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Found 5 results

  1. Whatever poisonous garbage the Chinese are putting on Harbor frieght chisels is dangerous stuff. I smoked just a little of it off welding the bases of their 4" brick chisels. The stuff made my shop all smoky and like when one burns rubber there were weird floaties of black goo floating in the air. Then the sickness set in. My throat became terribly raw and I have sinus issues. I've never had a paint do this. I can't even guess what they used.
  2. Tales of the repair guy 1. One job yesterday was to repair a leg on the back of a sofa that had collapsed. I'd say "medium quality" market. Open it up and find the frame and the support block made of that terrible Chinese plywood that must be held together with duck spit. You know, the kind that is 7-12 layers, depending on where you look? Overlaps, voids, plies that look like fine straw? I could literally pull that corner support apart with my fingers and the side frame was not much better. Not to mention those structural staples trying to hold it together. Replaced it with some solid hardwood. Lady watching me was impressed and thought it would be better than new. Yep. 2. I made a couple of free-standing linen cabinets last year. The lumber store led me to their premium ply, what they call "Dragon Ply." This is a large commercial distributor. Told me they have an inspector in the plant, assure high quality, they import a bunch of it and "the Amish love it." So I decided to give it a go. Every time I touched a fresh cut edge, I got these microscopic splinters from the thin face veneer. So fine I could fell them, but not see them, which made removal a problem. Had to back order the 1/4" stuff for the back. When I got it to the shop it looked like a Dorito to the point It was hard to even cut it and keep it against the fence. Never again. 3. I used to have a retail customer that would fly to Mexico, pick up "marble" (limestone) circular table tops and rent a truck to haul them back. He'd have me cut plywood in his warehouse to attach underneath so we could screw on the bases. Most were more than 4' diameter so it would involve a couple of pieces. He was telling what a great deal he got for this plywood at Home Depot. Didn't think much about, but I was not really impressed. He grabbed the cutoffs there and took them out to the covered loading dock in preparation for hauling to the dumpster. Just a light mist but he wanted to wait and make trips when it stopped. I needed to cut a second piece for the table I was working on and I remembered one of the cutoffs would probably work so I walked over by the loading dock. The piece was there, not really wet, but delaminated complete in the high humidity. Like I said, "duck spit" adhesive. Side story: A few months later, he lost his store lease and decided to close the store, have a clearance sale and he and his wife would take some time off. Couple of years later, they bought the lease for a store that was another customer and restarted the business. About six months later, he was busted for hydroponically growing marijuana in his warehouse and working with a ring to sell it at a local high school. Wife kept the business running while he was in the slammer, got out in a few years, and shortly thereafter, gave up the second store. So maybe he was not just bringing tables back from Mexico. His grow operation was in a warehouse that I never worked in.
  3. A new turner, long winded

    I've been thinking of how to write this post for a few days. I am a member, and now (unbelievably) president of the Northeast Indiana Turners and Chiselers, a wood turning club near Ft. Wayne IN. Anyway, we had a visitor at our last meeting, a retired guy(are all turners retired?). He said he was trying to turn some table legs and they were "all fuzzy". He wanted to know if there was anyone who could visit his shop and show him what he's doing wrong. It happens he lives about ten mile from me and I did visit his shop the other day. Where to start? He's trying to turn pine, about 36" long and 1 1/2" diameter and he doesn't have a steady rest. It would've been nearly impossible to do what what he was trying to do. It didn't help that his tools are very dull. The really bad thing though, is his lathe, it's a Grizzly. I don't know the model number but it swings 14", with a very small variable speed motor. Worse, the ways looked to be 1/8" or less C-channel. Very, very light duty. If I had to guess I would say the lathe weighed less than 100lbs. I'll admit I'm not a Grizzly fan but neither am I a basher. This lathe though, to me it's little more than stealing to sell such a piece of equipment. I'm not sure a person could even turn a pen on it, let alone a 12 or 14" bowl. The guy told me he bought the lathe to see if he would like wood turning. I told him I could guarantee he wouldn't like it if he had to use that lathe. It made me wonder, how many people have bought that lathe, or a similar product to see if they would like turning only to give it up and never know what turning is really like Steve
  4. Grinding Disk.....No Heat

    http://www.finehomebuilding.com/2017/01/18/far-better-abrasives
  5. Hi all, I ask this question, because i am having a real hard time finding a drill bit or drill bit set with any quality other than bad. I have purchased 2 7mm drill bits over the last few years, and both were pretty much dull out of the package. can someone point me to a place that makes quality drill bits? I prefer Brad point, but it isn't absolutely required. Thanks

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