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    It has been one year to the day since I last was on this forum. I am sure there have been a lot of new members and things happen since then. I just thought I would put up a post to let everyone know where I've been and why I was absent for so long. Hopefully all the members I have known in the past are still here! One year ago today, I had an injury in the shop. I will spare you the details for now, but it ended up with me in the emergency room. I cut open my left thumb on the table saw, and required 12 stitches (6 inside and 6 outside). It scared the living hell out of me. The cut was in the pad of my left thumb, and did not severe any tendons, ligaments, or hit the bone. No surgery was required. I am a VERY safety conscious person, and doubly so in my shop. I have worked wood for 15 years without injury or incident, until this occurrence. It was, quite literally, 1 second of inattention and my thumb was cut open. I was out of the shop for 12 weeks as the thumb healed. My thumb has recovered, but I do have some nerve damage that affects the feeling along the scar line. The mental healing took much longer, and I feel now that I am ready to share my experience with you. After the incident, my wife was concerned about me and how this was affecting my outlook on my beloved craft. In the end, she bought me a Sawstop to help get me out of my funk and back to my passion. It's now in my shop, and I have been using it for 6 months. It's the 3 HP cabinet saw model, and its incredible. I'll post a review at a later date when I get back in the groove of posting again. In no way to I blame the table saw for my injury - it was 100% my own fault. Ironically, about 6 weeks after my injury I was contacted by a Woodworking magazine regarding a 2 page article I had written for them. I ended up getting my article published int the magazine (print), and have since written 4 more which will be published in 2019. The magazine is called "Canadian Woodworking and Home Improvement". It was a very proud moment for me, but was a little tarnished by the injury I had suffered. Regardless, it is nice to be back in "full swing" again. I'll be back to regular posting now, so catch me up on what you fellas have been up to! -pug
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    Camping in the Okefenokee Swamp we heard 2 mosquito's arguing outside the tent. One wanted to eat us right there, the other wanted to haul us to their home deep in the swamp but the first one argued that the big ones would take us away from them. The gators were huge but the skeeters were terrifying !
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    So did the lube stain the wood around the gate ?
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    That was fun. At least it would have been if it was thirty degrees warmer. It was really easy to drive. I took it super slow, but it drove very well. Guess what came with narrow pallet forks? I carried the crate lengthwise the whole way. I chopped off a few inches of 4x4 and it fit through the gate just fine. No real issues. The parking brake got stuck mid way when I stopped to check the clearance through the gate, twenty minutes and a call to the store later, I was told to reverse slightly while disengaging the brake. Bingo. This was a nice "little" machine that made the move almost stress and labor free. It struggled tilting the machine backward, wouldn't to as far as I'd had liked, so I chained the Hammer to the Bobcat. I was afraid to drive the heavy bobcat INTO the basement, so I placed the Hammer just inside, dropped it to the ground, then used the forks to push it in far enough to close the basement doors. Easy, and minimal damage to the yard
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    I have begun the build, but was planning on a little more work before posting, since is just prep at this stage. This is the design chosen by my nephew .. There shall be a few interesting challenges along the way since I am using solid wood all the way. The joinery will be rounded corners shaped from through dovetails, mitred at each side. The challenge is to have accurately cut and fitted dovetails in hard Jarrah (no compression) as the outside will be removed in the rounding process. The other challenge is the splayed and angled legs which, for added strength, will be fitted to a traditional stretcher design, that is, the legs and rails will be mortice-and-tenon joinery. The legs will splay from the corners. Lastly, the drawer will extend the full width, and be opened from either end. No handles.Beginning the prep by resawing some really nice Fiddleback Jarrah, which will be the top and sides. The length of the coffee table is 1000mm ... I was watching the boards come out of the blade, keeping an eye on the kerf for movement. This even kerf told me that the boards were going to be well-mannered and stable ...Here's an example of the figure. These boards will be bookmatched to create a width of 500mm ...The lower side of the coffee table will be made of more "common" narrower Jarrah boards (still extremely nice!). I picked up a length 4m long, and then joined three together to get the width ...The boards were stickered for a week ..Some may have liked to have accentuated the centre figure this way when book-matching ...Too busy for my liking.I preferred this ...And this is where I left the boards at the end of last weekend ...I'll get back to the build this weekend, although Saturday morning I am picking up a new lathe (Nova Saturn DVR). I think that this will do a better job turning the legs than my current Jet mini Regards from PerthDerek
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    Hey everyone! Back from the dead. Here’s what I’ve been up to for the last three months or so! https://imgur.com/gallery/heMQGGJ It’s a sideboard that will serve as an entertainment center for a client. Solid cherry all over, with cherry veneer plywood for the shelves, back panel, and internal vertical components. The only screws in it are holding the ledger strips in place and fastening the top via figure-8 fasteners. I’m pretty happy with it!
