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Everything posted by Conductor562

  1. What tools did you buy today?

    Today I got the accessories in for my 788 scroll saw. The light kit, the lift, and the knobs all showed up, so as soon as my blades arrive, I'll be in business. The knobs are actually covers that slip over the shitty factory wing style knobs. These are made by a 77 year old scroller outside Atlanta named Marcus Bailey. Tracking them down was somewhat interesting. I found his contact info on a scroll forum. He has no website, no YouTube channel, and I'm not sure he knew what Paypal even was. He talked to me for at least 15 minutes about scroll sawing, dropped the knobs in the mail on the same day (Saturday), and accepted a personal check that I wasn't even going to be able mail until Tuesday. He was possibly the nicest man I ever met. He talked in that deep southern accent that you can't help but love and when I told him I wouldn't be able to get his check in the mail until Tuesday he said "Not a problem young man. I've never met a scroller that was a thief, so I trust ya". He upgraded my knobs and restored my faith in humanity at the same time. I could have had any of my machinist buddies make them for me, but I'm glad I didn't. The lift is another home grown solution. There are several options for 788 lifts, but I liked this one the best for it's easy operation and felt it had the most upside. The 788 is a joy to use compared to the cheap saws of my youth. I hate having it tucked away in a crappy corner, but until I redo my shop, it's the best option I've got.
  2. When Dogs go to Heaven.

    My condolences Comp. my little Yorkie is without question my best and most loyal friend. It's almost like losing a kid.
  3. Today I had to pat myself on the back a little. My dad dropped his glasses yesterday and broke the tiny screw off in the tiny hole that holds them together. He he went to the eye Doctor and was told he'd have to replace the frames as they had no way of getting the screw fragment out without tearing them up. I cut a wood wood block to the exact height of the hinge, chucked a .65 mm drill bit designed for a dremel up in my drill press, and using extreme finesse, drilled that little bitch right out like a boss. No damage to the threads at all. I bought this little bit set years ago for under $10. Prior to today they had only been used a handful of times to drill through fingernails to release the pressure after I smashed them. By the time you figure what a doctor would have charged to do that, and the cost of a new pair of glasses, these little bastards have been a pretty strong investment.
  4. Stud Welders

    H&S is pretty much the standard in the auto/body industry. The Stinger Kit is probably the most popular, but runs around $350. You can find nice used ones on eBay for half that though
  5. Cordless Tool Trivia

    They released it a couple years ago in Europe IIRC, but not sure about The States. Hell, it may not have ever made it here.
  6. Cordless Tool Trivia

    Bosch makes one. Beyond that, I believe you're right.
  7. Always check your bevel

    Ever since I bought the digital bevel gauge, calibration has become an obsession. It seriously might be the best $30 I ever spent.
  8. Diablo Combination Blade Update

    Radial Arm Saw I'd have never thought of a combo blade on a miter saw either, but it cuts like a dream
  9. Diablo Combination Blade Update

    You guy might remember a couple months back I bought a 12" 60T Combination blade for my Dewalt 780. I was a little skeptical as to the necessity of a combination blade on a miter saw as combo blades are generally designed to be efficient all around blades for Cross and rip cutting such as a table or RAS. well, I got back into some trim work today and I tell you, it's the best cutting blade I've ever used on a miter saw. Quick, smooth cuts. It's almost as fast as a 40T and the cut quality rivals an 80T. Even cutting back to front I never had any tear out on the finished side, and that wasn't even with a zero insert or backer board. I'm impressed. It's the only miter saw blade I will but going forward.
  10. Dang it Doesn't Feel Good to be a (Tool) Gangsta...

    HD doesn't carry Marshalltown anymore?
  11. Scroll Saws?

    The primary advantage vs a bandsaw are the tight turn radius and the ability to thread the blade through the workpiece for for fully enclosed cuts. Much greater detail can be achieved.
  12. Scroll Saws?

    We talk a lot about tools here. We've shared lots of shop pics, tool purchases, wants, needs, and desires, but scroll saws very rarely come up. In the days of consumer level CNC's I suppose the scroll saw isn't a staple item like it once was, but I still have to believe there are scroll saws among us. I've considered getting one. We had one when I was growing up that always seemed to find it's use, but it's one of those tools I've managed to get by without. Anybody have one? Post em if you got em!
  13. Scroll Saws?

    Today I ordered the work light and the Jim Dandy lift system for it. I considered The Lifter, but decided on the spring assisted Jim Dandy because of the ease of operation. Now I get to shop for a nice assortment of blades, and there are plenty to choose from.
  14. More Than One?

