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kmealy

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    Keith
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    Warren County,OH (30 mi NE of Cincinnati)
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    "There is hardly anything in this world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and those people who consider price only, are this man's lawful prey." John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

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  1. Got one of these donated to the furniture bank. Plan to use as a drill press. Interesting to finally meet one. Boy, lots of steel and cast in that puppy, must weight 2x what my Model 500 does. Lots of the ferrous metals replace by aluminum. Read the manual and it takes on 8" saw blade. I remember seeing some of them at the SS factory product line -- still in active use 50+ years later.
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    Glue Test

    Agree completely and will add - most glues have at most 10% difference in shear strength. However (note 1)
  3. Joined a "pro" forum today. Joined, confirmed e-mail, three likes, and one reply to one of the two topics up. Greeted with this message (emphasis mine) Subj: Congratulations! You have a new rank in <forum> As the result of your contributions to the community, you have earned a new rank. Your new rank is New Member. We appreciate your efforts and hope you will continue to be an active member of the community.
  4. If you don't attend my funeral I won't attend yours.
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    Track Saw

    Track saws are useful for handling large sheet goods. If you have a small basement and a Shopsmith(with a smaller table surface and not much of an outfeed table), I can see it coming in handy. I have a shop-made one (but has a degree of freedom away from the fence). I use it a few times a year. A lot of people buy a sheet of foam insulation board and cut on that rather than trying to balance on sawhorses or a table. The main problem I have with them (and people who say "You don't need a table saw if you have a track saw") is that you cannot do repeatable cuts. For example, if I have to cut 30 pieces 4" long or rip 10 boards 4" wide, I set a stop/fence once and I'm done. Same with miters, like on picture frame molding where there is only one flat surface (the bottom) And it cannot do joinery (rabbets, dadoes, tenons, lap joints, splines, narrow rips), or work well on really small pieces.
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    the Toolbox of America -- Stanley

    I get dizzy trying to understand all the private labels of HF -- Chicago Electric, Pittsburgh, Hercules, Bauer, Drill Master, etc. I wish they'd just make it clear Good, Better, Best (or crappy, less crappy, not so crappy ) The other thing that confuses me is they might have two or three SKUs for the same item. The only thing I can figure out why is they have different suppliers for the same item. And of course, you don't know if 447381 is better or worse than 449249.
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    Improving On Everything

    I know that's true here for raccoons, on the property where you trapped it or send on to its eternal reward. My former neighbor, AKA Crazy Squirrel Lady, attracted them by bringing up 500 lb of pecans at a time from GA. Loaded the dozen or so bird and squirrel feeders about 4x a day, in addition to dumping a 5 gal bucket of bread across the street. I think the record was 14 in my 1/3 acre back yard at once. I learned to trap the chipmunks before they destroyed my patio slab. The rest met Mr. Gamo. She was a wildlife rescue and I groaned when I saw a strange car in her drive and someone walking up to the front door with a cardboard box. The ones that lived, she'd just release in the yard.
  8. Usually, I dip it out with a paper cup. I save all sorts of plastic containers from the kitchen (coleslaw containers, peanut butter jars, etc.) run them through the dishwasher and use for my "dispenser" to brush from.
  9. As I started reading, I was going to suggest pre-finished. Good choice.
  10. Three techniques for good varnish finish Thin the finish. Most varnishes will flow out better if you thin them a bit. I like to thin the first couple finishes a lot (50:50), then move to 60:40, then 90:10 for subsequent coats. Stir well to bring the flatteners into suspension and regularly during application because they will settle out faster in a thinner finish. I like to pour out the varnish into a separate container so I don't contaminate the can. Brush technique. First, use a good, natural bristle brush. "Condition" it before use by wetting with mineral spirits, then wiping with a clean rag. Dip the brush into the varnish and remove excess on the side of the container. Start the strokes away from edges or you'll get a run on the edge. Work from one end to the other. When the whole surface is covered, wipe the varnish off the brush, hold it nearly vertical and "tip-off" the finish by lightly passing the brush from one end to the other. This fills the dry spots and cuts down the heavy spots. Sand between coats. Let the finish dry at least overnight. Sanding will remove the defects like dust, lint, and bubbles in the slow-drying finish. A good sandpaper is 3M's 216U, sold as "Sandblaster." P400 grit is a good one to use. This will level and remove the defects. A follow up with light gray Scotch-Brite™ Ultra Fine Hand Pad 7448 will provide an even dullness. Remove the dust with a cloth dampened in mineral spirits or naphtha. Steel wool can leave shards that might eventually rust.
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    Kerry Pierce

    And something for Steve: https://www.popularwoodworking.com/woodworking-blogs/shop-tour-kerry-pierce-part-1-handplanes I think Kerry's father was also a skilled woodworker. I seem to remember some stories/articles by him when I was first starting out. I believe he had only a couple of fingers on one hand, but still managed a lot of hand work. (Is that right, @JohnMorris ?) Oh, and there is a small museum with a lot of Shaker artifacts just a few miles from me, if you are ever in the area. And last I knew, a former neighbor is one of the leads on the Whitewater reconstruction project. https://blog.lostartpress.com/2018/05/20/union-the-lost-shaker-village/
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    Brand Names Are Often Overpriced

    I heard an old maxim somewhere in software development, "Adding more people to a late project makes it later." (negative returns) I remember in an economics class where the professor was talking about maximizing profits. He had one curve that was revenue and another expense and the x-axis was volume of sales. He went on for ten minutes or more about the "sweet spot" where the optimum spot was. I'm (as a math major) rolling my eyes and saying to myself, "Just take the first derivative and set to zero."
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    Brand Names Are Often Overpriced

    (the law of) diminishing returns phrase of diminish noun: law of diminishing returns 1. used to refer to a point at which the level of profits or benefits gained is less than the amount of money or energy invested. I've often said this of my Festool sander -- it's a very nice sander, but I'm not sure it's that much nicer than my Bosch to spend twice as much for it.
  14. Funny that he knows exactly what he spent for his tools, but can't remember what year he started certain work. And he likes Craftsman tools.
  15. We had a friend who graduated from high school in Louisville. Her dad was a senior engineer with the GE appliance plant there, and she had grown up in multiple states. When she went to Florida as a college freshman, her new roommates looked at her and said, "Oh, you're wearing shoes!" Surprised, she said, Yes, but why do you ask?" "Well, you're from Kentucky." She told them that Louisville was a major metro area about 10x the size of this college town.

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