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Default Never fails... (band saw blade change)

I'll have on my 1/2" 3 tooth per in. re-saw blade on and then change it to a 1/8" fine cut blade for smaller
radius cuts and dad-gum-it I immediately find multiple things I should have cut while having the larger blade on.

It is not really too big a deal as there are parts of the blade change I like and it doesn't really take that long but
just even that little bit of inefficiency frustrates me sometimes.

good thing I'm retired...

might have to get an additional smaller bandsaw - although wifey might not like me buying yet another machine.

AND - while I'm here I might need to let one of you guys know how much I really paid for all this stuff as opposed
to what I told my wife I buy it for so in the event of death y'all get get in before the estate sale
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dont feel bad about what your wife thinks you paid.

Just how much really do you think she spends at the hairdressers? with nothing to show for it a month later.
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Wife issues I'll leave to your own discretion.

I have a Laguna 14/12 that I usually keep a half inch blade in, but with 115 inch long blades, changing to a smaller size is a bit of a chore.

So I bought a 12 inch Rikon, which is identical to the WEN band saw. Takes a 72.5 inch blade. I keep a nice 3/16ths or 3/8ths blade on it. Very convenient since the Rikon sits in the shed-shop, vs the Laguna which lives in the garage. Blade changes on the Rikon are easy and very fast, so it's a very convenient tool.

Sounds to me like you should go ahead and get one, either WEN, Rikon or another identical saw. Why? Because you want one is reason enough. They're about $200 or so. Compare prices online.

Years ago my wife walked into my shop, looked around and asked, "are you ever going to make any money with all this stuff?" "About as much as you'll make with all your quilting machines honey," I replied. At the timeshe had more money in her quilting gear than I had in my shop, so no more was said. She's since taken up Art as her hobby so the quilting stuff sits idle. However, I'm discovering that art supplies and tuition for classes don't come cheap.

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I had the same issues changing blades on my Laguna 14/12 that I had purchased to update from my very old Easy Cut 12".
The Easy Cut was old school (1956) with small table exposed belts and wheels and badly worn tyres, "O" and no dust extraction.
Most of the time I found that I was changing to smaller blades for short periods with the 3/4" resaw and 1/2"being used the most used.
So I spent considerable time up dating my Easy Cut.
Made covers for wheels and belts.
Now have a larger clamp on table.
New tyres and bearings.
Dust extraction
And I fitted a Carter stabiliser guide.
Now it is so handy I use it quite often.
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I bought an 18" planning on using it to do a fair amount of resawing but Carter doesn't make guides that fit an 18 so if I can ever find a smaller one... It may be a really hard sell to wifey. She's pretty good about me buying tools but there are limits.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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I had the same problem and had an old Craftsman 3 wheeler 2nd machine and got to hating it so got rid of it and bought a new Wen 12" band saw and I am happy again.
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dont feel bad about what your wife thinks you paid.

Just how much really do you think she spends at the hairdressers? with nothing to show for it a month later.
Just having those thoughts is dangerous much less putting them to something traceable. Just in case, think your account was hijacked and keep that thought always at hand.
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I'll have on my 1/2" 3 tooth per in. re-saw blade on and then change it to a 1/8" fine cut blade for smaller
radius cuts and dad-gum-it I immediately find multiple things I should have cut while having the larger blade on.

It is not really too big a deal as there are parts of the blade change I like and it doesn't really take that long but
just even that little bit of inefficiency frustrates me sometimes.

good thing I'm retired...

might have to get an additional smaller bandsaw - although wifey might not like me buying yet another machine.

