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    Jim, Iím not even sure what Iíd use a plunge base...

    Jim, Iím not even sure what Iíd use a plunge base for, but Festool finds ways to solve problems we didnít even know we had. Fein did the same when they built the Multimaster.

    I really like the...
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    I recently used a wooden straight edge and...

    I recently used a wooden straight edge and oscillating tool to cut the ends off an open staircase; to convert it to a ďcapturedĒ staircase. The stringer is varnished, not painted, so no caulking to...
  3. If you take the blade cover off, you may find the...

    If you take the blade cover off, you may find the problem there. Iím not familiar with the Makita, but if the Dewalt is similar this problem can be caused by sawdust collecting around the plunge...
  4. I have a trailer with wood sides I built about a...

    I have a trailer with wood sides I built about a decade or so ago. The trailer is used to hold yard debris, soil, gravel, etc. The side walls are marine ply. Itís just starting to wear after 10 years...
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    I used to run narrow kerf blades on most job site...

    I used to run narrow kerf blades on most job site tools thinking thatís all they could handle. Several years back I had a railing job where I needed to split a square post down the middle at an angle...
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    I moved into a house last year built in 1955. The...

    I moved into a house last year built in 1955. The built in kitchen cutting board is fir. When the kitchen cabinets were sanded for finish, the cutting board was in the stack. Since the guy who works...
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    If you have chips accumulating under the top...

    If you have chips accumulating under the top cover, there is a leak in one of the components. Itís likely in the fan shroud. I would check the seal around the blade/knife guard first, as this is far...
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    Buying new equipment can be much more exciting...

    Buying new equipment can be much more exciting than working on an old machine. And there are certainly more robust and accurate saws made. You may be missing an opportunity to learn about the...
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    Joint one face and one edge, make a slightly...

    Joint one face and one edge, make a slightly oversized cut on the bandsaw, then plane the other two sides to dimension. If your jointer and planer are set up accurately, the resulting boards should...
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    Doesnít BLO turn black in UV light? Or at least...

    Doesnít BLO turn black in UV light? Or at least get significantly darker with exposure. Might not be undesirable, however.
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    Penetrating stain is all I ever use on cedar....

    Penetrating stain is all I ever use on cedar. Okay Iíve painted some, but only because they made me do it. You will have to maintain any wood that lives outside if you want it to stay fresh looking....
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    While I would stay within the boundaries of...

    While I would stay within the boundaries of conventional wisdom when it comes to wood movement, I have seen all of these rules broken and still worked out just fine.

    If you can fasten a plywood...
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    Itís the key to making this the saw all that...

    Itís the key to making this the saw all that Festool says it can be ;).

    Actually, itís a key to lock the power button according to the manual. Only usable on European version. Your post made me...
  14. Iím not sure you understand how this works;...

    Iím not sure you understand how this works; youíre supposed to find a problem for which you ďmustĒ buy new tools. Renting tools is a cop out. What happens to the rest of us when renting tools starts...
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    Jared - if you have flutter with both blades ,...

    Jared - if you have flutter with both blades , then you need to check your saw ! It is either misaligned with the track or the bearings are shot. That freud performs flawlessly on my...
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    Erik makes a good point. Whenever I build T&G...

    Erik makes a good point. Whenever I build T&G panels for exterior use they get captured in ďdadosĒ allowing for movement. Sometimes these dados are built up and sometimes they are cut in. Either way...
  17. If you are making these cuts with the face of the...

    If you are making these cuts with the face of the board flat on the table as opposed to standing up against the fence, youíre working against physics. The angle of approach and diameter of the blade...
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    Youíll want to start with getting your jointer...

    Youíll want to start with getting your jointer set up properly. You need to be able to trust the results so the remainder of your preparation is consistent. Same goes for all machines used in the...
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    Sympathy for the old cabinetmaker

    Recently made some new doors for this old cabinet. The cabinets in this house were site built, likely in 1955. Itís got a new top and fresh paint on the inside. The paint on the carcass and drawer...
  20. When you say the 2x10 is treated, what treatment?...

    When you say the 2x10 is treated, what treatment? Pressure treated? Whatís the lumber being treated?

    Iíve mostly stopped building decks with wood, including joists and sometimes posts. When we do...
  21. Couple of things regarding WRC in general. First,...

    Couple of things regarding WRC in general. First, as Richard points out, most cedar bought today is from fast growing, young trees. There isnít much heartwood in the lumber being sold for outdoor...
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    John, there is an adapter that Dewalt makes for...

    John, there is an adapter that Dewalt makes for 18v to 20v conversion. I have one old style 18v tool left that I bought the adapter for. The tool, a rotary laser, uses so little power that Iíve not...
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    Lots of good methods already suggested, but...is...

    Lots of good methods already suggested, but...is that really how this bench was originally constructed? Was it shaped on the concave and convex surfaces or was it bent over the frame? I may be...
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    The rear support will help substantially as will...

    The rear support will help substantially as will a front edge glued onto the shelf.

    I have a closet which I recently reworked; cleat on back wall, cleats on each side, no front edge, 70Ē span....
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    Just the bridge on mine, the piece that clamps to...

    Just the bridge on mine, the piece that clamps to the rails, is at least 8Ē wide. This wouldnít leave much room between the blade and inside edge if your rails are flush to the left edge of your saw....
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