Marcel DeRoy, Victoria, BC, CA

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This was an interesting project in the restoration of a yacht from 1930. Slight modifications were made from the original blueprint.  All exposed parts are made entirely from teak. The...

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Re: SawStop inventor Steve Gass defends the latest tablesaw verdicts

There is a flaw in the cost vs benefit calculations.
Here are the agreed upon facts:
The cost for injury from table saws is roughly $3B/year
This from the annual sales of saws between $300-$400M annually

Increasing the cost of table saws out fitted with this new technology will not reduce the injury costs. They should just stagnate. Here is why I believe this to be so:

In the past ten years,assuming steady product sales, there has been $3-$4 BILLION dollars worth of machinery added to the marketplace that does not have the new technology. These tools will presumably continue to munch hands and fingers unabated by the new tech. No? now go back another ten years, or twenty! How many table saws are actually in use in North America?
Unless there is some incentive for people to trade in their old saws for a credit towards a SawStop, these tools will continue to be used. I think that without an incentive to have the old saws taken out of very shop and garage in the land there will be no reduction in the yearly injury claims.
I for one do not expect to just junk my cabinet saw and new portable saw just to buy new safer replacements.

Re: Adventures in Banding

Be sure to start and end the "sandwich" with different species of wood! Otherwise, you will end up with a 'double-wide' band when re-gluing the pieces together into the long strip (as seen in the above photos)

Re: Drawer pulls in tight spaces

Remington, you must have one VERY large core box bit. If so, your idea is fantastic.
To make the recess about an inch in diameter, (or whatever is required) the author's idea is a good one- and one I will try. Very elegant.

TomHoxie, I would agree that the Forstner is faster but doesn't give the traditional soft curve around the pull. I might try your idea on a more modern piece.

If I was to make a lot of these style of pulls, I might turn a dowel on the lathe the correct diameter of the hole in the jig, stepped down to a tenon the size of the hole for the pull. This way, it would be a simple matter of lining up the routing jig by placing the tenon in the hole in the drawer face and sliding the MDF jig over the dowel.

Hope that makes sense without pictures...

Re: The Importance of Good Materials

Nice looking turnings, David!

Re: The Importance of Good Materials

I haven't tried turning plywood yet but I buy my plywood for cabinets from a local wholesaler.
There, I have the option of buying 'Import' or 'Domestic'. I have purchased 'Import' in the past and didn't have too many issues. I did notice that the invoice stated that there was no warranty for delamination.
I have switched for two reasons to Domestic. One, it is a better quality product overall and two, it supports people working in mills here in Canada and the US as opposed to overseas (read:China)

When working at local lumberyards(20 years), we would purchase plywood from the suppliers based on price. Actual 'grades' didn't come in to play. They just call them Good One Side (G1S) or G2S... which is usually graded C-2 or B-1 respectively. If you want the good stuff- avoid the box stores.

Re: General Consolidates Operations, Closes its Canadian Factory

The current trend of moving manufacturing to China reminds me of the Industrial Revolution. People of the time were enamored with the ever cheaper products being mass produced. Hand produced products, like how many of us make our living, fell out of favor.
It wasn't until the very late 1800's when the Arts & Crafts movement started as a rebellion against cheaply made, machine made products (among other things) that people came around to value hand work.

I think time will tell. Sooner than you think, once the majority of manufacturing moves offshore, the costs of goods will start to increase- the Chinese will demand a raise- and goods will get more expensive. There will be a tipping point where companies can no longer supply goods at a price the unemployed local workers can afford to pay. Then manufacturing in our own countries will return. Or better yet, we return to putting value on local made products!


Re: How to make a sacrificial rip fence that never wears out

rupps rupps writes: That's a nice tip Matt.

@dlobbster - I was thinking some dowels, but blocks would work just as good.

If you do use this idea, what about drilling a set of holes in the back of the fence for dowel pins to register against the TOP of the rip fence?

Like this:



Re: How to make a sacrificial rip fence that never wears out

Quote:" if you use the blade at a lower height than a previous cut,there will be a gap in front of the blade and behind it where the fence was cut away when the blade was higher. I don't like that all."

I don't see why you like this method better for this reason. With this method, there is ALWAYS a gap in front and behind the blade.

My sacrificial fence uses four edges- top and bottom on both faces for varying depths of cut and amount covering the blade. It hasn't worn out in over 4 years.

Re: SawStop inventor Steve Gass defends the latest tablesaw verdicts

I too, would be interested to see the court transcripts.

