to go to church with and then help send them off to Kenya where they were boots on the ground for 25 years. They have retired back to their home town of Brownsburg a few years ago and are now Missionary Coordinators training up a new generation of missionaries so we try to hook up with them when we are out there. We do like Indiana.
  17. 2 points
    Allen Worsham

    An Update on Me

    But yet you still wear them and freak out the neighbors.
  18. 2 points
    HandyDan

    We All Use Math;

  19. 2 points
    It's all CRAP Dave!!!!!! If we allowed cursing here in this forum "crap" would be replaced by a major expletive. I am glad I don't make casework anymore like I used to, it would drive me crazy. Not too mention it's just plain messy and makes a mess of my shop. Working on my recent projects the shavings and chips just fall directly below the area I'm working in at the time, this plywood crap gets all over the place, every crevice, everywhere. CRAP! I am really enjoying the benefits of working in a dust free zone with my chairs. about the only time I am experiencing any dust at all anymore is when I hand sand my chairs, and that is minimal. All that being said, our local ply in our big box stores is just plain ol crap. Yesterday morning when I went to Home Depot and started to look for an alternative from what I built the first box from, I asked the man employee who was walking nearby, he works the lumber dept, and I told him the horrible time I was having just gettin a screw into the last stuff we bought, and I asked him if there was a better alternative, and he pointed to this stuff, he said, hey, it's 10 bucks more per sheet, so it must be better! I knew the alternative stuff was going to be crap too, but it's all they had, so like a good solider, I improvise and overcome.
  20. 2 points
    Gene Howe

    Surveyor's Crew Truck Equipment Box

    I'm baffled as to the market for the crappy plywood sold by the big box stores. Who buys the stuff?
  21. 2 points
    Fred W. Hargis Jr

    An Update on Me

    or Speedo s I would imagine.
  22. 2 points
    It Was Al B

    BIll Pentz Checking In

    Hi Bill, I don't believe I got to invite you aboard,so I'll belatedly say welcome aboard. I share your grief with the loss of an old friend. Getting older does have its negatives, as your friends pass on, and suddenly you find that your old friends are only memories. Sure, you make new friends along the road but those long time friendships from years past hold special memories.
  23. 2 points
    Snork! Snork, Snork! Snork, snork, snork! Quit it...my nose hurts!! Just curious John, overall how did you really feel about this plywood versus the previous stuff?Maybe should have been ground up and made into toilet paper?
  24. 2 points
    If you think carbide router bits are delicate creatures, check out this Youtube video from Tom Lipton, a machinist in the San Francisco area. The interesting part starts at about 8:45 and goes to the end. Yep, it grabbed me by the short hairs too! NOTE: NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART! But certainly educational. Jon-439 (from the WOOD Magazine forums)
  25. 2 points
    Stick486

    Are router bits delicate creatures?

    one thing about dry solid film lubricants is that when you apply them and think that you didn't apply enough you probably applied too much.. very very little goes a loooooooooooooooong way... wait till you do the arbor mechanism w/ dry lube.. you and your saw will never be the same... just thoroughly clean it before lubing.. great release agent too... extend the life of your tooling.. Dry Film Lubricants are high performance coatings made up of very fine particles of lubricating agents blended with binders and other special additives. Once cured, these lubricating agents bond to the part surface as a solid film which reduces galling, seizing and fretting and protects against corrosion. Through the combination of these properties, dry film lubricants greatly improve the wear life of coated parts. Dry film/solid film lubricants allow for operating pressures above the load-bearing capacity of normal greases and oils. They are also less prone to collecting soil particulates than greases and oils. In some applications, the coating is self-burnishing, leading to improved, rather than decreased, performance over time. Some blends of dry film/solid film lubricants are also temperature and chemical resistant allowing for their use in harsh environments such as jet engines where exposure to aviation fuel and extreme temperatures are the norm.
  26. 2 points
    Stick486

    Are router bits delicate creatures?

    WD is a mistake... it's a wet something that attracts all kinds of trash.. does more harm than good in the scheme of things... makes for a humongous mess and if it gets into the tool kiss the router goodby.. prone to flash fire and really doesn't work all that well but it's convenient... I am real partial to Triflow... most any dry lube will work providing it's has Teflon/PFTE... [higher percentage by volume is more gooder]... CRC, Tiolube, KG and DuPont have several most excellent industrial spec DRY SOLID FILM lubricants.. criteria - dries dry to the touch, high pressure load bearing, contains Teflon/PFTE, barrier forming. extreme temperature range, [usually -100 to +500F] isn't hygroscopic, does not collect dirt, not flammable in dry state, chemical resistant, no silicone, long list of compatibilities and is really long lasting.. or any or all of the features WD hasn't got....
  27. 2 points
    billpentz

