I'm going to have to sit this one out, too much going on. Plus, I'm not sure how to top what was made for the last one. My T-track skills just aren't up to snuff.
And thank you for the backhanded compliment. That plane was a design that had been bouncing around my head for a while. The crazy part is that the swap was the impetus that got me actually started on construction. Without the swap, that plane might still just be an idea and a Sketchup model.Speaking for myself, I don't get involved in swaps because I think its an easy way to some fabulous item for my shop. Generally speaking, if it was really needed, I own it already. Swaps serve two purposes for me:
#1 and most important is that they are a way to connect to another woodworker on the site. It makes LJ's more of a community when you have some connections. I've been privileged to meet the senders of a couple of my swap items in person. They are great people and I might not have had any motivation to meet them if it wasn't for the swaps. If I receive something in a swap that is very similar to something I already own, the swap item stays and I sell, trade or give away the purchased one. I'd rather use a tool with a personal connection than one that the only point of connection is a credit card bill.
#2 is that swaps give an excuse to push myself, along with a deadline for doing so. The deadline ensures that the project will be finished and not end up as a partially complete thing cluttering up the shop even more. Some people work just fine without that impetus, but it is a help to me.
Some of the most useful tools in my shop are relatively simple. If your tool was made to the best of your current abilities and works for its intended purpose, then you are successful and I guarantee that tool will become a treasured part of another woodworker's arsenal.
It's some kind of points system with Favorites > comments > views, all added up over the first 24 hours after something is posted. That's why you see so many shop jigs in Top 3-they are favorited a lot because others want to build and use them. It's also why some really great projects don't make Top 3, because others aren't planning to recreate them due to a variety of reasons, such as the difficulty of construction.I ve wondered how it works too and think the number of views and comments take the cake. What I have noticed is any shop jig, tool, or appliance will almost always get you a top 3 because we all geek out on that stuff I guess.
Multi-million dollar lawsuit for patent infringement. Can't say any more until it's all resolved.Yeah and some people get top 3 on a project then their project post mysteriously disappears (JayT). I would presume for some sort of patent app related reason?
And I NEVER drink a beer with fruit in it. That s like putting cream in coffee. If you don t like how it tastes, drink something else. ;-)
So let me see if I have this straight. Adding something to coffee or beer to alter the taste is bad, but turning perfectly good iced tea into syrup by loading it up with sugar is not only OK, but desirable?Good sweet tea too. Anyone who can t order sweet tea where they live needs to move.
onlinemetals.com usually has the best prices when I'm looking. I've also purchased from MSC. McMaster might have good prices, but when you add shipping, they are usually quite a bit more than the others on small quantities.Anyone know the cheapest place to buy some good O1 tool steel? I just need a piece about 1/4" x 1" x 10"ish?