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  1. Bas

    Happy SysAdmin day!

    Today is System Administrator appreciation day. Many thanks to the people who keep the software up to date, the data backed up, and the servers running!
  2. Bas

    Gaming platform

    I like to play games. Board games, role playing games, card games, etc. These tend to be fairly complicated, with lots of pieces, rule books, dice, pens, boxes, etc. Space is always at a premium at the table, especially when you add in some cold beverages and the occasional snack. There are a...
  3. Bas

    Happy birthday Phil S

    Big happy birthday wishes to Phil S!
  4. Bas

    Enclosure for laser engraver

    I bought a cheap laser engraver to sign my work, do some lettering etc. This laser isn't actually powerful enough to cut anything, but the engraving seems to work pretty well. It's a very simple design that just moves on the X and Y axis. That's also the reason it can't really cut, the moment...
  5. Bas

    This Old House: Sustainable flooring

    Pretty interesting to see the forest, saw mill, and flooring mill all working together. For those of you who've been to Raleigh Reclaimed, or Scott Smith's farm, a lot of this will look familiar.
  6. Bas

    Hurray for Klingspor

    Quick shout out to Klingspor for providing free shipping on all the normal stuff. Good motivation to stay inside and practice social isolation. I admit, I love visiting the store, but that can wait for now.
  7. Bas

    Misaligned holes in tile for shower enclosure

    I'm replacing the shower doors in one of the bathrooms. It's a semi-frameless style with two sliding glass doors, virtually identical to what was in there before. Note the key word "virtually". After spending a fun half day scraping away old silicone caulk (still not done...this stuff outlasts...
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    Moderation option in forum Advertisers' News

    For some reason, the posts in threads under the forum "Advertisers' News" have a "select for moderation" checkbox. You can't actually do anything with the posts (e.g. delete), but it's a bit strange. None of the other forums demonstrate this behavior. The posts also don't have an option to Like...
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    The butterfly effect

    A few months ago I bought a 3D printer. Fully assembled, it's about 12x12x12. I think I have a belt sander bigger than that! But amazingly enough, this small addition has led me to completely reorganize/ clean up my shop, in two ways. First, I needed a place to put it, as far from the dust/...
  10. Bas

    Shop cleanup - flip top shop cart with miter saw $30 *SOLD*

    I built this flip top cart years ago, but since I now have a full miter saw bench I no longer need it. Built using beautifully figured plywood. trimmed with quartersawn beech, and protected with a handrubbed finish, this cart has withstood the test of time. Which is a problem because I just...
  11. Bas

    Shop cleanup - 16 Blum Euro hinges $10

    Bought these for a project, changed my mind and used different hinges. I could hold on to these for another 10 years hoping I have another cabinet project, or face reality and sell them :D Hinges and covers are new in sealed bag. Purchased from Custom Service Hardware. Asking $10. I'm located...
  12. Bas

    Shop cleanup - miscellaneous *UPDATED FOR SHOP CRAWL*

    (HANGING BINS SOLD TO DOUG) Various items still for sale. I'm located in North Raleigh (I-540 & Falls of Neuse Rd). Harbor Freight hose reel new in box, $10 Rockler F-style clamp rack, new in bag $10 Small parts organizers. Each one is 15"W x 6"D x 18"H. Used, all four for $10 Blum Euro...
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    Shop cleanup - Veritas grinding set $35 - SOLD -

    I bought this years ago with a standard bench grinder. Discovered you really need a slow speed grinder for sharpening chisels! Barely used. There is a bit of wear on the paint on the jig (shown in the photo), and the knob on the grinding jig has some discoloration. Full details here are on the...
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    Shop cleanup - Dust Collection parts *SOLD*

    This is a pretty complete setup for a 4" dust collection system. All fittings and pipe are thin wall Sewer&Drain pipe (ASTM 2729), which is somewhat lighter than the typical schedule 40 PVC. Included in the lot: (8) aluminum blast gates, 4" diameter (made by the Blastgate Co) (8) 4" to 3"...
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    Is a 3D printer useful in the shop? Yes!

    I went ahead and got a 3D printer, once you've got a bug up your behind about a new tool you know you're going to lose that battle. I bought a Prusa MK3S, very happy with the purchase. There are more affordable machines out there but I wanted something that would just work. First order of...
  16. Bas

    Free: Craftsman mortise and tenon fixture

    I've had this thing for years, picked it up used from someone else, and it's been collecting dust ever since. Time for it to collect dust in someone else's shop :-) It appears to be complete, but I've never used it. It even includes the manual. If you want to know what it looks like, take a look...
  17. Bas

    3D printer for the woodshop

    Does anyone use a 3D printer for woodworking-related items? I saw this video on creating a custom dust collection fitting, which was pretty slick. For some reason every router, sander, jigsaw and vacuum all have a slightly different connection, which is mildly infuriating. Printing your own...
  18. Bas

    Miter saw dust collection

    I finally got the dust collection done for my miter saw. Well, almost. But the hard part is done. When I ran the duct work in my shop originally, I created a separate branch for the future miter saw station. That was about 8 years ago. I know, pretty quick, right! So this is what I started...
  19. Bas

    Miter saw bench track/ stop block

    I'm getting ready to install the T-track into my miter saw bench. I will route a groove so it sits flush with the top, then secure the track with some screws. This is a really nice track from Lee Valley, it has a built-in slot for attaching tape. I plan to have ~7ft on the left and ~3ft to the...
  20. Bas

    Cabinets for the finishing room

    I took Phil's advice and got 'er done, installed the cabinets I picked up this morning. Super happy with the result, got rid of an old nasty standing cabinet that was overflowing with stuff, now all my finishes and paints are neatly organized. Phil - THANK YOU FOR THE CABINETS! There is a...

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