dsaracini

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About dsaracini

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  1. Equipping a New Shop

    It's like you know me........ So true... so very true.
  2. Equipping a New Shop

    I suspect that ole Ben would have been more of a Craiglist kinda guy! haha
  3. Equipping a New Shop

    Great point. Let me just add this one more thought. I didn't really grow up around people with tools (or at least people with tools that would be interested in having me help). So, I didn't know ANYTHING. I was 30 years old before I owned a saw (of any kind), and the only reason I bought one was because I bought an 100 year old house in Arkansas for $39,000 that needed a lot of work. This was when Amazon still sold books; Google was in its infancy and Youtube hadn't even been dreamed of yet. Only access to tools I really had was Lowes and Walmart. Sure, people sold tools online, but there really weren't a lot of reviews and I just didn't now what I was buying. I pretty much bought Skil and Black and Decker (I don't even remember Dewalt). I started off trying to cut plywood by snapping a line and trying to keep the mark on it why I cut it free hand on a couple of saw horses. Then I had what I thought was a really brilliant idea of using a "straight" 2x4 and a couple of clamps (I remember being very proud of myself). I would occasionally catch "Norm" on PBS and his "Yankee" workshop, and I dreamed of a shop like he had (guess I still am). But, I didn't even have an idea of were you could buy tools like he had. Why do I write this? I had pretty crappy tools and techniques and for me, it was a BAD experience. So, bad that I pretty much lost the dream of ever really having a workshop or doing woodworking for almost a decade. Now, times are different. I have a little discretionary income, and I choose to use that money on tools and building a workshop (not on fancy cars or vactions - but that's my choice) and there is an INCREDIBLE amount of information and DIY type of sites on the internet (btw, can you imagine what Thomas Jefferson or Ben Franklin could accomplish if they lived in a time with these resources?). Good tools are readily available for those with the money. Festool are really professional-grade tools. They help professionals do great work and I've read contractors say that they pay for themselves with time savings (I'm sure some would disagree). I don't buy them for that. I buy them because they give me great results, and it makes my time in the shop more enjoyable for me. There are a lot of people that grew up doing construction or woodworking with their dad or uncles, etc. They learned to do things the "right" way. And learned tips of the trade. I truly envy these people. I probably will never have this level of knowledge. They can take lesser quality tools and do better work than I can with my TS55. But, I try to tell everyone that starts out, buy the best you can afford, watch a lot of videos and then get in the shop and make saw dust. IMHO, good tools help make things less frustrating when you start. A track saw almost feels like cheating to me sometimes. I just sorta giggle at how easy it is to get nice, clean and dead straight cuts with no tear out. If I would have had these tools when I first started, I'm pretty sure I would have enjoyed it a lot more, and I might not have gone almost 10 years before trying "woodworking" again. That's *my* story, and I'm sticking to it!
  4. Equipping a New Shop

    Yeah, I'm sure that it has been debated an great lengths, and probably passionately! And I think you nailed it when you said, is it worth the extra dollars. For me, it is. I've done it both ways, and I hope I never have to go back to the old way. I'm a little more skilled now, I'm pretty sure I could get better results than when I first started, but I still don't want to go back. And if you look at the original post, I still stand by my response. He has gotten a Kapex and a Festool router table. It's already well down the Festool path. And he has a table saw. Before, *I* would *upgrade* my table saw, I would get a TS55 and a MFT/3. If I had it to over again, that is what I would have done.
  5. Equipping a New Shop

    Honestly, the answer is "no". Or maybe I should say, that *I* can't. And I have done a fair amount of that. For me, the tear out was always bad, and accuracy was "iffy". So, as you pointed out, I would end up cutting them oversized and then trying to cut them to final dimensions with a contractor's table saw. That was hard and frankly a little dangerous at times (I cringe at some of the things I cut in the past). The answer *for me* was a track saw. I almost went with Dewalt, because the reviews are really good and I could save a few bucks, but I probably just bought into the Festool idea and marketing. People seemed very passionate about them. And I like the idea that a lot of things seemed to work together as a system. And I liked the idea that most of the tools/accessories were made in Europe (and not china). When I got my TS55, I was just amazed with the cut quality. And I could cut to the final dimension with confidence and accuracy, and I felt safe doing it. So for me, it was faster, safer, more accurate and better cut quality. It just removed a lot of frustration for me and made my time in the workshop more enjoyable. I should say now I have a Delta Unisaw with a 52 inch table. And I love it. I use it often. I'm sure I would feel the same about a SawStop (excellent tool). But, I still prefer to break down my sheet goods with my track saw. That's just me. Before I go, let me just add this to people that might read it in the future. Probably the 4 toughest purchases for me since I've started this very expensive hobby, have all be Festool. They are (in order of purchase): TS55 CT26 Dust Extractor MTF/3 OF 1400 router Add it all up and it's over $2K - that's getting to be serious money (at least for me). But I don't regret a single purchase. They are excellent tools, and they help me (as a weekend hobbiest) do better work - and do it more easily and more safely. My advice is that if you have the money, get them. I think you will be happy with them. I know I am. All of this is just my opinions... Others will differ, and I'm sure other can get great results with less expensive tools. And everyone is right to say that you should buy the tools that fit your workspace and projects.
  6. Equipping a New Shop

