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  1. It was a typical "something happened, check for blood and missing digits" moment. I was pushing the plywood through the cut, there was a loud bang and the saw stopped, and I was looking around to see what happened. I was a little perplexed because all went suddenly silent, except for the dust collector. I am pleased that the saw worked as intended. As for the force of the brake, I had to use a hammer to beat the brake off the blade. It tore a tooth off the blade in the process.
  2. I was crosscutting a 1/2 inch piece of Baltic Birch plywood on my SawStop contractor saw last weekend when my brake went off. No part of me was near the blade, and the only irregular thing was that I was cutting a 45 degree bevel for a box. As expected, the blade was ruined. I emailed SawStop to figure out what happened, and got this response: Who knew? Big Brother exists.
  3. Epoxy on plywood will work. Fiberglass is not necessary unless you need it for strength.
  4. Not woodworking advice, but when in Williamsburg you need to go to Pierce's Open Pit Barbecue on Rochambeau Road. Also, get a sandwich at The Cheese Shop on Duke of Gloucester Street. Try the house sauce on your sandwich. Have fun!
  5. With regard to wood movement, search for Todd Clippinger's video about building an interior door. He made the door with a core of OSB and wrapped it with 3/4 inch stock (poplar, I think, because he was painting it). It made for a very straight and stable door. I will follow his method next time I need to build a door. I found the link: http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com/journal/2014/7/20/demystifying-door-construction
  6. Thanks for all the replies. I think I will stay away.
  7. I use a service called camelcamelcamel to track prices on Amazon and to provide me with notices when the price of items has dropped below a certain threshold. One of the items I am tracking is a Festool Domino XL. I keep getting price alerts on a Domino XL which is $700, around half the price of a new one. It is purportedly "used-like new" and the seller is a new seller to Amazon. The link is below: https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B007RB7JA4/ref=dp_olp_used?ie=UTF8&condition=used My question is this: Has anyone had any experience purchasing from non-Amazon sellers on Amazon, and if so, have they been bad experiences? If this was eBay I wouldn't even think about it; I just wonder if Amazon has any further vetting of its sellers.
  8. Green Valley Wood Products is in Brazil, Indiana, which is around 60 miles West of Indianapolis. A link to their webpage is below: http://www.gvwp.net/
  9. This is quite the haul of hand tools coming up for auction in a couple of weeks: http://kaufman-auctions.com/index.php?ap=1&pid=51428
  10. Well, it sounds like it was a coincidence, but.... If I was a business that occupied a market space that was fairly narrow and defined, and as some say shrinking or dying due to an aging demographic (not that I agree, but just for example), I don't know that I would cede any ground to my primary competitor. I would take steps to keep my name in front of my customers and would-be customers through all available means, just to remind them that I am still in the marketplace, particularly during an event that is sponsored by and focused on my primary competitor. A number of years ago, Coke sponsored nine cars touting their brand during the Pepsi 400, the 4th of July race at Daytona. It allowed for the word "Coke" to be frequently stated during the race to break up the Pepsi monopoly. BTW, it would have worked better if Jeff Gordon hadn't won driving a Pepsi car.
  11. Hey Ben - some of us were curious about the timing of the new website launch - there was something going on in Cincinnati in that same time frame. Just a coincidence, I assume? Website looks great, and the podcast is even better with you and Tom (no slight to Asa and Ed). You, Mike, Matt and Tom seem to have a very good chemistry. Keep up the good work.
  12. Do you think the trees are attacking to get even for all the furniture making?
  13. Barring a miracle or some other supernatural event, my plans to attend WIA in Covington appear to be going up in smoke. Work intervenes, which stinks, because I have been waiting for it to come back to Cincinnati since it is only 2 1/2 hours west of here. Anyone going? I feel the need for salt for my wound.
  14. As first glance, I wondered if this was a jab at April Wilkerson, given the similarity in dress. However, it looks like she has other videos on non-woodworking topics where she is similarly attired.
  15. I'm not sure what is going through her head, but I would guess that she is going to stick with simple construction methods because that's what keeps her audience coming back to her Youtube channel. As Marc has said, his business is producing videos; they just happen to be about woodworking. If Ana White tried to head into the territory occupied by the 360 Woodworking guys (i.e., more historic or fine furniture), I think her audience would disappear. I think Ana White is more about process than result - she appeals to the "look what I did" crowd. Besides, if her projects fall apart after a year or two, her fans can simply rebuild them.
  16. I agree - I first stumbled across her a number of years ago, and it has been interesting to watch her transition. She has changed a lot from her earliest efforts, which seemed to focus on her femininity and were geared towards men, to more of a "you-can-do-it" focus geared towards women. Kudos to her for re-evaluating the marketplace and pivoting towards an untapped market. This is what I am referring to about her earlier efforts: I would love to see the demographics of her Youtube subscribers. As for the tiny house, those dwellings are essentially land-locked sailboats. Same room and restrictions.
  17. A marketing idea - use some of the wood to make urns for cremation remains. People might like the idea of having the remains of their loved ones in material which came from a church.
  18. Enforcing intellectual property rights often requires litigation, and lawyers are expensive, which is why some IP rights owners simply give up. Generally, the law allows for fee shifting so the IP rights holder gets his attorney's fees paid for by the infringer if successful, but if the infringer is overseas or otherwise judgment proof, it is money down the drain.
  19. Bombarde16's comments ring true for me. My tool choice is often dictated by the time I am trying to work. My neighbors are 50 feet away, and I woodwork a lot in the mornings before work, so that limits me to hand tools. Not the most efficient but it does move the ball forward. Also, at this point I am as much interested in process as I am result. I like to see that through my individual efforts, I have changed something the way I wanted it to change. Along those lines, my scrub plane may be favorite tool. I end up standing in a pile of shavings with a thinner board, and that is gratifying. That being said, I have determined that the key to successful woodworking is the elimination of variables, and my use of hand tools does not help me achieve that goal. If I use the scrub plane to flatten a board, I finish it in the thickness planer to make sure that it is accurate. Scrub plane in the mornings during the week, planer on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon.
  20. Nice haul. Basswood is used for interior shutters. It has a nice tight grain and takes paint very well.
  21. Santa brought me one of those knit hats for runners that have two built-in led lamps. That's an option for winter if you have a cold shop.
  22. I think the most distinctive feature of Greene and Greene, aside from the ebony pegs, is the cloud lifts. As for Amish, from the Amish furniture in this area, a lot of what is called "Amish" is really country primitive that is made by the Amish. However, I think the Amish make all styles.
  23. I am in the same camp. I bought it because of this thread, and didn't want to be the one guy that didn't get it when it was available. Also, I was interested in the article about Winterthur museum - my uncle was the first curator. That being said, I am interested in the product as a whole. It is essentially a generic product - a magazine, but the marketing and packaging have made it more than generic, almost artisanal, such that it drove a higher price point. Similar to what Schwarz is doing with Lost Art Press. Pick a subject with a limited scope, produce it with a higher than normal standard, and sell it in limited numbers. A model we should all follow with our woodworking.