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    The design was inspired by the work of the Greenes with some additional inspiration from some of Darrell Peart’s creations. I combined the elements of various pieces to get a look that I like. Like every project I learned a lot in the process. I found some techniques that I did and didn’t like. I spent a good amount of time building jigs with the thought that I might eventually try to sell one. One of the jigs allowed me to make the ebony plugs on the router table which helped speed things up a lot. In spite of a few mistakes, I am thrilled with the results. My biggest area of improvement is finishing. I won’t be build another piece this size without an HVLP. The desk is made from African Mahogany with the exception of the plugs that are made from Ebony. The finish is General Finishes water based dye stain with an Arm-R-Seal topcoat. Andy
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    I've been on the band saw merry-go-round for a long time. I've made my decision, after much thought and research. I am going with the Laguna 14BX 220V version. I only want t buy a band saw once, and this one should suit my work perfectly.
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    I love it when a joint comes together ... Like this one (almost) does. Needs just a bit more finesse. The "horn" behind the tenon is tricky to fit.
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    Glad things weren't too serious. I cut my thumb making a salad- three stitches with one through the thumbnail @$310 total. That's $103.3333 per stitch. Should have gone to medical school. Saws aren't the only dangerous thing.
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    Love the figure in that top. A great job and journal.
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    Welcome back Rodger. I'm glad that your injury, though serious, wasn't worse. It's a scary situation whenever you come in contact with a spinning/moving blade or cutter like that. I just placed the order for my Sawstop. I'm getting the 3HP PCS with the 36" T-Glide fence. I'm looking forward to using it, as my current table saw, a 25 year old Craftsman, has a fence that I don't really trust to be square, so I end up checking it every time I lock it down, which is a pain. The Sawstop fence will be a joy to use by comparison.
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    I think everyone that does this craft has a story to tell, and none of them end well. Glad to see you’re back in the saddle Rodger
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    Hey Rodger, I have the Incra incarnation of the Jessem mounted in a Bench Dog cast iron table. Seems to be the same thing as in your picture except the inserts are metal. I'm not sure what I can tell you about it as I'm not a power user, in fact I bought the table and lift a year and a half ago when I came accross A Deal. I have a Porter Cable router. So you crank the handle and the bit goes up or down. Very smooth operation and sub 1/64" increnents. Pull the insert out and the bit is easy to change. I keep meaning to buy the offset wrenches and keep forgetting. I probably don't really need them. I never use the lock mechanism and have not had a problem, but it's not like I ever run a hundred feet of molding through this, either. Since I've gotten into turning I mostly use it to square up turning blanks. On the potentially negative side: there are 12 leveling screws, but I can't seem to get the lift plate perfectly flush with the table top. I always feel a tiny edge somewhere. This is just as likely to be a problem with the table or opperator error as the lift-I really should spend some more time on it, but I haven't made this a life goal. Any specific questions? Maybe somebody else has more experience with the lift.
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    I've had the big Triton in my router table for several years and it's been great. No drift issues (just remember to set the height only after raising the bit before you lock it down, as you should with any router) and fine adjustments can either be from above or, as I prefer, just reaching under and turning the micro adjust knob. The switch interlock is a nice safety feature, IMO. It does take a little getting used to. Having said all that, I got a Sawstop cast iron table for my bday with a dust shroud and the Triton is too big for the shroud. I have a PC 7518 with a Woodpeckers 420 V2 lift coming this afternoon. I'll update you once I get them installed tomorrow.
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    Sorry I am late with my condolences. Thank you for sharing your story. My thoughts are with you and your family.
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    If I could “like” this a dozen times, I would. Well said by both you and Dave! I’ve met Rick personally more than once and the boy is no slouch. He has stamina and will pull thru with our help.
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    Richard I just saw this thread, so I'm sorry for the late condolences. But they are heartfelt. God bless you and your family, and I know God blesses your wife, as she smiles constantly, buoyed by your unending love. Treeslayer just said it above so simply and well, a good woman is a gift, and God's greatest gift to a man. You have been blessed to have her in your life and she stays with you even after, which leaves a hollow space in the physical but still has a full and complete part of your heart, which we carry all our lives. Thank you for sharing. The woodwork was beautiful and I'm sure she appreciates it all the more because you and friends put your personal love and energy into it. David
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    Solid work. I missed the pictures the first time i viewed this. I know it's the distortion from the camera but the proportions look a lot better in the pictures than in the video. I kinda want one..... maybe in 2022.
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    Mel, you just gotta stay away from those damn mirrors.
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    I use both but my sweep is right next to the bench so it gets used all the time. I also have two small hoses one on each side of the shop which are connected to my dust collector. I know this is not supposed to be done but I have used them for many years with no issues. One is off my manifold the other can be seen on the left of this pic and is on the other side of my shop.
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    The operator is the most dangerous. Whether we are tired, over estimate our own abilities or whatever it still comes back to the 1 person that pushes the power button.
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    Beautiful piece bud. Sure can’t go wrong with some cherry.
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    My bench is hard maple & weighs in a little under 500 lbs. After flattening the top I gave it the once over with 80 grit on the ROS & then 1 coat of some kind of oil finish (can't remember what). It seems to be the ideal surface; doesn't damage easily, is pretty grippy & glue pops right off. I've never wished it was any lighter.