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  1. I use my track saw with an old blade to cut...

    I use my track saw with an old blade to cut drywall. Not sure I've ever tried it on foam board but I'm not surprised others report favorable results. It's a versatile tool.
  2. One reason I make my own tenons is I like them to...

    One reason I make my own tenons is I like them to be wider when that fits the project. That gives me even more side grain contact area in the joint. It is easy to make longer mortises by making...
  3. I took some photos a day or two ago which I will...

    I took some photos a day or two ago which I will share. Two show the overall setup at a couple different angles, one shows the bench upside down to show how the legs attach and the plastic PVC clips...
  4. I think the accuracy has already been accurately...

    I think the accuracy has already been accurately stated but I will add my 2 cents anyway. Metal moves with temperature but not enough to matter at temperatures our body can tolerate. I looked up a...
  5. God has blessed and I am easily able to buy...

    God has blessed and I am easily able to buy festool cutters and pre made dominos. If I did woodworking for a living I might. I also like using wider more normal tenons, however, when that is what...
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    I don't think you will hurt anything by using a...

    I don't think you will hurt anything by using a full top but I also don't think it is necessary. I built a similar sized island for my last house and I just used a couple 4 inch wide pieces on the...
  7. By the time I replaced my 12mm Festool cutter...

    By the time I replaced my 12mm Festool cutter with an Amana I was out of the 12mm dominos I got from the original owner when I bought it. So I've never put a Festool domino into a mortise made by a...
  8. Scott, It becomes really overpriced when...

    Scott,

    It becomes really overpriced when you consider Amana and CMT offer the cutters for about half the price Festool wants and it is pretty easy to make your own tenons. I do not use Festool...
  9. Jon, I do not have pictures at this moment but...

    Jon,

    I do not have pictures at this moment but will take some if you want them. I built my own portable shooting bench and my own front rest that is adjustable for windage and elevation. I do...
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    I use both thin kerf and full kerf blades on my...

    I use both thin kerf and full kerf blades on my 1.75hp PCS. The need for the thin kerf is a function of both depth of cut and the grain of the wood. Wood that wants to close on the blade can be an...
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    Tom, Any accomplished wood worker that is...

    Tom,

    Any accomplished wood worker that is happy with their setup does not need a track saw in my opinion. I think you might like one if you had one but I do not think you need it.

    I agree...
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    They are not cheap but your project sounds like a...

    They are not cheap but your project sounds like a potential justification for a Domino. I have the XL and it is by far my favorite way to make mortises (I have used a plunge router and still own a...
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    Getting the offset from the blade to the edge of...

    Getting the offset from the blade to the edge of the base of a circular saw was not an easy thing for me to do real accurately. I used a "shoot board" of plywood cut by the blade at first use but...
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    I've mentioned cutting boards edge for glueup for...

    I've mentioned cutting boards edge for glueup for my 10 foot dining room table. I did the same thing for a cabinet in my great room a little less than 8 feet long. More recently I trimmed a gate I...
  15. I recently finished a set of 10 dining room...

    I recently finished a set of 10 dining room chairs. I decided I "needed" an oscillating belt sander to help with the curved top rail and the legs. I could not find a Rigid so I bought a Wen. I...
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    Tom, If I was to make another set of kitchen...

    Tom,

    If I was to make another set of kitchen cabinets, which appears unlikely, I would definitely cut all the boxes out with my track saw. To do crosscuts, I have a jig that puts my shortest...
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    I built a lot of things over about 4 decades...

    I built a lot of things over about 4 decades without a track saw. But I am very happy I bought one about 10 years ago. I also convinced my church to get one for us "volunteers" that help out with...
  18. The one kitchen I made all the cabinets for was...

    The one kitchen I made all the cabinets for was before I had even heard of a tracksaw. I used my circular saw for break down cuts and my table saw to make all the finish cuts. My late wife like the...
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    My "upgrade" was to a Jet SFX, 14 inch. It does...

    My "upgrade" was to a Jet SFX, 14 inch. It does not have the issues you are experiencing but 14 inches from the blade to the column may not be what you need. I find a 3/4 blade works significantly...
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    Jack, When I had a router table setup in the...

    Jack,

    When I had a router table setup in the extension wing of my table saw I did exactly what you describe but I used a PC 690 router. I thought the router was getting too hot. The DC is trying...
  21. I think Fallingwater is more south than east but...

    I think Fallingwater is more south than east but I agree it is a great place to tour.

    There used to be a WW store on the west side of town that had a lot of hardwoods in addition to a good supply...
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    I own no DW routers but have a DeWalt plunge...

    I own no DW routers but have a DeWalt plunge router on my wish list. The one that used to be an Elu.

    I used a Ryobi R500 plunge router motor on my router table for about 20 years. The bottom...
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    I saw a forest laboratory report recently where...

    I saw a forest laboratory report recently where they tested a lot of finishes to see how they blocked moisture pickup. I think it was posted on another website but it might have been here. Epoxy...
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    The 2x3 scrap was less than a foot long. But I...

    The 2x3 scrap was less than a foot long. But I will not do this again holding the piece regardless of length. I will clamp it down - or just risk damaging the insert. I make my own so the cost is...
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    I was raising a 3/4 dado stack through a zero...

    I was raising a 3/4 dado stack through a zero clearance insert with no opening (yet) of my Colliflower throat plate. I had the dado cartridge in. This was my first experience changing cartridges...
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