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Old 03-02-2011, 11:48 PM   #4516
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Nothing wrong with your method. I still use that from time to time if I just have a few joints to do. I usually cut with a Japanese saw, but certainly a backsaw is the traditional way.

I make several cuts in the lap, with the middle ones stopping just short of the line. I use a marking gauge for the depth of cut, never a pencil line, and chisel in from both sides. I finish the chisel work by cutting the middle just a little lower than the outside...very little.

It might help to use a block of wood on either side when you are cutting (maybe you already do) to prevent the saw going too deep. Yep, it happens to everyone.

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Hey, I forgot to ask how the wind storm went - did it actually get up to 140 clicks?
I don't think we saw more than 110 k's here...but up at Solander Island - north end of Vancouver Island - they recorded 158 k's, so it was definitely breezy up that way.

Lots of power outages on Vancouver Island and all over the lower mainland. The wind hasn't quit yet.
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Try here for replacement blades. http://www.bitetools.com/main.html
I've not tried them or am I a dealer. Just stumbled across the web page. Prices are pretty good. dorf dude...

Has anyone tried this adapter?

http://www.joaliff.com/index.php?rou...tegory&path=35

I am looking to purchase one not because of the blade cost but for so that if i need one fast i can run to the box store and grab one. No one aroun here sell Fein blades.
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I haven't tried the adapter. But that price is pretty steep, don't you think?

There are a couple of outfits that make blades at a reasonable enough price that you could afford to keep sufficient on hand. The fein blades are definitely priced for the wealthy, which I am not.

My machine hasn't seen a lot of use yet, but I did use it again this morning and the wood blade still cuts well.
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It is pricey once you do the conversion. The other site mentioned earlier has some great prices. I find the two blades I've used the most so far are the round blade or drywall blade and the bi-metal.
The fein is pricey but worth it when you need it!
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It is pricey once you do the conversion. The other site mentioned earlier has some great prices. I find the two blades I've used the most so far are the round blade or drywall blade and the bi-metal.
The fein is pricey but worth it when you need it!
Yep, I like that round blade as well. Only trouble is it only has a reach of about 3/4". I needed to chop a couple of pieces of 2 x 4 off flush with a wall this morning, so used the square type blade. It gets the job done, but for whatever reason it doesn't cut as well as that round blade.

But...like you say...when you need it, it's the only game in town that works like that.
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After more interminable delays than anyone can imagine, I finally was able to get over to Ladysmith on Sunday and visit scoggy.

Of course the main purpose for the trip was to see the fables '38 Chevy coupe in the flesh as it were...

There was so much water caught in the tarp at the front that we weren't able to remove it completely...sorry about that. This will have to do for now until we get some warmer weather.
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Aw man, what a beaut, if I had a car like that one or like yours Keith I would forget about wood working until it got finished. I know you can't quit your wood working until your home is complete. Hopefully this year that will happen for you. Making plans and finding parts for your 35 is a fun time to pass the bad weather days.

I noticed the grass is getting green there at Scoggy's, hopefully ya'll will get some of this warm weather soon.
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Here today the temperature is 32F, the dew point is 32, the relative humidity is 100%, and the visibility is 1/8 mile. God only knows what tomorrow is going to bring. Or how deep it will be.

By the way, my son-in-law has just reached Kuwait from Iraq in the past few hours and should be back on American soil in a few days. Another completed tour safe and sound. Thank God, and may he watch over all the others and bring them home safely.
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Good news from the front anyway...

Here it's 43F right now...presently not raining...100% cloud cover with rain on the way. I think we are done with the freezing temperatures for the season. At least I hope so.

Much colder further north in the province, with temps hovering around -17F up at Ft. St. John with the wind chill.
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By the way, my son-in-law has just reached Kuwait from Iraq in the past few hours and should be back on American soil in a few days. Another completed tour safe and sound. Thank God, and may he watch over all the others and bring them home safely.
Thanks for the update Bud. That's great news. I bet he can't wait to get home. You must be very proud of him.
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That is great news Bud, thank him for us.

Well it rained a little earlier than they said it was going to here today. I had to pick up 250 BF of FAS Red Oak and 6 sheets of Oak plywood. I headed for the house and the bottom fell out, the lumber got wet, hopefully it will be OK when it dries out.

I went to get Birch but Birch has gone out of sight here. For FAS Birch S2S and one edge straight ripped it is $4.50 a BF, Red Oak FAS S2S straight ripped one edge, $2.42 BF. That is a first for me.

I am helping to do some things down at the church house, they already know how slow I am.
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[quote=jiju1943;605654]That is great news Bud, thank him for us.



I went to get Birch but Birch has gone out of sight here. For FAS Birch S2S and one edge straight ripped it is $4.50 a BF, Red Oak FAS S2S straight ripped one edge, $2.42 BF. That is a first for me.

$2.42 for red oak? That would be a gift up this way. If you could get it...
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There is nothing anyone can say about this.....

Use the slider at the center and below the photos for a before and after look at parts of Japan.


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Bud: I have been firmly stuck to the computer for several days now since I first heard of this.

I have a couple of friends over in town - Rich and Sayuri - and she is from Japan. Still has many relatives over there, and even though it took them more than 24 hours to get through by telephone, they eventually have been able to confirm that all are OK.

There are any number of feeds coming out of Japan, which makes it reasonably easy to stay current.

One of the most recent items concerns the potential for a serious nuclear problem, which the worldwide community hopes does not happen.

It seems that there was a different type of nuclear plant devised some 40 years ago, the Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor, or Lifter for short. It appears to be far safer and more reliable than the current type of reactor, operates at ambient air pressure, uses fuel which is both abundant and cheap, and can be brought online faster. So why didn't it get developed?

The answer to that lies in the two most common words in business, greed and politics. If you find the same information I did, it will explain.

Try finding an article in Wired magazine just a relatively short while ago. Search for the above named reactor, and you will find a 16 minute Youtube video which goes a long way to explaining everything.

What might be very enlightening, is that the Chinese Government recently held a conference to discuss this very type of reactor.

I will go on record as saying that I think not only will the Chinese investigate this thoroughly, but they will be the first to build one. Sadly our North American governments react very slowly, if at all, to circumstances such as we have witnessed. I have also discovered that apparently the Candu reactor people here in Canada have been investigating the possibility of switching their designs over to use Thorium.

From the design I have seen of the Lifter system, it seems to me to be very different from a standard enriched uranium reactor. So, I have my doubts that a few minor design alterations will work. I would be of the opinion that a full scale new design is in order.

The two previous worst reactor problems were Chernobyl in Ukraine when they were part of the former Soviet Union, and Three Mile Island. In both cases, human error was a factor. I think we will see more fully automated systems in place in future, with multiple redundant power supplies...and we should know better by now than to build right on the water. Had the plant at Fukushima been just 100 feet up the side of a hill, the damage would likely not have happened at all. It was the tsunami - not the earthquake - which did them in.

It is sad to think what the final death toll will be.

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