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  1. Must be using my Garmin GPS: It likes to route things around the horn, too. Gloves: I'd wear 'em too if I was handling factory milled edges, which can be razor sharp. It's a slick system, but like all snap-together, it rarely survives the third move. Those fasteners in MDF abrade over time, but there's a good rationale for buying "one and done". Note that all these fastener concepts depend on dead-on milling, and that equates to "factory" and sophisticated automation. You can do it by hand, get the special router bit, make the jigs, but unless you're making 10,000 of them the juice ain't worth the squeeze. I agree it's clever, but I don't agree it's a universal solution. Of course the blanket box I'm planning for the spare bedroom might be a good test: what's the cost of shipping to....well let's not go further than Baja California (it has a horn) and back!
  2. Whenever looking for gentle abrasion, I start with a toothbrush, then a brass wire brush, gently and not scrubbing.
  3. My buddy in Inkom claims spuds cures everything...?! Welcome to retirement. That's the easy part: hard part, about a year from now, is remember what day of the week it is.
  4. Earthquake? Didn't feel it here (Phx area) but the dining light (6' chain suspension) was swinging.
  5. Empty sack. Ego production. CEO thinks people want to see his face and hear him talk, because his ego is bigger than us all. Tomorrow he'll sell the whole thing, fire all the workers, if it makes him an extra buck. Me? Suspicious? Jaded? Pessimistic? I been through the barrel, have no regrets, have no expectations. Griz isn't unique, you can buy the same stuff pretty much anywhere. Good as any, better than some.
  6. Latest entry in Hand Tools was made by non-previous-member, and appears to be only for the purpose of selling the item.  (time of joining site coincides with posting of sale)

    1. John Morris

      John Morris

      Thanks Pete, this can be moved to classifieds, appreciate the heads up!

    2. PeteM


      The world needs not another Craig's list!

