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  1. Need some suggestions for drilling Plexiglas

    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Phelps View Post
    It's best to know if it's cast or extruded before drilling. You can use Rick's method for best results on either. Cell cast acrylic is much more heat tolerable. When using regular wood working drills and saws, extruded acrylic will melt and leave a rough edge. This is much more noticable when using drills and jig saws. When ever I'm forced to use a hole saw on extruded acrylic, I will make several plunges, about 1/16" with the drill press, allowing a little cooling time between cuts. I also
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  2. 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 10:39 AM by Joel Ficke

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  3. 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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  4. 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 10:52 AM by Keith Outten

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  5. 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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