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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
  13. What types? The type of guy who admires skilled people, and what it takes to get there? Guilty as charged. Vic isn't worthy of what? I never said that beginners can't build some very nice stuff. I've seen a lot of what Vic can do, and I admire his talent. But I've not yet seen him claim to be a master craftsman. I've been in woodworking for many years, and I consider myself "pretty good" at many things, but when I attend workshops and classes I often see what I call masters at work. The ease and perfection with which they do things sometimes make me feel like a beginner. That doesn't
  14. All very well said, Eric. I had to read your post twice, then sit back and think about it for a while. I think I can honestly say that what I'm feeling is more frustration than bitterness.
  15. The wide variety of opinions have certainly turned this into a very interesting discussion. Anyone who doesn't grow wiser as they grow older just ain't paying attention. I'd feel pretty bad indeed if I didn't know more about life in general than most "twenty-somethings". Being old doesn't necessarily make one's opinion more important, or any less important than those of others. However, it is likely to be an opinion based on more experience. I think living longer also makes one a little more skeptical about many things. And that's essentially how I feel about Greta. Her website is extremely
  16. So far, I've seen little evidence of any of that, other than her self-promotion. There are some fairly basic tables, stools, and cutting boards on her site. Her project list has only three clients. As I asked before, can someone point me to more information about her, I have a feeling I'm missing something. For example, where is her business located? You'll notice that it's mostly her and other members of her gender making it such an issue. Years ago, I operated an auto repair shop. For a time, two women became one of my competitors. They opened up a shop cleverly named "Every Woman's G
  17. Skilled use of website design and content can can make anyone look like more than they really are. A nice looking young women poses for sexy photos with some machines, and she quickly becomes admired as a skilled furniture maker. This is not fair to the young men and women who are out there paying their dues, spending the necessary time and energy learning the craft from the ground up. But maybe I'm judging her too harshly. Can anyone point me to any videos of Greta de Parry doing something truly skillful? Something more than those quick clips suggesting she's actually working with a tool o
  18. Just to be clear, I wasn't criticizing GdP's work. In fact, I like some of it. It just doesn't seem to be particularly newsworthy, yet she's profiled on national TV. Similar (and better) stuff is seen posted on woodworking forums every day. As for her self-promotion, I think it comes across as a little too obvious. Every photo, video, and interview that I've seen seems to be more about her than her work. That gets tiresome very quickly.
  19. That's right, Derek, I remember that your early work was the inspiration for many of the currently available shooting board designs. And Tico has worked hard for the past few years, in an effort to refine the design. As for technique, if I could do everything correcly I wouldn't need half the guides and jigs I have.
  20. I may just be out of touch, but until I read this thread I had never heard of this woman. I went to her site and saw nothing that suggested exceptional skill or talent, except for that of self promotion. If it weren't for her looks I doubt that her work would get any attention at all. I've seen similar stuff at arts and crafts shows, made by both men and women hobbyists. Of course, if she takes woodworking seriously and practices enough, there's no reason that she can't one day become the great designer/builder she already thinks she is. I may be just an old geezer, but it seems to
  21. I've had the LN #51 for a while and I like it very much. I use it with my Tico Vogt Super Chute. (Vogt Tool Works) Tico is coming out soon with with a "No-Rock Runway" for the Super Chute, which should make it an even more precision instrument: