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Old 01-12-2012, 11:17 AM   #301
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Nice stumpjumer. I wish I lived somewhere that mountain biking was more than riding around in my lawn. As it is, road biking is my preference.

I enjoy all the pictures in this thread, keep up the good work.

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Old 01-13-2012, 01:12 PM   #302
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Nice stumpjumer. I wish I lived somewhere that mountain biking was more than riding around in my lawn. As it is, road biking is my preference.

I enjoy all the pictures in this thread, keep up the good work.
Thanks for the feedback! Didn't even notice I left the bike in the shot until I posted it. I usually try to keep those things out of the pictures, you know, so I don't show off too many expensive goodies.

Mountain biking here is unfortunately pretty lame as well. It gets most of its use around the neighborhood, which is all flat here in the California Central Valley... which is why you see traditional flat pedals instead of the clipless than used to be on it. Nothing worse than taking a face dive at an intersection because some random driver is texting instead of paying attention and you can't clip out fast enough to put your feet down.

The farmers love the flatness, but us not so much. When it was purchased, we were up in the Sierra Nevada foothills where there's much more varied terrain. It's still only an hour drive or so to get up there from here.

Looking to replace the Armadillo XT's on it as they're original and low on tread, but not sure which way to go yet. Star thistles keep running straight through the inner tubes, so we tried to solid tube approach, but couldn't get it to seat inside the tire. They're sitting on a shelf now, never used.
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Try some Mr. Tuffy tire liners. They go in between the tire and the tube, and act as a barrier to prevent things like thistle from poking the tube. I use them on my CX and all-terrain tires. Have never had a flat while using them.

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Can't tell if that's a 26" or 29er Stumpjumper - I think all the new FSR's are 29ers. They make them for every size though. 29er uses purple strips, 26" depends on the tire width. There is a size chart on their site. They will run you about $20 for a pair.
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Everything looks great so far! Wife and I are in the process of buying our first home (which we have rented and lived in for the last 4 years) and already have a big list of projects. Really love the built-in bookcase/library

Off topic and out of Curiosity, what do you do in the AF? I'm an Air Traffic Controller, with just a little over 4 years in.
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Try some Mr. Tuffy tire liners. They go in between the tire and the tube, and act as a barrier to prevent things like thistle from poking the tube. I use them on my CX and all-terrain tires. Have never had a flat while using them.

http://mrtuffy.com/

Can't tell if that's a 26" or 29er Stumpjumper - I think all the new FSR's are 29ers. They make them for every size though. 29er uses purple strips, 26" depends on the tire width. There is a size chart on their site. They will run you about $20 for a pair.
Ah yes, Mr. Tuffy. Installed some STOP Flats 2 a little while back, and it seems to be holding up, but that might just be because star thistles nettles are a lot less strong and sharp in the winter. It seems to be working, but we'll see come spring. Kept the packaging that says they'll replace the liner and tube if it ever gets a puncture. I'm skeptical.

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Everything looks great so far! Wife and I are in the process of buying our first home (which we have rented and lived in for the last 4 years) and already have a big list of projects. Really love the built-in bookcase/library

Off topic and out of Curiosity, what do you do in the AF? I'm an Air Traffic Controller, with just a little over 4 years in.
Thanks on the library wall! I just did a little more work on it, and will be doing some other small steps this weekend, so stay tuned for progress updates.

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Slept in this morning. Spent the last four hours of my shift trying to clean up a mess I made because I let my guard down for all of 10 seconds, and that thoroughly wore me out with stress. Ugh.

The rest of the morning was spent trying to pare down the finances. W2's come out at the end of this month, so once I get the wife's, I'll be filing our taxes ASAP. Going to use the (estimated) refund to pay off her car loan 9 months early, and then be able to cut the auto coverage back down to liability.

Also spent an hour trying to get AT&T to sell me a telephone landline (why is it so darn difficult to GIVE them my money?) so I can pick up Sonic.net DSL. Also enrolled in a 30-day Netflix free trial that should give a $20 gift card. That should allow me to cut down the cell phone minutes, run an alarm system if I so choose, stream Netflix/Amazon videos, download as much as I want to (uncapped DSL) and drop cable entirely. Total savings should be close to $53/mo ($636/yr).

The phone line and DSL are scheduled to be turned on next Friday. I could have had the phone on Monday and the DSL in 5-10 business days, but this way seemed more convenient. Plus, it gives me time to hunt for an ADSL modem deal.
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More work on the library unit: the center (larger) unit got its first coat of poly 1 hour ago. I hope to buff and get the 2nd coat on there before heading out to that meeting tonight. Here's where I stand now:

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Much of the carpenter's morning (and our collective afternoons) was spent assembling a 6'x8' storage shed. He picked it up yesterday off CraigsList (seeing a pattern yet?) for $300. We estimate it would sell for over $800 new; this one was used for 2 years, then disassembled and stored. Only two parts were missing, and they didn't stop it from being assembled correctly.

