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Wichman3

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    Wichita
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    Southeast Idaho
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    Male
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    Beginner
  1. WIFI Extenders

    There is a setting within the router system itself (on mine) that allows me to lock out any device not already connected. Not prefect, nothing is, but it gives another layer of protection.
  2. Tops

    Very nice!
  3. Jigsaw Techniques

    Well I’m back after a mini vacation and dealing with transportation issues (Blew the rings in my van and getting an old truck road worthy) So,. here are some of the techniques I used on the snowflake project: 1. I only had one paper pattern for each size so I optimized the material and cut a single snowflake of each size. 2. Using the cut snowflakes as templates I laid out the rest of the flakes to optimize the material (keeping in mind how many of each size the customer wanted). 3. I started by using three sawhorses to support the 4 x 8 sheet of plywood, this allows two sawhorses to support the majority of the plywood while the third supports the opposite side of the cut. I shifted the position of the third sawhorse as necessary. 4. I separated each flake from the full sheet first, then went on to cut all of the flakes. 5. While separating the flakes I cut the outside “flats”. I could have just cut between each flake, but that would have added to the cut time, wear and tear on the saws and the number of blades that I used. 6. I used appropriate supports for each size of flake; for the two larger sizes I used two sawhorses, cutting in between the horses for maximum support (rotating the piece as needed). For the smaller flakes I used the workmate with the clamp jaws extended as needed. 7. As for the actual cutting I used a scroll blade exclusively. I can cut straight with it when needed and changing back and forth is a pain. The HF and Bosch blades held up pretty close to each other (HF was U blades Bosch was the T blades, HF did not have mutipacks of T scroll blades)(HF scroll blades were 12 tpi, the Bosch 20 TPI so the Bosch blades did cut smoother). 8. While cutting the patterns I used some scrollsaw tricks, When cutting a sharp inside corner I would cut to the line and then widen the kerf until I could turn the blade without stressing it. When cutting a sharp outside corner I would cut through the waste area to the line, follow it to an inside corner I had previously cut ( allowing the waste to be removed ) then cutting the other side of the outside corner (now exposed). I’m not sure how clear this is, I was working alone. Next time I’ll try to take pictures or video. I rarely think of that while I’m cutting.
  4. Jigsaw reviews

    No one in town carries the barrel grip Bosch, Lowes said it would take two weeks to get one here, so I can't compare the different models. I grew up using a barrel grip, so that's what I'll get this spring. But for now, I picked up a cheapy at Wally world, $20.00 and the project is done. The cheapy worked great at first, but after about 3 hrs of cutting it started getting more vibration (shock, stun, surprise). The real reason I picked that particular cheapy is that it was supposed to use either U or T blades, nope just T, imagine my surprise (sarcasm). Here is a picture of the completed snowflakes:
  5. I may need to replace my inexpensive B&D jigsaw soon, it really heats up after about 15 minutes of use (130 degrees). I am looking for personal experience here I can google reviews or look on Amazon, but I want real reviews not cheerleaders. So, a couple of questions: 1. T or U? 2. Brand and model please. Thanks in advance. My usage is occasional, but when I do use it, it will be for hours at a time. The current project is cutting out large (38") snowflakes for the bosses wife (local winter fund raiser) 2 full sheets of 5/8 plywood. 4 sizes of snowflakes, at least 4 of each size.
  6. How else are the tool manufactures supposed to make a profit? Everyone ( who can afford one ) now has a CNC (or two), now to get DIY'ers to part with (yet) more money.
  7. Mini review, brad point bits

    The closest Menard's is over 400 miles away, so...
  8. New product

    I didn't want to quote your message with all the pics, but the airshims don't inflate to 300 psi, they support 300 lbs. Like your car tires support 2000 lbs on 35 psi tires.
  9. flip top workbench

    The plans are for all shop made parts with common hardware. Sometimes that is cheaper but sometimes not. The really nice thing about shop made parts is the ability to repair it yourself.
  10. flip top workbench

    How important is it to have access to all four sides of a work bench? I can either build so that one side is on a wall or put locking casters under it so it can be moved with relative ease.
  11. flip top workbench

    Thanks for the replies; yes I had thought of needing the tool and the table at the same time and you've confirmed that for me :). For all: how about flip up tools? Wood Mag had plans years ago (I still have them) for a cabinet style workbench with tool bases that swing down and into the cabinet for storage (they showed a router table and a scrollsaw): http://www.woodstore.net/plans/shop-plans/tool-bases-stands/2700-Lift-Up-Router-Tool-Table-Part-2.html?a=wood-online-index For Stringer, What is/are the major advantage(s) of the Paulk workbench? I mean, it looks good and the grid of clamping holes on top look like a great idea, but is there more? Yes, I've seen the video's but it just doesn't light a fire in me; what am I missing?
  12. So, I'm finally in my new (to me) house and am ready to start work on the 16 x 18 shop. It's small but workable. I'm thinking that a flip top work bench may be a good idea. Have any of you use or have used this idea? I'm looking for Pro/con on the subject. How sturdy/wobbly can I reasonably expect? I know I'm not going to be pounding the snot out of anything on it, so.... I was thinking I could bolt several small tools (scroll saw, small belt sanders) to one side and have the other side clear for assembly / finishing. I have seen plans that have a finished size of 30 x 60.
  13. Beautiful Spalted Bowl

    NICE!
  14. seven fundamental skills

    I took HS woodshop in 1974. I was not taught ANY of those "essential" skills. If the student wasn't ALREADY knowledgeable or from the "right" family, he was ignored. Plus I pissed off and humiliated the instructor in the first week of class; we had to build a T-square, attaching the cross member with five screws, the instructor saw that I wasn't using a ruler to layout the holes . So he decided to use me as an example (and humiliate me in the process). He gathered the entire class around me and proceeded to tell them in detail what I had done and why it was wrong. Then he got out the machinists rule and started measuring, again and again. The holes were perfect, he then threw the ruler across the room, stamped to his office and sulked the rest of the period. Never got any more help from him, ever. When Admin types see this type of behavior and get into positions of power, what programs do you think they cut first? As for the sports programs, locally when the school needs a bond passed, they threaten the sports programs first; works every time.

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