Santee, CA, US

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Re: Clamping cauls: The secret to great glue-ups

I know this an older article, but I just read all the comments and felt I had to chime in. This article is well written and good advise for gluing up panels. I was very put off by by the comments written by 27BStroke6. I've been a cabinet and furniture maker for 25 years and in my experience it doesn't matter how accurately your stock is milled when gluing up a panel. The sheer force of the edge clamps can and does often tend to cause the panel to warp. Using cauls does give more consistent results and is good advise to follow. It's obvious that 27bStroke 6 hasn't, in real life,glued up many panels !

Re: Hidden Genius: The Extraordinary Furniture of Roentgen

Just goes to show what some of us could do if we didn't have television, the internet, honey do lists, and thousands of other distractions they didn't have in the 17th century,. Oh and did I mention craftsmanship ! Nice find, thanks for sharing.

Re: UPDATE: Rough Cut - Woodworking with Tommy Mac by Tommy MacDonald and Laurie Donnelly

Would love to have this book since I'm not able to find any listings of the show on my Direct TV search. Google search didn't help much either. Where can I view this show?

Re: Win an all-access pass to Fine Woodworking Live!

I'm planing on attending WIA on the west coast and FWL on the east coast would make for a really sweet year of woodworking knowledge. It would be fun to do a write up on each one!

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

Have been trying to get myself motivated to learn how to use this new tool and am hoping this will be the time to start. So please help me arrive into the 21st century when it comes to furniture and cabinet design.

Re: Make a cart for your Dust Deputy

I too love my Dust Deputy , although like RMGroh I also went vertical with my design for the same reasons, smaller footprint. And also to lessen air drag I went with ABS pipe instead of the corregated black hose. Can sand all day with no lose of suction. Oneida recently had them on sale for about $30.00, so I bought another for my other shop vac.

Re: AWFS Tool News: Austrian Engineering Comes to the U.S.

I purchased a sliding table saw back in 2007 and at the time looked at the Felder/ Hammer line and was pretty impressed. Although I ended up with a MiniMax SW315. The MiniMax to me seemed to be a little simpler in design and to be quite frank my buying experience with MiniMax was a lot less hassle and a lot less expensive. Originally I had a deposit down on a Hammer sliding table saw but when I went to pick it up it wasn't at all what I had thought it would be. I tried to negotiate an upgrade so I wouldn't lose my deposit of $1500.00. In the end it was actually less expensive for me to eat that deposit an purchase from MiniMax( Which by the way is the lesser line of SCMI). They got me out the door for about $8,600.00 for what Felder was trying to sell me for $12,000.00. And again to be quite frank the people at Felder came across very arrogant. Apparently the Europeans don't have the same attitude about customer service as we do here in America. That was very apparent on the internet a few years ago when the Laguna Co. got majorly slammed on the this sites blog (Knots). Some of these European Co's do a better job of shielding us Americas from their differing attitude about customer service (MiniMax being one of them). So just a word of caution, buyer beware. Be sure about what you want before you put down money,especially with Felder since they are the only one's that make you sign a contract that if you cancel they keep the deposit. My friend who just happens to make most of the store fixtures for the Costco Co. bought a Felder sliding table saw and had such poor service that he returned the machine and swore he'd never do business with them again, and he hasn't to this day. Point being: The European Co's that are selling us their wares need to learn that if they aren't satisfying their customers they won't get our business. Unfortunately I think the Europeans have been on a slow learning curve.

Re: Build a Super-Precise Tablesaw Crosscut Sled

Exactly! I've made and squared my cut off sled, but haven't used it since the purchase of my sliding table saw. Cutting and squaring up my panel stock is so fast and easy now. I kept my regular table so and use it mostly for Dado work.

Re: Lamello's Zeta is a Knockout Tool for Knock-Down Furniture

Actually, I'm surprised that your surprised at the high price! It's been fairly obvious that many of the tools and machines that have been coming out of the Germanic countries are often over priced,ie, Festool, Lamello,Fein, Felder, etc, etc. Perhaps to support their standard of living. Don't know for sure, but I've never been able to justify the cost to value of these overpriced tools in comparison to others on the market.

