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New tools or accessories. I was just wondering what you got and how you like your new gifts. I got an Armor Dog hole table and so far I like it pretty good. I love having a flat service to work on. My daughter got me a few small Woodpecker tools. I gave her one of their catalogs with some stuff marked that I would like to have. Of course i marked way more than I got. :laugh2:

 

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hawkeye, just mark the most expensive items.
I got an air compressor, hose, tire inflating nozzle and a nozzle for cleaning off the power tools. Now to find a place to put all of my WWing stuff. Like putting 10 pounds in a 5 pound sack.
BTW, I get up to the VA several times a year.
 

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A new 1/4 sheet pad sander from Makita. My old PC 340 broke a $5 plastic part that holds the sanding pad and it is no longer available so I needed a new one. The Makita vibrates less than the old PC and is less tiring to use so I'm happy with it.
 

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hawkeye, just mark the most expensive items.
I got an air compressor, hose, tire inflating nozzle and a nozzle for cleaning off the power tools. Now to find a place to put all of my WWing stuff. Like putting 10 pounds in a 5 pound sack.
BTW, I get up to the VA several times a year.
Hey John I just live about 2 miles from the VA. Sometime when your in town come over and we will drink coffee and talk woodworking. Just send me a PM and I will give you directions.

Sounds like you had a great Christmas also.
 

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Santa skipped the woodworking this year and brought us a second car key. My son in law gave me one of those little electronic finders so maybe I won't lose them this time. I fully expect now to have the lost keys show up, that's how it works, doesn't it? $400 bucks for a key with 17 cents worth of electronics? Don't know how Santa can afford it.
 

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Got a nice primer decapper from my son, will handle any cartridge from up to .338 Lapua. Neat.

But on the woodworking side, I ordered a dozen mechanical pencils with different colored leads for myself; should be fun to play with. Being as my tools work, and I really don't need any others, that pretty much covers it. I'm satisfied.
 
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I got a Wixey Digital Planer Gage and a Kreg Jig for installing European hinges. And I gave myself a couple of Bessey Clamps I found on sale.
 
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Well, the big item hasn't arrived yet. I have been saving my pennies for a good while to buy a midi lathe for myself. Lo and behold, Woodcraft had the Rikon 70-220 on sale for $499 with free shipping. I pulled the trigger, also ordering chucks, sharpening tools etc. I then get an email the nest day saying that the lathe was back-ordered and would be 5 more days. I thought, no problem. Then when no correspondence was heard, I called and was told the 11th of Dec. Then the 22nd of Dec. Then the 26th of Dec. NOW it's the 26th of January 2018. Seems like the supplier bit off more than they could chew and over sold. Now they are waiting for "their ship to come in".
They asked me if I wanted a refund. I asked them if they would give me the same deal when the lathes arrived. I was told no.
The heck of it is, I could have driven the 3 hour trip to my nearest Woodcraft and picked one up that day. They had several in stock. But it would have cost me time and money for gas and other expenses.
Wifey says "patience is a virtue". I'm beginning to say "baa humbug". Be nice Steve, be nice.
 

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Incra 1000HD and Plunge base for Colt...

Guess I'll have to get myself all the other things I wanted... :)
 

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Forgot. Bought myself a tablet, because supposedly you can watch cable TV on it. That will allow me to watch The Woodwright's Shop when I visit my son on Saturdays. If it wasn't for that, I'd not have bought it. Headphones too.
 
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Last fall I asked my son to stop by the Lee Valley scratch and dent sale. I was busy at a furniture carving class at the local college so he agreed to go. He got there shortly after opening, but there were none there.

Lo and behold, under the tree was a Veritas low angle block plane with a PM-V11 blade. I have never indulged in the PM-V11 blades before, preferring to save money and sharpen more often (time vs money equation). Great son, great gift. I can now put my dad's old #120 Record block plane on the shelf. Lots of memories there, but the thread in the lever cap was stripped long ago.
 

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Incra 1000HD and Plunge base for Colt...

Guess I'll have to get myself all the other things I wanted... :)[



Nick you will like that Incra. I have one and I really like it. :smile:
 
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Forgot. Bought myself a tablet, because supposedly you can watch cable TV on it. That will allow me to watch The Woodwright's Shop when I visit my son on Saturdays. If it wasn't for that, I'd not have bought it. Headphones too.
Theo sounds like you have gone got yourself up to date. Glad to see you turn some of your old money into something for yourself.
 

