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    Furniture, pen/bowl turning, shop fixtures, jigs

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  1. Good tips above. Chainsaws are not tools you want to just pick up and figure out as you go, so good for you for doing the research first. Stihl put out a series of videos regarding safety and use. I haven’t watched these specific videos but have seen other training clips they have produced in the past and they were decent. I used to work for a Stihl dealer and did their mechanic training courses, part of which was on saw safety and operations to teach new buyers.
  2. Looks good! Continuous grain is a big thing to woodworkers, but most non-woodworkers don’t really care. You can point it out to them and they will feign interest (“oh, neat.”), but will then revert their attention to whatever they were looking at before. You’ll find one here or there that do appreciate it, but they probably won’t want the piece stained either.
  3. If you are going to create an LLC and claim business expenses for your hobby, you need to be sure you’ll turn a profit within a few years. (It will need to become a job and not just a hobby) Claiming losses over several years is a surefire way to get yourself audited. Even if you win you’ll be spending dozens, if not hundreds, of hours providing documents and info to the IRS (they’ll even make you provide your past tax returns, even though they already have them) Or you can shell out thousands of dollars for a tax lawyer in hopes of reducing that time. It sounds nice to be able to deduct hobby expenses, but just know what you’re signing up for before you do it.
  4. Woodcraft has 15% off Jet Nov 26-Dec 3.
  5. Well, I went ahead and took a chance on them. I’m sick right now so it’ll be a few days before I can really try them out. Initial inspection found that the tool posts are covered in that nasty goo. Hopefully I’ll be able to wash all that off my hand by the time I get out to the shop to clean them off.
  6. You could also make a router sled to flatten it and then sand with ROS.
  7. Woodcraft often has sales for 10% off Jet tools. There was one in July, September, and October that I have recent emails about.
  8. You can use their website to spec out the exact options you want and it will give a price. I think you can order straight from them. If there is a Woodcraft or other woodworking supply store they may be a dealer. I don’t know if these stores keep any saws in stock other than the display models or if they just order as needed. As mentioned before, you would certainly want to upgrade from the 30” “Premium” fence (it’s not) to the 36” or 52” T Glide fence.
  9. Based on your pictures, either the ends of the aprons or the tops of the legs (Or both) are not cut square. If both of those surfaces are not flush, it will always be wobbly. Do you have a square that you can use to check which is off? If the square is cheap, you may also need to verify that it is square itself. What kind of tools and setup were you using to make those cuts? You should not assume that the ends of the 1x3 or 4x4 is cut square from the big box store.
  10. I have gotten lucky with a couple Empire items, but also recently got one that was WAY out of square. Fat 1/8” off over 12”. I have heard good things about the Kinex brand (available on Amazon) and they are reasonably priced, but I don’t have any personal experience with them.
  11. Can you post some pictures? Are you using construction lumber? That is notorious for rarely being flat or straight, which may be the source of your issues. Pocket screws are handy, but definitely not the strongest joint. Apron to leg joints are often mortise and tenon which would provide much more stability. You can also buy metal corner braces for tables which may help reinforce your apron to leg connection if you need to stick with pocket screws.
  12. +1 to what @drzaius said. It may not the nicest saw on the market but it is more than good enough to make decent cuts (Unless it has been damaged). Take your time calibrating it, and it may take several adjustments on the same part- sometimes adjusting one thing will affect another. Don’t expect to have it dialed in in 15 minutes. Make sure the tools you use to calibrate the saw are square and true. I’m still not sure the issue is truly resulting from your saw, but you’ll only have frustration and problems if you continue to use the saw out of alignment.
  13. I'm not sure I fully understand what you're describing but it sounds like something is out of alignment on your saw, or the stock you are using is not straight to begin with. Can you post a couple pictures of the issue or go into more detail about what steps you have taken so far?
  14. Oh ok. I’ll see if I can go take a look at them in person and maybe that will push me one way or another.