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About JasonS

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    Hand tools; hybrid woodworking; shaker, caftsman, arts & crafts, Shinto styles; furniture making

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  1. JasonS

    Domino Time

    Same here. Bob would have been my first choice.
  2. JasonS

    Domino Time

    Local is my preference but a the number of dealers around here has shrunk considerably. The closest dealer I spoke to isn't interested unless you're a contractor (money is money, right?) and another doesn't stock what I want, but but will order for full payment up front and they'll have it in a month. I've got inquires in to 2 other lumber yards I've dealt with so we'll see what comes of that. You'd think it'd be easier to spend $1300.
  3. No, and unless you're a machinist or a fabricator I doubt modifying the existing table arm bracket to accept the work gear, rack and handle is possible. Depending on the column size you should be able to order parts from someone like Grizzly, keeping in mind most drill press columns are sized metric, to get what you need. Any idea what brand and size the DP is?
  4. JasonS

    Domino Time

    Now that things have calmed down, it's time for me to stir the pot again. Anyone have a preferred online dealer? The two local dealers I've visited haven't been great to deal with.
  5. JasonS

    Domino Time

    So the DF500 it is. I'll skip the kit and get the trim stop if I find I need it. I've used the cross stop and don't really see a need for it. Next question: Did you get the Domino assortment kit with the additional cutters? Buying the other 4 cutters and dominos separately costs about $2 less than the kit with 5 cutters, the dominos and the systainer. Of course, the kit has 200 fewer dominos than buying them separately (at an average cost of $.12/ea - I do love me a good spreadsheet) but who's doing that kind of math? I'm leaning toward the assortment option since I'd have all the sizes on hand and can just work on whatever I want instead of waiting around for cutter and such to arrive.
  6. JasonS

    Domino Time

    Right? That's the same reason I use sharpening jigs - I don't dull tools often enough to need to sharpen enough to build muscle memory to free-hand sharpen. So jigs it is.
  7. JasonS

    Domino Time

    I realized with talk of a router jig I almost talked myself out a domino at all; that's why I added the brian dump about classes and timing.
  8. JasonS

    Domino Time

    I'm going to have some spare cash this spring and I've decided it's finally time to get myself a domino. I'll be able to afford either one, but I'm just not sure which one to get. I have projects I'd like to do that would make use of both of them so I was thinking that I'd get the DF700 and couple of accessories that would allow use of the smaller bits. Then I got to thinking for all the added expense over the DF500 I could just take a bit more time and use a either a router mortising jig or the mortising unit on my Hammer planer/thicknesser for the larger projects. But if I can do that, why get the domino at all? I don't get into the shop nearly as much as I want to and the speed and accuracy of the domino help with that a lot. I took a few semesters of classes at a local community college a couple of years ago, one of them being specifically about mortise and tenon joinery. I made M&T joints with hammer, chisel and saw; a slot mortiser; a router; the DF700. I enjoyed all the methods except the router - the shop jig wasn't great among other things (why are decent workbenches/surfaces the last thing these shops care about?). The domino helped me move along at a good pace, gave me faster results, thus enjoying my limited time more. So we've come full circle. Help me out with my decision making disorder. What are your thoughts on which domino?
  9. Anyone know if Clayton is still in business? I can’t find anything on them and they only rarely come up on the used market.
  10. My gripe with these kits is that they always include hammer drills. I have a great corded Milwaukee hammer drill for the few times I need it. I find the hammer function just adds weight and cost to the drill/driver for a function I'm not likely to ever use. If they'd just offer these kits with plain old drill/drivers I'd be quire pleased.
  11. This is all pretty much what I expected: Can't go wrong with any of the 3 I'm considering. In a way that help,s in another it's no help. I think I need to go get my hands on more of the tools and see how they feel for weight and ergonomics. Then it's look for the best deals I guess. Thanks all! Greatly appreciated.
  12. This is all about what I expected. They all get good reviews, they all have massive product lines, they all have good battery life. I have a US made top handle Porter-Cable jigsaw I bought in '99 or '00 and it's still going strong. Trouble is, and this is tough to believe, it's too powerful - it motors through everything so easily it's tough to control. I've never been great with top handle jig saws though - I find them all difficult to use. Barrel grips though, those are great. My PC also has a poorly designed blower that can't compete with the force created by the blade and sends the dust up at your face. That's why I'm asking now!
  13. My 1st generation Festool cordless drill batteries are finally at the point where they don't hold much of a charge anymore. I got this drill a few weeks after they were released so I've had it for almost 9 years. That's a pretty good run I think. I've looked at getting new batteries for about $120 a pair which is not bad, but then I thought I should consider other cordless tool brands with a wider set of options. I don't mind my corded tools at all, but I have to admit the cords are a real PITA at times in the shop and especially the odd time I need to work where an extension cord isn't possible. I have several Milwaukee M12 tools and I really like them so I'm considering their M18 line which is very nice, but it's on the high end of the price scale these days (though nowhere the level of Festool). Then there's DeWalt which can be found everywhere. I'm also considering Makita. I had one of their 12v drill drivers for years, bought many batteries, and eventually replaced it with the Festool. The tools I'm most likely to want are: Drill/driver Planer Router w/plunge base Planer Barrel grip jigsaw Blower Maybe an impact driver, grinder, nailers, etc but I don't know for now. So what are peoples' thoughts on the Milwaukee, DeWalt and Makita 18-20v cordless systems? It looks like all three lines offer the tools I'm most likely to want. I'm just not sure of the longevity anymore since I've been good with what I've had.
  14. I know. What irks me is that the techs don;t know what they're selling. When I was doing tech support for Northern Tool (lo these many years ago) I knew what I was sending people. If a customer had a question and I wasn't sure of the answer I found out. I may keep the spares, I may insist on a call tag. These aren't cheap and no supplier I've communicated with so far has an equivalent cap. By the way, where abouts in MN are you? I grew up in St Louis Park and lived in Cities until I moved east.
  15. And after confirming with the tech that the capacitors are sold individually what arrives? 2 sets of 2 capacitors. I guess I'll be calling Felder on Monday.