Recent content by KenH

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    Smallshop update (ted Hauser)

    Ted, Glad to hear things are doing ok, considering. Hang in there my Friend, we need you around here. AND your family needs you around for many years to come.
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    Spindle sander?

    You're right, and once I get something in my mind it's hard to see the wrong spelling of it. WEN!!!! Not the little bird :)
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    Recommendations: Machinist Parallels 1/8? or 1/32?

    1-2-3 blocks are a MUST HAVE around the shop. I've got 4 of them laying around and they're constantly getting used.
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    Recommendations: Machinist Parallels 1/8? or 1/32?

    Another vote for the 1/8" thickness. The set I have is only 3" long, but it seems that all I see these days are 6" long. Is 6" parallels really that much better than 3" parallels? It seems like the extra 1-1/2" sticking outside my 3" machinist vise would be in the way. If I had a 6" vise I...
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    Spindle sander?

    I looked at the HF spindle sander, but it didn't seem to be as good. The HF spec'd at 19 lb and 1/5 hp while the Wren, Grizzly, etc are listed at ~30 lb & 1/2 hp. Cost of HF with 20% is $118.40 + $7 shipping for a total of $127.40 vs $140.67 shipped for the Wren. That is why I went with the...
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    Spindle sander?

    Tim, the Grizzly looks exactly like the Wren I got on Amazon, right down to the plastic inserts and even the listed weight seems to be the same.
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    Spindle sander?

    Interesting you started the thread Tim - I'd been thinking about starting a thread asking why more folks don't use a spindle sander vs a small wheel attachment. After One Armed mentioned the idea of getting one, I ordered this one: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KKXNWWX and it seems to be...
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    SGA 45 degree setup.

    Looks good David, that should be pretty darn solid. You sure started a trend with your first post about building the SGA.
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    Finished My First Scabbard

    Paul, you do such GREAT work, and this is another job well done.
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    Another Makers Mark Question

    Yea the last is perhaps more realistic {g}. I personally like the Roosters, but since the "hen" logo is in honor of "Little Red" hen the wife (and rest of family) would not be happy if I changed the logo. I think I've shared this story before, just in case ya'll have not seen it yet: Story of...
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    Another Makers Mark Question

    Randy, Those are some very creative logs - you are artistic! Here's what I've been using (there's a story associated with the hen), and just name. I didn't included Fairhope, AL because I'm not really pushing sales. Do you have an idea on making this better?
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    Anyone ever used a Micro-lux R8 Mill?

    Fullers are a different animal - I don't think it would be large enough for those..... well, actually don't see why a super thin cut might work on even a fuller. At $400 I'd get it for sure. I suspect it would get a bit of use even if a knee mill was sitting next to it.
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    Anyone ever used a Micro-lux R8 Mill?

    Yes Chris, that will work nicely for guard work and many other things. It will do the same things a much larger mill will do (as long as the piece fits table), but will be so much slower. i.e., with that machine you'll be taking .005" cuts vs .100" cuts with a knee mill. For guards that will...
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    Wrapping SS for HT

    I like to coat carbon steel with borax (roach powder), or I've read (but not tried) a dry graphite spray that prevents the scale from forming. Makes for LOTS easier cleanup out of the oven or forge. SS foil for SS or anything requiring high temps.
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    Machinist's vise

    Something that can be handy with a drill press is a cross slide vise: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KXF6CZH/ Not to use as a milling accessory, but to move the piece of work in a straight line, and only a small amount each time. Use the drill bit to drill your holes with just touching each...
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