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    Dewalt 18 Volt Batteries

    Batteries Plus and Interstate Batteries may rebuild any battery that has a screwed on case and is not Lithium Ion. They are not able to get cells for Li-I batteries due to transportation restrictions. As for the drainage issue with the 18v adapter, it's never been a problem for me, bu ti...
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    Dewalt 18 Volt Batteries

    You may need to consider getting the adapter to use the 20 volt batteries with this drill.
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    General contractor asks for a non-code cabinet.

    Old school story about panel clearances: Electrician working in a live panel grabs a hot wire. Jumps back and throws his arms to the side (before clearance requiremets) and breaks both arms. Told to me by an instructor in a basic electrical code class 49 years ago. Never forgot it...... OTOH...
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    WTB or Trade for Blacksmith Anvil

    Saw a YouTube video on the HF anvil. It was not impressive. The author was able to put dings in the surface of the anvil with his hammer. Hard to get a smooth face on a knife like that......
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    WTB or Trade for Blacksmith Anvil

    A word of caution about English anvils. Most of them are marked in hundredweight numbers. The first number would be the number of hundredweights (112#), the second number is the number of quarter hundredweights (28#) and the third number is the final number of pounds. i.e. 1-3-5 would be 112...
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    WTB or Trade for Blacksmith Anvil

    Be prepared to pay big $$ for a larger anvil. Martha Stewart dried up the anvil supply some years ago by suggesting everyone put one in their garden. Most of the ones I see that are <100# are well worn and not flat enough to do knife work on. Good luck, nonetheless. There is a guy on...
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    Just Plain STUPID - Lowes

    Lots of their stores have the self serve key machines now. Guess they are trying to get their employees to the lowest common denominator. No training required for the self serve machines and the vendor usually restocks the blanks.
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    Benchtop Drill Press

    The other advantage of the split casting is an easier way to lock the quill vertically. Has anyone ever thought about knurling to r size the quill column when a fixed bore unit wears out, or is it time to make a boat anchor when that happens? What about wear bushings or brass jib pieces?
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    Drill press (was) kicking GFI breaker

    Possibly a lightning surge. Otherwise, if it's a feet through wired box it could have just been that way from installation and only now started arcing. Found one in my MIL's house that was a feed through that way. The lamp would flicker and I could hear the receptacle popping. It had not...
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    Benchtop Drill Press

    IIRC, some of these use a #3 Jacobs taper on the chuck and are easily replaceable. At least mine was.
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    Woodworking with Parallam

    So pricey that in some cases a steel I beam is cheaper.....
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    Sliding leg vise with X cross

    Most commercial door closers come with a set of 4 sex bolts to attach the closer to a 1 hour rated door as it is usually a gypsum core and wood screws won't hold for long. They are usually 3/8" O.D. with a 1/4-20 internal thread and 1-3/4" long. The shoulder end could be cut off to whatever...
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    Hollowing out a log

    +1 on the glass and interior light. Maybe even a mirror in the bottom of the hollow to make an infinity table! Check for insects first...........................o_O
  14. Gotcha6

    Sharpening a File With Vinegar - Cuts Like A New Black Diamond!

    I've heard of the same results with Hydrogen Peroxide. Anybody ever try that too?
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    Forstner labels

    I've worked every day during all this (construction) but I think this will all be a memory before I see my shop floor again. Lotta work that's been put off to do there. I guess it'll have to wait until I'm pasture-ized.......
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    Forstner labels

    Somewhere I think I have a label set for sockets like that, but I've always been doubtful it would survive under greasy and heavy physical situations.
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    What am I supposed to do with this...

    It's always amazing to me to see how well designed these old machines are that they withstand the ravages of time and use. I doubt you would see very little difference in a new machine bought today along those lines. Of course, getting into CNC is another breed of cat, but even that is simply...
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    Johnny Walker new "Bottle"

    I seem to recall there being some controversy a few years back about liquor being sold in plastic bottles and a concern with the plastic leaching into the 'product'. I guess they got that all straightened out.
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    Great use for an old piano. Not mine.

    .... and those were the "good old days?"
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    Great use for an old piano. Not mine.

    Interesting concept, but if I did that to my wife's piano I'd find all my clothes on the porch........................... ON FIRE!!! :eek:

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