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  1. Cliff

    Router Boss

    looks like a good bit of kit. Climb milling can be done under control. There is an amazing amount of adjustment. However I would not think to replace my slot mortiser / miller with the thing for a bunch of reasons. I can achieve better accuracy and repeatability plus I can mount boards as long as I please and mill the directly into the ends . That rig is height limited. It won't replace the router table for things like long passes as in when making molding For Dovetails I wouldn't use it for the same reason I don't prefer DT fixtures. I don't like the look a of a DT made with a DT cutter. Too stubby and thick for me. So before dropping the 900 on it I should think one would examine the over all utility one might get from it.
  2. catch some fish. shoot a bear. Fly the helicopter.
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    Homemade Hybrids

    dunno how it'll work in fish but I was seized by an involuntary snapping of the jaws
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    Eames Design

    My idiot brother in law got himself one of those 2000 dollar stressless chairs. I've tried it. Don't like it. wouldn't have paid $25 for it much less 2 Grand. I can build a more comfortable chair myself. In fact I built 9 of 'em.
  5. some months ago I used a big project to purchase a couple of pricey tools one was a milwaukee 18 volt circular saw. The weight took some getting used to as I was used to the old school heavy grade worm drive skillsaw. SO I've been using the thing. I gotta say I am really impressed. The prior experience I've had with cordless has all been bad. No power what power there is is fleeting and the batteries run down. They were awful so I didn't buy any. But I'd been reading lately that things have really improved. So I got one. Just one. The saw and two batteries ( two because I still didn't have faith that they had any staying power) and the charger. Well I ended up never using that second battery but one time. The thing is rugged and powerful. One time I ran the battery down on a single job. I was cutting 6" wide dados in several 6 x 6 in beams to use as interlocking joinery. I sliced hundreds of cuts and then used a chisel to make the dadoes. Other than that one time I've never run a battery down. I never noticed any flagging of power in the tool. So now I guess I'm sold on cordless. So I just got a milwaukee half inch drill / driver. And playing with that a little I am very happy with the tool's capability and power.
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    WW Magazines

    I get Mortise and Tenon but its full of errors. I get it because it's kind of cool. FWW is like COSMOPOLITAN trashy full of re heated redrafts of the same old garbage " THE LAST WIPE ON POLY YOU'LL EVER NEED" Cosmo does the exact same thing. It relies on slightly sexually titillating garbage but it's all just reheated re titled articles they keep on a merry go round. Fine Woodworking is targeted almost exclusively at people just entering the hobby. You know, the Noobs full of hope and pockets overflowing with cash they can't wait to squander on something they don't need or won't quite do the job because they are still in the stage where they thinking they if just had this tool or appliance that they could turn out masterworks. That's the FWW customer base that their marketing has identified as their core audience AWW American WoodTurner is good. The material in old issues is not repeated in the newer ones. They really do try to keep up with what's going in in the craft. WOODTURNING is pretty good. Or maybe we're just a bunch of Jaded cynical grizzled old cogers angry that the new guy won't empty the stinkin spitoon.
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    Cordless Tools

    OK is that indicative of a negative condition?
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    Cordless Tools

    Well I was using the drill to build some shelving in my shop/ garage/ cellar - combo. Driving 1.5 & 2" Tapcons and large 2.5" screws all day lots and lots of screws. The battery is still performing fine. The clutch works very well. One thing with the clutch set to any setting and the drill is not loaded and I run it free and release the trigger there is a banging from the drill that does not happen when there is a load of any sort. IT's a tad disquieting to hear. Sounds like gears crashing. I guess the lesson is don't just crank it on and off for the sheer thrill of it. And the stinkin' thing is powerful. I mean deserving of the half inch status. The chuck is limited on the down side. It won't hold a drill smaller than 0.625" well. But whatDaYaWant for a half inch drill?
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    Sliding Router Table Upgrade

    you put a lube on that?
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    Buying Plywood Router Bits (Undersized)

    I know what you are doing. I considered the same thing but held back for fear that the cheap slimy stingy Ba#$@#$ds in the lumber industry would change it all up again and make the lumber smaller still.
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    My Latest Dilema

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    Sliding Router Table Upgrade

    wow. Just wow. That's really great. I got a question. How do you like that MLCS slider? Any slop or chatter? got any pics of the bearing carriage ?
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    Hand Cut Dovetail Tips

    Well for my money it isn't the hard way. IT's easier and I think it looks a lot better too. I can't stand the jig and the router and the noise and the dust and the terrifying holding on for dear life while the cutter takes a bite that is insanely too deep. It all gets on my nerves.
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    Friction Stir Welding

    It creates a dovetail joint while softening and bonding the surfaces of dissimilar metals like Aluminum and steel. The first video linked pay attention at 1:50 to see from above what a marvelous seam it creates. The tool has little nubs the call scribes the nubs distort the base steel layer while the rotating body of the tool heats everything up making the aluminum a paste and the steel soft enough to form a mechanical bond at the grain level of the metal The second video linked is a more graphical explanation This is what it can look like from the side
  15. I'm going to have to think of myself as a turner in training, coz' I just bought a PM 3520B Tricked out with some options. Delivery in a few days. Now I gotta think about tooling. My current crop of lathe tools is abysmal. I have two nice gouges, but the rest of my kit is all of a piece from a box of tools that I got free and were not worth much more than I paid. No name junk sold to people who dunno what they are doing.
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    Hand Cut Dovetail Tips