    Protection

    This is an area I know a bit about. Hopefully my post is not too late for this thread. What I have to share will probably anger many, it did me as well. First, most available woodworking respirator masks work poorly. I found my Trend Air Shield and Air Shield Pro, my Triton, and even my older Racal Pro all came with fine filters that freely passed the unhealthiest finest (less than 2-micron sized) particles. Only my better 3M units had ample filters. Only my Racal and 3M had good enough seals. None had very good batteries until I swapped out what they came with and built a new pack with high amperage hour removable separately chargeable cells. I only liked the 3M and Racal blowers, as the rest gave poor airflow especially as the filters dirtied. Second, fine wood dust lasts nearly forever unless it gets wet and with every 20 pounds of sawdust, we also make enough fine dust to cause 15,119 typical two-car garage sized shops to fail an EPA air quality test. This is why Cal-OSHA testing found most small shops that vent inside have so much built up fine invisible dust that just walking around without doing any more woodworking launches enough fine dust to fail an EPA air quality test. At the OSHA measured fine dust levels most small shop workers who vent inside breathe in more fine dust in a couple of hours than most full woodworkers who work in facilities that vent outside get in months. Third, I oversaw quite a bit of serious testing of almost every major brand of shop vacuum, air cleaner, dust collector and cyclone based dust collection system. That testing showed that the prior OSHA testing was pretty accurate in almost all come with far too open fine filters and lack the airflow needed for good collection. On average most small shop dust collectors and cyclone miss collecting over 15% of the fine dust we make. With woodworking making far too much fine dust this is bad news. Finally, good collection can be tough and expensive, but good protection is fairly easy and affordable. The best protection is to wear a good properly fit NIOSH approved respirator mask with dual HEPA quality cartridges and work outside or with our main doors open a bit and a strong fan blowing out a side door or window to create a good airflow through our shops to keep the fine dust from building. Our particle counters show for best protection we need to put on our respirator mask and start venting our shop before we start making fine dust and both the mask and fan need to stay on for about a half hour after we stop making fine dust.
  28. 1 point
    John Morris

    The Patriot Woodwiki

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  29. 1 point
    HandyDan

    Ankle Update

    Great news Kelly. I am happy for you.
  30. 1 point
    Fred Wilson

    An Update on Me

    OK, RON, can you feel the love yet??????
  31. 1 point
    Gene Howe

    Surveyor's Crew Truck Equipment Box

    Now, your talkin' citified stuff. The metes and bounds comment was to illustrate our unsophisticated approach. Pace it off, drive a stake and repeat. If it looks good, nail it.
  32. 1 point
    John Morris

    Surveyor's Crew Truck Equipment Box

    Hey Gene, who do ya think lays out your new homes, new subdivisions, tract homes, the homes themselves, pipelines, roads, road improvements, road widening, do you think they just set an asphalt machine on the road and tell it to go? You need surveyors! Who do ya think lays out bridges, canals, power poles, utilities, drainage, monitoring of state highway overpasses, who do ya think! ME! Just razin ya Gene, it aint all boundary, most of our work is construction, not boundary. Wherever there is land and man needs to alter it in a profound way, you need a surveyor, that is why our work is always in demand.
  33. 1 point
    Ron Dudelston

    An Update on Me

    Roger that!
  34. 1 point
    Chips N Dust

    Surveyor's Crew Truck Equipment Box

    Lots of room, you just do not want to live in the northern I5 corridor.
  35. 1 point
    HandyDan

    Birthday Presents from my Wife

    Nice gifts. You're going to love that sander. Very versatile.
  36. 1 point
    Chips N Dust

    Surveyor's Crew Truck Equipment Box

    Good ply is hard to find. Luckily, the locam lowes sell plywood from Roseburg Forest Products. A Douglas county Oregon company. Fond memories of that company
  37. 1 point
    use a corn cob...not as dangerous...
  38. 1 point
    It Was Al B

    Virutex Biscuit joiner

    Well that didn't last long. Do you know of anyone else looking to give a biscuit joiner away for $25.00
  39. 1 point
    Stick486

    Are router bits delicate creatures?

    you are correct.. it is steel... lubricant is dry lubricant not wet to prevent chips from binding to the cutter...
  40. 1 point
    It Was Al B

    MWTCA May 2017 "What's It" Project

    I think Dave might have hit it on the head. I'm thinking it is a male electrical plug but surely must have been used for industrial purposes because of the 1/2 " diam. hole for the wire and the heave duty steel plates on the plug. Probably a main plug where factory machinery was all driven by belts.
  41. 1 point
    Steve Krumanaker