He said he was the first to call about it because he gets real-time alerts using HeyCraig (free, web-based alert service) and by the time he drove off with it, 6 other people had emailed the seller. Anyhow, he laid out all the big pieces last night. The sprinklers kicked on for 5 minutes, and then some of the water froze to them, but they're still just fine.



And here's the spot he picked out for it. I told him that I trusted his judgment on placement and to do what he felt was right.



And here's completed. Note that the shadows are now going the opposite direction...



It's currently being filled with 30-40 gal Tupperwares. It looks like we could fit 24 of them without getting too crazy with stacking, while still leaving room for access and basic lawn care items (push mower, weedeater or edger, rakes, snow shovel, etc).

There's enough hardware to hang 4 extension cords or hoses and install two 6' long by 14" deep shelves, but we passed on those to maximize space.
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I'm not sure if I mentioned it, but a while back, I got the carpenter Basic Box Making by Doug Stowe. This was the fine woodworking primer that he used to practice joinery, precision and finshing on the charactered scrap we had gotten from Colleen. They're being given away as gifts tomorrow to my nephews and in-laws, so I figured I better get some pictures of them before they're gone.

I included a pack of playing cards for size reference (free advertising for Scion, I suppose). Without further ado...







In order of appearance:
1. Clean, flush design with mitered joinery featuring Chinese Elm top/bottom and sides of book-matched Goncalo Alves.
2. Ogee'd design with hand-cut dovetails featuring Black Walnut sides, Spalted Maple top and Curly Cherry bottom.
3. Overhanging picture frame design featuring English Walnut sides, Black Walnut around (Hoduran?) Mahogany.
4. Rounded lip design with dovetails featuring Black Walnut sides, Limba Top and Red Oak bottom.
5. A solid piece of Black Walnut burl that we tell people is a box with super precise joinery and bet them that they can't figure out how to open it...

Edit: That's 501 images, folks!
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I skipped the second coat of polyurethane last night, as I had to run into work for some volunteer things and then book it 50 miles down the road to a dinner with friends.

What a cluster ****. By the time I got to Harbor Freight to pick up some things (more on this later), dinner was in 15 minutes. No problem, it's only mile away. The cashier took his sweet time ringing up my purchase, starting over twice. He couldn't get my 20% coupon to work on a $10 item, and just as I was about to tell him to forget about it, the manager randomly butted in and gave me a very snarky, "that's a sidewalk sale item, and you can't use coupons on sidewalk items". As much as I wanted to say "hey, I didn't know you were even having a sidewalk sale because it's dark outside and there's nothing on the sidewalk, douche," I resigned myself to a polite "I'm sorry, I didn't know."

Of course one of the basic laws of the universe is that any time you bottle up a snarky response, it will come out soon rather than later. Sure enough, I jokingly called my wife a name but in the completely wrong (snarky) tone in front of all my friends. I thought she was going to jump across the table and strangle me.

After getting a little work done this morning (again, more on that shortly), I went to watch my nephew's basketball scrimmages. And tomorrow night I have to go to the wife (post-) Holiday party, so less work time this weekend than other weekends.
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So, late night I went to Harbor Freight to get some more of the Mobile Bases. The first one has been wonderful to have on the planer. I bought the last three they had, and probably would have gotten 1 more.




Also picked up five portable storage cases with 20 removable bins each. They have a few different sizes, but this one just happened to be on sale for ITC members.



Started filling them this morning. I wish it had a few more of the smallest bins because I have so many brads, tracks and staples, but they'll do just fine. I may need more than five...
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This morning, I buffed the first coat of polyurethane on the center unit back/top/bottom and put the 2nd coat on. Also buffed the first coat on the topside of the shelves and applied the first coat to the underside.

This evening, I buffed the second coat of polyurethane on the center unit back/top/bottom and put the 3rd coat on. Also buffed the first coat on the underside of the shelves and applied the second coat to the topside.

Getting there, slowly but surely. I hope (but doubt I'll be able to) assemble that unit tomorrow before the wife's holiday party.

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Just ordered the Yonico router bits from Precision Bits.

One architectural moulding bit (#16135)
One crown molding bit (#16150)
Set of three lock miter bits (#15334)
Set of three mitered door bits (#12230)
Set of five raised panel door bits (#12530)

Total $185.17. No sales tax, free shipping, after 10% off $150+ orders (coupon "150order").

Thirteen specialty bits for that price shipped isn't too bad. Hope they don't fall apart on me. :o
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Realized that I included the wrong profile rail and stile image. I meant to post an ogee, but somehow posted a roundover. My mistake.


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Got all of the rest of the polyurethane coats done yesterday. Feels like a weight has been lifted now. While I was waiting for coats to try, I chiseled out the slots in the shelf fronts for the LED strips in the other four carcasses. Here's the first (and ugliest) one I made.



And with LED strip in place, shown facing backwards for the photo.


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