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    Thanks Jim! I was wondering if others would...

    Thanks Jim! I was wondering if others would think that was clever or silly... Totally agree that a little bit of color in my shop was much needed!
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    Busy busy busy in the shop (finally!) I have...

    Busy busy busy in the shop (finally!)

    I have been dreaming of installing the tool cabinets along the newly-free-from-stairs wall for a long while, and was able to move on that work over the past...
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    Hi Alan, My jointer stands at it's original...

    Hi Alan,
    My jointer stands at it's original height, and my table saw stands on a 3" riser... I'm fairly tall (6'2") and have always liked my saws a bit higher to ease back pain, and this...
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    It truly does amaze me how much of a difference...

    It truly does amaze me how much of a difference this change will make in my shop. I wanted the exterior entrance anyways (allows upstairs of barn to be an apartment, and enables visitors to enter...
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    Thanks Kris! Good to be back at it :-) --- ...

    Thanks Kris! Good to be back at it :-)

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    My folks were in from Pittsburgh over the weekend... their first visit to see us since start of COVID, and also nicely timed that they were able to...
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    Exterior stairs project is underway! The crew...

    Exterior stairs project is underway! The crew got all the structural work done yesterday, and door at top, railings, and lighting will follow in the near term.

    I'll follow behind with the...
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    I have the 6" version with 3 hp blower, 6" PVC...

    I have the 6" version with 3 hp blower, 6" PVC pipe (blast gates at each machine), and cartridge filter. About every 5-6 times that I empty my 30 gal chip barrel (so, 150+ gal of dust collected), I...
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    Good stuff, thanks guys. The cauls are wood,...

    Good stuff, thanks guys.

    The cauls are wood, with clear packing tape to prevent glue sticking etc.

    I had a small window of time to crank out this top... and then supply chain delays made our...
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    cauls caused discoloring?

    I built a piece for our new office at our home with a top of ambrosia maple. Finished with danish oil.

    Since the piece would sit as ready-to-assemble components in my shop for a long time before...
  10. I'm also a big fan of the red chip stone. What...

    I'm also a big fan of the red chip stone. What many don't realize is that round stone (such as "pea gravel") is very difficult to walk on as compared to angular stone (such as the red chip) which...
  11. Back in my post frame construction days, we built...

    Back in my post frame construction days, we built a dream garage for a guy over in Newtown Square area, and had impervious coverage considerations... We used red chip 3/8" stone for the drive and...
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    Good info! Make me want to consider doing the...

    Good info! Make me want to consider doing the rest of my shop even more now. Thanks!
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    In one area of my shop, I did this with 3/4"...

    In one area of my shop, I did this with 3/4" furring strips, topped with 3/4" subfloor, 3/4" rigid foam insulation in between. It's very solid and very comfortable, and makes me want to do the rest...
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    I checked Lowes and local lumber yard today for a...

    I checked Lowes and local lumber yard today for a small order of pressure treated... Lowes has stock and has the lower price... lumber yard was out of stock and would have charged more.

    Now......
  15. Not sure if you mentioned about your ceiling...

    Not sure if you mentioned about your ceiling plans in new shop. For your area that you're planning vertical lumber storage, you could choose to "skip a truss" (entails basically doubling up...
  16. Seems to me that for a temporary shop scenario...

    Seems to me that for a temporary shop scenario where you anticipate mostly working with the door shut, I would choose the "do nothing" branch of the decision tree. Especially given the long list of...
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    Thank goodness the apparently oh-so-fragile...

    Thank goodness the apparently oh-so-fragile supply chain caught up and our home addition work is back at full speed. Windows (delayed for 9 weeks!!) finally arrived, thereby enabling a flurry of...
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    I also have the Jasper and it works very nicely...

    I also have the Jasper and it works very nicely when I need a perfect circle. I was able to setup and use this the first time in less than 10 minutes, so I would rate as "very easy". $40 well...
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    This thread was a bit affirming for me... I see...

    This thread was a bit affirming for me... I see commercials with guys hanging from their hard hats underneath a construction beam, and yet I can't fix my wife's favorite coffee mug with the same...
  20. Did I read correctly that you’re only mowing 1...

    Did I read correctly that you’re only mowing 1 acre?
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    Having installed Benchcrafted's criss cross very...

    Having installed Benchcrafted's criss cross very recently, I can fully follow (and enjoy) the pics and explanation you just shared. The design works wonderfully, far better than moving pins on a...
  22. Sheesh tough response there. Shrug, and par for...

    Sheesh tough response there. Shrug, and par for the course in this case.

    Really happy to hear of your positive experience after a big purchase!!! We want pics!!
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    Wow, good info. I use a ceiling mounted reel...

    Wow, good info. I use a ceiling mounted reel for connecting to my router and sander all the time, and will need to check into whether it's an issue... I like only having a little bit of cord out...
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    Wait, what about cord reels? I haven't heard...

    Wait, what about cord reels? I haven't heard that one before, please tell
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    I didn't see that model when I recently swapped...

    I didn't see that model when I recently swapped out an older floor model vintage drill press for a benchtop. I instead picked the Rikon 30-212vs which I had found a bunch of good/detailed reviews...
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