    Unusual

    Wow! If you had enough of that you could make a pecan bark canoe!!
  42. 1 point
    Smallpatch

    MWTCA May 2017 "What's It" Project

    I remember everything electrical appliance we had in our house had connections like what Stick come up with. Waffle iron, electric iron for clothes, electric mixer , so I would guess maybe an end of an electric cord from across the water.?
  43. 1 point
    I could not have said it better. I also get really confused with all of the different names for the same type of finish that manufactures use. In junior high and HS shop, we used watco Danish oil and called it good. Some of my first projects when I started back up in woodworking about 20 years ago, I did the same. Since then, I have tried poly's, stain with topcoats, shellac, etc. I am still learning and have a LONG way to go to be totally confident in what I want to use for a particular project.
  44. 1 point
    I'm not exactly a one trick pony, and still prefer some of the old school stuff (read: solvent based finishes). But we are moving into a water borne finish world and I'm trying to adapt. The thing is that finish chemistry is seemingly moving quickly, and with the manufacturers trying to bamboozle us with the names they use it's even harder now to select a quality finish that's suited to the task at hand. It's also harder to figure some of this stuff out with the demise of the MSDS sheets, which at least offered a few clues. For example, in the past I always avoided urethane resin finishes (for my own reasons), but since Norm tuned "poly" into a magic finish the manufacturer's want to label their water borne acrylics with that magic word. Then there's the "modified oil" waterborne. I'm fairly certain that's a step up from normal acrylic waterborne finishes in durability, but trying to find what it is has been frustrating (I've seen GF Enduro Var referred to as a "modified oil" finish, and it's one I really like). I've been in touch with Flexner, who indicated the modified oil finishes aren't new, but the use is becoming more widespread, he did not tell me what exactly a modified oil finish is. Anyway, back to the question: if I had a go to finish it would be an alkyd resin varnish, preferably made with soya oil. I still have 3 unopened quarts in my stash; good thing since it's almost impossible to find anymore.
  45. 1 point
    Gene Howe

    An Update on Me

    Great news, Ron. That lo carb diet really does the trick. I've lost 42 lbs and my blood work results are similar to yours. I haven't felt better.
  46. 1 point
    HandyDan

    R.I.P. Delta 46-460

    Thanks to all for the concerns and well wishes. It feels good to know you care.
  47. 1 point
    Gene Howe

    Birthday Presents from my Wife

    Pull that trigger. You'll not regret it. Or.....when's YOUR birthday?
  48. 1 point
    John Morris

    What's On Your Work Bench?

    Michael, I contacted Laguna and told them you had purchased the machine from them, based on the exposure here. They were thrilled, and it was a big feather in our collective cap, our sponsors love hearing these things. Thank you for supporting our sponsor Michael, thus in turn, supporting us! Thanks!
  49. 1 point
    Michael Thuman

    What's On Your Work Bench?

    I have ordered a DC c-flux 2.0 from Laguna. I am insulating the rim joist. All the house stuff in the basement will go into the redone and stabilized basement room under the dining room. They are pouring the cement this week. Contractor that put in this make shift room should be drawn and quartered he undermined 2 foundation walls causing everything to sink. So in bout 2 or 3 weeks I can finally position everything and then true it up for operation. 1. Project is to build moldings for the house. 2. Project is to build a cherry clothes hamper. 3. Project is to replace the cherry bedroom set with better home made solid wood furniture from my shop. 4. Project is to make cedar chest for family members.
  50. 1 point
    John Morris

    What's On Your Work Bench?

    I'll respectfully disagree Stick, these rockers were production runs in the Shaker community, especially this rocker, it's a Transitional rocker because it is the first rocker they made mass produced by belt driven power, they made these chairs by the hundreds, they did not custom fit the rockers by moving them forward, or back, there was a set of templates they built from, and they did not deviate. I have looked in the chair building books I have for the Shaker rockers and I have yet to see anywhere where an author of any book states the rockers need to be custom placed, or tested before pinning. There is a set distance the nose of the rocker sits from the front of the leg bottom edge, there is no test placement, nor any question where the rocker goes. In my own experience with the Maloof style sculpted rockers I have built over the years, there is a fixed location that the rockers set to the bottom of the legs, as well with that design, I have yet to read where any author or builder states you need to test drive the chair for rocker placement. I never did test drive those rockers either and they all rocked fine and still do to this day with no complaints. Now, if you want to design a rocker, I'm with you, it has to be tested, and tried, before a final placement for the rocker can be determined, but once that rocker location is determined, the "sweet spot" as you say, does not change.
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