I have been looking at some of the T-shank blades sold locally, and started going online. How can I tell if the blades are thicker ones, like you were suggesting?
And to the other Tom,
I guess the respirator I have won't work? I mean, the fiber is probably too loose? I have a 3M...forget the exact name and cartridges, would have to look them up.
Yeah, I have had pneumonia a couple times in my life, bronchitis and such, so I am sitting here thinking about the day I cut my MDF, and hearing Rick talking about coughing for days-I knew what happened when I woke the next day. I still have to go get the masks, but I am not cutting again, until I do!
Dad's garage?! HA!!! That thing is so full, he's even amazed he has a spot in it for his car at night! BUT, I can always go outside with an extension cord! :-) I really think I want to get a pair of those work bench/saw horses...got to look up the name...Worx Pegasus, because I can use them as saw horses or work bench. I originally thought about the B&D but then after seeing a bunch of different ones, these worx seem pretty versatile. Unless you guys know of something cheap that's even cooler?
And as for getting excited about the younger crowd...let me tell you, I ALWAYS was interested in woodworking and even up into my 20's saying how I wish I could find an old guy to teach me woodworking in their garage/shop whatever. And do you know I could never find someone?! I know, sounds bizarre but SO true. I even asked around once in a while.
I thought I had my life cut out for me, was going to go to college for a biology degree and USDA in town, all ready said, get your associates and we will get you in here and then we will help you go as far as you want, even a PhD if you want. Then came a serious car accident, financial problems...got on top twice and knocked off my perch twice. So, it's always been a struggle for me. I learned to work on my car, make repairs, paint, DIY work, yada yada...if I were to sit here and add everything up, I know I saved 10's of thousands all these years.
Just like this picture frame, is it professional? No, but it looks like a picture frame and the cheapest I could find for this size, even Michael's and Walmart was $40. I did it for under $10. And as said up there, I can know and say, "I did this!" :-))) I am figuring that after I make the shelf brackets (waiting for me to get to the store for the masks), I will be $20 shy of the Bladerunner all ready paying for itself - DIY vs Retail.
OH! And this is off the subject, but I can cook, fix your car, fix a lot of computer problems but DO NOT ask me to do ANY sewing. I even got a male neighbor to sew on a button for me! hahaha That's how much I abhor sewing! BUT, I was just telling that same guy (the one that loans me his jigsaw or 1/2" drill when I needed it for concrete block) about how I really should get a sewing machine, so I can fix a couple rips in a pair of jeans and shorts, and I could make loops on these one panels to make "curtains" for under the kitchen sink and one other spot...well, there was a women set a sewing machine out by our dumpster. A 2nd woman/sewer picked it up and took it to her flat, ended up returning it to the dumpster. Well, I didn't know this at the time, and I thought WOW! A sewing machine and took it home. HAHAHA The really funny part, is I met the woman who tried to salvage it and she told me it was hopeless. So, my friend and I looked it over and started thinking it was hopeless. Then not even a week later, Snake (my friend), asked me if I still have this machine and case. Yeah. He saw a man throwing a sewing machine away at his flat and he got it and it worked! Only thing is the man who threw it away went to the trouble of breaking the cabinet and legs on it. So he figured I could transfer into this base with lid. Well, the end of the story is that Saturday, a friend and her husband (engineering type h.s. teacher) came over for a few to check my kitchen shelf and before walking out the hubby said what's this? So I told him and he said let's take a quick look. So I made room on the table and we got it open he was on the top end I was on the back end... you could tell my friend was completely bored and impatient with him and I messing with this thing!!! HAHAHA But, I kept saying Ron, it's working what you are doing up to this point down here! So he finally came down to the bottom part. And that's when I let him take over and he was JUST about to give up and reached in and pulled out the bobbin and little holder and it worked! He said there's your problem, fix that and it will work. Got to go now! Uhhhhh!!! So yeah, he left and I spent almost an hour cause there's one part, I am not even sure if it's supposed to come out or not, but I fought with that thing and situated stuff, got the clamp thing working, finally got the thing closed up and plugged it in...IT REALLY DOES WORK! So, I went to that other lady and asked if I could buy a little oil and lubricant-told her I got that same machine working-don't think she was too happy! hahaha But when I returned the lubricant, she refused the money and said I might be able to help her in the future and then gave me some bobbins, thread and a hand needle (got needles lol).
So now I just need some material to see if I can figure out what all those levers and dials do. LOL And I went from never having a sewing machine to having TWO machines now-guess 1 can be a backup. lol
But I tell you what. If I try to talk to my dad or most others around here, they are so disinterested. Just since joining this forum, I am all ready taking mental notes, going out and doing research on things you guys are talking about that I don't really understand and trying to open up my mind, get some confidence and creative juices flowing...it's been fun ride, actually...so, yeah, I am enthusiastic!
Thanks for the boost, guys!