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Howdy,
I'm a complete newbie as far as woodwork is concerned; I've milled, drilled and turned lots of metal and I thought that there's be some transfer of skills. There is, but the greatest transfer is the recognition that I've done something wrong.
I went to a local sawmill on Saturday and was given a sack-full of otherwise useless off-cuts of all sorts of wood. I had oak, beech, elm, pine, hornbeam, acacia heart-wood and lots of other bits (most of them only a couple of inches long).
After a Sunday afternoon of using a router for the very first time, I now know all about burning, chip-clogging the cutting tool, the multitudinous hazards included in the plunging process and the sound of the cutting part of the tool shearing off of the stem. It's all about learning!! So I tell myself.
Wood has as many guises as metal, from lead to tool-steel. Rates of feed are critical, sharpness of the cutter is paramount and the one thing that I simply can't get used to is the fact that there is no way to lubricate the cutter.
I'm also amazed at the amount of mess a simple bevel cut on 12 inches of pine plank makes!! A dust extractor is the very next purchase! Once I've got that, and a couple of more hours of experience with this brand new tool, I'll be back.
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Hi Steve,

The best thing that woodworking teaches, (atleast my opinon anyways), is that it teaches "patience". You've taken a few steps into the wonderful world of woodworking. Take things slow, keep safety a first, you'll do just fine.

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Welcome the the wonderful world of woodworking and the forum. I have to agree with everything Ken said especially the PATIENCE part. Slow and safe and always remember fingers can't be replaced. Saw blades and routers bits don't know the difference between flesh and wood. Very relaxing, rewarding and educating hobby.
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. . . Saw blades and routers bits don't know the difference between flesh and wood. . . .
Actually --- an outfit called SawStop makes one they claim CAN.
But I'll take their word for it -- leave it to someone else to put it to the test.

Welcome aboard Steve - enjoy your new adventure.

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Hi DC

It has a nick name, called the Hot Dog saw (that they use in the Demo)

I saw the demo and it's a great saw BUT if you try and cut a hot dog (finger ) the blade is done for it/toast .
$3,000.oo table saw,,,not for the home shop I think,,,most go nuts when it's over 500.oo dollars...just to cut some wood ....

I didn't know they had one out for the router table, is that a new item... ?

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Hi DC

It has a nick name, called the Hot Dog saw (that they use in the Demo)

I saw the demo and it's a great saw BUT if you try and cut a hot dog (finger ) the blade is done for it/toast .

I didn't know they had one out for the router table, is that a new item... ?

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Bob, my wife watched a demo of that saw on "This Old House" and the only thing she said was "Get one!!" Not an option right now, but will be looking for an upgrade someday and that will be it. Not too worried about the ruined blade as the store has lots of more. Haven't found a store that sells fingers yet.

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Hi Bj,

It's not the blade that needs to be changed out.

From SawStop's site : "The standard and dado brake cartridges are single-use components that must be changed if the brake is ever activated. Changing a brake cartridge is fast and easy, no more complicated than changing the blade."

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It has a nick name, called the Hot Dog saw (that they use in the Demo)
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I didn't know they had one out for the router table, is that a new item... ?

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Not that I know of -
I was refering to the same table saw you are.
Sorry for any confusion.

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Ken, I have seen the demos and it look like the blade is toast also. It gets fused into the brake when triggered. Even with that it's still better than loosing a body part.

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A couple of pointers Steve, firstly don't attempt to rout small pieces unless they are secured in a jig, then go as fast as you like, however if you do, you will have to develop similar skills to mine, that is become adept at hiding errors or turning errors into features! Finally I must tell you what I tell all newcomers to routing, get into the habit of unplugging the router when changing cutters, don't rely on the switch alone. Happy routing Steve.

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