Diepenbeek, BE

Recent comments

Re: UPDATE: Google SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers - The Basics with Dave Richards

Why oh why do you exclude your loyal members/customers from outside the US & Canada in taking part in these draws and contests? Do we not pay the same rates as the rest, do we not help to support your company.

By the way there DVD is great, having seen it, it is worth the $17

Re: Behold, the Speed Tenon

been using this for years, but it gets tiring on the hands after a while. so for one or two its ok, but for larger quantities I would recommend one of the more traditional/accepted methods

Re: SawStop inventor Steve Gass defends the latest tablesaw verdicts

I have followed this subject for years - The technology is great, but is it really necessary? 99% of accidents happen from stupidity and not the technology in use.

If the supplied safely equipment was in place and the user used the equipment in accordance with manufacturers instructions, then the likelihood of the accident happening was virtually nil.

If you are on a job site or even in the workshop and you are working with green or wet wood the Saw Stop (SS) will trip as the wood touched the blade, therefore you have to override the SS in order to cut that piece/s of timber - so what is the point having the SS fitted in this case - it negates the argument.

If you have the safety equipment removed, and you do not touch the table top of the saw, with the saw switched on and the blade running, then you just touch the blade with your finger - GOODBYE Finger. The SS cannot prevent acts of stupidity.

What is next - you drive your car into a lamp pole - are we now going to have to have cars fitted with sensing equipment that will not crash into lamp poles.

Must we have safety guards fitted to chisels and hand saws, because they are sharp and incorrectly used will cause injury.

The courts and the law must be realistic and in touch with the real world and stop this stupid and unnecessary litigation - people are causing accidents just to get rich quick.

Re: Cutlists are a waste of space

I have been working with wood for over 40 years now and cut lists are essential in ensuring that you have enough of the correct material material available and to help minimize waste. They are a tremendous aid to both novice and expert alike.

In a production run cut list that have been used previously and checked save you a lot of time and material. for custom fits the are a good aid

I do agree that using the cut list for the final dimensioning of wood can be dangerous, especially if you use a published list that you have not checked yourself.

So please keep on publishing them - your efforts are no wasted.


Re: Who Is A Hand Tool Woodworker?

Give me car in the mountains any day over walking in them, but I just find it boring walking up mountains.

A combination of Machines and hand tools are essential for efficient building of furniture - Machines do all the grunt work, ripping, flattening and thicknessing boards etcetera (saves on the cardio vascular workout), then start the enjoyment of using the hand tools to fabricate a piece of art or heirloom

Re: Man Wins Big Money in Tablesaw Lawsuit

Absolutely ridiculous - Stupidity and a lack of care caused the injury. If he wanted the Saw Stop technology, he should have bought a Saw Stop instead

Re: New Study Discusses Tablesaw Injuries

I do not think you can yet judge if riving knives are helping to reduce injuries, as they have only just been released on to the market in the USA/Canada. One thing is for sure they are a lot safer than the old splitters, and probably will remain fitted for more different types of cuts.

Oner of the biggest attributes to injuries has to be the use, or rather the lack of use of blade guards and I am one of the offenders. A well designed, quick release/fit blade guard would certainly help in the reduction of injuries. Also 99% of all demonstrations, the demonstrator has the guard removed (for "clarity" & photographic purposes"), even when instructed not to do this at home, we all think "if he can do it so can I"

I will continue to use my uni-saw, hopefully for a lot longer than 10 years, but I am considering a second newer style saw with riving knife.

Re: Broken power tool: Junk it or fix it?

Depends upon the tool: but normally it is cheaper to junk it and buy a new one. You can then canibalise the parts of the old one to make another tool or spares for an existing tool.

Re: A box of drawers

What a magnificent piece of art - cetainly will become treasured item over many generations to come.

As Napaman suggested, it would be worthy of a detailed plan and explanation on the building process - well done

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