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  1. Yes indeed. If a product is unsuitable for its...

    Yes indeed. If a product is unsuitable for its purpose, you should be able to return it, but of course you need to _tell_ them that it's a useless piece of ..., in a way that makes it clear that...
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    It's good that you mentioned sitting in a chair...

    It's good that you mentioned sitting in a chair (although I've never tried that, personally.) There is a certain balletic motion that goes into feeding the stock (face anyway.) IOW, applying pressure...
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    Purpleheart turns brown with age (the wood...

    Purpleheart turns brown with age (the wood surface oxidizes, no matter what the finish IME.) Expose a new surface with machining and the color can come back. Hard to work, as you say, and can be very...
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    May I introduce 7) Don't throw away the guard....

    May I introduce

    7) Don't throw away the guard.

    7a) (Corollary) If it feels unsafe, it probably is. (Perhaps the most general theorem in power tooldom.)
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    Speaking of which, does anyone know of a...

    Speaking of which, does anyone know of a replacement guard for a Powermatic 882? The standard guard kind of sucks, I have cardboard taped to mine, etc. It's by far the cheesiest part of an otherwise...
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    1) Don't be trippin' when you're jointing. The...

    1) Don't be trippin' when you're jointing. The blades are not as fascinating as you think they are.
    2) Don't lift the jointer up by its ears. It hates that.
    3) Always make sure the travel path of...
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    Well I don't know. That's about the same size as...

    Well I don't know. That's about the same size as an 11" Stonehenge. Hard to guess what it weighs, without knowing the species. :^)
  8. What difference does it make? All it costs them...

    What difference does it make? All it costs them is the minimal labor to put something back on the shelf, which is repaid by the good will of the customer.
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    When I want to make a weird troll-like little...

    When I want to make a weird troll-like little push block for an unusual situation, I snip off a piece of this:
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    You mean the ends of the_tracks_? Somehow I don't...

    You mean the ends of the_tracks_? Somehow I don't think that's what they were talking about.
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    I see a lot of stuff that's very affordable...

    I see a lot of stuff that's very affordable that's often sold by a guy named Harvey, in the automotive market, we're on a first name basis. Looks like you met him too. (I passed, it would have never...
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    Looks like a flood victim?

    Looks like a flood victim?
  13. Another mark against Abranet.

    Another mark against Abranet.
  14. I would imagine that they already have prototypes...

    I would imagine that they already have prototypes ready to go into production whenever legal gives the word.
  15. If that's the case, this would be a good...

    If that's the case, this would be a good opportunity to swap out the pads for the newer 42-hole Multi-Jetstream 2 pads, which do a better job of dust collection around the edge of the sanding area....
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    You're holding it wrong.

    You're holding it wrong.
  17. What sandpaper are you using? And with what pad?...

    What sandpaper are you using? And with what pad? Festool hard, medium, soft, etc. I use the Festool Ruben sandpaper, typically with a medium pad, along the grain, not substantially skipping grits,...
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    You're referring to the PortaMate 3550, which has...

    You're referring to the PortaMate 3550, which has four swiveling casters. One issue I have with it is ground clearance on uneven floors, which it has very little of. (The SawStop is much better in...
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    Ditto on the SawStop base. I have that, and also...

    Ditto on the SawStop base. I have that, and also some 3500's, and the SawStop base is easily nicer, one toe-tap and you're done; very smooth action. The base size seems typical for a table saw, you...
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    That's a good reason for the homeowner to have an...

    That's a good reason for the homeowner to have an umbrella insurance policy if there are significant assets at stake (like a house or retirement investments, etc.) They are cheap, and are a good line...
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    Moreover, it's not just a matter of their...

    Moreover, it's not just a matter of their intentions. They can be the most benign of people, but what matters is the chain of responsibility, and if the buck stops with _you_ because it happened on...
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    Speaking of which: If you get a referral from one...

    Speaking of which: If you get a referral from one of these sites, ask them if they're insured, and do they have proof of that. My experience is that the answer is often, What? Otherwise, if something...
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    The little hooky-things that Festool sells to...

    The little hooky-things that Festool sells to make longer tracks out of shorter ones, IMO they don't work reliably, it's really the workmanship of risk. It's one of their weaker products. I wouldn't...
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    Vegas, try Vegas. (Put the rest in an index...

    Vegas, try Vegas. (Put the rest in an index fund.)

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/12/style/vegas-wedding-chapels.html
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    I agree completely. It's one (of many) less...

    I agree completely. It's one (of many) less things to leak or break. OTOH, these things can wear from use and start to leak themselves. Which is why you should have a second house-wide shutoff valve...
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