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    i have a 2 ton jet on a gantry lift system we...

    i have a 2 ton jet on a gantry lift system we built in the shop, and it's worked flawlessly for 3 years. 220V single phase. we lift a ~1000 lb lifting platform up about 15'.
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    for pure time savings, i'm going with: wide...

    for pure time savings, i'm going with:

    wide belt sander
    CNC
    kundig edge sander
  3. for such an expensive new machine (>$20k), this...

    for such an expensive new machine (>$20k), this is pathetic, unacceptable service. if SCM is going to sell a machine for the US market, don't make the purchaser wait two weeks to use it because of...
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    i use the 30" blum 569s all the time, and i pay...

    i use the 30" blum 569s all the time, and i pay ~$45 a pair from richelieu.
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    i think it has to oscillate or you're going to...

    i think it has to oscillate or you're going to quickly cause lines and stripes. the platen is useful for final passes, but if that's the choice, 99 times out of 100 i would say you need the belt to...
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    it's been my experience that - for...

    it's been my experience that - for furniture-grade work - i cannot go to the finishing room off of the wide belt. ROS is required for a fine finish. that said, i agree it's an indispensable tool. ...
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    third vote for mac's clamps. terrific quality,...

    third vote for mac's clamps. terrific quality, and absolutely increased the value, usability and safety of my slider. i have zero regrets and think it was money well spent.
  8. to close the loop, i attacked this this morning,...

    to close the loop, i attacked this this morning, and i had it nailed in about an hour. one of those challenges where i was clearly overthinking it, and the execution and results are perfect. easy...
  9. joe, thanks. this particular profile is on a...

    joe, thanks. this particular profile is on a newly-sharpened freeborn set, and i'm cutting sapele which is pretty soft. i'll make a solid sub-base with fence, and back up the cut, and be careful. ...
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    i won't speak for jim, but i always do 5/8"...

    i won't speak for jim, but i always do 5/8" drawers, and don't plan on modifying the pin sizing and spacing. ever. i could see building a blanket chest or two and dovetailing the sides, but the...
  11. yeah kevin this was my first gut feel on how to...

    yeah kevin this was my first gut feel on how to approach it, but was wondering if there were tricks. this seems reasonable. thanks.
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    david thank you for this. very helpful. i'll...

    david thank you for this. very helpful. i'll talk to jim and we may target the manual model and put the $10k extra toward another machine.

    --- dz
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    i get it... have a jig... have used it for...

    i get it... have a jig... have used it for years... but we like good machines, and the speed and efficiency that comes with them. arguably most of my shop i "don't need" to make the things i make,...
  14. oh, that's smart mel. duh, never thought of...

    oh, that's smart mel. duh, never thought of that. so basically run the stick cut on the stiles, come back and cleanly remove it, and do a butt joint except for the mitered portion meeting the stick...
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    tom, fair and appropriate question. we have...

    tom, fair and appropriate question. we have outsourced drawers for a number of years, and make some of our own... the bottom line is that we really like to control the quality, typically do very...
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    advice needed - dovetailer

    we're considering adding a (new) dovetailer to the shop. we're looking at the Omec 650A, and the Dodds SE1-AFA. we don't do a lot of production work - we make "dozens" of drawers a year, not...
  17. help from shaper experts - cope and stick acute angle

    guys, i could use a bit of guidance please... i need to make a cope and stick "squat triangle" where the "stiles" continue up the sides at a steep angle, and the bottom rail contacts the stiles at a...
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    i don't have the T54, but i have the Martin...

    i don't have the T54, but i have the Martin TP300, which has a 530mm tersa head. i went to this machine from a minimax with a spiral (byrd) head. i wouldn't go back - i love the tersa head, love...
  19. yeah i use the slip-it gel. also have a spray...

    yeah i use the slip-it gel. also have a spray bottle, but the gel sticks better and is easy to apply with a rag - i can load up the rag and walk around and hit all of the machines in ten minutes. ...
  20. i do a lot of veneering with both shop sawn and...

    i do a lot of veneering with both shop sawn and commercial - what i've found is that i have to keep the shop sawn no thicker than 0.050" or it'll act like solid wood. for glue, the best success i've...
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    if you're asking for bigger scale, and willing to...

    if you're asking for bigger scale, and willing to spend some money, consider a Pizzi glue pressure pot. i have one, with a bunch of applicators for veneering, edge gluing, dominos, etc., and at this...
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    my jointer push blocks are foot-long chunks of...

    my jointer push blocks are foot-long chunks of 2x6s with drywall screws poking out the bottom, and 3/4" black pipe "handles" wrapped in hockey stick tape. they are heavy, solid, stable, and grip...
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    i can't speak to what you get at home depot. ...

    i can't speak to what you get at home depot.

    that said, i use columbia almost exclusively for the high-end casework i make - specifically the prefinished maple, VC. i buy from plywood suppliers,...
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    bill, have you found that the belts from IA have...

    bill, have you found that the belts from IA have a flat enough seam? they quoted me $10 each for cloth backed, Al2O3.
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    looks like 8" x 79".

    looks like 8" x 79".
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