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Bryon Anderson

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  • Birthday 08/10/1970

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    Holland, MI

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  1. Received my set yesterday; nice work everyone! Thanks Bob for hosting 🙂
  2. I agree with everything mentioned in this thread. I still believe that most people are good, honest, and decent, but the portion of the population who are just straight-up jerks has definitely grown exponentially in recent years. I blame social media in large part. Ever since we started accepting the idea of everyone having a persona or avatar online that exists separately from the actual person, we have begun to act as though we can get away with any kind of behavior as long as it doesnt take place "IRL" (In Real Life"). Just the existence of that acronym, I think, supports what I'm saying here. Social media takes any real accountability away from social interactions.
  3. Thanks Niveker -- I've been using the mesh nets for several reasons. I prefer them for my own fishing because they are lighter than the rubber ones and, to my eye, more traditional-looking, which I like. I have never had a problem with hooks getting stuck in the mesh. The mesh ones also come in smaller sizes that fit traditional smaller trout nets, which, so far as I've been able to find, the rubber nets do not. Commercially made nets seem to have gotten bigger over the past few years. All that being said, I fully expect that I will have to start building frames to fit the rubber net bags if I want to sell nets, because the rubber ones are all the rage now and people expect to see them on new nets.
  4. Well I'm starting to get some interest in the nets I've been making these last few months...this one I just boxed up for its new owner a few minutes ago. Michigan Walnut and Cherry with some nice woodburning art by my friend Tom Reverman of 5thSeasonmi.com. I'll be launching my own website in November, where I hope to sell fly boxes, fly tying tool caddies, tying benches and portable tying boxes in addition to the nets. Should keep me diverted over the long winter! 🙂
  5. Very nice piece Bill! I can tell what kind of wood it is from the picture, but it looks to have a nice color and some interesting figure in it. Your poly finish looks very nice as well. 🙂
  6. Yes -- the hardwood is cut into strips approximately 3/32" thick which are laminated together, bent around a form, and glued to a handle inset. I guess it does look like plywood in profile; I had never thought about that before. 🙂
  7. Thanks Bill! I'm not bending plywood though, just hardwoods. The forms that I bend the hardwoods around sre cut out of plywood.
  8. No worries, I don't mind questions at all! After I soak the strips, I immediately clamp them around the bending form in the order they will go on when it's time for glue-up. I just use a handful of clamps at this point, just enough to make the strips conform to the shape of the form. I leave them like that for 24 hours. The next day (usually) I do my glue-up. This is the glue I've settled on https://www.dap.com/products-projects/product-categories/adhesives/glues-epoxies/plastic-resin-glue/
  9. Mike, I am soaking the strips in near-boiling water for about 15 minutes before bending them. I place the strips inside a piece of 1 1/4" PVC with a cap on one end. I heat water to boiling and pour it into the pipe with the strips and cap the other end. I had built a steaming box before, but I found that one or more strips would crack even after steaming them for up to 30 minutes. The soaking method has worked every time so far.
  10. Bob mine are ready, just need your address.
  11. Beautiful work as always! I love the custom grip you did for my CTS Quartz 8'0 5wt. glass.
  12. Thanks for all the kind words guys! I am enjoying what I'm doing now.
  13. The net building has been coming along pretty nicely, if I say so myself. I have a deal in place to start selling some on a website owned by my friend who does the lovely woodburning art for me (www.5thseasonmi.com). There should be some of my nets up on there in a week or so -- the website also has a lot of very cool Michigan-inspired art --both "art-art" and "usable art". I've now done two custom nets (one for a forum member) to good reviews, and would consider doing more. Thanks again to everyone here for your support and advice!
  14. Nice job on the dust collector Mike! Especially impressive considering it's almost 100% "re-purposed" materials. I have the Harbor Freight dust collector in my basement shop. I initially built a cyclone-style separator for it out of a plastic trash can. I had 4" PVC pipe running overhead with drops to my 3 main tools at the time (table saw, miter saw, and router table), and blast gates to direct the DC suction only to the machine I was using. It was a good idea in theory, but it turned out my DC did not have enough power to create anything like the suction I needed at any given machine with long (10-15') runs of ductwork involved between tools and DC. Between that and the fact that my cyclone didn't work very well, and I had only the bag filter that came with the Harbor Freight DC -- which might have been more accurately named a "dust broadcaster" -- everything in the shop was covered in a layer of dust after a short while. When I bought my nice bandsaw, I decided to re-do the dust collection. I tore down all the ductwork runs. I built a cart that holds the DC and a Thein-style separator (similar to a cyclone; same concept with different "guts"). I now move the DC between my table saw and bandsaw, connecting to each as needed with a 5' length of the clear 4" ribbed dust collection tubing. By far the biggest upgrade I made, though, was replacing that horrible dust-belching bag filter with a good cartridge filter from Wynn Environmental. https://wynnenv.com/products-page/woodworking-filter-pricing/35c222nano-cartridge-kit/ It was not cheap, but MAN did it make a difference! Night and day. By far the best investment I've made in my shop, aside from my Grizzly saws themselves.
  15. Solid plan Steve! Good for you. Debt is such a drag -- literally. I went through a long period in my life where I lived under the yoke of those insane interest rates. When my wife and I had been dating for a while, she gently asked if she could help me with managing my finances a little better, and I gratefully let her take the wheel. Now married 10 years and counting, we have miniscule unsecured debt (which will be paid off by the end of this year) and we both have excellent credit ratings. Not a moment too soon, either, as my twin sons head off to college in a few weeks. Being able to do my part to see them through college such that they won't come out with crushing student loan debt means more to me than I can tell you.
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