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Re: Are CNC machines ready for Fine Woodworking?

Fine cars, fine food, fine wines and fine pieces of artwork all retain value, they are in demand, and they were all made with the stroke of a skilled human's hand and mental exercise.

"Fine Woodworking with CNC" is the ultimate oxymoron.



Re: More Details on the Carlos Osorio Tablesaw Lawsuit

This guy was injured as an employee and not as a home user. It is my opinion the employer is more at fault than the saw manufacturer. I also feel badly for the home owners where the floor was being installed. An contractor that allowed such blatant misuse of equipment would never ba allowed near my house. The quality of workmanship has spoken for itself.

What angers me the most over this unfortunate accident is that Mr. Gass of SawStop has publicly claimed he has been vindicated by the awarding of this lawsuit. I believe it is extremely disrespectful for a major manufacturer to "ride the wave" of someone else's misfortune. Mr. Gass has turned me away from being a SawStop wanabe owner to a SawStop neverwillbe owner; and I am one with 9 fingers.

Mr. Gass I challenge you in front of this woodworking audience to reach in and grasp the last moral fibre of your body. If you really want vindication and care about our safety produce us a saw with your technology that retails for an average price of $169, just like Ryobi's BTS 15.

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

This made me think of an old Christmas song...

"All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth"

My version is (and I'm very regretful to report)...

"All I want for Christmas is my index finger back"

Yup, tablesaw accident.

I don't want anyone to go through what I went through;

Happy holidays and Work Safe!

Re: New Yankee Workshop Series Ends

I wish Norm all the best, he's earned it many times over.

Thank you.

Re: What's your favorite hand or power tool?

My favourite handtool is a Lie Nielsen 41/2 handplane with the high angle frog. I am amazed at the quality of cut surface it leaves every time I use it. It is a delight to use and tune.

My favourite power tool is a 16" Laguna bandsaw. It has power to spare and runs rock solid. It has handled any ripping and resawing task I've thown at it to date.

I am in the process of building a new workbench out of hard maple. When done it will be a French style (Roubo) with a 4" thick top, quick release face vise and a twin screw tail vise. Both of my favourite tools have played important roles so far in the project.

I expect the new bench will de-throne my current favourites.

Re: Setting up shop: Which machine first? And why.

My vote for a first stationary machine would be a bandsaw.

The initial purchase cost is one of the lowest for "larger" machines. The footprint is small, they are relatively quiet, produce little waste and are inherently the safest large machine to start on because of the very low potential for kick back. Starting out woodworkers in all likeliood would use commercially available 4S stock until their skill levels increased and the need for more economical, self planed/jointed material became paramount. The tablesaw is indeed very versatile however there are more compact, economical and safer options available for beginning woodworkers. For example a good quality sliding compound mitre saw could be used for cross-cutting. The bandsaw of course would do the ripping on most boards and a good quality handheld circular saw/guide used for dividing panels.

Currently a 3HP cabinet saw is the center piece of my shop and I couldn't work without it with the way I now work. It is in it's third incarnation. Naturally I took losses on it's predecessors as I upgraded.

The bandsaw I use on a regular basis is the original one I purchased years ago.

Re: Tablesaw techniques I wouldn't recommend

FWW Online hold your head in shame. I just signed up for the 14 day trial. I have hopes of going online and to get material in support of your outstanding paper publication.

Naturally this video has spawned a forum on safety but it was done at the expense of someone's dignity. Perhaps the guy just didn't know. Or, perhaps he does know and he was just producing nonsense for YouTube. Regardless, it makes me ponder the credibility of this site because of the source of the material. Nothing short of lack of originality.

If I chose to watch such content I can go to YouTube and watch for free...If you want to charge me for content then please give me chargeable content.

Thank you in advance.



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