AND - while I'm here I might need to let one of you guys know how much I really paid for all this stuff as opposed
to what I told my wife I buy it for so in the event of death y'all get get in before the estate sale
Well not trying to up you one but try throwing in astronomy and fishing gear to up the ante. I started in astronomy way back when, maye 25 years ago, and my wife and I went to a shop in Laurel Maryland called Company 7. It's still there and Marty still owns it. I looked at the showroom display with it's many models of telescopes and mounts drooling over the Astro-Physics AP1200GTO mount figuring I'd never own one. The price tag alone was like 1/3 of a new car. And not some Kia either...So I settled on a Celestron Ultima 8 and a few good TeleVue eyepieces and lied my butt off without even knowing it. I told my wife that this along with my camera would last me a lifetime. Take my advice, never, ever, ever, even think or God forbid say that out loud. It's the biggest unintentional lie I ever uttered. The trail led to a C-11 and new Losmandy G-11 German Equatorial mount which also allowed for a CCD camera (just a small SBIG ST-7) which later was a ST-8E, then the ST-10XME and then finally the STL-11002, followed by replacing the mount with a AP900GTO mount, followed by a used 10" research grade OGS RC telescope (optical tube), followed by a 12.5" telescope (optical tube) research grade RC and a, you guessed it, new AP1200GTO. Of course over the years this all took place I sold the previous equipment as I upgraded and when we built our house out in the very rural countryside in 2002 I just had to build a roll off roof observatory with a warm room to house my computer system that controls all this including the software that allows all this to happen fully unattended. The roof was originally built and opened/closed via a chain drive garage door opener but of course that needed an upgrade to a 1/2 HP 3 phase gearmotor with spur drive that required an AC motor controller because I don't have 3 phase power at home. Or for that matter anywhere within miles of home. And that system requires a controller and software to open/close the roof and safeties to make sure it doesn't collide with any of the equipment which also means I need a cloud sensor to know when it's clear or cloudy not to mention the rain sensor to make sure I don't open the roof when it's raining or it opens on it's own while raining. Actually it doesn't open if it's cloudy but you see the logic. And none of this includes the software that allows all these programs to work in unison which I marvel at every day. Nor does it include all those "other" parts and pieces needed over time. You know automatic focusers, filter wheels, filters for that filter wheel, adaptive optics unit for the absolute best atmospheric guiding, spacers, field flatteners. But because of all this automation I was able to finally quit smoking after getting back from OSU's observatory project. Damn, I must be nuts and then I have a shop I'm trying to build up and enjoy.

My wife knows of the person that will handle the sale of the astronomy equipment, actually no joke, to get the real value for this equipment and I must disclose that a good bit of it came from bartering my assistance of setting up a good number of observatories at some universities and private operators. Mostly building and loading the computers, configurations and testing imaging systems.

And then there's the fishing gear. Well that's a lost leader........but the shop gear is something else and of course I have someone to deal with that as well. Hey, I've had a number of surgeries with having had both knees replaced, a bone removed from the base of my right thumb, and now an upcoming shoulder replacement, not to mention the cardiac ablation procedure for the no longer afib. I had for the last 6 years run on my volunteer rescue squad and I'm familiar with the risks of surgery. My wife is the love of my life and the center of my universe so I make sure that all is in order and that includes that no one takes advantage of her should/when something happens. The same friend that builds my telescopes knows about equipment and he'll make sure that it goes at a reasonable price. Another friend just wants to date my wife should something happen.....he's after the tools!

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Nothing like having a quilter in the house to up the ante and take up free space. ��

Just dropped 1,500 on a new sewing machine and that was a bargain considering what she started out looking at!������

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Nothing like having a quilter in the house to up the ante and take up free space. ��

Just dropped 1,500 on a new sewing machine and that was a bargain considering what she started out looking at!������
Double that for the surger, plus a Viking, then a big BabyLock, then a smaller, portable BabyLock, plus closets full of fabric (the good stuff), plus enough thread to go round the world several times, plus having someone do the final quilting with their wide quilting machine. And she won some county fair prizes, including a first place for a wonderful quilt that she then donated as a prize for a fire department lottery. So, not much to show for about a 10 year hobby.

I've kept all the receipts and instruction books for all my $100-plus tools, and I know I haven't spent nearly as much on them as we spent on the quilting gear. And now, it's art supplies and and online classes. Ever priced a fine sable brush?

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