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kmealy

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  1. Seems like most everything nowadays is linked to a smartphone. I mean, really, does one need to be able to open your garage door, start your coffee, turn on your lights, order your groceries from your phone? Well, I'm looking at an LED lightbulb with a day-night sensor. OK, that makes sense to fit into an existing exterior outlet. Along with description is "IntelliBulbs require no additional smart home hardware or apps" Signed, guy with a flip phone, but only because I need it for business.
  2. Attention Buckeyes

    Rather be a Buckeye than a weasel, er wolverine, that's a weasel with a bad temper.
  3. Attention Buckeyes

    Buckeye: 1. Resident of Ohio 2. Alumnus/alumna/student of THE Ohio State University. 3. Tree, Aesculus glabra. 4. Hairless, bitter nut of no practical use or value. I just signed up for a Cuyahoga County Library card online. Free and open to any Ohio resident. Ebranch has Wood, Popular Woodworking, Fine Woodworking, and Woodcraft magazines online for free. Lots of magazines available through Flipster.
  4. Garage Door Hinges

    I noticed recently that my overhead garage door was not closing properly. So I investigated and found that the hinge/roller was broken. But it had been repaired by a handyman by adding a butt hinge further down the joint. (handyman as in , "Hey, here's a butt hinge that's handy.") Anyway the sheet metal bolts on the butt hinge had pulled out. So I looked and found HD and Lowes both carry "universal fit" "fits all doors" garage door hinges that accept rollers. Unfortunately, the come in a #1, #2, #3 and #4 style. So much for being "universal," eh? Short on time, I just picked up one of each and tried to sort it out when I got home. They all seemed to have different offsets to the roller axle. Well, the #2 was the closest fit. The instructions were not terribly helpful. There was a cryptic IKEA-like diagram INSIDE the blister pack, under the hinge. It appears that #1 is on the lowest joint, #2 on the next, etc. In case you need to know. If you know better than my educated guess, enlighten me.
  5. I have had three Grizzly tools and have had problems with all of them. Yesterday, I was trying to lower the table on the drill press and the crank handle slipped. No problem, it's held in by a set screw. A metric one, of course because they apparently got a deal on them somewhere. Found the right hex wrench and just started to turn it. Pop. Case broke. Well, it's a plastic lever surrounding a steel (non-metric 1/2" diameter) collar. OK, maybe the steel collar will hold it. Set screw moves in and out just fine, but not when the collar is on the shaft. Apparently, it's stripped inside. I am not going to call Grizzly and get a $14 part and $18 shipping. I may try to re-thread an SAE set screw, failing that, Friday visit to the repair shop to find a part from another vendor. I will never buy another, even used, Grizzly.
  6. Teaching an all-day wood finishing class Saturday. Sunday mow the yard if the soil dries out enough before then.
  7. Does The World Really Need This?

    I was at a meeting a few weeks ago and the subject came up. All 4 of us there pulled out our flip phones and said we loved them. There a few times where a smart phone would be helpful when I'm out -- mostly finding addresses, traffic problems or phone numbers. Otherwise, I don't need to pre-order my coffee before I get there. I don't consider myself a Luddite -- I spent 30 years working on cutting edge software before changing careers.
  8. Garage Doors

    Tried that with chipmunks, they carried them out. Destructive little buggers. Rat trap 10, chipmunks 0. Neighbor at the old house use to feed all sorts of nuisances. They redid their patio 2x and shed 2x. Not me.
  9. Garage Doors

    Scroll down until you see "sandwich doors" https://www.familyhandyman.com/sheds/diy-storage-shed-building-tips/view-all/
  10. Garage Doors

    I read about an interesting technique for making a shed door, on my docket for this summer if the skunk does not come back to spend the summer under the shed. The guy used 1by material and face glued to pieces together. The interior version narrower than the exterior, in effect making a rabbet on the back where you could insert a panel, then nail trim in place to hold it. It also gives you a nice half-lap on the corners.
  11. All A Yall Know Bout This

    Our jobs are safe from robots. Problem with computers, they do EXACTLY what you tell them to do, .not DWIM.
  12. Ridgid Cordless Tools Ii

    Good thing because many of them could not pass one, no less administer one. Insert OAG Dumb Look© here
  13. Bla

