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  1. I suggest the best breakdown table is 4x8 and at...

    I suggest the best breakdown table is 4x8 and at about the same height as your delivery vehicle - in my case a pickup truck bed. I cover the 3/4 plywood top with a 1" foam sheet as a sacrificial...
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    Ignorance can be expensive at times... I seem to...

    Ignorance can be expensive at times... I seem to re-learn that lesson all too often myself - my most recent was forgetting to properly tighten the inboard shaper fence after the final adjustment :)...
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    perfect way to test your circuit breaker...

    perfect way to test your circuit breaker sizing..... I would have a fire extinguisher in hand and talk your most gullible buddy into plugging it in.... use a wood broom handle to turn it on and...
  4. I must be lucky... I made a 2" thick end grain...

    I must be lucky... I made a 2" thick end grain top for a mobile cart 5 years ago - it is 100% end grain; but I paid no attention to grain orientation during glue-up, it is mix of mahogany, hard maple...
  5. I have a matched tongue & groove cutter set for...

    I have a matched tongue & groove cutter set for the shaper. I have done this for large cabinet runs as I also use frameless euro designs. My edge banding process is:

    1. rough cut plywood panels...
  6. I made a larger version for a mobile cart - I...

    I made a larger version for a mobile cart - I tried all kinds of ways to get it flat (other than the planer) and the best solution I found was winding sticks and a belt sander with vacuum pickup.
  7. I use scrap Ipe decking - countersink the screws...

    I use scrap Ipe decking - countersink the screws - the wood is indestructible.
  8. I have an older pm2700 and a lot of the...

    I have an older pm2700 and a lot of the components look the same. One positive - 3 speeds as my PM2700 only has 2. Negative (to me) is the control box above the table vs below on the powermatic -...
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    I have the TS75 and like it. One factor to...

    I have the TS75 and like it. One factor to consider is do you expect to ever buy a Festool router - if yes the rail system for the saw also fits router attachments and adds a lot to the tool's...
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    Building your own cabinet cases makes sense if...

    Building your own cabinet cases makes sense if you want non-stock dimensions, have the skills & tooling and are willing to invest the time vs writing a check to a custom cabinet shop. Storage of...
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    nice garage sale score

    nice garage sale score
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    my response to sellers like that is to very...

    my response to sellers like that is to very politely say "I don't dispute that this whatever is worth y$ to you but is only worth z$ to me. Here is my phone number if you ever decide to sell it...
  13. one factor in the failure could have been the...

    one factor in the failure could have been the excessive heat from the self-cleaning oven cycle - I know it fries circuit boards in ovens so it might be a factor in the cabinet failure
  14. +1 for hot melt glue - works like a champ

    +1 for hot melt glue - works like a champ
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    nice comparison - much appreciated. If one only...

    nice comparison - much appreciated. If one only wants a track saw the festool is hard to rationalize given the cost difference.

    If you also consider a festool router with a micro adjust rail...
  16. shop vacs are like many things in life - you...

    shop vacs are like many things in life - you often get what you pay for. Features that are essential (IMHO) for a shop vac used for sanding are:


    HEPA filter - why even bother if the vac makes...
  17. I have cut profiles in soapstone using a regular...

    I have cut profiles in soapstone using a regular router and carbide bit. when it comes to harder stuff like granite or cast concrete you need water cooled diamond tooling - one of the reasons why it...
  18. looks very cool - only question for me would be -...

    looks very cool - only question for me would be - how hard was it to make??
  19. check out sharkguard to see if they make one for...

    check out sharkguard to see if they make one for your TS - you get riving knife, blade guard and DC all in one very well made accessory
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    my festool track saw has a better x-cut quality...

    my festool track saw has a better x-cut quality than any other tool I have including a sliding table TS with RidgeCarbide finish blade & new ZCI. I have a large format MFT that can quickly & safely...
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    Irvin - re solid wood expansion - it exists and...

    Irvin - re solid wood expansion - it exists and it will break things - it does not matter how the solid wood is built up - why is plywood different is the question to ask - the answer is because each...
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    the bed rollers are so you can plane rough cut...

    the bed rollers are so you can plane rough cut boards - the rougher you need to handle the higher you want the rollers above the bed - if you only plane smooth stock you can dispense with the rollers...
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    for what you are saving on wood you can afford to...

    for what you are saving on wood you can afford to get a set of new blades or get the existing ones re-sharpened. I found Ipe to cut just fine with carbide blades but it is a challenge to shape & I...
  24. when I made my end grain butcher block top I just...

    when I made my end grain butcher block top I just put glue on one side & it has been a couple of years of daily use and no problems as yet - if you want to be really sure just add some extra glue to...
  25. i have that vice for about 3 years - use the heck...

    i have that vice for about 3 years - use the heck out of it - it works just as well as advertised.

    expensive but worth every dang penny - i really like buying US made but refuse to do so blindly -...
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