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  1. Wow, the Woodpecker model everyone likes is...

    Wow, the Woodpecker model everyone likes is nearly seven hundred bucks. I got my JessEm Mast-R-Lift II for about half that by watching for price drops. It's $349 today on Amazon with Prime...
  2. Jack, That's the one. Put it on. Mine is a...

    Jack,

    That's the one. Put it on. Mine is a Taiwanese copy of the Record, but it works well. I too have generous, thick, wide chops front and rear, but lately I've been noticing I get some...
  3. James, For me, the photos did not come through....

    James,
    For me, the photos did not come through. Try using the photo attachment icons at the top of the post.
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    These are good suggestions for knocking back the...

    These are good suggestions for knocking back the rust you have.

    After that, a wipe down after each use is called for. Near my bench I keep an Altoids box with a folded microfiber cloth in it. ...
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    I have a Home Depot 80-tooth Diablo blade (by...

    I have a Home Depot 80-tooth Diablo blade (by Freud), recently sharpened and kept regularly clean. For clean plywood cuts I pre-score the line with the blade at a scant 1/6" or less height. That...
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    Bob, start with something you want to make. Then...

    Bob, start with something you want to make. Then plan the woodwork the piece requires. Following that plan will take you through a focused use of some ó but not all ó hand tools. That will show you...
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    Too true, Ronald. Times change. I love my...

    Too true, Ronald. Times change. I love my reliable, powerful 3 HP Delta Unisaw, made in 1997. My perception of Delta has been frozen with this machine, plus my 16" drill press and 12" planer of...
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    Jim (and others), I appreciate the interest. This...

    Jim (and others), I appreciate the interest. This week I had to clear the deck for a trip out of state to visit my son. Four clients crammed into yesterday and flight today. Alas, Iíll be out of the...
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    Gotta say, that thumbnail/knuckle talk hits home....

    Gotta say, that thumbnail/knuckle talk hits home. I'll carry this into the shop for sure.
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    Ever reliable with trenchant technique wisdom,...

    Ever reliable with trenchant technique wisdom, here comes Derek in my hour of need.

    Cut along two lines! While this plays mischief with the height-of-arm-off-the-floor concept, it seems a...
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    The plumb debate lives!

    This surges onward between Al and Derek. In my case I do set the pin board at the vertical. (A lot of good it's done me so far!)

    For tails (I confess) I use a magnetic guide for the right sides...
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    Prashun, I hope I've said enough about my setup...

    Prashun, I hope I've said enough about my setup in the vise. I cut these in the daytime with full light streaming in from a window directly above the bench, but I also have dog-hole-mounted LED...
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    Jim (you are also an encourager): My elbow is...

    Jim (you are also an encourager): My elbow is 46Ē off the floor. The top of my Moxon vise is 40 1/2" up. I put the board in 2 to 3 inches above the vise top, so that puts it 3 or 4 inches below my...
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    Love the Creek! What a trove of encouragement...

    Love the Creek! What a trove of encouragement and actionable advice. If you'll indulge me, I'll try to reply to each of you. So scroll down to see yours.

    First, though, thanks to Joe for the...
  15. This is what I value most about SMC: ideas and...

    This is what I value most about SMC: ideas and experience from across the spectrum.

    While I have always approached table saw blade alignment more or less along the lines Tom describes, I can see...
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    The gang that couldn't saw straight

    Wow.

    I need lots of practice. Today I marked several L-to-R pins on a scrap piece of poplar and set out to practice the cuts I did so poorly last time I worked on pins. Here's the end of the...
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    I have a CMT and a Freud, but I typically load my...

    I have a CMT and a Freud, but I typically load my two Diablo blades from Home Depot: a 24-tooth and an 80-tooth. (These are made by Freud, I believe.) I've had them sharpened once, last year. They...
  18. Iím always looking for an excuse to double my...

    Iím always looking for an excuse to double my workload. Just kidding.

    In this case, you could run the cut over the tablesaw with the blade extended half a millimeter. That will score the outer...
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    General Metalworking Best way to cut a saw plate?

    A rectangular fragment of a saw plate floating around in my shop was intended as a scraper. It turned out to be perfect to use to extend a saw kerf into the pin boards in half-blind dovetails. I was...
  20. Three layers of blue tape! Love it. Big time...

    Three layers of blue tape! Love it. Big time saver. Thanks. As always.

    For the marking step, Iím trying to master the left-right kerf-width offset to mark the pin board with the saw-kerf marking...
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    Some venerable craft here.

    Some venerable craft here.
  22. Derek, two questions relating to marking the...

    Derek, two questions relating to marking the pins:
    1) Are you in favor of using a shallow rabbet on the tail board to help with alignment?
    2) Can David Barronís alignment fixture just be flipped...
  23. This makes me glad I use Norton waterstones. Pay...

    This makes me glad I use Norton waterstones. Pay for a stone holder?!?
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    My lovely bride gifted me one of those FWW-issued...

    My lovely bride gifted me one of those FWW-issued posters (the version with the magazineís copy below it) in a basic plastic frame a couple of years back as a statement of support for my spending...
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    Last month I was wishing I knew where to get a...

    Last month I was wishing I knew where to get a folded brass back. I wanted to turn a 0.025Ē scraper rectangle into a kerfing tool for half-blind dovetails. Not having a source, I embedded the plate...
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