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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 12-16-2008, 05:37 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation - 2008 Holiday Contest - 2008 Holiday Contest

** Contest Ends: January 25th, 2009 **

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The Contest

In order to be entered into the contest you're required to write one of the following:

** It must be your story or tip or review, you cannot copy or steal other peoples work **
  • A router / woodworking tip
  • A story about a woodworking experience or experience in the shop where you learned from a mistake
  • A review of a tool, you must include at least 2 PROS (good things) and 2 CONS (bad things) about that specific tool, yes it can be ANY WOODWORKING TOOL

How the Winner is Picked

All users who write one of the above will be entered into the contest. When the contest ends January 25th, 2009 I will use a random number generator and randomly sort the numbers between 1 and "X", "X" being the amount of contest entries. Meaning, if there are 50 contest entries, it will randomly sort the numbers between 1 and 50. Numbers are assigned in the order the contest entries are received. If you're the 18th person to submit your contest entry (a router tip, or whatever of the three), you're entry #18.

The random number generator will randomly sort the numbers like below:

... etc
From the first to the third number will be the winners. Using the example:

First Place: 24
Second Place: 18
Third Place: 50

*** The winners will be selected at random!! ***

Rules and Guidelines

1. You must have submitted one of the writing pieces as described above before the contest deadline in order to be considered an "entry".
2. Maximum of 1 entry PER person
3. The winner is selected at random, there is no bias, it is randomly picked by a computer program
4. Your entry must be unique, it must be your original work and you may not steal or copy someone else's work
5. Any member is eligible for this contest, forum staff, forum contributers and registered members. Although, you're required to have a account in order to be eligible. If you do not have an account and would like one, please click here to register.
6. You MUST post your entry in this thread for it to be valid

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#2: bobski_50
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#20: Tale Gunner
#21: timber715
#22: Chipncut
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post #2 of 37 (permalink) Old 12-16-2008, 11:52 PM
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Default How I learned not to use a miter and fence at the same time

Once when I was teaching a painting class, we were making some simple supports for canvas on a table saw. At that point I had no experience with table saws. When I tried to use both the fence and the miter to guide the wood for a cross cut, one of my students, Dustin, stopped me. He had a lot of wood shop experience and explained that the wood could bind and fly off the table because it was constrained from two different directions. Oh... right.

I'm still grateful for his intervention. It was a bit embarrassing, but much less problematic than having one of us go to the hospital.

Interestingly, there are tools, such as a rail coping jig or a taper jig, that work would seem to contradict that rule. I suppose the difference is that those jigs don't follow the tracks in the tabletop; they're guided by the following the fence, so even though they look a bit like a miter, they're not comparable. They're more like extensions of the fence.

If anyone has recommendations, I'd love to find a good book that describes power tool safety. I'm sure there are plenty of other things that I could learn. Actually, that's one of the things I value about Router Forums: being able to learn about so many topics from smart folks!
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Default Contest entry

I have recently purchased the complete Jess-Em Mast-r Lift top. stand, lift, and fence.

It is without a doubt the finest router table i have ever used.

It is accurate, and most importantly repeatable.

The workmanship, fit and finish are superb.

It is sturdy and stable.

It is expensive (but worth it)

You have to build your own lower cabinet and dust collection lower shroud.
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Thanks guys both great entries, I have added you to the current entires list in the first post.


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Default Dust Collection Tip for Contest

Anybody that has a dust collector knows how hard it is to empty the lower bag and get it back on by yourself. Especially if you have switched to the clear plastic bags like I have. They are extremely slippery and hard to hold in place while you put the clamp on.

You could purchase some magnetic roll from one of the big box stores, and cut several strips that would act as a temporary hold while you position the bag and put the clamp in place. Personally I use magnets from old computer hard drives that have been disassembled. They are stronger than the rare earth magnets.
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post #6 of 37 (permalink) Old 12-17-2008, 04:59 AM
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First of all thanks alot for this great opportunity!! Very generous!!

My shop/woodworking experience/tip I'd like to share is something that would be so easily to avoid yet I constently find myself doing it....
I had just finished building the dart board cabinet that Oak Park sells plans for. Everything had gone well. Took a bit of imagination to plane and joint 8 foot long boards in a 12X12 room filled with tools, but I got it done.
The 3 panel cherry wood doors were perfect, it was the biggest and nicest project I ever accomplished. All that was left to do was to put the finish on it, so I didn't glue it together so that I could put the finish on each piece individually.
I wasn't sure of what finish I wanted to put on it, so I would post threads on this and other forums about it, and read up on finishes. Anyways, days became weeks and weeks became months and I still hadn't done anything. Then one day I'm hurrying up to pass the vacuum downstairs before the parents-in law arrive. I was missing about a foot of cord to reach the last corner of the room , so I gave it a tug in case it was stuck on something and then BADANG! My heart jumped, because I knew what it beautiful dartboard that I placed against the wall so that everyone could see (that is STILL not finished) fell face first on the floor and one of the brass pins used for a hinge had broken out of the side of the door. I think I actually invented a few new swear words at that point, but one thing for sure, I went through them all.
Fortunately, I was able to get it all glued back together and it doesn't even show...I was very lucky! The next day I went out shopping for finishes.
So from this I learnt to quit procrastinating and git 'er done!
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Two more great submissions, thanks guys!

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Default my Gizmo for holding a table to side

This was made for the purpose of holding my Gamble Entry table top to the sides.
I wanted to use the router and saw a similar device for a hold down. the dovetail portion was made from several like parts and then cut and fitted to the other parts ..I then cut the outlines on the band saw. this allows for the table to be installed before attaching it to the sides . also allows for movement.
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hey ya'll-
got my handy machine about a week ago,and i have to say,it's one of the most amazing machines i've ever used.
it takes the place of my dove tail jig and router table,it's very accurent and does a list of jobs that most of my shop machines do.
a couple of draw backs though is that it's sorta hard to make contact with the company if you want to ask a question or get some tech data help,and the instructions that come with it are not real clear and could pose a problem for some folks.(like me)
other than that, if you take some time to learn the software, you will be as amazed as i was.
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Thanks, added to the list

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