Did the Defense team ever ask Mr Gass his opinion on whether having removed all the safety guards on the saw Mr Osario was using at the time of his injury, contributed in any way to his injury? (As all of us woodworkers are clearly aware)

Also, did the defense ask if Mr Gass' SawStop technology has a 'bi-pass' enabling the flesh-sensing technology to, in essence, be 'removed'?

If the saw guard, fence and flesh-sensing are all 'removed', and a worker is injured, Mr Gass has just assured himself a HUGE lawsuit. By allowing his technology to be turned OFF, he can and should be found negligent in an injury case. He will have no defense- he has testified in court already the the table saw, without its safety features in place, is dangerous (including his own!).

To reiterate one posters comments- It is called the LEGAL system, NOT the JUSTICE system. Lawyers argue about the LAW. When and where does Justice prevail?

Re: Blade brake inventor aims to compete with SawStop

I like the idea. Kudos to David Butler for coming up with another solution to the 'problem'.
Having cut my thumb in June of this year after more than 20 years using a table saw, I have been considering my options.

Although it happened on my cabinet saw, I also have a portable saw to carry to job sites. This would work well on my saw.

I wish all the luck to David and hope that he finds a partner to manufacture and distribute this guard. I also hope he makes a bundle in royalties!

I like that the blade guard rises and falls automatically with the height of the blade. The only problem I can see is if someone leaves the guard too high allowing room for your hand to get under the blade. You can't eliminate stupidity- But in the US you sure can make a ton of money on lawsuits because of it!

I will be watching for this product to become available. I am thinking that Rockler will pick it up as it is already their blue colour.

Re: Make a cart for your Dust Deputy

Beauty of an idea Asa. You've provided a solution to the only reason why I haven't bought a Dust Deputy.
Well, not quite- I still need to find a quiet shop vac! The roar from my old one is enough to drive me nuts.
I will have to search through my FWW archive to see if there is a Shop Vac tool test and find a quiet vac that can be adapted as you have. Any suggestions?

Re: Caption Contest Winner!

Does this router top make me look fat?

Re: Against the Grain: Bone-Headed Bandsawing

Catstail, the chain looks like it is attached to the table alignment plug/bolt where the blade is removed. It isn't coming from his pocket. I lost points on that one until I zoomed in closer.

For the other Firefox users- the game works fine for me. Have you done all your updates? Adobe Flash, etc?

Re: Is the Radial Arm Saw on its Last Legs?

Endangered or dangerous! You make the call!

I am not a fan. Used one since a kid. Love the sound of the machine but have friends and co-workers that have lost digits more than any other tools.

Re: Who Is A Hand Tool Woodworker?

Mr Frid must have read/ heard this quote somewhere along the line as they are very similar:
"A craftsman is one who understands his tools and his material and uses them with skill and honesty. It does not matter whether his tool is a chisel or a planing machine, it is the work the he does with it that counts." - Thomas Hibben, The Carpenter's Tool Chest, 1933

At any rate, I find myself returning to the use of more hand tools in my work. I still use a table saw, band saw and jointer/ planer but, the hand tools remove saw marks and clean up the edges better than sandpaper or any other method. It also makes time in the shop more enjoyable for me. I feel more connected to the project at the end. And taking pride in your work is what it's all about I feel.

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

After my father died a couple of years ago, what I would really like for Christmas is the time to go back across the country to go pick up his tools. He taught me so much about my craft. I still haven't found anyone who could rip a sheet of plywood faster than he could with his rip saw.

Re: Bench Cookie Giveaway

Don't think I would buy these unless I had a set to try first. But, when i like a tool, I am one to let the local woodworking community know about it! I'm a bit of a tool hound.

Re: Benchtop Tablesaws: We Want Your Feedback

Does no-one else own a Porter Cable? I've had mine for almost five years. Accuracy is good. I bought it for the 24" rip capacity, and at the time there wasn't much else available.
I use it regularly for ripping hardwood flooring and, like most others, for cutting long scribes.
I like the folding stand that it came with. It's not like a Bosch model but it doesn't take up half the truck either!
For cabinet work I use the Unisaw in the shop. But the Porter Cable is a handy jobsite saw that's not a cheap version. In fact it cost more than my used Unisaw.
The only complaints I have are that once the blade is tilted I cannot adjust the blade height, and like a lot of other saws, the blade height adjustment is a slow operation.
Tried a Dewalt (can't remember the exact model) and the blade adjustment mechanism was HORRIBLE. Used a Ridgid and thought the power switch was totally unsafe. I couldn't shut it off with my hands on the workpiece. I hope they have corrected that.
So, here's one vote for the Porter Cable.

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