    I think the hardest thing is deciding that one is going to go for it. Then suddenly it's shocking how easy it is.
  17. How flat? Well how flat does it need to be? A small occasional table does not had a flatness specification. I've never seen one that is really flat.
  18. They don't need any particular qualifications. They see something that sets them off and they just default to whatever does the best for their employer. The fire marshal may not agree. The Fire marshal does not have authority over the insurance company. This can leave the homeowner with the problem of hiring the experts suing the insurance company and spending an unimaginable amount of money to prove them wrong in court. And then assuming the homeowner prevails he's still gotta get paid that's more litigation. Nobody ever opens up the check book when they lose. It's what I do for a living.
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    Hands Free Lighted Magnifying Glass

    Here's an LED one with loss magnification https://catalog.lightingspecialties.com/viewitems/luxo-magnifiers/luxo-lfm-led-magnifier?s=g.base&gclid=Cj0KCQjw2pXXBRD5ARIsAIYoEbdJ6B3gvh3WOwA6E_gVDDuF6LcGgZN8Ar8zBX10rYCoeN68b20fkesaAsz4EALw_wcB Granger's got ;em https://www.grainger.com/category/magnifier-lights/task-lights/lighting/ecatalog/N-9i9
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    Hands Free Lighted Magnifying Glass

    Here's a flourescent one https://www.uline.com/Product/Detail/H-2015/Magnifiers/Fluorescent-Illuminated-Magnifier?pricode=WA9320&gadtype=pla&id=H-2015&gclid=Cj0KCQjw2pXXBRD5ARIsAIYoEbeATxT00KwIMvEhbtdHZkpyhTFIm1SzuVRnMOA6qa8miXMWHFNHvgEaAmu4EALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds
  21. I don't know about that. It's not a "what if" to consider that an insurance company is going to do their level best to avoid paying on a claim and that the adjusters are going to lay blame on anything they can if it will get their employers off the hook. I told ya, I'm just the piano player. Granted, it's what I went to school for. But I'm just the piano player
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    Weird Wi Fi Issue

    Main Workstation modem and router are upstairs in my home Down stairs My wife has an HP windows 7 laptop, She also has an ASUS tablet. I have a Dell inspiron running ubuntu, There is a Dish wifi connection too with netflix. The router is an Asus RT - AC 88U Everything was going smoothly until the other day when My wife started complaining about no connectivity. I told her to go cycle the modem. She did - - no change. Oddly she noticed that her Asus tablet was experiencing no connectivity at the same time as her laptop. Some times she gets fine connectivity sometimes not and when she does not both of her devices can't connect. They are on together and off together. It's like they share an issue. They are in sync. My PC running ubuntu and the Dish unit have no problems Her Samsung Galaxy 6 phone has no problem using the router to connect. Any one with any idea what the heck is going on?
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    Oldest Nail Gun I Have Seen

    well that was cool. Unfortunately the restoration destroyed the antique value.
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    Weird Wi Fi Issue

    UPDATE: I did cold boot of the whole system Router modem and all. Problem solved. Thanks guys I'd probably never have thought to cold boot the router.
  25. While it is invariably true that the quantum of flammable material , particle size, and oxygen content are all important when one wants to calculate the possibility of a fire hazard in a DC or exhaust system. And while those factors are almost entirely impossible to achieve in a one man shop WHILE ALL THAT There are other issues we would be extremely foolish to ignore. The Insurance Agreement. The terms of the policy. If there is a fire, AND if the insurance adjuster can find a way to say it originated or was made worse by the presence of any of these circumstances we are discussing in this thread; The insurance company can easily issue a DENIAL OF CLAIM result against the policy because as per the written agreement the home owner created a prohibited ( by contract) excessive rick of a fire. This is really a problem that so very many people fail to consider. It doesn't matter what the math says, what the engineering says it REALLY matters what the CONTRACT says. The home owner's insurance has exclusions on it and unless you have spent some time discussing it with your agent, you may not know. The things we do may (or not) violate the terms of the insurance and void the insurance and all the while we might be unaware of these things. For example: A plastic DC will violate every single homeowner's insurance policy that I know of. Maybe not yours. Maybe you have it in black and white. Maybe not. But if you don't know - - well then you just don't know. Can you cure it with a metal ground strap pr a wire in the Ducts? Probably not because the insurance company won't have contemplated those things as creating an exception. You know that clause in your homeowner's policy that prohibits us from storing fuel cans in the structure? Yah that. If they can say that the fuel cans started the fire or caused it to become worse, they can deny the claim. And then there issues at law. Did you know that if you are breaking the law and the insurance company determines that the law violation was why the fore started that they will DENY THE CLAIM? Is it unlawful in your state to discharge certain fumes or dust from a structure? It may be. Some states have filtration requirements. So while it is tempting to get lost in the weeds of how much fuel in a fan housing may nor not yadda yadda yadda there are other considerations that may be going unnoticed that hold catastrophic potential. I have made these statements in other forums and usually it angers people quite a lot and they focus that anger at me. HEY I'm just the piano player. I didn't write the music.

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