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About Joraft

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  1. Take a look at Johnson, good quality in my experience: Johnson Hardware
  2. Congrats on your purchase, Phatboi. I had a Model 66 for 20 years, it's a great saw. I believe it's the last model Powermatic built entirely in the U.S. I sold it a couple of years ago for $1000. Here's a photo of it heading off to it's new owner. It was still in such great shape that I was a little sad to see it go:
  3. I got my TS 55 back in 2007 (my first Festool) and added the TS 75 a few years later. I wouldn't want to be without either one. The 75 is great when you need extra depth and/or power, but it can get a little heavy after a few hours. That's when it's nice to have the lighter 55. Welcome to the slippery slope of Festool, Scott, sounds like it's gonna be a good birthday. I'm pretty far down the slope by now and I don't regret a single Festool purchase.
  4. A little late to the party, but I believe one of the best band saws for cutting metal has to be a Roll-In, made in Cleveland, Ohio. ( Roll-In Saw ) I bought the EF 1459, and I can say that the build is top quality:
  5. He answers questions on pretty quickly. Why not ask him there? He did mention a while back that he gets more requests for another run of the radius jigs than any other one-time tool. You may not have to push him too hard.
  6. Yes, I have a set of the aluminum clamps. They work as advertised, it's like having an extra set of hands. I have not tried the new poly carbonate model, which cost a lot less. As it happens, there's a discussion about the clamps going on right now with Richard Hummel (Woodpeckers owner): Woodpeckers Box Clamps
  7. So far, I've had a hard time drawing that line. They have so many clever, time-saving tools. Yeah, I know I could make some of them, but it's so much easier to let someone else work out all the kinks.
  8. I have the set, and they work great. A real time saver. I think this jig is a "one-time" tool that was retired back in 2011. Maybe Richard still has some in stock, or if he gets enough requests he'll do another run.
  9. While at the William Ng School, I spotted William wearing a tool pouch that I just had to have. In fact, just about every student went home with one. William designed the pouch and has them made. They carry most of what you need, but are small enough not to get in the way: William can be seen wearing this handy pouch in this video shot by Marc: Scraper Sharpening
  10. I'll never make money with woodworking. At least I hope I never do. In the past, I took the fun out of a couple of good hobbies by turning them into businesses.
  11. I have no doubt that it's working good for her, but that brings us back to Marc's question, is her approach helpful to all women in woodworking? Such an approach can also backfire. Several years ago, there was a guy who set up a website selling his own online woodworking tutorials. I think he was doing pretty good until it became known that he was actually a newbie himself. He had bought bunch of video tutorials, watched them, and just repeated what he had seen. The actual value of his tutorials didn't go down (they were pretty good), but the perceived value sure did. Interest in h
  12. Okay, I think we may be able to agree on something. From what I've seen of Greta's work, the design and structure tends to be pretty simple, and there's not much chance to show off advanced woodworking skills (and not much need for them). Most of the admiration Greta is getting is coming from people who don't know much about woodworking or welding, they just like what they see, and are amazed that a "pretty girl" can do that. I'm also sure Marc's clients can't fully appreciate the thought and skill that went into building that bed (as his fellow woodworkers do). But they'll sure apprecia