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Re: New Program Aims to Honor Fallen Soldiers

Wood Magazine has a downloadable flag case plan. Copy and paste the link above. The plans are free and suitable for a variety of flags. It is a PDF so you can scale it to fit. Also gives a material list.

Re: You Can't Beat the Physics of Kickback

Sir Isaac Newton first published his 3 laws of motion in 1687. Nothing has changed since. Murphy's law was first spoken about in 1877, (under a different name). Again, nothing has changed.
Woodworking is inherently dangerous and trying to work around safety will bring you in contact with the aforementioned laws. Use every device you can to make your work environment safe. Machinery needs a working knowledge of both its limits and capabilities. That includes a thorough understanding of using machinery safely. Riving knives, blade guards, splitters etc., all have a place. But nothing beats common sense and leaving safety devices in place.
"I can't work with a guard in place" doesn't cut it. A poor excuse at best and a fools motto.

Re: One Big Jointer: One Huge Upgrade

Great restoration. Two comments. A decent machine shop could replicate the infeed table end where the accidental blade missile knocked a piece out. Two, I would look online and try to find either a weight from a chain drive wind up clock. Or, an old Avery weight for a set of scales.
The shape of either would look just like the original. Most of the old weights were made out of brass.

I just love old machinery being brought back to life again. Thanks for sharing.

Re: Build a Pie Safe

The link works for me.

Re: Shop Talk Live 14: Who Needs Half-Blind Dovetails?

Everybody needs half blind dovetails. They are great for draws, being much stronger that butt joints. They also look great. Through dovetails can be stunnning when used as an external joint.
The podcast goes on to discuss pocket hole joinery and the author says he would not advise using the joint on tables. Why not? Pocket joinery is a good utility joint for making just about anything for the shop. If looks don't matter, use pocket screws. I have used them for many years and making utility tables and draws is just one function of them. Remember, it's the glue that cements the joint together.
Even in fine furniture, face frames can be used with pocket screws.
Some time ago, a woodworking magazine did a stress test using various joints. Mortise and tenon, dovetail, butt, dowels and pocket joints. The results were surprising. The weakest being butt followed by mortise and tenon, pockets, dowels and then dovetails.

Re: Neckties and Tablesaws Just Don't Mix

The stupid trying to legislate against stupidity. Saw Stop is an expensive addition to anyones workshop. I am 75 years old. been woodworking since I was thirteen, do the math, and I STILL have all my digits. If proper attention is paid to safety, if you follow the rules of physics , work in an environment without distractions you should be able to work without worry.
This is the same stupid thought process that cost Ryobi a million dollars. You can legislate to your hearts content but there will always be fools who think the rules don't apply to them.
As for the video, it doesn't deserve comment except to say, a fool and his fingers are soon parted.

Re: Blade brake inventor aims to compete with SawStop

This sounds like a good idea. I see that it is intended to improve safety on construction jobs sites. These are the worst areas for accidents. However, until blade guards are made mandatory, accidents on construction sites will continue.
As for the commercial or serious wood worker, I can see a place for this without the expense of a Sawstop. If improvements can be incorporated into a Unisaw or similar saw without costing an arm and a leg (pun intended)I am sure wood workers would go for it.
Having been making sawdust for over sixty years I still say there is no substitute for a good fence and guard plus watching what you are doing. Sure, there are time when a fence can be a bother, using jigs and dadoes comes to mind. But, basic saw safety is in the hands of the operator. Not paying attention for even a fraction of a second can be fatal.

Re: Free Plan: Shaker Wall Clock

I had no problems downloading the plans. I use IE8 and Nuance pdf reader. I found the newer version of Adobe, version X, is not as user friendly as the previous versions. Subscribers may want to check out other pdf readers that are available free. Google Nuance and try their free pdf reader. Also, CNET has more readers available from different software companies, also free.

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

RSA on its last legs? Nah. Clumsy shop practices with RSA's Now there is something that should be going the way of the Dodo bird. Tools are only as good as the operator. If you don't learn how to control and use an RSA or, condemn it out of hand without ever using one, then don't make caustic comments here. And Aaron, I am sure your father has some beautiful pictures of damage done by table saws/chop saws/routers/drill presses and sundry other wood working tools. Not to mention worksite injuries using nail guns etc. Also, I am sure his lesson about sewing fingers back on was especially illuminating. Woodworking is inherently dangerous to someone not familiar with or trained on ANY piece of shop equipment. That goes for any proffession. Including surgeons. Ask him how many times he had to sew up some of his own fraternity. (Yes, it happens quite frequently) As a woodworker for over sixty years and using both radial and table saws daily, I still have all my digits and have never had a kickback from an RSA. Can't say the same about a table saw though.

Re: Tommy MacDonald and WGBH pursue a new woodworking show

Norm was a great guy, but, he has gone now and we need another woodworking show Stat!! Lets give this new fellow a chance and see what he can do. So WGBH, get with it and find a sponsor. Dewalt/Delta/Porter Cable, are you listening?

Re: Dovetailed drawers are overrated

I like dovetails. However, I see no problem with other joints on drawers. It is all in the eye. Even using a Kreg jig to make drawers makes sense if all you are looking for is utility. Having been making sawdust for over sixty years, it is no big deal using whatever joint takes your fancy. Dovetails are beautiful but, so are any number of other joints that are cut right. Lets just enjoy our hobby/work for what it is and not fret that the joint we use might set us above our fellow woodworkers.

Re: New Yankee Workshop Series Ends

Thank you Norm for many years of pure pleasure. As a seventy two year old sawdust maker , I can truly say you have made my life that much better for watching you. Have a great retirement. But, I am sure, like me, you will not retire from the shop but keep on making fine projects. The pity is, we will not be able to share them with you. Good Luck and happy wood hunting.

Re: Tablesaw techniques I wouldn't recommend

Is this guy stupid or what? My teeth were on edge when he started the saw with a pair of pliers. If it was meant to be humerous, he failed miserably. Unfortunately, there will be folks out there who will try to emulate him and land in the nearest hospital or, worse, the morgue.

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