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About Spencer_J

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    kintnersville, PA
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    furniture, reclaimed and salvage material, logging, carving, chair making, antique restoration, timber framing, cabinet making, carpentry, historical restoration

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  1. there is a magnificent difference between a 15 amp 120v motor (which is what the bosch 4000 has) and a 20 amp 220v motor which comes with your standard cabinet saw. I'm not quick enough with the proper specifications on how to qualify horsepower so i wont comment on what is deemed horsepower. If you're only doing hobby woodworking and plan to do some smaller furniture projects maybe a bathroom vanity or shop cabinets i'd say do the deal with your buddy and learn everything there is to know about owning a higher quality job site saw. i had a fine little ryobi for a few years before i could come up with the money for a used cabinet saw. I melted the gears resawing 3" hard maple running a 3/32 diablo blade. i was in the middle of a big project and had to tell my client that it was going to be another month before their cabinet was done and they wanted their money back due to time constraints. i wish i had bought a belt driven contractor saw instead. now that i own a unisaw, i should have just got the unisaw in the first place but i wouldn't know half of the tricks i learned on that little ryobi. good luck!
  2. 3/32"- 1/8" is pretty good if the shelves are less than 48". especially for someone who maybe isn't familiar with adjustable shelves outside of ikea or the local home store. i agree with @Barron. glue the case first then cut shelves to fit. you never know...
  3. i like those lee valley roto hinges my dad has one of those salt boxes... i always thought it was just a metal pin. i wonder if the lid comes off?
  4. Spencer_J

    17 ft bookcase

    my journey on a tall, well... wide, order :)
  5. just put in some new belts today and WOW. what a difference. i got some of the green V link belts from HF, and only installed two, the saw is so much quieter and my push stick doesn't vibrate off the table now
  6. my clamps are on the wall above a counter top, i don't like that. i'd prefer to have an open space where i can walk up and grab a clamp off the wall without reaching over a counter top like most shops i see. if i had the space for a dedicated glue up table, i'd have clamps, cauls, glues, brushes, packing tape etc. on the wall behind the glue up table then for my assembly table i'd have the work holding clamps on the side & under that table. i'm getting there soon enough
  7. it's the best. pelican offers it in their cases for guns too... http://www.fastcap.com/estore/pc/Kaizen-Foam-p13435.htm
  8. Just remember this: black to brass will burn your ass. Sent from my thumbs
  9. Since woodworking is my job, i keep a long list called " that'd be nice to have" Whenever i see a new tool or sexy material, i get my impulse out on the list instead of the wallet. With the impulse behind me, i focus on prioritizing my list. I usually have several long term items like bigger tools that will require shop layout change. The small items i try to limit to a few per month. I take my expendable income for woodworking and spend 1/3 save 1/3 and give 1/3 away. It always keeps me in check. For every project you make for yourself, make two for your family... At least starting out! Sent from my thumbs
  10. That's it. If you don't have a Drill press you can get one of those devices that hold a corded drill. Sent from my thumbs
  11. I'll leave that PEX for water, then! Sent from my thumbs
  12. I have a big roll of left over pex... Hmmmm Sent from my thumbs
  13. That track looks right on. I've always had problems with the plate pulling loose over time. I like the portable factor of that setup. I use one for a clamp on my table saw taper jig helps with the small pieces. Sent from my thumbs