    No, but I was about to burst a few times. Let's just say there is a strange odor in an obscure part of a metro station. Those Brits can hold more beer than I can. And the Parisians love their dogs. Everywhere. And watch your step when stepping off a curb.
  14. 1. Preparation Normally this means planing and/or sanding. I went to a day-long finishing seminar by a well-known author and finish supplier. I think he spent the first two hours talking about sanding. Hmmm, maybe the only thing more boring than sanding is talking for two hours about sanding? Anyway, the process is this: Start with the coarsest grit you need to remove the defects. On most surfaces, this means the planer marks that look like little waves. But if you are doing plywood, it's already been sanded so you can start with a much finer grit. Subsequent grits just remove the scratches from the previous grits. You can normally skip a grit in this progression. When to stop? There is not much use in going beyond 180 or so. If I'm doing plywood or refinishing a piece (remember that unless it's damaged, it's been finish sanded once before) I might start and stop with 220. Between the grits and at the end, you can wipe with a cloth or blow off with a blow gun to get off any grit left from the last round. 2. Coloring This step is optional but usually involves a pre-finish stain. It can also involve in-process toners (finish with color added in it) or glazes (color between coats of finish). 3. Film or oil finish In last week's TGIF, we saw the reasons why we finish things (beautify, protect, and make a cleanable surface). Your choice of one or more types depends on a lot of things - intended use, your skills, costs, time involvement, environment where applying, etc.
  15. We are about to take a quantum jump in the furniture bank. When I started volunteering there 2 1/2 years ago, we were working around a 4x8 table (usually cluttered with donation and junk), one router, an old compressor (since failed), a couple of HF nail guns and bring your own drill. They had just gotten a donation of a Kreg Foreman that was a big step from the K3 they had been using. Phase 1 was getting some cordless drills. We also took over cutting the sheet goods offsite, then packaged parts sets and had them trucked to the assembly site. Last year, they acquired some needed offsite warehouse space and we got a couple hundred square feet of heated and better-lit assembly space. We organized the tools and build 6 work tables from leftover materials. We also built a 24x2x8 shelving unit for household goods inventory (linens, kitchen items, etc.) One of the improvements we made was also to round over the cut edges on the tables and make them a bit more friendly and get rid of the sharp edges. Made a router table and got a trim router. We investigated making dressers (another critical need). It turned out to be too costly in terms of time and material. So we designed and prototyped a "cubby" that can be used for clothes storage and potentially outfitted with fabric drawer boxes. Recently, we got a grant for equipment and can do all the fabrication and assembly on site. We got a great deal from a local machinery supplier. On order is a 3hp table saw, panel saw, sliding compound miter saw, dust collector, and two air cleaners. Next step is to get the goods in, assemble, set up, ductwork, build some fixtures and equipment and get an electrician in to do wiring. Also coming in is a donation of a vintage 10ER Shopsmith that we'll probably use as a drill press. I'll have to get some photos of the progress.
  16. A couple of houses ago, I had a friend that would occasionally want a small thing made or built. He'd come over to the shop and I'd cut up and join some wood for him while he watched. He used to always say, "Boy, it sure is easy when you have all these tools." I always felt like saying, "I have a piano upstairs, it sure is easy to just sit down and play something when you have the right piano." Anyway, another friend is going to consider working on the drawers. I find out it's an apartment complex and he occasionally needs to fix up some drawers damaged by tenants. My impression is they are just a few different widths and possibly heights, and all the same depths, so running a batch of parts might not be too bad if you have a shelf to store parts. I told the guy most of the time would be in set up and doing 100 or 200 at a time will take a lot less time per piece than one or two at a time. He'd also deliver and pick up at the shop so no windshield time.
  17. Bla

    I was in Paris with some co-workers when one of them really had to use a bathroom. If you've ever been there, you know they are not that common to have a public restroom. We finally found a McDonalds and walked in. I had not used French since I'd had a class 30 years earlier but I read the sign and tried to interpret it. It apparently said something like, "Due to problems, the women's room can also be used by men." I told him I was not really sure, though. We sat there for a minute watching and both men and women were coming out, so he walked in. He said it was the first time he'd seen people putting on make-up in a restroom he was using.
  18. I got an e-mail from a guy today who is looking for someone to build two or three kitchen cabinet drawer replacements two or three times a year. I am telling him that set up time is going to be a killer. I've referred him on to companies that custom-make drawer boxes, likely banging them out by the thousands on CNC.
  19. To those of you who served during (and before or after the events over there) https://www.military.com/veterans-day/vietnam-veterans-day
  20. Useless conversation and other drivel...

