Roanoke, VA, US
The RAS is one of the next tools on the list my son and I have for purchase.
It's more flexible than a SCM saw, although neither of us plan to rip or rabbet with it, as we have a table saw for those things, but nothing beats a RAS for quick, clean repeat dadoes in shelves.
Building a custom crate will certainly work, but ...
How many clients are willing to literally pay the freight for crating?
After it's delivered, your client may move. Who knows what they'll do? The only thing that's certain is that if their one-off piece is damaged, you'll be hearing about it.
I agree with Matt, design shouldn't be compromised, but one can still use the largest possible tenons for a design.
Beer may work, but you'd have to use non-pasteurized beer, otherwise the yeast is dead. I won't go into the qualities of pasteurized beer.
I'd rather make my beer and drink it whilst leaving timber I want to spalt on wet, shady ground.
You could store billets in a plastic trash can, the bottom layer on stickers, with water in the bottom, might speed it up.
If you're using spalted stock, make sure you wear at least an N-95 rated mask when working it. Moulds in the lungs are a bad thing.
Not knowing the details, my first question is why the plaintiff purchased a saw without such technology, if it was important to him.
Whilst not denigrating SawStop (I think they have a wonderful product) as a radiographer, the majority tablesaw injuries I treated were the result of poor safety habits/training, frequently from an operator who was "in a hurry."
Most operators stated they they did not use a push stick, as it was not in the immediate vicinity of the saw (operator/safety error). The rest of the injuries, to the best of my recollection, were kickback type, on older saws not equipped with a riving knife.
I fail to see how a manufacturer can be held liable for injury resulting from a product purchased knowing it lacked the technology to stop the blade. This presumes that the unit had the usual safety instructions furnished at the time of sale.
I use it for the backs of bookshelves, it's stable and does the job.
Whilst the price per BF is frequently higher than hardwood lumber, it saves time in this application versus cutting hardwood to 3/8 and using half-laps as was customary prior to plywood.
Were I to make a reproduction piece, I'd have to do it the old way, but that is the reason reproduction work commands the prices they do.
I've used plywood for things like bathroom shelves, where there is a high humidity factor and find that cutting slightly over-size then coating the sanded edges with multiple coats of Titebond III, sanding between coats, gives me a uniform surface that resists separation, sands well and has a good appearance even without banding, when painted. Needless to say, that's not "fine woodworking" but it's pragmatic as heck.
Veering slightly off topic, coating the cut ends of pieces used outdoors with Titebond III improves resistance to water damage immensely. If one is painting the pieces, then it's undetectable, if staining, one has to tape the ends carefully prior to coating to avoid bleed-over.
Wow. Fancy new software ate my response.
One more try. Matt, please tell Jason Revzon I'm impressed.
First, this will cost me in the long run, as I'll pay freight on any more L/N planes.
Second, it'll pull money out of the local economy, we have a Woodcraft store here -- where I get excellent service.
All around, a poor decision.
A L/N shoulder plane would look very nice below the tree, as would a set of Crown half-inch skew chisels.
Happy Holidays to all of you at Taunton, best of luck on your software changeover.
Good luck, Gina.
I hope the transition at Knots goes smoothly.
Norm Abrams has been a source of ideas and solutions since 1986, when we moved to Roanoke.
Thanks to NYW for many pleasant Saturdays, hours of enjoyment and on occasion, frustration. (D**it, Abrams makes it look b**dy easy!)
I picked 18 inch bandsaws, however, I'd also like to see a review of hand saws, including some antique saws from the mid-to late-1800s for comparison.
A serious review including how comfortable the handles are for extended usage. Cutting a 2x6 or two doesn't -- pardon the pun -- cut it.
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