Re: Tool Chest with an Arts & Crafts Legacy

Although I wasn't a woodworker then I spent some time in the Cotswolds back in the 70's. Perhaps some of the best and most beautiful English countryside. Listening to this story was for me a close encounter "of the wood kind". Thank you for sharing. May each of us now pause to reevaluate our love and dedication to this work. Or at least be inspired to build a new tool storage place with a little more reverence.

Re: Adjustable Height Workbench

Thanks for coming up with such a unique and versatile workbench plan. When I first saw this I was glad that I hadn't started my dream workbench yet. I like your idea of using scissor jacks for the lift mechanism. Simple, and inexpensive.I tried using a hydraulic lift outfit and the ram or arm bent when I left weight on it, which rendered it useless.

Re: Jon Rael - Joinery-Design Shop

Nicely equipped and laid out.I like the way you did your dust collection. My shop is similarly equipped , at half that size, since it's in my back yard. The Felder and Festool Co's love you too! I considered those at the time I set up my shop, but chose similar high quality tools at a much lower cost. Since your supporting all those Germanic Co's I'm going to assume a BMW is parked in your garage too. Happy woodworking!

Re: Shopmade Clamp and Assembly Worktable

I've been wanting to make these jigs ever since I saw it in my Shopnotes magazine.Perhaps they got this design from you. I like it because it seems I'm always struggling to find enough clamping positions on my workbench edge. I also like the portable line boring jig shown. I have the ones designed to drill these shelf holes with a portable hand drill, but they don't drill a nice clean tight hole like a line bore does and I don't do enough work to justify the cost of a dedicated line bore machine. So I'll be making both these jigs.

Re: Having Trouble Finishing? Here's a Great Product

I love this product as well and have used it on a number of projects with excellent results , but due to it's high cost I'm more inclined to mix it myself, as one poster( robwein) suggested, using their fast drying poly. Another poster(PapaWhiskey) states he's purchasing this product for $5.95 a quart. He may want to check the volume content on his can as they are only selling this in pint can's. And around these parts( S0. Cal)it's selling for nearly $8.00.

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

I'd like to be able to afford the Driftmaster Fence or the LT Ceramic guides from Laguna. It's a little tough when your purchasing gifts for eight children. I'm wishing and hoping Santa will make my wishes come true.

Re: Poll: What accessories, jigs, and shop gear are on your holiday wish list?

Dear Santa,
I really love all the help I receive from the very skilled woodworkers found on the excellent Fine Woodworking website.I'm still wishing that I'll receive those Laguna LT ceramic bandsaw guides for Christmas. You know I've been GOOD!

Re: Poll: Any Machinery on your Holiday Wish List?

A few days ago I looked into purchasing the Laguna LT ceramic bandsaw guides and was shocked at their cost. I left a message for them to call me back when they would be willing to negotiate a price I could afford to pay. I haven't heard from them yet! Maybe Santa will bring them this year!

Re: Poll: What power tools are on your holiday wish list?

Dear Fine Woodworking Santa,
I would really love to have the Laguna LT ceramic bandsaw guides for my 18" Jet bandsaw. I was just on their website the other day and was shocked at how expensive they are. I never dreamed I'd have a chance of receiving them as a gift from you. I've been very,very good this year. Just ask my wife Mary! Oh, I forgot, you already know that!

Re: Poll: What hand tools are on your holiday wish list?

Lataxe's comments are actually sometimes that difficult to understand when he posts them in the queens English. Some really nice hand planes though would help me to become a better woodworker and to rely less on the machines to do the work.

Re: SawStop rolls out a more affordable cabinet saw, aimed at serious hobbyists

I still use my Powermatic 66 I purchased some 20 years ago and it still performs flawlessly. I recently acquired a full on panel saw,so I'm not likely to purchase a Saw Stop any time soon. Although if I were in need of a new cabinet saw it would definitely being under serious consideration, although not exclusively because of it's unique safety devise. I would consider it more for it's quality of construction and the refined features the designers have incorporated into it's design. It's refreshing to see tool companies being progressive and innovative in their design, when for so many, many years tools like table saws saw little improvement.

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