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John Hechel

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  1. yesterday was a "stock the pantry" day. there a meat processor 2 hours from us that has the best bacon, sausage and smoked pork products around. Atleast twice a year we drive up, load up the coolers, and stop at the mall on our way back home. Today it's time to finish up a few special order signs, and either work on plumbing the shop for compressed air and or glue some mineral stained hickory together for cutting boards. Our first outdoor show is in 3 weeks and stock needs to be built. Also discovered last week that I have an umbilical hernia, hoping to hear from the surgeon next week. need
  2. repainting our Master bathroom, finishing a few camper signs for clients, and wrapping up a cutting board for a bridal shower gift. I'm hoping to find some time to finish turning some pepper grinders and start gluing up some hickory panels for end grain cutting boards. We need to get going on building things because our lumber supplier cleaned house and we bought their mess (roughly 1000 bf. of different species) for a great deal.
  3. aside from the unknown size. The blade guard looks home-made and the bed is short. if the guards works that's OK. however a short bed like that can limit the accuracy of the cut on long stock leading to curved or angled cuts on longer stock. I would factor these points into your current and future needs as well as the purchase price before I bid on this machine. Don't rule it out because you could go bigger down the road if your needs grow and keep this unit for secondary cuts or pass it along to another WW if space is an issue
  4. I'm guessing you used a chatter tool for the rim decoration? if so may I ask which one? and given a choice which one would you recommend to a poor soul who has never used one?
  5. I worked 5 hours at the regular job both days, Saturday after a nap we went to the camper to replace some mouse traps, and plant some lilies. so nothing in the shop that day. On Sunday after work we ran a few errands, then finally shop time. well just enough shop time to sharpen a scraper so I could begin removing the wall paper boarder in the master bath. came downstairs for a sack to find that my wife had started removing the old microwave to make it easier for me to put the new one in. OH Joy....
  6. Have you considered slatwall for your shop walls instead of just plywood? my thinking is it might offer flexible organization options for you
  7. for me this weekend is processing about 250 4"x4"x 7/16" thick coasters. I'm glad we have our cnc to carve a 3" recess for the cork in each one. I'll also be doing a second trial run on converting a 6 gallon trash can full of chunks into charcoal. The first one took two fires to cook so for this one I'll be adding some shrouding around the pail to hold in the heat. current set-up is a 30 gallon steel can that I put a 4" section of pipe in the middle pack sawdust and shavings around After I pull the pipe I create an airway at the bottom connecting to the hole and light that airway. the sawdus
  8. we have a small craft show at a hotel an hour away. We aren't expecting much so tonight was spent loading up about half of our inventory. After the show tomorrow it's bring back the inventory and set it back up in our house for a customer visit Sunday afternoon. Shop wise I have 25 pizza peels in the works to shape and taper. that will keep us busy until the end of next week.
  9. Aluminum Miter bars from Rockler
  10. that is why the top is designed as it is. I can still access it easily to adjust the stock but it gives me a stop to remind me not to get my hands close to the blade.
  11. There is a hard stop screwed into the miter bar groove in the off-cut table, you just see it on the right side of the picture. This keeps the blade from coming through the cover guard. but I'll take your advice and color the guard.
  12. Finally made a crosscut sled. Why did i wait so long? This thing is a game changer for squaring off big pieces like this chaotic end grain board.
  13. on the east coast (Plymouth) we had a heavy coat of "Thick rain" most was melted before work let out. To me this is worse because i track mud into the house when it gets so warm. after looking I guess you're just as close to the pond as I am.
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