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  1. My shop is large and has woodworking,...

    My shop is large and has woodworking, woodturning, metal machining, welding, farm and vehicle maintenance, and game bird incubating brooding. Some of my experience will not apply but some comments...
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    Iíve been told one that connects by 3pt hitch can...

    Iíve been told one that connects by 3pt hitch can be a bad idea - a friend here had one and in use it broke the tractor casting which was too expensive to repair or replace. The sub frame version...
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    Have you used a backhoe attachment on a tractor? ...

    Have you used a backhoe attachment on a tractor? Before I got the excavator I used my Rhino a lot, removing stumps, digging holes, cutting dirt too hard for the tractor bucket. Will dig 7í deep,...
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    Iíd love to have a small tractor. I think iíve...

    Iíd love to have a small tractor. I think iíve mentioned before, for someone with property three tractors would be ideal: a small tractor to get into right places, a huge honkiní tractor when the...
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    more info?

    For starting wood screws or thru-holes? It might help to know the diameter and depth of the holes, how close to the corners. and the clearance above and below.
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    I strongly agree. To pay a mobile weld service...

    I strongly agree. To pay a mobile weld service or worse, load up and haul the machine somewhere a few times would pay for the welder. Even without an instructor, learning to weld is not that...
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    I hate it when I have a sudden, unexpected mess. ...

    I hate it when I have a sudden, unexpected mess. I much prefer planned messes.

    I carved this sign for my shop:

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    JKJ
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    What you are describing sounds like what came on...

    What you are describing sounds like what came on my Kubota tractor. SO easy to hook up everything.

    Good idea about different top links. But have you ever tried ďtop and tiltĒ cylinders? I added...
  9. No dust in closet

    Same here. No detectible dust in the closet from the first use (5hp ClearVue cyclone, 5hp air compressor). In fact, the long cone ClearVue separator is so efficient I barely see fine dust in the...
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    Both. I have grab hooks on the tops of both ends...

    Both. I have grab hooks on the tops of both ends of the bucket, great for lifting/loading logs with two tongs or for skidding on a side slope with one skidding tong on the up-slope side. (BTW, for...
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    I'd HATE that. Long ago I signed for the...

    I'd HATE that. Long ago I signed for the recurring automatic payment so I'd never have to worry about it. Painless.

    JKJ
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    In my experience most of the battle is the...

    In my experience most of the battle is the airflow from the DC. I have a relatively small nozzle at my lathe and am always surprised at how much it picks up. I've watched fine sanding dust come...
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    Thanks! Maybe eventually it will be commonly...

    Thanks! Maybe eventually it will be commonly used. I’ve shown it in 4-5 demos so far.

    I got a surprise after teaching this technique to our turning club members. A couple of years later I...
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    Lid fit

    Quite nice work, beautiful wood!

    The concern about the fit is valid. For Beads of Courage boxes I've been teaching the use of beveled fits instead of straight rabbet/recess, not only to avoid...
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    I was convinced by an expert and a book of the...

    I was convinced by an expert and a book of the importance of using hot hide glue for one project: rebuilding a player piano. Rebuilding requires disassembling many parts, wood-to-wood,...
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    The scientist/engineer in me often suggests I try...

    The scientist/engineer in me often suggests I try things myself. Before I glued up my latest projects I did that test with the T88 epoxy and samples of the exact wood species. It gave me confidence...
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    honing board

    Something I keep at the lathe for stropping skews:

    I resawed some thin slices from a piece of MDF, perhaps 4x6" or so, 1/4" thick. On the fairly rough bandsawn surfaces I rub on a generous...
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    What kind of glue? What does the mfgr recommend....

    What kind of glue? What does the mfgr recommend.

    I recently used System Three T88 epoxy when edge-joining 1Ē bubinga/guatambu/walnut. The instructions were clear to apply epoxy to both surfaces...
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    All I know is every bandsaw manual I've had, from...

    All I know is every bandsaw manual I've had, from shop saws to Woodmizer, indicated in the manual to always detension. So I do. After every day on the Woodmizer and when not planning to use the...
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    I got the SVL65 in January. It’s a big step up...

    I got the SVL65 in January. It’s a big step up from my JD 240 wheeled skid steer - incredible traction, plenty of power, great controls, excellent lighting for playing, er, working late! Since I’m...
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    Digging bar

    Nice. My JD skid steer has a straight bucket and a bolt-on digging bar made it much more useful around the farm. Once I put it on I never took it off.

    Based on that I ordered the new Kubota...
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    See no picture. What method(s) are you trying?...

    See no picture. What method(s) are you trying?

    JKJ
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    Alex, what works for me is along with the 1200...

    Alex, what works for me is along with the 1200 grit CBN wheel on the Tormek I have 1/2 speed bench grinder with a 600 grit and 60 grit CBN. I use the 60 for rough shaping and the 600 for various...
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    I use a 1200 grit CBN wheel on the Tormek for my...

    I use a 1200 grit CBN wheel on the Tormek for my spindle gouges. I use it dry. The only "problem" is when tools get magnetized (they will get magnetized even when never put near a magnet) and the...
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    Oddly, I generally don't have trouble smoothing...

    Oddly, I generally don't have trouble smoothing the underside of a necked piece. If I do, I use a small, curved cabinet scraper with a good burnished burr mounted on a handle to reach inside. It's...
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