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My adult beverage is Metamucile and it darn sure doesn't slow you down! Great addition dude!

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Fire that beauty up and send one of those curly maple boards over it until you have a wedge. 

And you have one nicely equipped and organized shop - good work!

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Glad you're happy with the new machine.  The shop does look like a good place to work. 

I think we have the same high tech HD yellow handle chisel that has been relegated to glue scraping duty. 

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wow Nice looking jointer!

I bet you're glad you are back in the swing of things! Ya know, without that damn bear in your shop :) 

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Congrats on the jointer Eric! It's one sweet machine. Picked up the 60HH in the Black Friday sale and keep on wondering if saving the cash for the parallelogram was worth it. I'm sure those fears will subside when it finally arrives. You got yours fast? Where did you order from? Got mine through the Woodsmith store.

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Now you see what I mean that this jointer actually makes you love milling lumber. Glad you love it man. I have some lumber to mill up later this evening and I cant wait! Sent from my SGH-I337M using Tapatalk

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I always enjoyed milling but this machine definitely takes it to a new level of pleasure.

anodyne - I ordered mine from Amazon and took the first available delivery appointment.  I'm pretty sure they're all drop-shipped from PM regardless of who you order from...I guess it just depends on how quickly your retailer puts in the order and how close you are to the distribution center.  I think it's in TN.

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Bet you're glad to be back at it.  Your buddy Joe looks like a natural has he done this before?  Your new jointer makes my 23 year old 6" Grizzly look like a matchbox toy

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I always enjoyed milling but this machine definitely takes it to a new level of pleasure.

anodyne - I ordered mine from Amazon and took the first available delivery appointment.  I'm pretty sure they're all drop-shipped from PM regardless of who you order from...I guess it just depends on how quickly your retailer puts in the order and how close you are to the distribution center.  I think it's in TN.

PM and Jet are based in TN (just outside of Nashville). They have a huge distribution center here but I'm not sure if they have others throughout the US. I know when I've talked to my local Woodcraft they've told me I can choose if my order comes from Woodcraft Distribution (their preference) or directly from PM/Jet. Ironically, my dust collector/clamps are the only Jet/PM products I own.

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I always enjoyed milling but this machine definitely takes it to a new level of pleasure.

anodyne - I ordered mine from Amazon and took the first available delivery appointment.  I'm pretty sure they're all drop-shipped from PM regardless of who you order from...I guess it just depends on how quickly your retailer puts in the order and how close you are to the distribution center.  I think it's in TN.

PM/Jet Distro center is in LaVerne Tennessee. All my Jet machines, and my PM Planer came from there. 

Did you crowbar your crate apart like I did at first? Then I realized that they put big screws at the bottom that you can take out with a screwgun and just lift the giant box off the top.

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Yeah Tom I did pry bar the crate apart, but I had to open it partially while the shipping guys were here just to make sure it was the right unit, wasn't all jacked up, and that we were rolling it in the right direction.  At that point I just knocked the sides off.  It was pretty flimsy anyway.

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PM/Jet Distro center is in LaVerne Tennessee. All my Jet machines, and my PM Planer came from there. 

Did you crowbar your crate apart like I did at first? Then I realized that they put big screws at the bottom that you can take out with a screwgun and just lift the giant box off the top.

I lifted the box off mine :)  then used my Sawzall to demolish the rest...

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Finally we had a chance to make a little progress.  And when i say little I mean very little.  We crosscut the panels to final dimension...

 

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and then spent the rest of the day assembling and learning the mindmelt machine...

 

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We went through the manual then watched the DVD...twice.  I thought my Incra router table was a complicated way to make dovetails.  This unit makes the Incra seem like Dr. Seuss.  By the end of it I felt like it would have been faster just to teach Joe how to cut them by hand.  But I think I get it now and we're planning for test boards Monday morning.  I expect Monday morning to be one of the most frustrating days of my life.

Eccentric bushings...psh...thanks for that. :rolleyes:

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That's the one thing I hate about the D4..  I have to pull the manual back out each time I use it and relearn it again.  The problem with using it infrequently!

 

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6 minutes ago, Southwood said:

I have actually thought about selling mine. It's like algebra, if you don't use it you loose it  

Quadratic what??

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The D4 manual is intimidating but when you follow each step it isn't that bad. The good news is they are some of the best manuals out there. 

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If you were just doing a plain old box with through dovetails I would say it would be easy and you're gonna breeze through it. But asymmetric dovetails really complicate things with the D4R (and really any jig). I've done it before so let me know if you have any questions (I know we talked about it a while back and you had it down cold but I'm sure you've forgotten by now.)

Make sure you keep the router in the same orientation the entire time you're routing (especially since you're using two routers.) 

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