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yellowtruck75

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1358 days ago

I am running into an issue with the cold weather and being able to shape a chair seat with a grinder. When it is warmer out I grind my seats with an aggrssive wheel and angle grinder outside. Since it is freezing cold in central PA I can’t really grind outside and in the garage causes ALOT of dust. What do I do? I try to rush home from work to get a bit done but by the time I get setup I only have like 30 minutes of sunlight left and I don’t like using the grinder after dark due to neighbors. Really don’t want to not make any rockers in the winter since I have started on 3 right now.


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chewbuddy13

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#1 posted 1358 days ago

I feel your pain, I’m working on 2 right now and am getting ready to grind out the seats this weekend. I don’t really have a choice myself so I’ll be doing it in the garage. What I usually do is open the garage door and setup a couple of box fans to blow the dust out the door. Then after I’m done grinding I’ll whip out the leaf blower and blast the rest of it out onto the driveway. I will probably setup a space heater out there to at least warm it up a little.

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chrisstef

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#2 posted 1358 days ago

you could get yourself some 4 mil poly and make yourself a tent … make sure to wear the respirator though itll be ultra dusty in the tent.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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Andy Needles

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#3 posted 1358 days ago

Dec 22nd, the sine curve turns around, and the days get longer!! Wait for the right day, and call in sick!!!

-- rustic andy

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snowdog

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#4 posted 1357 days ago

I am in NE PA and it is 10 outside today so I feel your pain <grin>

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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okwoodshop

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#5 posted 1357 days ago

I watched a show on TV the other day where they use all hand tools (can’t remember the name of it) anyway they were hollowing out a seat witha tool that looked like a drawing knife bent round. They cut across the grain and hollowed it out(rough) fairly quickly. I’m sure it was soft wood but would probably work on other woods as well. Sorry I can’t remember what the tool is called either. I have that CRS disease.

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chrisstef

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#6 posted 1357 days ago

okwoodshop … i think they call the spoonshaves .. i watched a video on it once

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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Elksniffer

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#7 posted 1357 days ago

It would be called a scorp. Takes some elbow grease. That leaves a rough surface and it is followed by a travisher and then a compass plane for the hand tool enthusaist.

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yellowtruck75

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#8 posted 1357 days ago

I was thinking about picking up a Festool RAS 115.04 E Rotary Sander, I know that its a bit of an investment but it will control the dust (already have the extractor) and it won’t keep me from woring in the winter.

http://www.festoolusa.com/products/rotex-sanders/ras-11504-e-rotary-sander-570738.html

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okwoodshop

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#9 posted 1356 days ago

Where would a fella get one of those scorps or spoonshaves??

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