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    Furniture for your home and office in general. Greene and Greene influenced in particular.

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  1. Coolio. I like the mesh bottom ones so spoil doesn’t collect. It’s a trade off; sawdust and spoil fall through to the floor but the bottom is a regular so things can be wobbly if they are too tall Like glue bottles or small aerosol cans.
  2. Latest Wood Magazine issue 263 rated the Grizzly G0634Z as their "top value" with the Hammer and Jet tying for "Top Tool". Interesting considering the abuse Jet has taken on alignment issues; they have obviously responded and fixed those. I would be hard pressed to go with an "also ran" company who is relatively new to combo machines. The Hammer A3-xx series certainly has a large following in the $5k-plus tier. What I do might make me move to that platform but, purely for space and personal reasons. That is, I don't make my living doing this. If Hammer could just get a second gear on that table-raising mechanism . My Grizzly separates have served me well for many years but, do require a substantial footprint.
  3. No apologies necessary. I cringe when I see all the curlicues, swan-necks and spindles on Queen Anna stuff . .. ugh! Like many things in life, there is enough variety for all of us. I was lucky to have been raised by parents who exposed me to a wide variety of styles in art, furniture, architecture, etc. I have always been thankful. I can enjoy something without really caring for it personally.
  4. Well done. That came out very nice.
  5. Just making an assumption; it seems the gentleman was trying to widen his profit margin through misrepresentation of what would be delivered and what was actually delivered. My condolences to the OP. I think we all have experiences in life somewhere back down the road that taught us a painful but lasting lesson.
  6. If you don’t have some sort of roller support or better yet a fixed stand that you can put multiple types of tops on, I would stop and make one or run to the store and buy one. This is a reasonably priced Rockwell product I picked up at Lowe’s on sale. The wooden glide bar took just a short time to cobble together and has served its purpose very well. It can act as an out feed catch, a side feed support like what you’re looking for, or a third hand due to the angle and pivot mechanism of the base.
  7. The used market can be good some places and a desert in another. Alas, we are sometimes victims of our geography. For example, I feel the pain every time someone "back east" posts about a killer deal on some maple or cherry. In the SoCal desert basin about the only bargain I see consistently is red oak which I don't care to build with. Jet and Powermatic have 15% off sales with some consistency. Saw Stop offers a free mobile base or over-arm guard as a recurring sales stimulus as well. It sounds like you are being diligent in your research. Once you have a good handle on your short-list of "gotta haves" you will be ready to pounce on the deal that comes along regardless of brand. For my first upgrade from a contractor saw my short-list was: Cast iron top and wings. Reliable fence. Enough power. I don't see that you mention having 240volt power or not. This is generally an easy add if you do not have it and it opens up the larger saw tier to you. Again, as I said, the 3HP+ tier is not necessary but, fairly common for folks that plan to do a reasonable amount of work at the tablesaw.
  8. Like Mick, I feel the SS is priced with other saws of that quality and the safety feature is just a bonus. People pay more for other colors of paint that are at this quality tier without the tech. That being said, I bought a used Craftsman/Emerson contractor saw for $80, threw another $200 at it in after-market stuff (PALs, Fence, belt/pulleys) and it served me well for years. Once my ability improved and the saw became the limiting factor, I upgraded. I see this as a reasonable path for beginners if the used market is robust in their area. I would not buy a poor second hand saw as all that will do is frustrate you. My Craftsman/Orion 22124 hybrid did all I ever needed. I upgraded to the 3HP Saw Stop as a windfall made that possible with minimal financial impact. If not for that I might still be using the hybrid. While the step up to the 3HP cab saw is an eye-opening experience for the home hobbyist, it is not a requirement. Good luck, ask lots of questions, filter the replies based on what you need and have fun.
  9. Maybe I'm just ham-handed but, it seems like half the time when I dump the rail connectors out of the little storage tube I drop the wrench. Makita did a good job of providing a storage spot for the blade wrench in the handle of the saw. I'm sure someone thought of this or something like it before but, a piece of tubing and the unused side of that handle-hole make a stash spot for the rail connector wrench. Your mileage may differ but, the tubing I had that fit snugly on the wrench was just a bit small to fit snug in the hole. I just snipped a section out to create a flap to fill the gap. The end of the tube in my hand is out of focus but, you can sort of see the internal shape. This happens to be oxygen hose from the last time someone was in the hospital. Apparently I scrounge all sorts of . . . stuff from wherever I happen to be. It goes in and out without coming loose from the tubing and stays put while I'm working. Now I can setup and tear-down without fumbling the wrench half the time.
  10. gee-dub

    New router

    Whiteside 4RU5200 although I agree that in a plunge, an upcut spiral of that size can tend to act like a drill bit. When using a 3/4" upcut spiral to cut dog holes, you really have to be ready; I have the plunge router clamped in posotopn before I start the plunge with those babies. I run upcuts for mortise that will be hidden by the shoulders of the mating piece and downcut for mortise that may show the edge. Upcuts clear the chips faster, downcuts are more friendly to veneers or fibrous woods.
  11. This seems fairly specific. What model saw are you using out of curiosity? This will help others with your saw to avoid the product. Works fine on a Saw Stop, Orion hybrid and a Delta. I assume it also works on many others or they wouldn't be able to sell them. I had a contractor that I couldn't move the trunnions far enough to suit me; I wanted a larger gap to reach my hand in for blade changes. I turned the holes into slots and got the extra little bit I was after. I assume the same thing might allow this item to work as desired. On the other hand there are other options that don't require saw-surgery ;-)
  12. Settling in nicely. Looks like the gallery divider cutouts work fine. I like the dowel/saw handle rest idea. Gives me some ideas; thanks!
  13. This is a great example of where you could "see" what you were after. The journey had some of us wondering about this or that. In the end they are just wonderful. A testament to your vision and your drive to bring it into being. Kudos!