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Re: Should Woodworkers Say Goodbye to Ebony?

I commend you on your willingness to let your conscience make the economic decisions that are as far reaching as yours. I cannot afford to use Gabon ebony at its current $175.00/bd. ft. so I've been ebonizing walnut.

Does Ebony with the light streaks contain enough tannin to ebonize, and make it uniformly black?

Thank you again for living the courage of your conviction.

Re: Dovetails Just Got a Little Easier

If you haven't seen David Barron's dovetail guide, it might be worth a look. You can build one yourself from his video and it holds both the tail board and the pin board against a shallow right angle fence, so alignment is always guaranteed. No rabbet to cut, no plane to use to hold the pin board, no rabbeted block.

Re: You Can't Beat the Physics of Kickback

As far as an aftermarket splitter goes, I purchased one from delta some years ago for my Unisaw. There are also aftermarket devices for modifying a zero clearance throat plate with a plastic, fin like, insert. I understand that you cannot retrofit an existing saw to accept a riving knife.

In the video demonstration, if it had gone seriously wrong, I wonder if a Sawstop would have prevented serious injury, or if the damage would have happened too quickly.

Re: Climb Cutting, Routers, and Tool Safety

I recently had to rabbet four 2"x 1 3/4' x48" Sipo legs for a jewelry cabinet. Since the rabbets were to be stopped I could do two of the legs with a conventional push cut on the router table, but had to do the other two with a climb cut on the router table, using a 1/2" up-cut carbide spiral bit.

I took as light a pass as I could, 1/16" at most and squeezed the leg against the fence as I slowly fed the piece. The bit was extended the full depth of the cut, 3/4". Several times the bit grabbed the work, shooting it along several inches. I made the cuts lighter, fed the work even slower, and squeezed harder. The second leg was jerked out of my hands and shot forward far enough to ruin it for its intended purpose.

I cut a new piece and routed the rabbet with a hand held router using push cuts.

I realized later that I could have rotated the work into the fence for two of the legs and done them all with push cuts.

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