    A blonde lady motorist was about two hours from San Diego when she was flagged down by a man whose truck had broken down. The man walked up to the car and asked, "Are you going to San Diego?" "Sure," answered the blonde, "do you need a lift?" "Not for me. I'll be spending the next three hours fixing my truck. My problem is I've got two chimpanzees in the back that have to be taken to the San Diego Zoo. They're a bit stressed already so I don't want to keep them on the road all day. Could you possibly take them to the San Diego Zoo for me? I'll give you $200 for your trouble”. "I'd be happy to," said the blonde. So the two chimpanzees were ushered into the back seat of the blonde's car and carefully strapped into their seat belts, and off they went. Five hours later, the truck driver was driving through the heart of San Diego when suddenly he was horrified! There was the blonde walking down the street, holding hands with the two chimps, much to the amusement of a big crowd. With a screech of brakes, he pulled off the road and ran over to the blonde. "What are you doing here?" he demanded, "I gave you $200 to take these chimpanzees to the zoo!" "Yes, I know you did," said the blonde. "But we had money left over so now we're going to Sea World."
  21. The furniture bank works with agencies helping people coming out of homeless for whatever reason. Might be domestic abuse, money problems, etc. I got into it because they called the woodworking club looking for some help about 3 years ago, 8 years into their life. Since then we have cut the parts, developed some improvements and new projects and now working on a machinery set up in their site. We built 120 tables from Oct 15, 2017 to Dec 15, 2017. http://nlfurniture.org/ https://www.facebook.com/cincyfurniturebank/ https://www.wcpo.com/news/local-news/hamilton-county/cincinnati/furniture-bank-building-tables-collecting-plates-for-people-transitioning-out-of-homelessness
  22. Colored Woods

    Thanks. Quite the article and discussion over 7 years.
  23. Rigid Cordless Tools

    I got the Gen5x impact & drill driver set at last year's Black Friday sale. I think it was on sale for $169. Since I've had excellent service from both my old 12V that I take on site with me and we have about 8 of the 18V versions at the furniture bank, I decided to keep going with them. At the current sale price, that works out to about $50 each for the circular and recip saw and a bit more for the flashlight. Looks like a deal if you have any use at all. Working on a shed in the back of the yard for some reno would make it a buy.
  24. Back from a couple of hectic weeks. I'm working on the presentation of a day long wood finishing seminar that I'm giving in April. As I do the outline, it occurred to me that most finishing things occur in threes. There are three things that affect how a finish dry or cures. 1. Temperature Some finishes, like waterborne, don't cure well below a critical point (mid 60s for example). The general rule of reactive (Tinkertoy) finishes is that chemical reactions double in speed for every 10 degrees Centigrade (18 Fahrenheit). So a varnish or oil finish will cure about twice as fast at 78 degrees as at 60 degrees. These finishes cure by absorbing oxygen and reacting with it to form polymer chains. For evaporative (spaghetti) finishes, lacquer and shellac, they cure by evaporation of their solvents. Higher temperature means faster evaporation. 2. Air movement Waterborne finishes cure in two stages - evaporation of the water (a thinner) then by the evaporation of the glycol ethers. Varnishes also cure in two stages, first evaporation of the thinner (mineral spirits), then reaction with oxygen. Oils and varnishes then cure by reaction with oxygen. Air movement speeds the evaporation of the mineral spirits, then makes oxygen available. Air movement speeds the evaporation of the solvents in shellac and lacquer. When I'm doing touch up work, I'll usually use a hair dryer to speed the drying of the lacquer (adds both heat and air movement). 3. Humidity High humidity will take longer for the water to evaporate from waterborne finishes. Humidity, I believe, will have minimal effect on varnish and oils. Since mineral spirits and water are not miscible (will not mix with each other) it should not change its evaporation rate. And the cure rate should be irrelevant. Shellac's solvent is alcohol, that is miscible in water (think cocktails or beer) high humidity will slow its evaporation rate Lacquer presents another problem. High humidity can cause lacquer to "blush" -- develop a white, cloudy appearance. Because lacquer dries so fast, high humidity does not allow the water to evaporate out before it cures. The solution to this is to use or add a slower-evaporating lacquer thinner to allow a longer dry time.
  25. Auction Notice - April 14Th

    Me, too. But it looks close to Frank Miller Lumber in Union City.

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