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12-14-2010 04:41 AM

Finally took the Festool plunge - 13 replies

Can you judge a person by the tools he/she keeps? I can’t answer that question, but I might have just moved up a notch on the, “I’m not buying crap tools anymore” ratings. I guess it started when I posted a blog regarding cheep tools being made by “reputable” manufacturers. Someone said they don’t buy cr...

12-13-2010 02:02 PM

Anvil shooting - 14 replies

In a round-about way, I’ve heard of this, but never gave it a second thought. That is, not until I actually saw it in action. For several reasons, when he says it becomes addicting, I know what he means. First of all, once black powder soaks into the pores of your skin, you’re hooked for life. Second, putting tools with powder has to...

12-03-2010 05:15 PM

Heating the finishing area - 12 replies

My shop is far from being complete, however, last night I was walking through HD and saw a very small wall mounted electric heater that caught my attention. It was a flush-mount, 1000w – 120v fan heater. The claim is that is will heat a small bedroom. After doing the calculations, it looked like it would do the job for a 10×10 x 10 fi...

08-23-2010 03:35 AM

Tool gloat - 20 replies

I hesitate to write this, but I can’t contain myself any longer. This falls into one of those categories that I would rather not approach – gloating about something. However, this hearkens back to the caveman days. I stalked it for over a week, placing phone calls and checking online to confirm it would be worthwhile. I consulted fel...

08-19-2010 11:50 PM

One year anniversary - 6 replies

I can’t believe it – one year on Lumber Jocks. Some of the very best people I have ever met are Lumber Jocks. I have learned more in one year through this site than all of the others combined. Watching others build their projects, listening to what the pros feel is a good way to tackle a tough problem, and seeing those GREAT tools ma...

08-14-2010 02:33 AM

Do you give a guarantee with your work? - 6 replies

I’m starting to pick up more work, all through word of mouth. I do this mostly for fun, but appreciate the opportunity to make a piece of furniture or construct a deck for someone – and get paid for doing it. My question is – do you give a guarantee with with your product or service? Because most of my work has been for frie...

03-25-2010 08:09 PM

Shop dust collector question - 5 replies

I currently own and operate a Jet DC 1100 1.5 HP dust collector. It worked well in my old, small, 20’ x 20’ shop. I just stuck the plastic hose on the machine I was going to use. and away we went. Now that I am in a larger place (about 1,000 sq ft dedicated area), I want to have permanent duct work. I did my calculations, figured out how many...

11-28-2009 07:22 PM

A commentary on tooling - my rant - 13 replies

I can honestly say I like tools. I mean, I never met a tool that I would not want to have. Not only to use for a job, but to admire the craftsmanship, the utility of the tool, and trying to discover a way it could be improved. I learned a long time ago that if you want a tool to last a long time, you had to take several things into considerat...

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