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joe the gas man

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    Joseph K
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  1. joe the gas man

    Do I Need This?

    That looks like one of the old style ones at that. Thats when they made them to last. and work. Unlike the plasticrap that is sold these days. Just because something can be made of plastic doesnt mean its a good idea to do so, or if the result is as useful as the original.
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    Do I Need This?

    I like to use spray glue to adhere felt to pasteboard ( recycled cereal boxes) one of those with a sharp blade would be the shiz for cutting that stuff to size!
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    I have to wonder if this lumber price hike isn't mostly a knee- jerk reaction to the tariffs. especially when it comes to domestically produced material. Though financially painful, something needs to be done to keep and bring back manufacturing to U.S. soil. Overseas markets have been taking advantage of the U.S. economy for a long time in an unfair manner. Let's hope the increases are temporary.
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    Shop Dust Fan

    Years ago I worked in a crating shop where we boxed up everything from air filters for M1 Abrahms tanks to autombiles to concrete pumps and everything in between. The place was probbly 20000 sq ft or more and not air conditioned because of the dock doors. The management purchased a large commercially made area fan but it was rather pathetic in how much air it could move over a larger distance. Being a rather recent startup and a smaller entity at that the management understandably did not want to pony up more $$$ for more fans that really only got used 3-4 months out of the year. (Minnesota, dontchya know?) I had the bright idea of boxing up a furnace blower, putting it on wheels and aiming it at my work station. After the amusement of watching it propell itself across the floor wore off, they asked me to build another. Then my coworkers were competing for that one, Built another. In all, we were running 6 of them by the time departed the company and as far as I know they are still using them. And I still have one in my home shop that I made about that time and use I the summer still.
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    Anyone Have a Carvewright?

    I almost always do test cuts of an unproven file before committing to the good stock. If the test cut works out, it goes on the wall above the machine.
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    Mini Production Project

    NIce use of the array feature! It sure beats the 90+ and counting deck board engraving order I have been working on for the last 2 years for a local restaurant. Each one is different and in rough bandsawn tamarac so the surface height is irregular. I have had to stand over the machine to make sure that its not cutting too deep or shallow as it goes. But it has paid for my machine and then some so I guess it has been worth it and alot of folks have walked all over my work.
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    My wife's Christmas present

    Very nice! Santa may be extra good to you this year! Better get a bigger stocking. I like the use of pocket holes on the soon-to-be unseen outside of the drawers. It keeps them simple to build and strong. My typical overthought out method would be to cut some sort of interlocking joint or even dovetails that would go unappreciated.
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    What to do with sawdust

    I give the dust that I collect in the DC to the local county waste transfer station. they use it to absorb fluids when they sweep the tipping floor. This way it gets repurposed and I get rid of it too. what I sweep up off the floor and larger stuff either goes into the wood stove in the winter or the fire pit in the summer.
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    Woodworking Shop gets Award

    I suspect there may have been more to it than just protecting the environment, possibly protecting the local energy suppliers as well. Depending on where you are located of course.
  10. joe the gas man

    If you like squirrels......

    We live out in the open in northern MN and dont have an issue with gray or red squirrels, But gophers AKA ground squirrels are another matter. I have found a good use for them, TARGET PRACTICE! I dispatch 20-30 of them each summer. Almost as much fun as Prairie dogging.
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    Will AI do it all

    Heck, some stuff is made that way now! But what happens when the computers and AI go belly up or fry a component or 900? Those of us with any skills will be back in demand. For a while anyway til the stoopid machine's parts come in.
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    Dove Tailing

    I bought my Keller jig back in the mid '90's from Mr. Keller himself at a woodworking show, I think it was a predecessor to the ww shows that are around today. I remember Mr.K well since at the time when you bought something with a credit card, an imprint machine was used and the transaction was processed later. A few days after the show I got a call from Mr. K informing me that my card had been declined. I had forgotten to activate it when I got it! He was cool about it though, I did the activation and it went through just fine. I have the standard 16" model jig and I added a 1/4" piece of tempered hardboard between the jig and block and machined it to match the fingers of the jig, effectively making them thicker. I often use it to cut DT's in stock as thin as 1/4" without a problem.
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    I may have crossed the line

    Looks greek to me...
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    First attempt at boxes

    I like to use common felt from the fabric store. I use spray adhesive such as 3M super 77 to glue it to paste board, ie; cereal boxes. glue to the printed side with the raw untreated side to the wood interior of my box. Since my wife is a quilter, I inherited her old rotary cutter and cutting mat. with careful measurement I get really clean lines in the corner. I have done it so many times that it goes really fast for me now. The inside of an oval would be really simple. calculate and cut so there is a bit of overlap and trim to fit in small increments.
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    Joinery fit precision

    I had an issue with some chinesium 1/8" endmills that were always giving me oversized cuts. even after measuring the bit with a digital caliper. So, I just kept telling v carve pro the bit was an increment smaller until it worked out. The .125" bit needed a setting of .11" to get the results I was going for. Not sure how this works, but if it works I dont futz with it!

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