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  1. My advice for a table saw is get the SawStop. I had the Grizzly first but getting the SawStop was a night and day difference. In addition to the safety feature, it is simply the best built, best designed, best supported piece of equipment I have ever owned (and that includes tools from Powermatic, Laguna, Grizzly, Jet, etc.). I know there are many who feel that SawStop is all hype or don't like how they came to be a major player in the field, but as an amateur woodworker who can use all the help I can get to do decent quality work, the SawStop has been worth every penny. I also agree
  2. I am in need of a tenoning jig. I did a brief search online and I saw the Stumpy Nubs incremental tenoning jig http://www.stumpynubs.com/tenon-jig.html ) which is pretty cool but I was wondering if there is any commercially available tenoning jig as I am short on time so I would rather buy than build if there is a highly recommended jig? Any good recommendations? Thanks, Jim
  3. Please forgive the off-topic post but I just got a new iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil and I was looking for any good recommendations on drawing apps that might work well for woodworking design. I have always struggled with SketchUp (sorry SU fans!) so 99% of the time, I end up sketching my designs the old-fashioned way with pencil and paper but I would really love to find some simple drawing app that might let me take one step closer to simple design nirvana. Thanks for any advice. Jim
  4. I have four of the iVac automated gates and they are working great. Here is the link: http://www.infinitytools.com/iVac-Automated-Blast-Gate/products/1938/ Pricey but damn it is sooooo nice not to have to open and shut gates every time I move from one machine to the other. I don't get a ton of free time to work in my shop so when I do, I love to get as much done as possible and these gates save me lots of time every time I am in my shop. Jim
  5. Wow, LOVE their pricing! Does anyone have any experience with this T-track and can confirm the Festool clamps fit?
  6. Shaneymack, thanks for the advice! I was going to order the 5/16" Lee Valley t-track you recommended and just wondered if I should go overkill and put t-track around the whole bench for maximum flexibility. I am making my bench monster-size-- a full 4 X 8-- because I have the room and I am replacing a 4 X 8 table that I love using from all four sides so I may still go crazy and put T-track everywhere. Thanks again for your great design!
  7. Shaneymack, finally getting ready to build my bench borrowing heavily from your design. I saw that you put T-track only on the front of the bench but you did use two t-tracks-- one on the top and one on the side. Just curious, if you were doing this again, would you put t-track around all four sides? Also, do you find yourself using the t-track on the top? Would you recommend putting T-track both on top and on the side?
  8. I live in an area where I could easily do this and I have been thinking of doing the same thing for a long time. Just curious, how much sawdust is actually being exhausted? Are you seeing any accumulation under the vent? I don't have a cyclone now but that would be part of my DC upgrade. What cyclone/motor did you end up going with and are you happy with its performance? Jim
  9. I just found my own answer to my question about 80/20 compatibility with Festool clamps so I thought I would add it if anyone else was curious. Per a discussion on FOG, Festool clamps are compatible with the 15 and 40 Series of 80/20. I haven't confirmed this personally so please test before relying on this info. Jim
  10. Thanks for the response and the "plan". Looks like my "plans" but actually the dimensions were very helpful. One more dimension question: what spacing did you use for the Domino slots on the front for your "deadman thingamajiggy"? Glad to hear you have absolutely no flex in the base! I know both the LV T-tracks you used and the Incra T-tracks will accommodate the Festool clamps but I was wondering if anyone knows whether the Festool clamps will fit in the 80/20 tracks: Metric http://www.8020.net/T-Slot-5.asp or Fractional http://www.8020.net/T-Slot-4.asp ? Once again, thanks ag
  11. Love, love your bench and I plan to copy your design because it is EXACTLY what I have been trying to design on my own (and failing miserably). I hope you won't mind my asking a few construction detail questions? Of course, if you have any detailed plans I would gladly buy them from you! :-) What were the dimensions of your torsion box? I want to make sure I make my spacers tall enough that the Festool clamps don't bottom out. Looks like about 3 1/2". Did you use 3/4" MDF for the both the top and bottom of the torsion box? With 4 casters, are you having any issues with the base flexing?
