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Extremely Average #9: My First Project

01-11-2010 04:56 AM by Ecocandle | 7 comments »

“When you have completed 95% of your journey, you are only halfway there.” -Japanese Proverb I need to remember this proverb whenever I approach the end of a project. I find that there are two finish lines when it comes to my tasks. The first finish line is where I start to feel good about what I have accomplished and the second one is where the project is actually completed. This is certainly the case for my workbench. It was, actually still is, my first project. The day tha...

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New Dust Filter

01-21-2010 11:32 PM by David Murray | 1 comment »

My new dust filter unit arivied from Grizzly yesterday (1/20). I ordered it on 1/14 so it took 6 days to get here via UPS Freight. I will be mounting it on the ceiling this weekend and start putting to use. I’ll give it a month or so then do a review on it. I went with the larger 1400cfm model #G9956 versus the 1044cfm model G0572, because of the size of my shop.

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A Simple Sled

02-01-2010 06:57 PM by Maclegno | 8 comments »

I made this sometime ago from a photo in a magazine (possibly FWW) If I remember correctly the style was New England. It still doesn’t have steel runners. I made it years ago with a wee girl in mind, daughter of a friend, she’s now over 20. Must speed up my work-rate.The woods are Ash and Beech..

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Extremely Average #42: Amazing Customer Service

02-13-2010 05:31 AM by Ecocandle | 10 comments »

Today I received a call from Dale at ACME Tools in Cedar Rapids. A couple of weeks ago I asked if they had any router plates. Dale said that they were out but there were some that were supposed to be arriving any day. He checked the computer, and the order was a couple of days past due. I find the people at ACME tools to be helpful and they are very patient with my lack of knowledge. The next two times I walked in, Dale saw me and said that the Rosseau plate wasn’t in yet. I didn’...

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table project

02-23-2010 09:32 PM by Tony | 5 comments »

Hello everybody, my wife asked me to make a dinning room table simuliar to one at applebees. I’m curious if i could some i deas or even some pointers to get some things i need. The table she wants to be is 48’’ wide by 84’‘long with one or two leafs to take out. The table is gonna be made from black walnut. Where could i get the slides for the table to pull apart. thanks for the help. tony

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tragedies #9: I got the new bearing in place!

03-23-2010 03:11 PM by Gary Fixler | 3 comments »

I lamented last week that I just missed the closing time at the local bearing shop. I got there yesterday nice and early and they not only had the right bearings, but bearings with the exact same set of numbers stamped on the side. That gave me some confidence, even though the race covers looked a bit different. The man told me they were from their higher quality line of bearings, and here’s hoping. They were $10/ea., whereas Sears’ version were $4/ea., but I was happy to just get...

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found wood #19: Okay, too much wood now...

04-05-2010 06:59 PM by Gary Fixler | 4 comments »

I’d love to get these, but conifers don’t really call to me like the angiosperms. The wood is usually soft and sappy, and I grew up surrounded by pine. It’s what everything decorative and utilitarian was made from, so I’m a little burned out on it. Now these, they call to me through sheer size. I think most of that is 3’ diameter or better. I’d love to have a nice portable band mill and a flatbed, and an MS 880 STIHL Magnum™ Chain Saw with a 59 inch guid...

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Craigslist planer snag!

04-20-2010 03:17 PM by Chase | 11 comments »

The gods of craigslist smiled upon me again a few weeks ago. I have been on the look out for a planer to open up the possibility of using rough woods for my projects. A guy on craigslist posted a hitachi planer with stand for 90 bucks. It looks like it has been sitting around a while, but not really used much. I added the casters and bottom shelf myself. I think the planer is about 350 new, and the stand is at least another 50 bucks on top of that. I have shoved a few test pieces throug...

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05-30-2010 06:19 PM by Marius | 6 comments »

after waiting 2 weeks for my makita parts my local suplyer here got a phone call from ME at 9am ’’i’ll get right back to you’‘NOON i called back…’‘oh sorry i didnt look into it…..’i phoned VANVOUVER ’’yes sir we will have the parts for you tomorrow’‘THE NEXT DAY PARTS ARE HERE 24HRSlocal supplier is NOT getting MY business…just like that

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Workshop Happenings in a Novice World 11 - Larger Shop on the Way!!!

06-12-2010 09:50 PM by nmkidd | 9 comments »

after a week or so of blistering heat…....near 100 degs every day…...this morning broke clear and cool….......this was good…......the cement truck was due around 0730. My son, myself and some assistance and a lot of guidance from Patron worked (mostly my son) throughout the week to level out the ground and put up forms for a slab under my carport….....truck here on time…..1 1/2 hours later….....voila…....a nice floor!!!! a portion of this wi...

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