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I'd love to win this book - thanks!
Do y'all publish transcripts of the ShopTalk podcasts? I'm just not a fan of listening - much prefer reading, in case I want to go back to a previous sentence.
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Although they're not quite as large as the Preppin' Weapon (but they are just as expensive -- !), I really like Highland Woodworking's Stikit Sanding Blocks (full disclosure - I picked them up for free when purchasing a bandsaw from a late woodworker's widow). Of course, you have to use the proprietary sandpaper (not the Norton 3X), but especially for minor jobs, they're terrifically convenient. Once you load a roll in one, it's good for months. It's much easier to unroll a fresh surface and tear off the used portion than it is to get out a sheet and cut it, attach it to a sander, etc. I have four with different grits loaded on each one.
Thanks so much for posting -- a fascinating, instructive, and illuminating account.
I'm relatively new to woodworking, and when we relocated from Georgia to Virginia, I left behind a 2-car garage and an 8x12 shed to a custom-built 14x28 building-for-everything (tools, bikes, gardening equipment, auto maintenance gear, Christmas tree stand, etc.). I'm trying to figure out 1) the best way to lay out my machines 2) in the limited space I have, as well as figure out different "levels of accessibility" for different tools. This book looks like precisely the kind of guide I need. Thanks for the opportunity!
DEADLINK REPORT: The last link in your list of five in the box ("Guide to Workbenches") lands me at "Oops! We're sorry, but we can't seem to find the page you are looking for."
Well, I'm a 48-year-old relatively novice woodworker. My shop has a secondhand Grizzly cabinet saw, an inexpensive Delta 10" chop saw, and a basic Skil saw. I admit to fawning over tool catalogs and sometimes ordering a particularly cool or pretty something that is sure to be really useful someday. ;-) However, I have never felt the need or the desire to purchase a RAS. I see lots of posts here from folks who got theirs when they were young, learned on them, and would never give them up. That's great. But if 1) manufacturers have slowed or stopped their production, 2) magazines have stopped publishing articles about them and 3) new woodworkers are not learning on them, then I'm not sure why they WOULDN'T fade away. AFAIK, there's nothing I can't do with my current setup that a RAS would allow me to do (but please correct me if I'm wrong).
I'd love to get the video instruction.
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