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  1. I've got a SS that my dad bought. I'd guess it is about a 1949 model. Hasn't been used in years.
  2. John. Though many CNCs share components, I didn't notice the same practice of "change the paint and call it another brand" like on so much of the basic woodworking equipment. There were more Chinese banders than before. Most all claiming to be designed someplace else. The MDF was cut on our beam saw. Part of the reason miles of cut line can be done with a blade is using optimal feed speeds, a very ridged carriage and of course quality blades. It doesn't pay to use consumer level tooling. Gramps, Marta is a great way to travel. I've been using it for 20 years. The 5 points station can seem like a rat maze where you have to change trains on different levels. I like the really long escalator in the Peach tree station. You could get vertigo looking down it. $19 for 4 days of unlimited travel on the rail & bus lines, dirt cheap, fast, direct to & from Hartsfield airport & no parking hassles! Recommended... It isn't as extensive as in other cities I've been. I lived in London for awhile, great tube system. Tokyo also had a very good, but overloaded system. NY, OK but can't say much good about Chicago's.
  3. I had a good time endlessly wandering around the floor @ IWF. 3 of us went. One to look at software and all of us to look at banders and routers. In between I looked at lots of other interesting stuff. They estimated attendance at about 30,000. Lots of Chinese stuff, some looking better than before. For routers we kind of agreed on 3 (4) brands. For our level of work that meant a price tag of $125K to 200+. By the time a few bells and whistles were added another 20-30K. When we upgrade it will have a push off and clean feature, 18 drills, 12+ tool changer, & a C-axis. Maybe auto load & auto label. There were quite a few auto stackers on display. Price seems to have come down, some now under $100K. We can't currently justify that but they seem quite efficient. They can put away and stack for the next days production overnight all by themselves. Felder had a very interesting router for machining parts that have already been roughly cut to size. It took up a relatively small floor space and had lots of good features. Edgebanders by the zillions. Priced from 5K to 700K. Our picks ranged in price from about $120K to 175. Professional level machines with most of the whistles. We don't do large volume banding but normally about 500 to 1200 bands a day. Couldn't decide if machines that could use laser banding were worth their cost. There isn't a big enough selection of laser banding available currently. I found a supplier of molded rubber products that can make new sleeves for my Max spindle sander. Also found a supplier of silicone membranes so I could replace the one on our 5x10 press. Cost seemed reasonable at about $1500. Lots of hardware was shown. Nice to actually get to feel it rather than the catalog. Lots of lumber and veneer suppliers. Several specializing in the current rage, natural edge slabs. Looked at tooling. The best is priced that way! We still use Leuco blades and Onsrud router bits both out last the more common small shop tools by a wide margin. We just cut 80 sheets of 3/4" mdf into 2 7/16" rips. We stack cut 3 sheets at a time. Less than 10 second cycle time. We do that about every month and a half for the material distributor who sells it to someone w/o a productive saw. Anyhow Atlanta was nice, good food, nice weather, rented a nice condo for the duration of the show. Got Marta rail tickets to ride the subways where we needed to go, cheap! One of our guys was new to bigger city life and stuck to me like glue. I think he was afraid he'd get lost and not know how to find his way back. I told him about the bread crumb trick but he didn't buy it. The airport was crowded and the TSA lines we stupidly long. Anyone else make the trip?
  4. Those things were a terrible design. You charged him too much for it! A sneaky way of getting it hauled away for free.
  5. No idea about all the blank space on my post??? See if this one does the same.
  6. We just got a new Makita LS1219L compound miter saw. Seems pretty nice. Replaced a not-so-nice DeWalt. Test cuts using the factory blade were surprisingly good. (Most factory supplied blades are not so good.) The 90 & 45 degree stops were dead on as it came! It has dust pickup from the blade guard and also from a funnel at table ht. The two connect together with the supplied Y connection but they don't include an adapter to fit shop vacs. I turned one, hooked it up and again was surprised at how well it picked up the dust. We will only be using it in the shop. At 65#s it isn't exactly portable, maybe on a wheeled stand.
  7. I just stopped at our local Sears store to pick up a vacuum filter. It's a big two story with automotive. I think I was the only customer in the entire store. Sears has been in a race to the bottom for years. Never understood why the hook up with K-Mart. Two losers can't make a winner. Someone else buying the right to use the Craftsman name must be hoping for the ill-informed to buy the stuff.
  8. I run a commercial shop so our tools get a workout. I agree Makita is a good brand but you have to watch out for the bottom of the line stuff commonly sold by the big box stores. It isn't as good. Crpsman is now all Chinese. It isn't that the Chinese can't build good stuff. It's that the consumer will buy the cheap crap. I started buying a lot of tools in the early 70's and Crpsman tools weren't any good at that time. They were meant for the guy that might use them once a month. I put my early tools to work making toys. The Crpsman tools failed at that simple task. My new Delta bandsaw wasn't much better at the time. There are still nigh quality tools made, but you have to pay for them. Go to the IWF show in Atlanta, 8/22-25/18. You can compare lots of tools, good & bad. See you there.
  9. What is it about woodworkers and hoarding piles of wood? Must be a disease. I have a mild case, probably a few 1000' mild. Never have figured out what to do with the stash of Amburana. Been in my pile since the 70's.