    I have multiple drills, impacts, circ saws, recip saws, and a few other things. Rationale depends on the tool. For drills, impacts, and recipe saws, it's usually just to equip extra hands, though I do keep a set in the truck for easy mobility. Routers are for different purposes and allow me to save time if I'm running different bits. I also have a real tool problem, so there's that too 😕
  15. What tools did you buy today?

    I've been using the Proto branded Grip-On's for several years and they've been awesome. Best of all, you don't pinch the shit out of your finger when you're releasing them.
  16. Scroll Saws?

    I suspected Dewalt wasn't actually making these scroll saws, so I did a little digging and found out they're actually made by a well respected Canadian company called Sommerville Design & Manufacturing (now part of General International) who also makes the Excalibur saws. That's good news I suppose.
  17. Scroll Saws?

    Mulled it around and watched a bunch of videos. I came to the conclusion that I would be happy with either one. One feature I liked better about the Delta was the ability to lock the upper arm when changing blades or threading a workpiece. However, I liked the general setup of the Dewalt and when it was all said and done, I went with the 788. There are a couple of aftermarket kits available for the Dewalt to add a locking feature, so I'll go ahead and pick one of those up too. Ordered it from Sears and with my SYW points, I got the saw and the stand for around $425. The PC was tempting, but I figured I'd just pay up for the one I wanted. By the time I buy the light, the locking kit, and a nice assortment of blades, I'll be $500 into it. If I don't like it or use it, the resale seems to be pretty good on them.
  18. Dovetail Jig Reccomendation

    Been looking at Dovetail jigs. Seems about every model made has it's share of lovers and haters, but the Porter Cable 4216 seems to be the most universally accepted. Any input from the crew? Is there a gem I'm missing, or is the PC what I should be looking at?
  19. Scroll Saws?

    We're on the same page Jimbo. I decided quickly I didn't want one the the chintzy saws available in 20 colors. I've been eyeing the Delta 40-695 and the Dewalt 788. Both seem to be well received and I'm sure either would meet my needs. Then I found this Porter Cable: It gets decent reviews. Not glowing by any means, but seems to fall squarely in the mid range. At half the price of the other 2, and seeing how I'm not going to ever be a serious user, it is tempting.
  20. Scroll Saws?

    Nobody has a scroll saw? 😕
  21. Long-Gone Retail Chains

    A friend and I were just talking about this the other day. We surmised that we were pretty fortunate to have been the last generation to truly remember life before the internet. Growing up in a rural area I remember having 3 TV channels, and standing in the snow taking commands to turn the antenna just right to be able to get those. When we moved to town when I was in elementary school we were finally able to get cable. Never forget my grandpa telling my dad what a dumbass he was for paying to watch TV and how nobody could ever watch 23 stations anyway. The retail landscape is the is the same way. It's great to be able to order anything that this world has to offer and have it at your door in 3 days, but there's definitely something lost in the process. Within reasonable distance we had GC Murphy, Western Auto, KMart, and Lowe's, but back then it was just a hardware store. Our real shopping destination was Hill's. When you were a kid Hill's might as well have been the North Pole. Nobody had more toys than Hill's. We had a decent sized mall in Charleston, but even though it was only a 40 minute drive, we only went once or twice a year. They had a Sears, Montgomery Ward, JC Penny, Kaufman's, Lazarus, couple sporting goods stores, jewelry stores, Circut City, seemed like every store in the world at the time. Hell, as far as we knew it was every store in the world. Every store that opened did so to much fanfare. People around here were funny though. I remember my grandparents vowing never to return to the mall when Victoria's Secret opened. Filth they called it. You'd have thought they hired strippers to dance at the food court or something. Of course we're talking about the same people who boycotted our only gas station and ran the owner off because he started selling beer. It was all orchestrated by the guy that owned the local beer joint, but everyone was to blind to see what was really going on.
  22. What tools did you buy today?

    That's a pretty nice driver. I have an identical Kobalt branded version from the Danaher era. The selector gear is ass backwards, but if you get used to that, it's a great value
  23. Dovetail Jig Reccomendation

    Thanks for sharing Rich. Kinda confirms what I suspected, but I didn't know the Fast Joint existed. JMG: I'm not naive enough to believe I will use it with any regularity, don't even have a pressing need or current project for it, just want to be able to upgrade to dovetails occasionally for drawers and such. Certainly won't use it enough to ever get good with it, so easy set up is a key feature.
  24. Issue raising Table Saw Blade

    Hard to say without seeing it. Sounds like something is binding up to me.