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  1. There's nothing but ARS on this table. It's all about the oil.
  2. Shiny will depend on your finish and how much abuse it takes. There is no "shiny wood." For interior furniture, any species will last multiple generations if it's cared for properly and not abused. Some species are harder than others but that doesn't mean softer species won't last forever if pieces are constructed properly. There are pieces in museums that are hundreds of years old built with poplar and pine parts. It's more about how something is built and then treated by people rather than the hardness of the wood. Use what you like, and build it well.
  3. If it's Cuban mahogany and they're good boards, that's a huge score. 6" is kind of skinny but so what. That stuff is hard to find and stupid expensive if you do find it.
  4. Well first of all, anytime you're applying a film finish, sanding beyond 220 is just a waste of time because any additional smoothness you achieve will just be covered with finish. You sand the finish itself to a higher grit when using films. If you're applying a basic oil finish then there's a better argument for sanding to a higher grit since you will actually feel the wood and not the finish, but I still wouldn't waste my time going above 320. Turnings are a different story. Also, you don't have to raise the grain unless you're using a water based finish. Oils, shellacs and lacquer
  5. Well the fatness is definitely the one drawback. The 16 footers fit comfortably in your hand but you're right that they don't fit in a pocket. But the wide blade is also what makes them such exceptional tapes that don't have that issue with popping off the end of the board...and why they have such long erections. When I'm at the yard I keep it clipped to my pocket (all my pants and shorts have torn up left pockets LOL) but I have about a half dozen in the shop so they're always within arm's reach. I can't afford a t-bone.
  6. FTFY It's real easy to pop a sacrificial board onto the fence with the t-track hardware. The base of the sled creates zero clearance for the bottom of the cut, but you're right about exiting out the back of the board.
  7. Fat Max doesn't do that. It has a stiff blade and a substantial hook. It also has a lock so you don't need that third hand. Seriously, I challenge anyone to try a 16' Fat Max in their shop for a year then come back and tell me they prefer something else. I'll mail you a pork chop.
  8. They're already spindles!
  9. Actually I did. I inlaid an occasional table with stringing about 1/4" wide. I still can't explain why it doesn't break wood movement rules 101 - does...but for some reason you get away with it. Maybe it stretches? It's been almost five years since I made that table and the stringing miters are still as tight as the day I glued them in. Unsolved mysteries. I pretty much hate this table now because my taste has evolved so much...but here it is anyway. And here it is today...
  10. I still refuse to believe there is or will ever be a better shop tape than the 16' Fat Max.
  11. I'll still do long crosscuts on the Kapex and larger panels on the MFT. My old shop-made sled will still be used for quick and dirty crosscutting. The 5000 will be used mostly for angles or other precision cuts, or when odd clamping or stop block usage is needed. I got mine from Carbide Processors with the discount and free shipping...but it took like three weeks to get it.
  12. Yeah couldn't agree more. It's really disappointing to pay for high quality tools and they arrive imperfect in any way. Seems par for the course for me though. Not sure if I'm just extra picky or what, but there's almost always some problem with everything I buy. Except my hand tools...never seem to have an issue with those. But machines and accessories...way more often than one would expect. I've had more issues with Festools than anyone I know.
  13. I have a flatness issue with the base of the sled. Didn't notice it until late last night when I went to do some test cuts. It has a hump at the connector and it dips down toward the blade. The error is bad enough that a square against the blade shows lots of light. Called Incra and they're sending me a new base, no arguing needed. We'll see if this resolves it and I'll report back later. Pretty irritating but Incra doesn't manufacture the MDF so I guess I'll give them a pass...for now.
  14. Already have a problem with it. I'll have to call Incra tomorrow. Too irritated to say any more right now without profanity. Bedtime.
  15. LOL I wish. However I have accomplished a ton of work down there this summer. I'm currently wrapping up casings and baseboard and the "living room" half will be ready to start filling with furniture by this weekend. Still have quite a bit of work remaining on the bar side but the cabinets, granite and appliances are all in. I also built the first furniture piece for the basement over the summer, and as soon as I get things set up down there I'll take pics and do a showcase thread.
  16. It kind of looks that way, and the fence is definitely long. But it'll easily tuck under the table saw for storage...unless that space is already filled. Agree. Try convincing my wife.
  17. It's separated at the blade. There's nothing to keep the two sides connected like the fence does on a shop-made sled. Like I said, was definitely not a "need" purchase. My plywood sled cuts dead nuts 90s and my Incra miter gauge was fine for most angled cuts. This thing offers more clamping and stop options, larger capacity, and obviously the no friction part like you have with a miter gauge. Eh, tough to say. In all honesty a sled is really a poor excuse for a sliding table. If yours won't stay calibrated then yeah I guess that's a problem. But if you like the function of t
  18. Eric.

    RIP Tom Petty

    Great album. Petty was one of the few old rockers who wrote good songs his entire career. Most of them peaked in the 70s and wrote mediocre to dog**** songs after they turned 40. It's a real loss. He was a heavyweight. This is the most bummed I've been about a musician's death since George Harrison. Ironically both Wilburys and good buddies.
  19. Didn't need it, bought it anyway. I haven't treated myself to a new toy in a long time. It doesn't really solve any problems that needed solving, but it's a fancy new addition that will be fun to use. Very cool sled. With a stupid price tag. My only complaint is how the base is two pieces which means getting out and putting away two pieces every time I use it. A really minor detail but you'd think the geniuses at Incra could figure out a way to make it a single unit. Also the miter bar for the cutoff side is kind of cheesy aluminum instead of the nice solid steel bar on the sled sid
  20. I'm sure it was a great learning experience and worth the cost, but it puts the value of Marc's Guild videos in real perspective. He has a Shaker table series in which he builds that exact table, and actually builds two versions: one with primarily machines and one heavier on hand tools...and I think the cost is like a hundred bucks or maybe even less. Plus he shows how to do an inlay...bonus. Obviously it's hard to compare a real life experience with an online one...but you end up with the same table and essentially the same set of skills. Plus you can build your table in your underwe
  21. Indeed. Not woodworking related. LOL
  22. I hate pegboard too. Not for its lack of function but purely aesthetics. Too much of it looks like a poser shop. It screams DIY rather than legit woodshop. Especially white. I have a tiny bit of it over my utility bench and its great for organizing some non-woodworking tools...but if I wasn't so lazy I'd replace it with something cooler looking. Splitting hairs and ultimately who cares what it looks like...but still. Given the choice I'd go with something else.
  23. The amount of crotch in that feet up shot is a glorious thing. The manliest of all the poses. Ronn, if you don't mind my asking, how much was the 5 day class?