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Re: IWF Alert: Porter-Cable jig makes pocket screws faster and easier

Am trying but I just can't get excited by those stills. Where does the hose attach? Where's the video?

Re: Adrian Potter: Thinking Furniture

I'm afraid that if my grandson ever came across the Endeavour cabinet they would need to batten down the hatches. Cause there'd be a storm brewin'.

Re: Man Wins Big Money in Tablesaw Lawsuit


We are wasting our breath. This game is over. Bosch is in court right now for the same thing.


I don't see how tool companies can beat this. They better pony up quick before Gass rethinks the 8% he's been asking. I assume that Delta and the rest want to continue selling table saws. I hope they do. It would be a strange world without the Unisaw.

I wonder if Sawstop is publicly traded.

Re: Man Wins Big Money in Tablesaw Lawsuit

Here's another one......


With a cheery smiling photo of Lawyer Kuhlmeyer on the page. No local was listed but the area code is 206, Seatle. Next door to Mr. Gass. Interesting.

Notice how I use the term "Lawyer Soandso"? That's from "True Grit", remember how they refered to Lawyer J. Noble Dagget? Anyway.

Lawyer Kuhlmeyer has an interesting story. He was a woodworker for years but left the industry because it was "too dangerous".

Re: Man Wins Big Money in Tablesaw Lawsuit

Check this out....


A personal injury law firm called Kelley/Uustal in Florida that has a specialty in table saws. They are promoting suing if you have an injury on any table that involves contact with the blade on a saw that doesn't have a brake.

Looks like Gass is going to win. I don't know how I feel about that. Obviously, he's a smart guy. Part of me says he's a weasel and part of me says he's a saint.

I sure would like to see the numbers on Sawstop. How many saws have been sold and how many extra cartridges have been sold. The web site says hundreds of finger saves, I'd like to see exact numbers. I'd also like to see exact numbers on the new Unisaw as in how many owners have been hurt.

Re: Man Wins Big Money in Tablesaw Lawsuit

That little Ryobi saw is still for sale today at Home Depot. Mine has them in stock. Interesting.

Re: Are CNC machines ready for Fine Woodworking?

I think that in all three pieces pictured in the lead article the CNC application made the piece worse, not better.

Is Stephen in control of the machine or is it in control of him? Resistance is futile, you will be assimilated?

The grill work on the first is interesting at first glance but also kind of funky. And a chimp can tell it was done by a computer, nobody in their right mind is going to take much time out of their life. And, as always with this stuff, it looks too perfect. Is it wood or is it injection molded? Don't get me wrong here, the sideboard itself is beautifully done, obviously the work of a talented craftsman.

The pineapple is just goofy, we won't waste much time on that. Do we need wooden pineapples in 2010?

What is European looking scroll work doing on an Asian cabinet? Shouldn't it be dragons or something? Again, the work of a brilliant craftsman but one who apparently didn't have a 3D model of anything Asian.

If this is what CNC does to you then it's dangerous and should be banned. I thought I wanted a CNC, even considered building my own, but if this is what it does to you then no thanks.

Just what is a CNC capable of? Could Stephen have used it to cut out those tapered legs? What about the door parts? What about the tops of those sideboards? If it can do those things then I'm interested. But if all you get is funky pineapples then no thanks.

I'm of Irish descent and I'm afraid that the temptation for me to have the machine cut out some goofy Celtic brickabrack and ruin some otherwise nice piece with it would be too great to resist. Then my hillbilly friends would ape doodoo over it and I would be ruined.

Re: Still don't have a workbench? This one is easy

I wonder if there would be a problem using pocket screws to attach the top and the shelf?

Re: Take a peek inside my shop

I notice you have a DeWalt miter saw. What do you use it for? Do you find that it makes reliably square cuts? I'm in the market and the DeWalt 12" seems to have the least wiggle in the hinge and the blade of all the ones I've seen at the home centers and woodworking stores. I'd like to make final crosscuts for rails and styles with whatever saw I get, even if I half to go with one of the industrial models like an Omga or something but I'd rather get that capability and spend less than $350. $1100 is a lot for a 5" crosscut but if that's what it takes to get square. What are your thoughts.

Re: Readers Respond to Our Joinery Shoot Out

Is there any possibility that the test could be amended? Some new conditions included? There's something I'd like to know that bears on a lot of the work I do. First here is some data about the Domino machine.

Domino Mortise Data:

Width....5mm, 6mm, 8mm, 10mm
Depth....13mm, 15mm, 20mm, 25mm, 28mm
Minimum Width....add the bit diameter to the
shortest available stroke which is
14mm - this yields 19mm min for the
5mm bit through 24mm min. for the 10mm bit
Maximum Width.......INFINITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

With the Domino you can easily make a single mortise 10mm thick, 28mm deep and as wide as the material will handle simply by employing multiple plunges. You have to make your own tenons for these wider mortises but that's no big deal. I do it all the time in my garage. Alternately you can use multiple Dominoes as mcase mentioned. I also do that but it gets pricey, those big ones are 14 to 17 cents each. Much cheaper to use scrap.

If there's any way I'd love to see the results of this slightly amended test procedure. And I'd also like to see results where pocket screws are used without glue.

Re: Readers Respond to Our Joinery Shoot Out

Seemed like a pretty good test to me. Interesting results. I love the look of a bridle joint and I have some ideas for half lap joints as well. It's good to see they faired so well.

I own a Domino machine and I would definitely have put two tenons in that joint, manufacturers guidelines or not. If nothing else then just for alignment sake. But the fact that a single domino made a decent joint was pretty gratifying. One thing to note. Incidentally, the Domino has three width settings on the mortise it can cut. Festool sells dominoes designed for the narrowest setting. When I need a wider mortise I use that widest setting and cut my own larger tenons. Makes a big difference.

There is one test that would be extremely useful. How about testing the pocket hole joint with and without glue. The results of that test would be very useful to me on a day to day basis. I bet a many would like to see the results on a test like that, including the folks at Kreg.

Re: Woodworking in a New York City Apartment

I feel ashamed. I'll never complain about working in a two car garage again.

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