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  1. hand planes (after I learned how to get them...

    hand planes (after I learned how to get them adequately sharp), rail saw (so I can handle 3/4 sheets solo) and domino
  2. I would rent a commercial right angle drill & use...

    I would rent a commercial right angle drill & use a plumber's auger bit. You are going to be on a ladder drilling overhead to do that job. One thing about the commercial right angle drill I have is...
  3. fastcap screws work great for me -...

    fastcap screws work great for me - http://www.fastcap.com/estore/pc/PowerHead-Screws-Metal-p13284.htm

    and this gizmo lets you countersink perfectly every time -...
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    couple of suggestions... first I use a...

    couple of suggestions...

    first I use a spreadsheet to reduce the number of math errors in standard calcs - for example - if the cabinet case is A inches wide and I am using slides from XYZ co...
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    frameless for sure in a shop - use good ply -...

    frameless for sure in a shop - use good ply - assembly methods driven by the tools you own (biscuit jointer, domino, rabbit's/dado's, pocket screws) - I am a huge fan of the euro adjustable legs vs...
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    like the others I leave boxes clamped 20-30...

    like the others I leave boxes clamped 20-30 minutes, I write the "done" time on blue tape when they go in the clamps. I have found that by the time I assemble the parts for the next drawer, do a...
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    hey - if ya don't see the need/value then a track...

    hey - if ya don't see the need/value then a track saw is not for you & that's cool. For me it is the only tool that allows me to build plywood cabinet cases in any volume single-handed. Even with...
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    what phil said - the routers are great but what...

    what phil said - the routers are great but what makes them really shine is when they are combined with the rest of the accessories - for example when used with the rail and micro-adjust adaptor you...
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    i have a sharkguard with 4" blast gate & flex...

    i have a sharkguard with 4" blast gate & flex connection to the 6" ceiling run - 6" to TS cabinet. When the guard is not required the blast gate is closed and it hangs from a bungee hook off the...
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    I really like my 23 guage pin nailer but it is...

    I really like my 23 guage pin nailer but it is not without some drawbacks - the most important is to always pay attention to where you place your fingers when using it because the thin 23 guage pin...
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    I built my own custom large scale MFT style power...

    I built my own custom large scale MFT style power tool bench, cross cut capacity is ~ 40" - it is movable but NOT portable (unless you have a lift-gate truck :D ) - here is the post re that bench - ...
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    I have tried other brands - latest is abranet -...

    I have tried other brands - latest is abranet - it seems to work OK but does not last as long esp if you catch the edge even briefly... I have decided that while the festool is spendy the durability...
  13. every other major tool in my shop has good to...

    every other major tool in my shop has good to great references commercially available that show an ignorant novice how to use the tool and do so safely... except the shaper. It must be that this tool...
  14. I just locate the pin to cover the slot in the...

    I just locate the pin to cover the slot in the front - as long as the height of the pin > bottom slot depth nothing shows on the side
  15. blum makes a matching hinge for the edges of the...

    blum makes a matching hinge for the edges of the 2 doors - web search for "blum bi-fold hinge" - combine that with a 170 hinge to the cabinet case and you are good to go
  16. I have done some edging and finishing of concrete...

    I have done some edging and finishing of concrete counter tops and learned that compared to wood, the stone/concrete tooling is expensive. You also have to have water cooling and therefore a tool...
  17. the one who dies with the most tools... wins. ...

    the one who dies with the most tools... wins. were I to limit myself to only tools I know how to use I would not stand a chance.
  18. Dump the biscuits and use cauls to keep things...

    Dump the biscuits and use cauls to keep things flat as others have said. If the glued-up panel is < width capacity of your planer don't plane before the glue-up. Joint one face & both edges, make...
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    in my locale they have a recycle container for...

    in my locale they have a recycle container for yard waste - sawdust and metal free solid wood scraps go in there to be turned into compost
  20. James - yes that is exactly what a climb cut is -...

    James - yes that is exactly what a climb cut is - you really need to try it with your power feeder - the cut quality is amazing. Only down side is the mess - the cutter rotation tends the throw the...
  21. james do you have a power feeder on your...

    james

    do you have a power feeder on your shaper? I make a lot of flat panel doors and use 1/2" plywood for the panel - I just run a rabbit around the perimeter to fit into the grooves on the...
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    for sure keep the other saw. I am coming at it...

    for sure keep the other saw. I am coming at it from the other direction - have a 19" that has a 1/2" carbide blade - does everything great but close curves - I have my eye out for a 14" to get just...
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    MDF vs BB for jigs - depends on what the jig is...

    MDF vs BB for jigs - depends on what the jig is for (and often what is on hand in the scrap box).

    if I have a choice, i pick the material best suited for the type of jig - if flatness matters...
  24. I am not a pro and faced the same question when...

    I am not a pro and faced the same question when outfitting my shop - shaper or router table? Got a lot of good advice from this board when making that decision.

    One of the members here with a...
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    I do none of that - I am lazy - just add more wax...

    I do none of that - I am lazy - just add more wax when needed. Any wax transfer to the wood being machined has never been an issue for me - wax does not penetrate and I always have to scrape/sand...
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