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  1. I feel like the TS75 is also grossly under powered. I own the track saw and the domino. The only other tool I would consider from them is the barrel grip jigsaw because it is super lightweight and would be a lot easier to cope moulding than my heavy bosch jig saw.  I like my festool toys, but I am not a flag waver, so I proudly say out loud that I think they suck in the power dept. I got more use out of my track saw on job sites then in the shop. Portable, accurate, dust free and easy to load and unload. For that factor alone, these tools kick ass out in the field. For the shop, they have kind of become more of a fad and a status symbol than anything. Bring on the hate. B)

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  2. I prefer my japanese saw over my lie nielsen saw for a half blind or a sliding dovetail. For these  I saw slow, it's not a race. In some cases I might leave room after sawing to do some chisel work, depends on the joint. For a through dovetail, if the stock is 5/8" or thinner, I will cut fast with my lie nelson saw. One the saw plunges square the rest happens naturally. Anything thicker and I will take my time to ensure the cut stays square and I don't bind or stress the blade. 

  3. The lazy way to do hand work is get it good enough to reference a machine surface. :P If you're going this route then don't settle for anything less than good enough. Make sure you incorporate this into your workflow so you can tell people you hand milled your lumber. Be sure to leave out the part where you used machines, nobody wants to hear about that. Also, be sure to take plenty of pictures with a hand plane sitting on top of the board, it makes for ultimate authenticity. 

    In all seriousness, this was a twisted board that I made stable enough to pass through my industrial lunchbox planer. 




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  4. I'd have to say technique over tools for me is what made my woodworking experience better. Over the years I had upgraded tools, but never set my shop up to utilize the new tools to their fullest. I got a cabinet saw, but never built an outfeed table. I invested in hand tools without a proper bench. Basically, I was always fighting myself in the shop, but I never let my work suffer from that. At my day job however, my tool box is about as organized as you could possibly imagine. OCD to the max. My wood shop on the other hand, a disaster!

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  5. 10 minutes ago, K Cooper said:

    Great lookng door Freddie! But I gotta ask, is it still unfinished, i.e., unsecured shop for two years, and what makes you remember it being a Thursday:huh:?

    Notice the existing garage door in the pic Coop. :P

    As for the thursday, it was either that or one of the other 6 days in a week. 

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  6. Very nice. Any lessons learned about choice of wood, joinery, paint/finish?


     I basically followed the original photo of Mike Pecovichs' doors. The nice part is the insulation factor of the door, the not so nice part is the big thick heavy slab the door becomes. Handling the doors alone can prove to be a real pita. 


    In the future, I would use a stave core instead for stability. On a door this thick, if you have any unwanted movement after assembly it would be rather difficult to reverse. 

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  7. I like my Lie Nielsen dt saw for through dovetails, but for half blind and sliding, I prefer my cheapo japanese saw. Gotta have sharp tools, coffee, relaxing music on and pull up a seat at the bench and slow down, precision joinery is not a race. 

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