I have the same saw, ZCI, and use my crosscut sled and have never seen this problem. The only difference is I don't have Kev visiting for weekends using mine...was it after he left each time?
Only thing I can think of is the sled isn't allowing enough air to allow good flow to keep dust moving under blade.
I am fairly new to the forum, but have been doing carpentry/Woodworking as a hobby for about 6 years. Over the past 2.5 years or so I have become increasingly interested in this as full time gig. I have sold a few pieces, and have done a couple of commissions, but my plan wouldn’t be to strike out on my own out of the gate. Instead I want to spend 3-5 years working towards the goal of being a custom cabinet maker. I’ve met some guys who do this (my father delivered wood for a while and introduced me to a few) and it seems like it has a good combination of the “build something cool” satisfaction, while being a better financial prospect than custom/hand made furniture pieces.
I have outlined the rough idea in my head of how I could go about doing this, but don’t know of anyone personally I can bounce this off of.
Build more case work on my own, and start to try to work faster/more efficiently to get used to the expected pace when switching from hobbyist to pro. (1 yr)
Look for entry level work in a high-volume shop to get experience and "foot in the door" (1.5 yrs)
Look for opportunities with semi custom/higher end shops (3 yrs)
Work hard to improve skills and build systems from beginning to end (5+ yrs)
"Retire" to Maine and build 3-4 projects per year in my chicken coupe.
My father (used to deliver wood in Maine) claims every set of custom cabinets in New England is built in a chicken coupe in Maine
I currently have a full time job doing marketing, so this would be a fairly sizable step down financially, but other than my student loans (working to get them paid before making the leap) I don’t have a lot of set costs, and unlike most 27 year olds, I don’t drink, so no excessive bar/restaurant tabs to reign in Also, I grew up in my father’s body shop and doing landscaping, so I am no stranger to hard work and am prepared to start small.
My questions is, is the plan above realistic? If so, what tools/experience should I be going after? Also other than those listed below, what skills should I be building on?
Current Skills: operate/maintain all the basic power tools:
table saw, band saw, jointer/planer, sanders, routers, router table, nail and brad guns etc.
Communication: Currently work for a marketing agency managing 20+ relationships, so I would be good with managing customers.
Major Skill Gaps
No formal experience reading blueprints/shop drawings.
Have only built small scale case work (single unit cabinets from scratch and installing pre fab cases)
Used to working at a hobbyist pace
Also, I have about 6 years doing digital marketing, so If anyone is looking to trade some time giving me some in depth advice, I'd gladly give them a hand on their site/marketing. Here's my Linkedin Profile if anyone is interested.