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    I look forward to the responses as I was...

    I look forward to the responses as I was wondering the same thing recently: could I do the entire build, fit it up and rip the sides before assembly. Currently, I almost always use the shim and table...
  2. +1 on stickering treated lumber. I recently...

    +1 on stickering treated lumber.

    I recently built a gate using “tanatone” treated 1x6s (the brown stuff). It was nice material to work with — mostly knot-free with no checks. But after only two...
  3. I have to say I enjoy making little boxes to hold...

    I have to say I enjoy making little boxes to hold tools and associated gear. It’s never a big job and kind of fun to design them. I use 3/8 Balic Birch and then put on transfers of classic naughty...
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    Poll: Interesting question for me. I am now at the...

    Interesting question for me. I am now at the point (and age) where I have built most of the furniture in our house. Now, as I complete a piece I cannot help but wonder where it will end up, as my...
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    LOL: I have both a Stihl and an Echo. They both...

    LOL: I have both a Stihl and an Echo. They both leak. I just store them on a piece of cardboard that absorbs most of the oil. I do the same when transporting them.
  6. I guess part of the reason I am suspicious of...

    I guess part of the reason I am suspicious of these statistics is that there are thousands of hobbyist woodworkers out there putting in hundreds of thousands of hours, no doubt — mostly invisible to...
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    Well, just one more notion to throw in the...

    Well, just one more notion to throw in the hopper. Steal an idea from the bandsaw box crowd: rip a slice off the back side, rout or dado the channel you need, then glue the slice back pretty much...
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    Thanks, Edwin — I’ll check that out. I tried...

    Thanks, Edwin — I’ll check that out. I tried messenging him through his channel and heard nothing back. Email might be the trick.
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    What happened to Louis?

    Louis Sauzedde is a youtuber and responsible for the *Tips from a Shipwright* channel. He used his skill, decades of experience and calm patience to do exquisite work.

    He has not published...
  10. I have been a hobbyist woodworker for decades and...

    I have been a hobbyist woodworker for decades and an educator for about the same length of time: high school teacher, principal and curriculum developer.

    Here is a link to British Columbia’s...
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    Thanks for the lead. I’ll check it out.

    Thanks for the lead. I’ll check it out.
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    Finish Recommendations

    I have been making some tables and other things that include some lovely grain in birch that a local man mills.

    Here is a picture of some tables I made at Christmas, so you can see the grain I am...
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    How flat are the bottoms of your dados? I am...

    How flat are the bottoms of your dados? I am becoming allergic to bats ears.
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    > What I am not completely clear about, is why a...

    > What I am not completely clear about, is why a track saw produces a better cut than a traditional circ saw with a good blade and straight edge guide?

    There are probably several factors, but...
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    Here is a wood shrinkage calculator:...

    Here is a wood shrinkage calculator: https://www.popularwoodworking.com/tricks/how-to-calculate-wood-shrinkage-and-expansion/

    Would it require much more time and material to use conventional...
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    Thank you for the thoughts and insights. Lee...

    Thank you for the thoughts and insights. Lee Valley now has my money and I will be joining the ranks of the router-table-on-the-table-saw crew.
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    Router Lift Selection

    Can anyone offer some thoughts on the quality of the Jess-Em Rout-R-Lift?

    I use my router table from time to time to build projects so I don’t need industrial strength, but at the same time I...
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    Thanks — Tomorrow I’ll make some sawdust.

    Thanks — Tomorrow I’ll make some sawdust.
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    ‘Nuther newbie

    In spite of my best attempts to convince her that the gift of a small decorative box would be delightful, my daughter-in-law holds very sweetly to a request for a sign with the family name for their...
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    The Nefarious Lock Miter

    Having struggled for many years using a lousy router table with dodgy height adjustment and many test cuts per setup, I am on the verge of buying a Jess-Em lift with the table top and fence.

    That...
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    I’ve been a Lee Valley customer for decades and...

    I’ve been a Lee Valley customer for decades and even when it was my fault they have been entirely supportive, as if my happiness mattered more than their bottom line. Mind you, I have bought a lot...
  22. I have both. It would get old very fast if I had...

    I have both. It would get old very fast if I had to cut framing materials with a track saw. It’s perfect for managing sheet goods; I like it for making long angled or tapered cuts as well as...
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    Thanks -- great advice and a good range of...

    Thanks -- great advice and a good range of options. In the spirit of non-destructive solutions, I'll start with the UHMW tape -- then dimples, drill and tap, followed (if my history on these things...
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    Miter Gauge Hacks

    I recently bought a Sawstop contractor saw. It is a wonderful upgrade to the DeWalt jobsite saw I’ve been using for ages. The problem is that the miter gauge runner is loose in the table slot —...
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    Well, having pondered the wisdom proffered by the...

    Well, having pondered the wisdom proffered by the folks who took the time to respond, I bought a contractor’s sawstop yesterday and assembled it today.

    I have to say that the upgrade from a...
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