Code 50 Thoughts

The JTM45 and DSL amp models sound best. Turn the presence down. Can easily become piercing. When you hit the sweet spot it is really quite nice.

Way way too loud. Not much control with the volume because of that. Bouncing between 2 and 3. If you want the amps to sound their best you have to have the gain and volume turned up a bit so you cant moderate the volume that way.

Foot pedal works. Because it is hooked up through a single wire it is pretty limited. Wish it would let you kick off tuning.

Was cheap. Is nice enough. Firmware update helped. Still buggy. Too loud for my purposes. (Not its fault.)

Going to put in a new speaker since I have one around.


New Amp

Yeah, bought another one...

Bought a Marshall Code 50 amp. This is a modelling amp from Marshall. Sounds good. Low end can be a little floppy but it definitely sounds like a Marshall.

Biggest issues.

  • Android app is buggy.
  • Amp likes to mute if you poke it too much.
  • USB works on SOME computers.

Was cheap. Has a long warranty. Reverb sounds great on it.



Bought a Stanley smoothing plane

What I’ve learned from using a hand plane (Stanley No. 4):

1. Don’t buy tools from Rockler.
2. If you think you want to buy from Rockler be sure to price check before you do.
3. Holy hell this thing is hard work.
4. I can’t get things level along more than one plane.
5. Think even the cheapest jointer would do a better job.
6. When that tabletop with the poorly hand planed joints overwhelms the multitude of clamps holding it, it will explode into the rafters.
7. Nothing, really.



After fucking with the Windows built in backup stuff again and being hosed by Seagate’s backup for their external drive I have again gone back to SyncBackFree from

Why? Because it

  • works.
  • has a ton of clear options.
  • reports what it could do and couldn’t do.
  • doesn’t get its undies in a bunch until the end of time when something goes wrong.
  • doesn’t clog your boot drive with backup dross like some software. *
  • works.

Get it, it’s free.

Oh and for online backups I still like BackBlaze.

[*] – Seriously, what good is backing up your C: drive to a 4TB volume if it keeps temporary files on your C: drive? The biggest folder on that drive was the Seagate temp files.



This works pretty well. A few things to be fixed.  I need to block off the area around the saw and try to collect the saw dust.  It seems 50-50 on how much goes out the dust collector and how much blasts out all sides.  I’ll put plastic or hardboard around the sides and hopefully the dust will fall underneath where I can vacuum it at my leisure.

The other issue is that I need some slots cut in the benchtop so that I can move the fence all the way to the left.  I might be able to just chop away half the plywood provided I can figure out how to chisel upside down.


Speaking of chiseling.  I really want a set of Narex chisels.

Narex chisels. Made in Czech Republic

They aren’t the greatest but they are way better than my orange handle Stanleys.  This set of 8 is about $100.  I could also get a set of 5 Stanley Baileys for like $60.


I had a dream last night

My leg had come off and I’m standing in the doctor’s office and he explains that they couldn’t reattach it so they made jerky out of it. He gives me one big piece of leg shaped jerky.

I snack on the leg for hours. The joints are not edible but the rest is okay. I suddenly realize that I could get kuru from this and throw the rest in the trash.

I have got to stop eating before I go to bed.