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What is a French Cleat?
by Lorenz Prem on 01-03-2010 7:08 pm

A French cleat is a rock solid way of hangingcabinets. I like for its ease of installation. One man can hang acabinet on the cleat in seconds. It's almost like hanging your coaton a coat hanger. The cabinet will stay in place without screws andcan be squared up without stress.

How it works

The cleat is nothing more than a piece of wood runninghorizontally along the upper part of the cabinet. The lower part ofcleat beveled. Another piece of wood with the bevel going the otherway is installed on the wall. When the two p

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Arcade Cabinet - Wiring
by Lorenz Prem on 12-22-2009 1:58 am

Wiring the buttons is a tedious, but straightforward affair.

The Interface Controller

The center piece of the control panel is a controller board.This board is the interface between the computer and thebuttons.

There are several types of boards (joystick, keyboard, custom),each with its own way of interfacing with the computer. All typesare readily available at arcade stores. It does not really matterwhich type of controller you choose. The only thing that changes isthe way the software is instal

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How to winterizing a Lawnmower or Trimmer
by Lorenz Prem on 12-01-2009 7:56 pm

Tools with gas engines need special care whenstored for more than 2-3 months without use. Gasoline deteriorateswith time. It turns into a gummy substance that will clog vitalpassage ways in the engine. Unthreaded gasoline will last about 6months before the deterioration becomes noticeable. You can extendthis time by adding a fuel stabilizer. These products are not snakeoil. They actually work. Fuel treated with a stabilizer will lastabout 1-1.5 years.

Your gas engines need to be winterized to minimize damage due tocondensation an

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How to get rid of trash
by Lorenz Prem on 11-26-2009 11:19 pm

You have some old carpet, a piece of furniture,a tree in your back yard, or simply junk to get rid off. What to doabout it? In the age of the internet your options are moreplentiful than the city dump.

Here is a quick list of places that will take your trash. Theyare ordered from the simplest, to the most inconvenient.

1) Post an ad in the 'Free' section on craigslist

You would be surprised what people will take off your hands. Oldcarpet you would not want to use again is perfect to soak up

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Grizzly G1023 Tablesaw Review
by Lorenz Prem on 11-26-2009 6:53 pm

I bought my G1023 3 years ago. Since then it hasseen a lot of action. First and foremost this saw cuts straight andtrue. Everything I ever asked it to do, it did withoutcomplaining.

I only got the G1023 to bog down once by pinching the blade withplywood. On some thicker pieces cutting got slow, but was stillpossible. I would not worry about the motor or the saw's power. Thesaw may be too slow for production, but a hobbyist will find allthe power he needs. When not under load the motor produces thatbeautiful hum a finely tun

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Grizzly G0440 Cyclone Dust Collector Review
by Lorenz Prem on 11-20-2009 9:49 pm

After avoiding the issue for the longest time, Irecently bought the Grizzly G0440 dust collector. It will be thecenter piece of the new dust collection system in my shop. I havebeen working without dust collection for over a year now. I regretnot getting a dust collector immediately when I started my shop.Like so many beginners I decided to invest in machines first. Thedust got so bad I did not want to work in the shop anymore.

The G0440

Straight out of the box the G0440 makes a solid impression.Every part feels heavy

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Grizzly G0586 Jointer Review
by Lorenz Prem on 11-20-2009 9:47 pm

My jointer is the best upgrade I have made in myshop after purchasing the table saw. It allows me to buy 3S woodfrom the lumber yard. The added work I have to do makes the woodsignificantly cheaper. However, I also get to be much more flexiblewith how I use the wood. Besides saving money I can also work withticker stock, which almost exclusively comes either in 3S or roughsawn form. The jointer I decided to buy is the Grizzly G0586.Living so close to Billingham I was able to pickup the machinemyself.

The G0586 has three sta

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Grizzly G1035 Shaper Review
by Lorenz Prem on 11-20-2009 9:45 pm

When the time came to buy a router table Ifigured a shaper would be a better choice. It cost only a littlemore than a quality router table, but was a stand alone machine.The motor of the grizzly I settled on was much more powerful thanmy router's, plus I did not have to buy all the cutters twice. Iwas sold on the idea and bought the G1035 shaper from Grizzly.

The G1035 is clearly a machine for hobbyist; granted, serioushobbyists, but hobbyists none the less. Several points in thisreview will illustrate this.

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Grizzly G9976 Mortiser Review
by Lorenz Prem on 11-20-2009 9:43 pm

The Grizzly G9976 is the quintessential budgetmortising machine. I have had it in my shop for years now. It hascut several hundred of mortises for me. Most of time it has done soreliably. Sometimes, however, not accurately. The machine is asolid performer, but hard to set up.

The word "manual" best describes this machine. Before every cutyou have to align the fence, hold downs, and depth stop. All ofthese are set using some form of set screw lock. It is very hard toaccurately configure the machine. Set screws apply

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Grizzly G9956 Air Filter Review
by Lorenz Prem on 11-20-2009 9:41 pm

After procrastinating and covering the shop in afine layer of dust for years, I finally decided to spend the moneyand get an air cleaner. I did my research, or tried to. There wasnot much data about air cleaners out there. Nobody seems to havetested them. I eventually bought the G9956 from Grizzly.

The G9956 Air Cleaner

When I unpacked the machine I immediately noticed why there wasso little data out there. The G9956 is nothing more than a box witha blower inside. I naively expected engineering the be involved.Some so

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