  7. I never have. As Gerald's find shows, dry time is important. It's 110 here today, dry as a popcorn fart. Drying goes a bit TOO fast under such conditions.
  8. As I understand it, water and oil are just the "carriers": both evaporate and leave essentially the same "stuff" behind. I've mixed water and oil applications on the same piece, and all you have to remember is give the oil 8--12 hours to depart/dry before applying a water based product. While the Flexner ID method determines whether the stain has dye (solution soluble) or pigment (suspended), both are added particulates that start out as powders, and end up as powders once dry. How deep they penetrate while carried by the liquid is a difference.
  9. Sort of reminds me why prostitutes ain't rich: too many people willing to give it away. Why so few new good WW books? I can think of some reasons: Videos abound and are free. DIY sites with lots of graphics; free. WW being a fairly stable (mature) industry, a book written 20 years ago is still pretty current, so how does a new author compete? Compounding this, I've been watching for "old" WW books that people have recommended, and I note there are thousands of titles (yes, many for WW) that now exist as "used" (and, yes, on Amazon). So the book that published for $25 a couple decades back is now available for $9 (with shipping!). So I heard Tolpin's book on tablesaws was really good. Originally $24.99US, in 2004 (2nd ed), now can find "like new" for under $10. What's the chance that a newer book written in the last 5 years has substantially better content? I'd think this inhibits new entrants. While I'm not sure how YouTube compensates contributors, I suspect all those ads put a few pennies in the contributor's pocket. Two decades back, meh. Today, decent video can draw thousands of views, and the pennies add up. So the author of the Auld Daies becomes a videographer. Reality is that 50% of Not Much is exceeded by A Little of A Lot. And Reality is that the velocity of Change continues to increase.
  10. Ah, this explains why (yesterday in fact) my [new] water based dye "golden oak" exactly replicated the Minwax golden oak "stain" that I used 15 years ago. Anyone care to comment on the question "why does it matter?"? IOW, what applications would benefit most from either dye or pigment? Flexner mentioned that dye fades in sunlight (UV?).
  11. Some years ago, my Wood Guru* gave me about 50 back issues of Wood and a couple other 'zines. About the same time, I purchased the CD sets from another 3 (4?) 'zines. Care to guess how well I have used those resources? Yeah, the collected dust kinda turns me off. The back issues I finally took to the local WW club meeting (secretly sniggering as the members scrambled to get them). I think most people are more likely to use a 'zine issue sent periodically, and ignore the pile. Plus, the plethora of videos, websites, blogs, and f-book stream (much of which is easily searchable) makes my cupboard shelves writhe in frustration. If a shelf writhes. *everyone should get one of these!
  12. The second reference said the sale of assets was a bankruptcy auction; also mentioned that parent company of Woodsmith bought four other ww 'zines. I sense motion in the industry! Unfortunately, I think it's a swirling motion centered on a drain. I guess the "print is dead" metric has arrived. Dang, I need a substitute for reading in the Small Room.
  13. Might try the "heavy duty" double sided carpet tape (Ace Hardware here).
  14. Steph, I think you're doing this backwards. First you keep mixing the terms "carpentry", "cabinets", "small crafts". Those are objectives that don't really fit with each other, and while there are some things in common, each of those has really different tooling. I suggest you pick a project, something simple that you want to make, and more especially something that comes with instructions on how to make it. There are lots of videos on YT about projects and how to do them (step by step, including showing tools and how to use them). I'm specially fond of Steve Ramsey's series. Once you have a "something", buy the minimum tools to do it. Buy used stuff, or really cheap stuff (Harbor Freight, Ryobi, Amazon are all good resources). But make the Something. The worse you do, the faster you will get to this point (really critical point): does doing this make me happy? The faster you get to the "flunk test", the more time and money you'll save. If you liked the process, no matter how crappy the Something looks, you're hooked, which can be a good thing. Pick another Something, same process, but make this rule: every project can buy one tool, but only one tool. I think you'll test yourself best by making a series of the same thing for friends and relatives; Something in 5 or 6 copies so you get halfway good at that one thing. It's another test: how do you like the process thus far? (That's a question you ask yourself continuously for the first couple decades.) After several years of really cheap tools you will find a day that you realize a) you like this woodworking thing, and b) this tool in front of you just will never do what you need it to do. At that point, start upgrading your tools. Subscribe to one or two woodworking magazines, get a feel for the industry. The ads are almost as useful as the articles. Don't buy a "presentation jacket". After the first year, write down a plan for the next year, what you want to do, maybe projects you want to tackle, tools you might buy. Figure out how to pay for it. If you have commercial tendencies (you think you can make money in this thing), be aware that most failures come from too much ambition, too much initial expense (where do you think Craig's List gets all those used tools? Eh?!). And don't take advice from enthusiasts. Look for pessimists. Only halfway listen to them.
  15. for the first year or so, you wouldn't see much droop, but over time the 48" span would sag. why take a chance?
  16. Are you allowed to smoke in a wooden car?
  17. The ads are as interesting as anything else. Been a while since I was searching for Rupture Relief. Lessee, March '67....oh, Uncle Sam was in charge of that for me, which explains why there was no relief?
  18. Transport: consider getting or making a specialized trailer, something designed to just hold the raw wood you want. Components: spine, axle, 2 wheels, channel bed, 3--4 uprights (48" to take plywood). If you know a decent welder, see what you could make for them to trade for the labor of assembly? At one time I was going to get rid of the van, keep the Prius, and a trailer was my solution. In some jurisdictions, if you design the trailer a certain way, it's either simpler (no lights) or escapes license requirements/ depends. Most commercial designs are capable of a ton or so load. You're looking at a couple hundred pounds, and that makes a much lighter design, much easier to tow. WWers don't buy trucks because they really need them! They like trucks, and took up WW to justify the purchase! Are there any WW clubs in your area? They've been there before you, probably know all the holes in the baseboard. Attend a meeting, bring donuts, you'll get all the info you need.
  19. At Amazon, consider the 4-pack. ?
  20. I have both versions (baby and poppa) of the 'bot. The red lanyard broke early and the red cap went somewhere (replacements can be bought). Unless you're doing glue ups a lot, the glue does set up in the tip after a week or so, so you have to either clean after each use or periodically soak it in hot water to clear it out. I've come to use a mustard bottle top with the standard glue bottle. Elegant design those mustard tops. Yes, glue does dry on them, but it just pops off. When the glue level in the bottle drops to the point where I have to wait too long, I buy a new bottle. Next year, I'm getting a 50 gallon drum of T-III and a continuous pump with outlet dispensers at each bench. Both of them.
  21. I've finally decided to make a router table, and incorporate a lift (probably Jessem Rout-R or Mast-R). Most of the prefab router tables I see have the router centered on the table. This would seem too waste a lot of the surface area behind the router bit. What bit clearance do you have on your table, and would moving it back a bit improve the use?
  22. Permits anyone? You found the "magic size" that escapes permits. The other thing that triggers permitting is electrical service, as in "don't". I built a gazebo without electrical power connected, although it was prewired for service. Not my fault that the Brownies installed electrical power one night a few months later. ?
  23. Warranty is a signal. When I was selling equipment, I found that mediocre equipment quality can be made to shine with good customer service. In consumer tools, I suspect that less than half of the defective items get returned. Most of us shove it on a shelf, give it to charity, regift it at Christmas, the usual. We just go buy something else. So a sales org (few of them actually manufacture any more) that restricts warranty is telling you that a) they're not very bright and/or b) THEY expect the stuff to be...lousy. Either way, I find shortest path to door. The fancy name of old (C-man) will get them some biz, but poor quality will catch up pretty fast. There are too many ratings systems available for poor quality to hide for very long.
  24. Between training soldiers, young engineers, contractors, and 25 years of Scouts, I'm done a lot of teaching. Old saying that I've found true: when the student is ready, the teacher appears. And the corollary: "and not a moment before". Kids learn by finding things that hold no interest for them, which eventually reveals what does interest them. When a Scout took the Fingerprinting merit badge, I wasn't looking for a future FBI agent, I was (mildly) curious to see if he was allergic to ink! :-) I've made maybe 30 items for the g-kids (ranging from beds to rolling duckies). I think I'm batting about 250 (with a tail wind?). That's ok. You cannot tell in advance what will be A WINNER! Four years later, they're still using the Learning Towers, and that is all the encouragement I need ("Tree is happy"). The puzzle maps are great, you had a good time, and maybe--maybe--a kid learns from it. But if someone else's approval/enjoyment of one of my projects was the only reward, I'd quit the hobby. I work for me, and anyone else is welcome to come for the ride. Of course, as a hobbyist I can afford to be Above It All.
  25. In my experience (g-kid #4 is on the way), Youth uses such puzzles in two ways: the younger ones take the assembled puzzle and dump it on the living room floor, the object being to spread the pieces far and wide. Then, game over; mom cleans up. Older, they're too sophisticated to bother with such things, and it sits on a shelf under piles of other discarded toys. There is a brief in-between age transition, maybe a month, where they actually put it together. However, despair not. They remember the effort you made and you get full credit for it. A little smile comes to their face when they dump it in the Goodwill bin. And the tree was happy.
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