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post #101 of 105 Old 12-07-2013, 10:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Duane Bledsoe
If you're talking about $4 per day, as I read somewhere else in this thread, no they cannot. Stop saying it, it's starting to sound silly. It sounded silly the first time it was said. A lot of people doing woodworking and loving the craft ARE the general population. Who do you think the OP is? Who do you think I am? I love it but I absolutely cannot spare another $100 per month, or even $75 per month to purchase non essentials. I'd feel even $50 per month if it were a constant payment over a long period. But I'm not going to quit woodworking, or wait until I can someday afford that $100 payment either. Occasionally I'll be able to spare $100 in a single pop and then I'll add something to what I need to have extra abilities in the shop. That's how the general population does it. I could save that $100, and add to it, and in two years I'd have enough to buy a super nice router, or I can have a $100 Craftsman now and be active in the hobby. How can you not get that?

But anyway, if I've offended you I apologize. I got carried away with my rebuttal comments and went too far with the sarcasm. But my points have been made and now I'm done.
I don't believe I have disagreed with you on any of your points except, Crapsman are great tools.

If you want to interject sarcasm best off if you use a smiley face as those posts can easily be misunderstood.

In all the posts I've made here I have never recommended any of my tools except one. Porter Cable 690 router. And there is no argument that can break the fact that it is the best router pound for pound ever made.


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Originally Posted by amckenzie4 View Post
It's more useful to talk about "good tools" and "bad tools."
The worst tool in my shop often turns out to be the one I blame for being crappy, when the truth is I simply don't know that I never learned to use it correctly. So read read read and find a shop buddy to do some projects with. Even someone of similar skill - the two of you may have complimentary strenghts/weaknesses so you can teach each other.

If it jams, force it. If it breaks, it needed replacing anyway!
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It easier to drink. Then you have an excuse. Don't blame it in the tool.

Cut it twice, measure once and it's still too short.
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Hey all I'm new to this forum just thought I'd add a little input on the crosscut sled. Sounds like you did everything right with the table saw sled except you didn't leave any room to adjust the front "fence". That your work peice rides against. I can go into a lot of detail on making one of these useful jigs but it sounds like the only thing you need to hear is how to make it adjustable and you'll be all set. If you can put the sled in the saw and clamp it to the table or clamp a board across the "table" of the fence, you can actually remove the "front fence" and make it adjustable. Just screw it to the "table" of the sled on the left side and you can use a slotted or oversized hole and a screw it on the right with a washer so that it can be adjusted. Then you can make your five sided cut and see which way you need to move the fence. Clamp it again, loosen the screw, move the fence a tiny bit and tighten the screw and repeat the process til you're as square as you need to be.
I'm not sure what your sled looks like or how it's made but if you can remove the fence you should be good to go. Also if your wooden"guide rails" have too much play in the slots you won't get consistent cuts. It's better to make those from something really hard like maple. If they start out right you can usually sand them and pass them through the saw slots over and over...and over and they'll loosen up and it'll run true but be loose enough to use. I've built a ton of euro cabs with a contractors saw and a crosscut sled that was really fine tuned and I always had square parts. I also spent years struggling and getting frustrated trying to do something I was still developing the skills for. My advice would be to focus on projects and things you want to build and get the tools you really need as you really need them.
Jeez I did t mean to be so long winded...
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Sorry I meant start out tight
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