Elk Grove, CA, US

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Re: UPDATE: Carving in the Round by Andrew Thomas and How to Carve Wood by Richard Butz

Always looking for more info or a new presentation style for ways to improve/expand my skills. Would love to win the books.

Re: SawStop inventor Steve Gass defends the latest tablesaw verdicts

Ley's forget the fact that the user violated a host of safety rules.

And we can all offer up dozens of scenarios which would defeat sawstop technology.

And I have mixed feelings about the government or a court mandating what I buy or how I sue it.

And I'll even try to buy Mr Gass's altristic intentions.

But can somebody tell me where I get this $100 (or better yet $55.00) retrofit to have that technology placed on my current saw? I own a contractor's saw - it's all I could afford and economics have gotten any better recently. The starting price for this type of saw is roughly $500. Is Mr. Gass offering to drop the price on his basic sawstop to $600 so we common folk can afford one??????

I still have all my fingers and toes but will admit to a few close calls but all of them could have been avoided if I hadn't forgotten to apply the one thing that seems lacking in this court case and what I feel is an idiotic ruling - some basic common sense!!!!!!!!!!!!!

But I do like one writer's suggestion that we have to pass a safety test in order to operate dangerous equipment. Then, if one should decide to bypass the safety measures, they would hopefully be limited in trying to sue someone else for their own stupidity.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Beginning Picture Marquetry by Lawrence Threadgold

I ahve done a little marquetry but am always looking for that tip that will break down the log jam between my desire to create something and the actual ability to bring it to fruition.

Re: UPDATED: Giveaway and Poll: The Most Requested Woodworking Gifts of 2009

Okay, I've voted on all the individual lists and made a few comments just in case my loved ones read these blogs and want to make up for the socks and underwear that I found under the tree this year. Though I hold out no real hope for this since my plea for contributions to a family table saw fund fell on deaf ears. Obviously reading bedtime stories from the tool catalogs to my son failed to make an impression. I was hoping for a bonding moment but at 19, he seemed to be less impressed than he was with those pop up books we used to read together. (Granted, that was a few years ago.) And the wife seems to prefer reading Oprah over those insightful articles in FW.

Speaking of which - here's my real question!!! Is Fine Woodworking going to extend that big sale to the archive dvd of past issues???? There's no way the wife is going to believe I need $150 for lunch money this week.

Re: Poll: What accessories, jigs, and shop gear are on your holiday wish list?

Okay, sure, i can always use more clamps. And yes, a central vac system would be sweet, or better yet, central heat and air so I can avoid wilting in the summer or freezing in the winter. But if you're gonna dream, you might as well dream big so how about a dedicated shop with all the above and the time to enjoy it!!!!!!

Re: Poll: Any Machinery on your Holiday Wish List?

Two things I sorely need to upgrade is trade in the old contractor table saw for a new cabinet saw (Thanks to a very close call this year SawStop jumps to the top of my list.) The other item is to move from my little bench top jointer to a full size floor model (and as long as I am wishing - make that with a helical cutter) And though it wasn't on your list, I had a chance this summer to play with a lazer system that definitely makes it on my list. Of course, you know what they say, wishlists are sorta like a.....es, mine is just bigger than most.

Re: Poll: What power tools are on your holiday wish list?

I can always find a reason for an extra router but what wasn't on your list that I could really use is a detail sander.

Re: Poll: What hand tools are on your holiday wish list?

Lots of wish items and few realy needed items but topping the hand tool list would be a LN shoulder plane. (Okay, pretty much anything Lie-Nielsen makes - makes my list, just not my wallet.)

Re: Sam Maloof: 1916-2009

My condolences go out to the family. The country has lost a national treasure!! Having admired him for years, I had the great fortune to meet Mr. Maloof this last year at our state fair where he was a guest lecturer. I used the lame excuse of a minor award for a woodworking piece I had entered at the fair to open a conversation. Having recently taken a class on building a rocker modeled after his signature piece and I had some concerns on how certain joints were shaped. I expected only a brief comment in response but instead was treated to a one on one conversation that lasted for more than an hour as he first addressed my question and then expanded the talk using the furniture pieces he had brought with him for his speech to demonstrate techniques and his theories on design in general. It was obvious that physically he was getting frail but his passion and love for his craft was as strong as ever. He will be in my prayers!!

Re: Video Gallery: Drawers that Breathe

I have to agree with "tmackinator". Why is this being featured here instead of a high school health or physics class? Given the size of the drawer, it would have to be a particularly poorly fitted drawer NOT to move that membrane. And I wonder if he could even open the bottom drawer if there was anything of any weight placed in it. And a drawer that won't open or can't be filled is hardly noteworthy!!! Maybe we should just concentrate on that leg joinery you mentioned.

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