Recent comments

Re: UPDATE: Fine Woodworking's Tables and Chairs

I see there are no reviews of this book. If I win I'll write a review.

Re: UPDATE: Mortise and Tenon Joinery by Hendrik Varju

I'm in. Looks like a great treatise on M&T joinery.

Re: Wudworx--A Handy Plugin Set For Joinery

Thanks, Dave. Great demo, and very timely info on WudWorx, as I am in the process of designing a cabinet with drawers.

One comment on the recording - the volume level seems to be very low. I have the volume on my computer turned up full, and the volume in the viewer maxed, and it is barely loud enough, especially if there is any background noise at all. I have noticed this on a couple of your videos.

Re: Designing in SketchUp - a Planing Sled

If you aim is to flatten the becnhtops, another approach would be to use a portable belt sander. You might tear up a few belts on the nails, but that would be minor compared to planes or planer blades. When you get the tops reasonably flat if there are a significant number of nails you could overlay the tops with 3/4" MDF for a surface you could safely use hand tools on.

Re: Designing in SketchUp - a Planing Sled

Another solution would be a second fence along one side to brace the board you are planing in two dimensions, rather than the dogs. That would be better than a single fence, particularly if you are trying to skew the plane.

Re: UPDATE: Routers & Router Tables from the editors of Fine Woodworking

That's a great looking router table on the cover of the book, very much like I want to build.

Re: The Story Behind the Government's Pending Tablesaw Ruling

In answer to MarkFerraro's question, "Why are injured users of these products entitled to medical care subsidized by my tax dollars?" It is for the same reason that motorcycle riders who don't wear helmets (not to mention bike & motorcycle riders, as well as car drivers who do stupid things, ladder & lawnmower users who do stupid things, and so on) get medical care that is subsidized by your and my tax and insurance dollars.

I paid up and bought a SawStop contractor saw outfitted with the Professional fence and cast iron wings. That was a personal decision, based on my assessment of the risks involved with a table saw and my ability to pay the price of the SawStop. It cost over three times the current cost of my first table saw, a similarly equiped hybrid model. The SawStop is more solidly built, but is inferior to the much less expensive saw in dust collection. I feel I paid a big premium for the safety feature, which Stephen Gass says can be added to a saw for $100.

Is the technology foolproof? There will always be a more clever fool who can negate the safety features. A few months after I bought the SawStop the brake mechanism developed an electronic fault, though it did fail safe. I called SawStop and they sent a new cartridge promptly. Would some woodworkers have simply bypassed the safety system and kept working until the new cartridge arrived? Should we then penalize them by not covering their injuries with medical insurance?

I predict that if this standard is put in place that the demand and cost of used table saws without it will jump. Should we then not subsidize the medical costs of those who buy those saws and subsequently become injured?

These are all very interesting aspects to this issue. The answers are not easy.

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