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  1. Work flow involves a lot of personal preference. I am facing a similar situation, but with different tools. Your layout looks reasonable to me. I might consider rotating the workbench 90 degrees and moving the item marked 'rabot' next to it to allow more walkway between the saw and jointer.
  2. Unfortunately, FreeCAD development and education material for it haven't grown hand-in-hand. The 'official' source for information seems to be at FreeCADweb.org Regarding the 'freeness' of Fusion360: while you may obtain a no-cost educational license by claiming to be an educator, the program is most certainly not 'free'. Autodesk can require a paid license or subscription at any time. Much as Trimble did with Sketchup, users may one day find themselves stuck with a cloud-only, limited feature version, or none at all. For home & hobby users, this is my biggest arguement for learning FreeCAD. Check the license for it here to see the difference. Also, FreeCAD places more emphasis on function over eye-candy, so it rins smoother on older / less powerful computers. That said, its still hard to wrap one's brain around. But parametric modeling has abilities far beyond drag and drop. Consider that dimensions of a part can be dependant on one another. Say a table leg, straight, tapered or curved, has its width & breadth dependant on its length by some ratio or formula, and restricted by limits you define. Simply changing the length rescales the entire part accordingly. I'm sure other cad apps do this, but when I moved from Sketchup, this was a real eye-opener.
  3. For the price, its hard to beat!
  4. Low speed grinding with coated metallic wheels (almost) eliminates a huge safety hazard from the shop, too. A grinding wheel exploding in your face is rather unpleasant.
  5. Most users at my work aren't even allowed to install applications. If you are, its not likely anyone will notice. For a while, anyway.
  6. @Mark J your frustration is understandable. I suggest searching youtube for video tutorials on freecad than are more closely matched to the version you are using. There are significant differences between 0.14 and 0.18. I must admit that while FreeCad is good at making parts, creating multi-part assemblies still frustrates me.
  7. One thing I do to stabilize the board is to keep a pack or two of door shims on hand. When planing with the belly of the board down, shove the wedge-shaped shims under the edges so it doesn't rock. A board that is locked solidly to the bench planes much more effectively.
  8. IMO, if you can afford the SawStop, go for it. From all reports they are good quality saws, on par with Powermatic, plus they have the safety feature. I can't speak from experience, as they are outside my current hobby budget, and I'm comfortable enough without the blade brake. I'm sure you'll get good opinions from other members who DO own one.
  9. One thing I've done with danish oil is to sand it in. Flood the surface, the go over it with 400+ grit wet/dry paper to form a slurry that helps fill pores. Then do as @Bmac suggested, and aggressively wipe away any residue. Danish oil is a slow curing finish, and under some circumstances, 48 hours may not be enough. To be certain, let it cure until the smell is gone.
  10. Is the mantle installed? Perhaps exposed to some contaminant from the environment?
  11. Was the surface clean and new, or is this an older piece being restored?
  12. @spandi was there any previuos finish or color treatment applied to the wood?
  13. I seem to recall Roy Underhill demonstrating a Shaker version of those cam clamps. But don't quote me on that. Just to be clear, I mean no disrespect to @Jean [Fr] with my arguments. But I have no personal desire to spend time learning or using CNC or 3D print technology as part of my woodworking hobby, for all the reasons I stated previously.
  14. +1! Rope and wedges works miracles for difficult clamping situations!