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  1. I bought 3 extra sets of standard blades with my DW735 due to all the concerns about short lifespans but I haven't even flipped my original blades around yet so I still have 7 sets of edges left. I'm wondering if the quick wear of the 735 blades is not as big of an issue any more or maybe depends on what people are planing? In my case it's hundreds of lineal feet of almost 100% hardwood (white oak, hard maple, walnut, birch, cherry, etc).
  2. Thanks for letting us know what's going on and for deciding to keep the forum in house. I have learned so much from all of your content and enjoy interacting with others here. -Darryl
  3. I'm all for you doing a dining room table. I told my wife I'd build one in the next few years. -Darryl
  4. Same here. I have a single grr-ripper and a riving knife. I don't use the blade guard. I plan to get a second one but haven't yet. I have the 1/8" leg and back leg attachment. I have ripped as narrow as 5/16" with it with no problems. I use it a lot with my router table as well. -Darryl
  5. I have the 608 and am very happy with it. The dial adjustment is very good and helps get nice snug dados. No need for taking blades out to change shims is great. Just take the main nut off, turn a click or 2 and tighten the nut again. The bottoms of the dados are very smooth as well. It's expensive but I would buy again. -Darryl
  6. I really like my 735. -Darryl
  7. I've been so busy at my "real job" for the last couple of months I have not been able to spend nearly as much time in my workshop as I wanted. I'm lucky enough to get 2 weeks off for Christmas with my employer which I've really been enjoying. My kids are home from school as well but without the other job to worry about I'm getting a lot more time to build. I only got my shop setup earlier this year and still have a number of jigs and unfinished projects to work on. 2015 should be a very productive year with wood for me. I already have a year full of requests from my daughters and wife. I have 2 beds, a desk, a breakfast nook among others to work on. I've always wanted to build but am so excited to have the setup now. My father built furniture for a living so I picked up lots when I was growing up. I hope others are getting some extra quality time as well - especially now that Christmas is actually over. -Darryl
  8. I really like Freud bits and have about 25 of them now. When I first started I was going to buy a set like that but I found a number of bits in there I didn't think I would ever use. I ended up buying them mostly one at a time as needed. I highly recommend Freud bits. -Darryl
  9. Sounds like Bell Forest does a good job. Before reading about the positive experiences with this place I couldn't imagine ordering lumber like this but it seems it would be fine. -Darryl
  10. I just cleaned and sharpened my "beater" chisels last night and amazed at how sharp and useful they are now. -Darryl
  11. Luckily I have a dealer just like the one in the first post only a 10 minute drive away. -Darryl
  12. I like the surface mount I have. The electrician didn't even talk about alternatives and I'm happy with the look and knowing that any changes I need to make in the future don't involve digging in walls. I have 3/4" tubes of this EMT.. http://www.columbiambf.ca/index.php?P=EZPull_EMT
  13. I have the Freud Dial a width SD608 stack and am very happy with it. It makes very smooth bottomed dados and is very easy to adjust small amounts with no shims needed at all. My dado fits are much better than they were before. Yes it's expensive but I don't plan to buy another one for a long time.
  14. I have the DVD as well. It is great for searching articles and I can almost always find exactly what I want quickly. -Darryl
  15. One big con is no Android app. -Darryl
  16. How accurate are these digital gauges? Are they something you van calibrate? -Darryl
  17. I would say it's time for new blades. Did you already turn them around once? -Darryl
  18. I have a General Intl 80-100L and am happy with it. Maybe I'll get an 8" jointer someday but the 6" and my planer do everything I need so far. -Darryl
  19. I use it all the time. It's much easier than working in a browser on my phone or tablet (which is where I spend most of my time now). If there is a problem with the new version (I don't see it - running on Android 4.4 running tapatalk pro 4.6.2) surely they can fix it. -Darryl
  20. I have Casters on almost everything in my shop. At 20x20 or so I don't really have enough room for everything I want so I need to be able to move when needed. I have used the polyurethane casters as well for everything. I have 3" or 4" ones on most items but put 5" ones on my lumber cart. I also always use the lock and swivel version for all wheels. They just give you much more flexibility. It's not as much about the wheel size as what the weight rating is in my opinion. The ones on my lumber cart are rated for 450lbs each giving me 1800lbs in total. -Darryl