  12. I am very interested in the drop in LED replacements for 4' fluorescent lights. Does anyone have a good recommendation of where to buy these units at a reasonable price? Thanks, Jim
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    I have the MFT in my home shop and I LOVE it but I use it in conjunction with my big cabinetmakers bench so I can use each to their best advantages. If the MFT is going to be your only bench, I would definitely get the supports as the bench is a bit wobbly without them (I agree with those who believe the bench should be supplied with the supports). I don't have the supports and don't really need them because I do all the heavy duty planing, pounding on my heavy bench. The MFT is AWESOME in combination with the Festool tracksaw, routers, etc. and it's workholding capabilities are ama
  14. I have purchased the incredibly good plans for the Paulk Workbench II. I have a buddy who has a large CNC machine so I am interested in talking to anyone who has converted the plans for use on a CNC. Please email me offlist at jamesbreed@gmail.com. Let me be absolutely clear that I have already PAID for the plans so I am NOT trying to pirate Ron's hard work. Thanks, Jim
  15. For some freakish reason my eyes are aging while the rest of me remains youthful.....at least that's my story and I am sticking to it! Anyway, I have a couple cheap desk lights (the adjustable kind with the springs) but I am looking for a higher quality version of that type of light as the cheap ones keep wearing out. Does anyone have a link to an adjustable workbench light they love? Thanks, Jim
  16. An innertube is a good idea. I may have to give that a try. If anyone has done that and come up with a good system to attach it to both the dust collector and the canister I would love to see it. Jim ---------------- Jim Reed
  17. That woodworkers supply dust collection skirt looks like it would be perfect for my purposes because I live in the woods so I can just dump the garbage can full of sawdust out in the woods. Jim ---------------- Jim Reed
  18. I love my 2hp Grizzly dust collector but I hate emptying the damn bags and then struggling to reattach the bag and getting the strap fastened around the top without having any leaks. Surely, there MUST be a better way than using these damn bags. Anyone have any great suggestions to eliminate the bags and maybe attach to a metal garbage or other canister? Thanks, Jim _______________________________ Jim Reed, Upstate NY
  19. TerryMcK-- I am a digital subscriber to Popular Woodworking and I searched high and low for PDF you mentioned (Workshop Storage Solutions) and I can't find it anywhere on their site. Can you provide a link or email me the PDF off-forum as I am eager to see the projects you mentioned. Thanks, Jim
  20. I know lots of folks now use a domino in lieu of a hollow chisel mortiser so many HCM's are just gathering dust. If you want to convert that unused machine to $ and have a machine in good shape and you are prepared to sell it at a reasonable price, please let me know. Jim
  21. Thanks for all the VERY helpful responses. I already have a Domino (and love it!) but as noted by CessnaPilotBarry, an HCT is great for through mortises and period furniture where I just feel it would be a travesty to use a Domino (no one else would know but I would know ). It sounds like the consensus is the Powermatic 719T with Jet chisels, so if anyone has one that is gathering dust but is in great shape, please let me know and I would be happy to take it off your hands! . Love this forum and appreciate all the advice. Jim
  22. I am going to bite the bullet and get a mortiser. The largest mortise I am likely to make is 3/4" (more often 1/4" and 1/2"). I often work in hardwoods (maple, cherry, oak). Having never had a mortiser before I don't have a clue whether I can get away with a smaller bench top mortiser or whether I would be better off getting a bigger floor model? Also, who makes the best mortiser chisels? I only like to buy power tools once so I want to make sure I buy a machine that is a keeper. All advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks, Jim
  23. ParticleBoard and Triple H: Thanks for the recommendation of Forrest but some of the Infinity reviews are from folks who have used both the Infinity and the Forrest and actually prefer the Infinity. Have you ever used the Infinity or just a happy camper with the Forrest? The infinity uses a 6 tooth chipper while the Forrest uses just 4. Don't get me wrong, love Forrest for their other blades but the Infinity reviews for this particular dado set seem excellent. Jim
  24. Time to buy a new dado set to replace my 20 year old Freud stacked dado set and I am looking for recommendations of the BEST dado set. I have read excellent reviews of the Infinity Dadonator set which is on sale now for $200-- http://www.infinitytools.com/Dadonator-8-Stacked-Dado-Set-With-5_8-Bore/productinfo/SDB-800 I like to buy the best tool once rather than cheaper ones several times, so I am looking for recommendations without regard to cost. Are the dial adjust dado's any good because they sure look more convenient than a stacked dado? Thanks for your help! Jim
  25. I just picked up a Bosch Colt trim router that I plan to use for flush trimming, chamfering and rounding over. I plan to buy one 1/4" shank bit for these three uses but in each category there are MANY choices-- for example, for flush cutting, two flutes, three flutes, spiral upcut, bearing on bottom, bearing on top, bearing on both top and bottom, etc. Ditto for the sizes of chamfer bits and roundover bits. I know there is no magic bullet that can do everything but I hoped those of you with alot of trim router experience could give me some guidance on the three most versatile/best bits f