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03-31-2013 10:25 PM

Another expensive hobby! Life is too short not to pursue it. - 9 replies

I kind of fell into woodworking. I got here out of necessity, that being the need to build rather than buy speaker cabinets for my hi-fi hobby that got started when I was 13. It’s been a great journey and has given me great satisfaction. I’ve learned to love furniture, working with tools and fixing my mistakes. It’s been a grea...

02-12-2013 04:26 AM

Well, that was stupid... - 28 replies

Just got back from the emergency room. As accidents go, it wasn’t too major and I’ll heal completely. The stupid part was that, again, I heard that voice in my head that said “you really shouldn’t be doing this” right before I got bit. Literally. I was drilling some holes with a 1.5” Forstner bit freehand in a...

11-20-2012 10:12 PM

Warren Rudman RIP - 1 reply

Warren Rudman, former Senator from New Hampshire passed away today. What follows is a testament to him that comes from a funny direction. There was a time in my life when he called me every day. I was employed by a small, dying speaker company in East Boston. This was in 1979. I was the next-to-last employee which meant that I answered the...

09-17-2012 08:09 PM

Interesting woodworking-related category on Jeopardy tonight - 2 replies

I thought I’d post this as it might be of interest. One of the categories on Jeopardy tonight is Furniture. I know this because I was sitting in the audience when the show was taped waiting to be a contestant. I wish I’d gotten this category when I played my game later in the day (which airs on Friday). BTW, this is the first sho...

08-10-2012 08:46 PM

How many is "too many" guitars? - 2 replies

This came up on another thread in the form of “you can never have too many guitars”. Before I get started, letl me say that if I was half as skilled/talented as the folks here who build guitars, I might not feel the way I do now and ther would be no limit at all… I currently have about ten guitars of various types. I play in...

07-28-2012 02:39 PM

Jeopardy! - 13 replies

For anyone who’s interested, I’m in California where, on Tuesday, I was a contestant on the American game show, Jeopardy! (the exclamation point is part of the name). The show will air on Friday, September 21st. It was an incredible experience. They tape five shows at a time. I wasn’t picked until the last show. On one of...

06-21-2012 03:22 PM

Interesting deal at Woodcraft website - 6 replies

It appears that Woodcraft is running a promo on the Porter-Cable 690 router where if you buy the router, you get a PC dovetail jig for free. I would jump on this in a second, but I already have a PC dovetail jig and really don’t need another one. The deal is here. Last year, I got the very last Rikon 6” jointer for $149 (rea...

01-15-2012 06:06 AM

Lee Valley - 1 reply

One of the great joys of going to the Woodworking show is to spend time at the Lee Valley booth. They bring examples of all of their Veritas hand tools, a bench and various boards. Spend as much time as you like, try a number of tools and have a good time. I got a chance to try a scraping plane, a low-angle jack, a medium shoulder plane and b...

01-04-2012 05:45 PM

In praise of the lowly 2x6 - 4 replies

I’ve had the occasion to look for material to complete some small home-improvement projects lately and have turned to a couple of 2×6s that I bought a few months back when a friend loaned me his pickup truck. The first project was to make a replacement drawer for my NYC apartment. Our kitchen is an original installation from the 19...

01-02-2012 04:30 PM

Hope this goes away... - 11 replies

I just got back from a lovely holiday. My wife and I went on a cruise, something we had never done before. It was very nice. The weather cooperated and the ship (the Norwegian Gem) was truly amazing. I had absolutely no seasickness. We got back yesterday morning. Ever since, I have been having balance problems. My inner ear is seriously screw...

12-22-2011 05:51 PM

Ridgid R2401 Trim Router - 8 replies

Last week I succumbed to the “you need a trim router” impulse and, using some BORG gift cards, I purchased a Ridgid R2401 along with a set of 1/4” bits. This past weekend, I had a few minutes free so I thought I would give it a try. It seems to be nicely made and fits the hand nicely. And that’s when I got quite a shoc...

09-13-2011 03:31 AM

Political Threads - 134 replies

I’ve seen more than a few special-interest forums collapse into an ugly mess when the off-topic forum becomes infected with politics. Sadly, I see it happening here. Personally I have no problem with anyone else having whatever political opinions they might have. But I believe that especially in these polarized times, we need places tha...

03-22-2011 04:07 PM

All 220 volt outlets are the same, right? - 52 replies

My shop occupies the same space as the laundry. We have an electric dryer. When I bought my cabinet saw, I went to big box store and got a plug that fit the dryer outlet. Problem solved! I had an electrician in the other day to quote on various jobs. I mentioned that I wanted a quote on getting a 220V circuit as I’d like to have the out...

01-27-2011 04:18 AM

Grizzley G0-555P table squareness mystery - 8 replies

Back in November I bought my new G0-555P Bandsaw at the Grizzley store in Muncy, PA. Since then, I haven’t had a chance to use it since my honey-do list items had been backing up. This past weekend, I needed to make some plywood edge banding from some 4/4 maple I’ve had on hand for a while. So, I pulled out the Grizzley and I noticed...

09-28-2010 04:38 AM

Bench Dog ProMax Question - 1 reply

I’m considering getting a Bench Dog ProMax cast iron router table that mounts on a table saw by replacing one of the extensions. On their web site, they state that it can’t be mounted on the left of a left-tilt cabinet saw as it will interfere with the motor housing. What’s not reallly clear is if it can be mounted on the righ...

01-02-2010 09:23 PM

Getting to the ultimate tools. - 8 replies

I’ve been involved in a number of discussions of various tool purchases and a recurring theme (for me, at least) has been that there seems to be an ultimate destination that is rarely arrived at on the first try. For example, I recently reviewed my new Forrest Dado King in which I mentioned the serf and bastard-son-squire dadoes that prece...

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