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I have a 40+ year old Craftsman jig saw. I don't use it very often because it's tough to adjust and vibrates like crazy. I'm building a small cabinet to mount on a wall to hold some wiring and had to create two cutouts for switch plates. Since I really didn't want to butcher the cut outs with the old Craftsman, I played Santa to myself and gave myself a Bosch jig saw. Don't know why I waited so long. That thing is a pleasure to use. I'm sure I'll find more uses for it.
 

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Planning to buy the Sommerfeld Tongue & Groove Router Bit set and so treated myself to a Muscle Chuck so I can change the bits without needing to be a contortionist (the spindle nut is way down below the surface and I'd have to try to reach it going in between the posts of the router lift). I was hoping that Craig was going to be at the Woodworking Show here in Baltimore next weekend so I could pick them up, but it doesn't look as if he's going to be there. I did get a pair of the dovetail clamps to go with the Matchfit Dado Stop, been looking at the videos where they show some of the applications and already have a couple of jigs in mind that I could use.
 

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How's this for a Christmas present?

I managed to sell my old saw and got this from my family (santa). Once I got approval from SWMBO I ordered on Thursday 22nd, expecting it after Christmas and it came Friday 23rd and had it fully assembled on Saturday 24th, just in time. The manual and packaging was the best I have ever seen for a product of this type. Everything was color coded and well labelled. I needed help (next door neighbor) because of its weight but most of it I could do myself. Out of the box most things were spot on. The fence was perfect, the top was dead flat etc but the blade to slot alignment was out by 0.01". So I read the manual on how to adjust it and had it to under 0.001" in less than 30 minutes. My old table saw like most others requires the use of a dead blow hammer and loads of patients, luck and time to make this adjustment. On the Sawstop you use micro adjusting screws which makes the job dead easy. I bought a good quality Freud blade and the cuts are joint quality smooth, square and parallel. Yes, I am excited.

Compliments of the season to my fellow woodworkers

John
 

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How's this for a Christmas present?

I managed to sell my old saw and got this from my family (santa). Once I got approval from SWMBO I ordered on Thursday 22nd, expecting it after Christmas and it came Friday 23rd and had it fully assembled on Saturday 24th, just in time. The manual and packaging was the best I have ever seen for a product of this type. Everything was color coded and well labelled. I needed help (next door neighbor) because of its weight but most of it I could do myself. Out of the box most things were spot on. The fence was perfect, the top was dead flat etc but the blade to slot alignment was out by 0.01". So I read the manual on how to adjust it and had it to under 0.001" in less than 30 minutes. My old table saw like most others requires the use of a dead blow hammer and loads of patients, luck and time to make this adjustment. On the Sawstop you use micro adjusting screws which makes the job dead easy. I bought a good quality Freud blade and the cuts are joint quality smooth, square and parallel. Yes, I am excited.

Compliments of the season to my fellow woodworkers

John
Wow!!! John that Sawstop sure looks good setting in your shop. :smile:
 

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How's this for a Christmas present?

I managed to sell my old saw and got this from my family (santa). Once I got approval from SWMBO I ordered on Thursday 22nd, expecting it after Christmas and it came Friday 23rd and had it fully assembled on Saturday 24th, just in time. The manual and packaging was the best I have ever seen for a product of this type. Everything was color coded and well labelled. I needed help (next door neighbor) because of its weight but most of it I could do myself. Out of the box most things were spot on. The fence was perfect, the top was dead flat etc but the blade to slot alignment was out by 0.01". So I read the manual on how to adjust it and had it to under 0.001" in less than 30 minutes. My old table saw like most others requires the use of a dead blow hammer and loads of patients, luck and time to make this adjustment. On the Sawstop you use micro adjusting screws which makes the job dead easy. I bought a good quality Freud blade and the cuts are joint quality smooth, square and parallel. Yes, I am excited.

Compliments of the season to my fellow woodworkers

John
Wow! You must have been a VERY good boy this year! I had the pleasure of assembling a SawStop contractor's saw once, and I agree that it's the best set of instructions and packaging of parts I've seen before or since. I like everything about the SawStop, but I'm already married to my Unisaw.
 
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