Adrian Lopez

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  1. Not to be rude, but this seems about as likely to work as training a neural network to predict criminal behavior based on the shape of people's skulls. You're looking to derive a meaningful model from inputs that are not predictive of the outputs beyond whatever accidental relationships may be found in your training data.
  2. It's not necessarily behind a paywall. I sometimes get a login screen while browsing Tarisio, even on pages that aren't part of the paid Cozio Archive. I don't know exactly what triggers the login screen (I don't always get one), and logging in with a free account is enough to continue browsing, but it's pretty annoying and I have no idea why the folks at Tarisio think it's a good idea to do this.
  3. For the curious, here is an archive of Fritz Reuter's website.
  4. Some wood stats from Schwarz's first workbench book, Workbenches: From Design & Theory to Construction & Use. * The Janka scale indicates hardness.
  5. Nice. I've been reading Christopher Schwarz's other books on workbench design and they're both pretty good. I expect this one covers much of the same ground, but it looks nice enough that I may end up buying it anyway in spite of the free download (I prefer printed books anyway).
  6. I expect most brands are safe when used as directed. The problem is with the specific brands identified by the FDA, which do contain methanol and are not supposed to.
  7. There is a popular adage that the dose makes the poison. Some denatured alcohol formulas contain large amounts of methanol, while others contain none. Meanwhile, the FDA is advising people to avoid certain brands of hand sanitizer because they contain methanol and could therefore be extremely hazardous to their health You do what you want, but I will use and recommend the least toxic options available to me.
  8. Not all denatured alcohols are the same. See Formulas for Denatured Alcohol and Rum.
  9. A search for bio ethanol on Amazon reveals various products designed for use in alcohol-burning fireplaces. If I set my zip code to California I get no warning about shipping restrictions, though I find that's not always an indicator of whether or not they'll actually ship it. I've not had much luck finding an MSDS for most of the ones that come up, but one brand called Smart Fuel contains: Ethyl Alcohol: > 90% Proprietary Ingredients: < 10% Denatonium Benzoate (BITR™): < 1% Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA): 4.8% - 9.0% So what are these "proprietary ingredients," and how likely are they to kill you? I don't know, but I expect if they were truly dangerous they wouldn't be allowed to hide them behind a "proprietary ingredients" designation. This is just an assumption on my part, so caveat emptor. Another question luthiers in CA should be asking: it is legal to buy alcohol outside of California and bring it into the state for use as a solvent? For that matter, is the kind you can buy in California legal to use as a solvent in spite of the restrictions on being sold for such purposes? Environmental restrictions in CA can be murder for some businesses, like these makers of surfboard cores. Can't be easy being a woodworker in California, either: MEK (Mineral Spirits) banned in So. California?, Danish oil: outlawed in So. California!, No More Tru-Oil in California. I want to say that moving the hell out of California is always an option, but I don't want it to come across like a jerk so I won't even mention it .
  10. So it looks like the CA ban on denatured alcohol has nothing to do with the use of toxic denaturing agents like I thought, but rather with environmental concerns over the use of certain volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Camping stove fuel is legal not because of an absence of toxic substances, but rather because it's sold as a fuel and not as a solvent. There's a website called shellac.net (based in California) that sells a shellac reducer manufactured by Mohawk that is mostly ethanol and contains no methanol. Not sure about the toxicity of it's other constituents, but here is the product page with links to the MSDS: https://www.mohawk-finishing.com/products/wood-staining-finishing/reducers-additives/shellac-reducer/ So is Mohawk Shellac Reducer still legal in CA, or is shellac.net just selling its remaining inventory? I don't know, but it's an option to consider.
  11. As far as I'm concerned, denatured alcohol (of the kind denatured with methanol and other toxic substances) should be banned everywhere. Just don't be like California and also ban sales of unadulterated, 190 proof alcohol. I'm guessing the reason camping stove alcohol is still legal in CA is because the denaturant they use to render it undrinkable isn't toxic.
  12. Thank you all for posting pictures of your benches. I don't have a bench myself, but I bought a wagon vise and a wooden screw for a face vise from Richard Maguire back when he was still making benches for sale and I thought I'd share. Lack of space, money, and access to a well-equiped woodworking shop have kept me from attempting to build a workbench for myself, but I intend to do so eventually.
  13. I'd like to see pictures of your workbenches and learn a bit about the way you use them. Which features get the most use in your shop, or see less frequent but important uses? Which could you easily do without? Is there anything you'd change about your current setup? Is your bench self-made, custom-made (by a third party), or a standard factory model? How does it fit in with the rest of your shop?
  14. Update: Just got my plane back from Lie Nielsen. They got rid of the bump and worked on the sole to make it perfectly flat at no cost to me. Nice tools, great company.
  15. I looked at a bunch of antique hand grinders on eBay last year but it looks like the vast majority of them were designed for use with 4-inch grinding wheels. I did find one that someone had fitted with a modern 6-inch wheel, but I was outbid. I rather like the Tormek myself, but I think a hand-cranked grinder would be a good companion for rough grinding.