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  1. Motivation

    The first Monday in January....that time of year when thoughts go to making resolutions and setting goals for the new year. Normally this is a fun process for short period of time as every goal seems within grasp, but this year doesn't feel that way. Maybe it's the realities that come with age and experience (some call it wisdom, but that's reaching). To be brutally honest, what's needed is a combination of realistic goals and a good kick in the pants to get them done...or maybe this approach is ...

    Updated 03-02-2011 at 11:39 AM by Joel Ficke

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  2. Advice for a New Mantle Piece

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Bolton View Post
    This was the option I would suggest "if" you can open up the wall and gain access to the studs. I would not be too comfortable trusting the mantle to a lag in the stud face to not sag or pull out over time. The bigger the lag, the less stud there will be there to hold it. The way we have done these is to fabricate a steel plate or yoke that lags/bolts into the sides of the stud with a 1" steel pipe projecting out to be embedded into the mantle. The plate/yoke allows you to bear more
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  3. Less Woodturning more woodworking

    I've begun the change over to wood working from all woodturning. I've added a few new machines to my shop including a drum sander, router table and a few more hand tools.

    Updated 12-12-2010 at 11:52 AM by Keith Outten

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  4. New kid on the Blog

    Hello fellow vortex addicts.I am the new kid on SMC.Joined just yesterday. Have been woodworking,woodcarving for 40yrs.I have
    gotten very serious about turning also.I am looking foreward to hearing from you folks.I own a J 1642-2.Have started ,just recently,to devote more time to turning than woodcarving.
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  5. Grizzly G0691 Review

    Last Tuesday my new Grizzly G0691 arrived to much fanfare (at least by me) as this was going to be a massive upgrade for me. My previous saw was a Craftsman 315.228390, which was actually a pretty decent saw, but I was ready for something a bit bigger and a little more stable. Anyways - on to the whole reviewing process.

    To the point: Reviews that don't get to the point annoy me; so in a nutshell... This is a great saw for the price. Minor issues like the fence face not being flat, ...
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