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About Jfitz

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  1. I had to dig a little for this, but I remembered this kids that turned pens to make money for college. This was my first exposure to how to make a celtic knot - it's still on my "to do" list.
  2. I got a 4" and 6" double squares, and a turners smock. What I really need is more time, in the shop - but that's harder to wrap
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    Dealing with HOA

    Document that. And everything. This way when you (calmly) ask for the HOA for what is and is not 'bothersome', you can use those actions as examples to set the bar as to what's acceptable.
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    Dealing with HOA

    I would suspect that loud televisions, air horn, blasting music, and yelling over the fence would fall under that as well. I think the best advice above is to get a current copy of the exact HOA rules and go from there.
  5. I added LED to my shop a few years back and it was like night and day. Pun? Perhaps. But it was. I have a few more fixtures I plan on adding 'as needed' but have not yet had the need. Maybe above the lathe if I ever start using it more. Much. One thing I did notice when taking down the fluorescent lights though...there was a lot of dust on them. I would recommend that no matter what type your lighting is, clean the tubes every now and then.
  6. Thanks for the info. I knew metals and wet lumber were the usual suspects, but not plastics. The theory on static discharge is interesting. I've cut a lot of Azek before with no issues.
  7. I use the Freud Dial-a-width dado stack (link here ). It doesn't use shims, and has an adjustable center knob that adjusts the width of the dado (thus the name ). It comes with a 'chart' showing which cutters and how many 'clicks' to get specific sizes, but it still takes a few test passes to get the fit you want. It's ok and has served me well.... but I've always wanted to try something like what Chestnut listed above (the kerf maker).....something like that which sizes cuts actually from the size of the cuts themselves, should be pretty dead on all the time. Just take some getting used to...
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    New Table Saw

    Congrats. Hope the new one continues to work out for you.
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    New Table Saw

    Right up there with "Item is as advertised". Or just "Would buy again".
  10. I second the suggestion about Shannon's Lumber Industry update. He has some great shows on the "life" of a board (where they come from, how it moves through the distribution layers) as well as some commentary on the profitability. It might not be as profitable as you expect, but if you can offer a differentiated product then perhaps there's potential in your area.
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    New Table Saw

    Wow.* I'm only just catching up on this thread, and that's about all I can say. The PM brand carries such weight for a lot of people, and although every brand has issues/lemons, seeing it handled like this is pretty eye opening. Although they finally shipped a new saw, it really should not have gone that far. At least equally as amazing is Acme's handling of your reviews. We all know that review censorship happens....still doesn't make it acceptable. Good luck with the new saw! *With some of the guys I work with, "wow" generally means "I cannot f-ing believe (a) you just said that, (b) you just did that, or (c) that just happened.
  12. +1 on the sawstop, and all the comments above. Keep your eye on your local Craigslist to see if you can get into a sawstop thats in your budget. If needed, stretch your budget I just did a quick CL search and there are some available...
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    Cordless Chainsaws

    it was somewhat my fault. i had my chipper (gas) and chainsaw (mixed gas) over at a neighbors and someone must have taken the initiative while I was fixing the chipper. shrug.
  14. Jfitz

    Cordless Chainsaws

    Or have a neighbor 'help' and fill it with gas. with straight gas.
  15. I have the same one as gee-dub on my Sawstop, it's from Infinity. I like it - it's mainly used for my regular blades, and I swap old to my 'old' Sawstop inserts when I use a dado stack.