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  1. Awesome shop Albert! The good news is that you...

    Awesome shop Albert! The good news is that you have the added bonus of the garage doors being open to overflow, infeed space, etc. How is the weather there? Can you leave them open while you work...
  2. Unless there’s something specific to the Maka...

    Unless there’s something specific to the Maka that I’m unaware of, I would choose a VFD for this particular application unless you have active plans for other 3 phase machines...most of them will...
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    Michael, did you ever find a fence for your saw?

    Michael, did you ever find a fence for your saw?
  4. Brian, I installed some horizontal Nickel Gap...

    Brian,

    I installed some horizontal Nickel Gap “shiplap” for a client in their walls a few years
    back and can offer some of my experience. I actually used 1x8 MDF that was T&G and not an actual...
  5. Patrick, I recently went through a similar...

    Patrick,

    I recently went through a similar internal debate when a barely used ETS EC 150/3 and Rotex 125 came up for sale not too far away for a reasonable price. I bought them both with the...
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    I would also use wide boards and not glue up. ...

    I would also use wide boards and not glue up.

    If you select the grain with some care and intention and use some boards with mostly rift sawn grain, then cutting plugs that basically disappear is...
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    I have a project for a client at the moment that...

    I have a project for a client at the moment that is using a lot of Ash. Custom interior passage doors, trim (casing and baseboard) and a few furniture projects that will all use Ash.

    It’s...
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    No, joinery in Douglas Fir is on the easy end of...

    No, joinery in Douglas Fir is on the easy end of the spectrum in my
    opinion. The hardest part about working with DF is the splintery nature of the wood with grain runout, but that’s minor for...
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    You should use whatever is reasonably hard,...

    You should use whatever is reasonably hard, available locally, and reasonably priced as you will be needing a lot of it...unless you want it to look like a piece of heirloom furniture (walnut,...
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    I’m not totally up to snuff on the MM changes...

    I’m not totally up to snuff on the MM changes through the years, but does it have the larger 4.8 Hp motor and the taller resaw (16”?)

    That’s more than I would pay, but I tend to wait for good...
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    As Johnny mentioned above, there are plenty of...

    As Johnny mentioned above, there are plenty of professionals, myself included, who would build a commissioned custom workbench, but you may not like the price.

    Do you have a particular budget in...
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    Cerused Oak finishing schedule

    Has anyone done a cerused finish on Oak? I'm quoting a job for several White Oak table tops for a new coffee shop and the designer is wanting a Cerused Oak with an overall gray tone. I was...
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    Happy to offer my experiences, though they are...

    Happy to offer my experiences, though they are limited compared to some here.

    I found my S50 an hour down the road at a machinery dealer for $1500. This was after looking for that specific model...
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    Jon, Do you have access to the specs from the...

    Jon,

    Do you have access to the specs from the motor tag on the planer? Specially, what is the Full Load Amps rating (FLA) for the cutterhead motor and any other motors in the planer like a...
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    Jon, I think the Casadei planers of that era...

    Jon,

    I think the Casadei planers of that era are fine machines, though factory support should you need it will likely be minimal. Doesn’t SCM own Casadei at this point?

    That looks like a well...
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    I have a 166 BD as well that is from 1940. It has...

    I have a 166 BD as well that is from 1940. It has an oil cup bath bearing in the front side of the cutterhead and a grease fitting on the back...go figure. I much prefer the oil cups and have always...
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    I feel fortunate to have picked up a (barely)...

    I feel fortunate to have picked up a (barely) used DF500 from a member here back in the spring. Included the Domino in systainer, fully stocked Tenon systainer, 2 cutters in each size, and a few...
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    I don’t do as much timber framing as I used to,...

    I don’t do as much timber framing as I used to, but I have used all the tools you mentioned in your post.

    For crosscutting a 12x12, the easiest method that will yield the best results in the least...
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    I don’t know the other answers to your questions,...

    I don’t know the other answers to your questions, but I would buy a VFD for phase conversion for $300 or less before trying to swap to a single phase motor.

    What condition is the saw in? Are there...
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    She’s got good taste! QS walnut is sexy and is...

    She’s got good taste! QS walnut is sexy and is very popular for good reason.

    Veneer could be a better choice depending on what you are actually doing and will be easier to source in QS state. With...
  21. The idea of a combo machine sounds good, but...

    The idea of a combo machine sounds good, but having used a few different models in other shops, they mostly annoy me in practice. This is probably because of how I learned and it was mostly on larger...
  22. So many reasons :D

    So many reasons :D
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    A little different level of quality than has been...

    A little different level of quality than has been discussed for far, but I just added a excellent condition used Solberga geared head drill press to my stable of tools. It is about the same size as a...
  24. Hah. Yes, to a point. I asked him initially for...

    Hah. Yes, to a point. I asked him initially for recommendations on where to source a transformer and which size/type I needed. He was somewhat helpful and is also about to retire and is busier than...
  25. Thank you Rod and Joe. I appreciate the...

    Thank you Rod and Joe. I appreciate the replies...puts me at ease a bit. Hopefully I will receive the transformer tomorrow and begin the wiring soon.
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