  10. That shape is very close to what my wife has picked out. I'll be ordering the lumber from one of our suppliers. I probably have a bit of an advantage over you guys for making. I run a woodworking shop. I'll get the lumber in the rough and run it through our straight line rip saw to make molder blanks. Then through the molder to S4S the spindles and profile the rails. Cut to length on an up cut saw. Will shape one end of spindles with a dovetail in both directions that will slide into the matching slot in the bottom of the handrail. The spacer blocks will slide into that same dovetail slot and be cut to fit against the other side of the spindle dovetail. All parts captive and not relying on any mechanical fasteners. Top of hand rail to have slight bevel for drainage. Bottom of hand rail to have a bead on each side to form a drip stop. The bottom rail is a bit trickier and I haven't decided if I can maintain good enough accuracy for a stub tenon to be wedged. I can machine the holes dead on, CNC router, and I can use a milling machine tool, used for mold making, to cut a tapered hole, bigger at the bottom, so the 2 wedges can spread the tenon to a tight fit. Will use water proof glue on the wedges to keep them in place with changes in moisture. Some trial runs will be needed before committing to this scheme. I have a hydraulic copy lathe to make the spindles. It has tenoning knives. I have a shaper that I will set up with a molder head so I can get two sides of the dovetail cut at the same time, insuring they are all the same. I have a profile grinder to make the knives to any angle I want. They are template ground to dead on the same. I hope mine comes out looking as good as yours.
  11. Thanks, looks very nice. What diameter are the spindles?
  12. Most commercially made routers use rectangular tubular steel for framework. My machine has a moving table design. Less mass to move than the steel gantries but takes more space. Linear rails/bearings need to have frequent lubrication. Mount them is such a way that chips don't fall on them. Ball screws are universally used for the Z-axis, sometimes for the others also. My machine has them on all axis. Some machines will use the cheaper helical rack & pinion. Ball screws can be adjusted to provide almost no free play. Much harder to do with rack & pinion. Machine the top of the table in place with the router spindle. Are you using a PC for a controller or a real controller? Will the control incorporate a look ahead function so the momentum doesn't cause overshoot? Steppers or servos? Will you install reference pins? How will you dissipate the energy to slow the feed? How many lines of code will it look ahead with? Will the control have helical interpolation? Will it be able to move all axis at the same time? All these and more affect what the machine can do, how fast and accurately.
  13. I need to replace the hand rail/balustrade on my porch. Wife wants turned spindles. I've never turned Bald Cypress. How does it work? Chosen for its weathering ability. Will probably take about 40 turnings. The plan it to make all parts interlocking, no fasteners.
  14. Cliff, I agree that here are considerable limitations. I wouldn't buy one either, like me they are a master of none. The concept reminds me of Shopsmiths. As long as people understand the limits and what it will do, fine. I don't think many people, that are experienced, buy them. I only know one person with a combo, not Grizzly, and they have found the mill part not very useful. They also were enthused about the large diameter of work it could swing but then found that was limited to very light cuts and work. All that said they still think it is a useful, if limited machine. If it was me, which it isn't, I'd buy a separate lathe and mill. Cheap used machines seem to be seriously worn, Atlas, Logan or 50 year old industrial machines. That's why I bought a new Chinese lathe. I wanted to use it not rebuild it. Not many armature machinists can true the ways on a sway back lathe. I'm happy with my Chinese lathe. It is a better machine than I am a machinist. I'm not a Grizzly fan either but a lot of people seem to be happy with them considering the price. So many of the Chinese machines look like they were all made by the same factory with different paint and names. I looked at them before buying a PM1440HD. It was a bit more expensive but the reputation of the seller was the clincher. My lathe hasn't seen a lot of use. I'm just a hobbyist. The seller replaced the original motor with one made in Poland before shipping it. (Chinese motors don't have a very good reputation) They also installed the DRO and taper attachment. I also got the collet chuck and a set of 5C collets by 32's. The collet chuck is excellent and has the "run true" type of adjustment. Some of the controls were very stiff when I got it and the gear train was rather noisy. Both have improved as the machine wore in. It now runs fairly quiet and the controls shift reasonably well. I opted for 3 phase since I will be using it in my production wood shop. I would choose 3 phase even if I had to run a converter. The set of accessories that came standard was pretty extensive. I've only had to deal with the seller once. The lathe has a #3MT tail stock and was shipped with #4 live center and drill chuck. They took the #4s back and replaced them with better #3s. I would have preferred a larger head stock bore but it wasn't available on this class of lathe, this lathe only has a 1.5" bore. A larger tail stock MT would probably be better but I haven't had any problems with the #3MT so far. The machine has a cast iron base and weighs 2700#s. Not a problem here since I have a 5000# fork lift and loading docks. I set the machine up using my high precision level. I recently checked and it is still dead on so the casting must have been relatively free of tension. I have taken things apart and cleaned and got the fits as well as I could. the only thing that is really sub par is the attachment of the taper attachment to the cross feed. Some day I will make some new parts to take the slack out. My two Grizzly tools have been: Drill press model G7948. The quill spring failed twice, poor design and the light socket melted and shorted to the casting and the wire attachments failed. It took two months to get a replacement spring from Grizzly! The fit of the quill assembly was quite sloppy and caused chatter. After 5 years I sold it. My other tool is an edge sander, model G9985, 3 hp, 682 lb. Made in Taiwan. It has been OK. The almost identical sander was sold under the Powermatic name for $1000 more. IWF2018 is coming up in August, worth the trip.

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