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Blog entry by RussellAP posted 03-07-2012 01:55 AM 1031 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an odds and ends post.
I finished cleaning out the garage today and now I have lots of room to set up shop. I can start building that table to augment my table saw and router.

I put the Ridgid R4512 together today, by myself. I had trouble right off the bat. The main motor and cast iron table were too heavy for me to lift out of the box. I had to disassemble the motor and take it out separately. This added about an hour to the job. But it’s together now. I just finished. Didn’t even plug it in because I’m so tired. Tomorrow is another day.

I emailed Charles Neil about my Adirondack chair project asking if he thought pressure treated wood could be stained. He got right back to me and I learned something. You can stain it as long as it’s not wet.

I’ve been so anxious to go to Metro Hardwoods since about Saturday night when a LJ buddy told me about them. I went today and it was a major disappointment. The staff is about as cheerful as a funeral party. They had some stuff I liked, but the wood price is outrageous. I got some oils. I asked one guy at the counter where the shellac was and he just pointed to the end row. The don’t have it in flakes, it’s premixed in quarts. I don’t buy premixed shellac, I mix what I need. They didn’t have denatured alcohol either. I did talk to another guy about a DC system, but I don’t need it to filter or collect particles. I just want to blow it outside, so I’m back on the do it yourself plan with DC. I see no reason to go back to that depressing place. I was happy to go, but it was a let down. Maybe the guys at Shutte will be more into it.

Americans have it so good, but they act like life is a struggle. These guys at Metro Hardwoods need to spend some time in another country. They’ll have a different attitude when they come back.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.



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#1 posted 03-07-2012 02:32 AM

Hi Russel, glad to see you got it assembled, I was just replying on another post about my 25 year old craftsman TS, and how it took me about 9 hours to assemble and tune, not lookin forward to assembling another saw anytime soon, 25 years is a long run, maybe I will get another 25?

I hear you with the disappointment, I too get my hopes up and sometimes I am disappointed. Perfect example, I was at the NJ wood working show about 2 weeks ago, although it was an interesting show, I am a salesman in electronics, so I am used to my caliber of show. Fully carpeted, booths that look like they took 2 months to setup, very meticulous and attractive, this show was not that. I can’t say that I was disappointed, more that it didn’t live up to my expectations.

As for the employees you mentioned, I whole heartily agree with your last statement.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#2 posted 03-07-2012 03:00 AM

Sorry to hear about your trip. Been going there for yrs, so maybe I am a familiar face or just used to them. Wood is expensive, bottom line. Hope you enjoy Schutte, is there any specific type you are looking for?

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#3 posted 03-07-2012 03:05 AM

Shane, for now I’m looking for something to make Adirondack chairs from. 1×4’s mostly, yellow pine, or cedar if it’s reasonable, maybe pressure treated but I don’t know yet about that stuff.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#4 posted 03-07-2012 03:17 AM

You could use Ipe, white oak, cypress, cedar among others. Good luck.

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#5 posted 03-07-2012 03:29 AM

Hey Russ
I hope that table saw works well or your going to through rocks at me and a couple guys who suggested buying it.
I hope you got dewaxed shellac. The shellac with wax in it causes problems. As far as chair material is concerned
cedar fencing works fine or even decking material.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#6 posted 03-07-2012 03:34 AM

I can’t imagine taking this saw back, if anything goes wrong I’ll fix it. It’s just to darn heavy to take back, lol.
I got three different colors of flakes from a place called shellac.net they are all de-waxed. Gossamer, lemon, and garnet.
I may do some out of cedar. I plan to cut and sand the pieces and then when I have a sale I can finish it to order with what ever color they want. That way all I have to do is put it together. I don’t have room for an inventory.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#7 posted 03-07-2012 04:07 PM

Jim, I hear 5/4 deck boards work great.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#8 posted 03-07-2012 06:26 PM

I agree Russ

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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