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Adam Welker

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  1. Little late to reply but I can’t speak highly enough of Infinity Tools. I used a Freud set for a year or so and it was fine but didn’t have very much carbide on the teeth. This means less resharpenings. I was leaning towards a Forrest dado set when a friend recommended Infinity. I’ve been hooked since. It seems to me that the big difference between higher and lower end sets is the amount of carbide. I got 6 re-sharpenings out of my Freud. I’m up to 12 on the Infinity and easily have 10 more before it will need replacing. It’s often on sale, especially this time of year, and comes wit
  2. Thank you. It’s 8’ long x 23 wide. Built it years ago during a time when I was building custom work benches for woodworking to sell. The one I kept was what you might call my prototype. The whole thing is laminated Southern Yellow Pine. Over the years, I’ve often wished I had made it 10’ long instead of 8’. Though it’s not often I need to work a board that long, it does happen on occasion. I’ve squirreled away some 12’ long x 8-10” wide 12/4 maple for a bigger bench but just haven’t had time to build the thing. Maybe this spring?
  3. Did anyone else notice the beautiful drawknife in the picture? Or just me
  4. I’ve found, at least for outdoor projects, that epoxy is the way to go. I used Titebond 3 for a couple years when I first started out. In my experience, the “creep” is very noticeable with 3 but, more importantly, I’ve had 3 fail on me on outdoor furniture. System West makes a great product line as far as epoxy goes. For many years I used original Titebond in my shop as my go to glue. However, when liquid hide glue became more readily available (Titebond hide glue, Patrick’s Old Brown Glue), I switched to it for the majority of my gluing. The simple fact that hide glue is reversible is w
  5. Nice! Is that composite decking or just painted/stained wooden decking?
  6. I use dewaxed shellac as the main finish on the majority of my projects. It’s definitely more than just a sanding sealer. Also, it’s helpful to make sure the denatured alcohol you use is at least 190 proof. The home centers here sell a brand called Kleen Stirp Green that works great. If you do go with flakes, I’d recommend visiting Shellac.net. They have a huge assortment and varieties of shellacs and the site is packed with great information on using them. Prices are the best I’ve found inside the US and the quality and freshness of the flakes is great. And just to clarify, a pound cut refer
  7. Great idea and beautiful results! I’d be interested to know exactly what kind of plywood that is and where you got it? I’ve not seen that type before.
  8. Spent Friday avoiding black cats and walking under ladders I also dug out a few boards from storage to start an upcoming commissioned job. Two... different/ unique chairs for one of my oldest clients. Got them rough cut, stacked, and sticked then spent my last bit of daylight touching up a couple backsaws and cleaning up. Tomorrow (Sunday) will be spent sharpening and doing machine maintenance.
  9. I’m jealous. In my experience, those older framing squares are well made. The steel is typically thicker (and not aluminum like many modern models), the measuring scales are accurate, and the square is actually square. That’s the clincher for me: is it square? The rule looks great. Lines and numbers still clean and legible and both pins intact to boot! Great finds!
  10. I’m sitting here yelling at the guy to roll up his sleeves! Then at the end I’m yelling “loosen the dang chuck!” I’d hate to see the condition of his arm. I made the baggy clothes mistake once. Just once. A string from a hood on a hooded sweatshirt got caught on my lathe a few years ago. Sucked the string right out of the hood and scared some common sense into me. Videos like this should remind us all how important shop saftey is and easy it can be to get too comfortable. Makes me want build a spring pole lathe Thanks for posting Gene.
  11. I wouldn’t doubt that such a misnomer exists by any stretch. Just goes to show you can’t believe everything you read on those internets.
  12. Looks to me like an inside caliper with a micro adjustment. That’s what I’m assuming the extra leg is for anyway.
  13. I’d agree with this. Historical examples as far back as the 1500s (and perhaps further back?) refer to the joint as a mortice and tenon. The OP is the first time I’ve ever heard it called a tendon.
  14. My advice about the blade would be to not worry so much about the blade. I used the same Dewalt slider for years in both my shop and on the job site as a trim carpenter. The problem with a 12” sliding miter saw is that it’s specifically geared towards trim carpentry and not fine woodworking. I’m not saying you can’t get an accurate cut out of one because you certainly can but I would never use my slider for a final cut in the shop. The problem is the play in the saw as it slides. I know it feels solid but a slight shift in the pressure you apply or perhaps a small change in stance can cause bl
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