    Excellent point(s). I find myself using a lot of sheet goods. And since I'm by myself most of the time, breaking them down with my TS55 is way easier and feels a lot safer to me than trying to do it on my table saw. For most of my projects, I find this very, very useful. Here is my order. But, YMMV. Track saw table saw, Festool OF1400 router (with track on MFT/3) Bandsaw Drill press miter saw Router table Jointer Planer But, as you can tell, I'm doing a lot more with sheet goods. For people that use solid wood a lot more, then the jointer and planer would be way higher on the list. All of that said, it seems like the OP is just getting started. If that's the case, and the fact that he seems to be a Festool fan (and that he does already have a table saw), I still stand by the advice to consider getting an MFT/3 with a TS55 before replacing his current table saw. And of course, just one guys opinion. It's worth exactly what the OP is paying for it!
  7. Bandsaw blew a tire - hit the wall!! Help

    Don't have any advice, but that is damn pretty wood. Hope you post a picture of your project when it's done.
  8. Equipping a New Shop

    First off, welcome and congrats on retirement. I'll probably catch some heat for this, but here goes anyway: If you can spend approx 3,000 USD (or probably more) for your miter saw + router table, then do not get a grizzly bandsaw. You obviously have the money to buy nice tools. I've been to the Grizzly showroom in Bellingham... their bandsaws are ok. Lots of people have them and use them. But, if you wanted "ok" or "pretty good", then you could have bought a Dewalt DW717 for less then $500 USD - or gone a bit more and got a top-tier Bosch. And you sure can get a very nice router table for a lot less than $1,600 USD. If money is no object (and judging by your current purchases it appears not to be a issue for you), get the Powermatic PM1500 or PM1800. Just watch a few videos on them. They are incredible machines. Someone once told me, buy the best tools you can afford and you will never be disappointed. Every time I've ignored that advice, I've ended up sorry I did. Again, if I hit the lottery, I would get the PM1500 or PM1800. I have no advice on a combo machine. Conventional wisdom seems to be that neither function performs as well as a dedicated machine. But, I realize space can be an issue. And truthfully, IMHO, using a jointer and planer should really be just for milling. You never really take a piece straight from the planner and start applying finish. So, a combo is probably fine. Oh. One last little bit of advice, before I went out an bought a new SawStop, I would get myself a Festool MFT/3 and a TS55. I find that I probably use that more often now then my table saw.
  9. HELP!!! (with changing jointer knives)

    SUCCESS!!!!!!!! You were right! I finally got a good sharp chisel after it - an older 1/4" Marbles. While not a really fine chisel, I had it very sharp and was able to carve a notch in the head (note: it is no longer sharp - lol). Then got a flat head screw driver in the notch I created and a couple of pretty hard wacks with a framing hammer and it broke free. Just in case anyone else ever has this problem, here are the pics of the head of the gib screw and my poor chisel.
  10. HELP!!! (with changing jointer knives)

    Here are a couple of pictures. In one of them, I give a close up. You can see the edge is rounded over - you can also see the gouges left by the chisel and hammer. So far, nothing has moved it. Also, I give a picture a little further back so you can see that I have removed the fence. Also, you can see my wrench and a pair of long-nosed locking pliers that I tried. No luck with them either. While they are pretty thin, they are still a little fat to get very far down and I just don't seem to be able to get enough of a grip on the head.
  11. HELP!!! (with changing jointer knives)

    Your memory serves you well. Depending on the rotation of the head of the gib screw, it can be tight against the fence - However, I took the fence off. So, there is nothing blocking now. I will post a couple of pictures shortly.
  12. HELP!!! (with changing jointer knives)

    Thanks for the suggestion. I've gotten a cheap "beater" chisel after it. No luck so far. I've sprayed it with some WD40, etc. But, no luck getting it to break loose yet. Don't suppose you have another idea? Thanks again for the suggestion.
  13. HELP!!! (with changing jointer knives)

    Yeah, I did a bit of google and sort of figured out what he might by trying to get a chisel on a corner and get it to break loose that way. But, no luck so far.
  14. HELP!!! (with changing jointer knives)

    Thanks for the reply. Well, one of us is not getting it, I'm not sure if it's me or you. The problem with is that you can't get to the top of the bolt. You only have access to the side of it. Just enough to get a wrench in their and turn it a 1/2 crank or so. You can't get a socket on top of it, or anything else. And it's really tight in there.
  15. HELP!!! (with changing jointer knives)

    Ok... now all I need is to know is how do up a handrail bolt.