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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-23-2010, 09:36 AM Thread Starter
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Been using the new saw to finish up the project I was working on prior to it. Had to recut all the plywood as almost every piece wasn't cut straight on the old saw and I had just gotten used to accepting that.

On the new one things stay nice and straight, I just don't like the miter gauge. The cheaper saws I have owned have had nicer miter gauges. Too bad they aren't swappable. So I have been hinting that I need a new one for my birthday, especially since an incra is on sale at rockler right now.

I ebayed a new (to me) 2.25hp or 2.5hp plunge router, still waiting for it to arrive.

I also got a sears dovetail jig from ebay that I succeeded in cutting into the plastic template on the second try Will still make 1/2" non-flush blind dovetails, and 1/4" blind and non-flush blind along with box joints of the same size. Just haven't been able to get up the courage to try it again.

I finally got my wheelchair/scooter carrier with ramp - Harbor Freight Tools - Quality Tools at the Lowest Prices after my Wife checked the local stores every tuesday all month long seeing if they had one in stock. She used a 20% off coupon on top of it.

That trip also got me a little drill press, not sure if it was on sale or not or if the price on the harborfreight.com website is what it was at the store or not, but another 20% coupon was used. - Harbor Freight Tools - Quality Tools at the Lowest Prices

And went half in on a 8' L x 5' W trailer with my Dad that was on sale for $500 at Northern. Been talking about doing this a couple of years now and were going to do it last year but he had some cost come up right after tax season that made it so he thought he better not spend the money or my mother would be complaining. I think it was a fridge or stove replacement.

Also got a template and base kit, the 66 1/4" bit router set (the router on it's way is 1/2" and I think even mentioned a 3/8" collet).

The outside the house stuff has kept me too tired to do much but sleep lately is why my absence. The days I have been awake lately and not been away from home for whatever errand have been put to helping figure out what to toss for cleanup day and then after the trailer was loaded, reloading it to make room for my parent's junk too since they are on vacation over cleanup day (left a couple of days ago, cleanup day is Saturday, won't be back until a few days after). Unless I have a neighbor ask me to take some stuff in this will be the first year in a long time that other people's junk and the money they gave towards the fee didn't cover our costs and we will have to pay for it our self. Even made a $20 profit one year, but the people insisted on paying me.

I figure from now on if the weather is good there will be enough things going on during the weekends with the garage and the gardens and the rocks around the house that need landscape cloth under them that I will be acting as gofer on the golf cart or actually doing some of it that most of the week I will be sleeping a lot. But will try to make time every day to toss the ball for the young dog.

I've been very fortunate with the tools and stuff my Wife has bought for me this year. This would normally be 5-10 years worth of stuff. No clue what opened up the purse strings so wide, maybe a bump on the head

Now I just need to get going more and make more stuff for her or the house than I make firewood kindling for my parents.
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Derek that's really great news! Congrats on all the new toys. It's really nice once you get your shop set up just having the things you need to do the job. Sounds like your shop is almost complete. We'll be waiting to see all the great projects soon to be pouring forth from there.

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Glad to hear that you are enjoying the new saw, and the carrier. Will that make You a little more mobile? Have You seen if Menarfs has caught up with the others as far as power chairs? Have fun, i learned that You can't wish for every thing, You may darn well yet it

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Man, what a string of good news, Derek! Sounds like you're going to be very, very busy!

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I have used the carrier once to go to home depot...it seems a bit wobbly, but it made it to the store. There is a slight problem with the pin holes being slightly off kilter. I need to take it apart so that I have just that part and re-drill it. I might drill another hitch pin hole as we have a receiver that can let it go through further, which might make it a bit less wobbly.

Never seen a power chair at menards yet. Can't even remember if they had a wheel chair from my pre-wheel chair days and before hardly any stores had the power carts at all.

I have almost finished the project I was working on before the saw change. Cabinet is even hung and in use, but I need to make doors for it. I didn't do that yet as we wanted to use it for a bit and see if it needed another shelf added to part of it or if it needed a divider on any level. Plus we didn't have any hinges at home so I didn't want to make a half overlay door and have her buy full overlay hinges because I said the wrong thing.

I have been using my golf cart in the back yard more to sit out with the dogs, toss the ball for the pup (still under 3yrs, so still a pup to me) and just sit outside after being trapped inside all winter.

The new saw is great, super quiet. I do need to upgrade the blade, but haven't been able to convince she who pays for things of that yet even tho she agrees the blade isn't the greatest.

I've added an ebay find of a 2.5hp HF router...needs new compression springs tho, but those are cheap. The auction didn't mention missing parts so we contacted the seller and he is sending the missing 1/4 and 3/8 collets.

Now that my wife isn't doing taxes until 11pm-12am I am getting less done as she wants me to stop and watch tv and eat supper at a much earlier hour than it used to be. Plus she is in bed sleeping at the time I used to be doing some of this during tax season.

I haven't had time for the forum much lately as the added activity of being outside almost every day has me worn out so tend to be sleeping instead of using the computer.
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Derek it's great to hear you are back at it in the shop. Now that spring is here I think all of us are experiencing the time division between the shop and the great out doors. The spouse is back on days and afternoons so yes now I actually have to make supper every day and all the other mundane tasks I could put off when the spouse was on nightshift. But I also get more help around the house now so I can't complain too much.
Table saws notioriously come with crappy blades. Doesn't seem to matter what brand you buy or how much you pay they always skimp on the blade. That doesn't mean you have to spend a fortune on a new one. One of the best blades I bought was a local hardware store's name brand blade (general purpose blade). I only paid 40.00 for it and it worked great but dulled rather quickly. I am now looking for a local blade sharpening service and I'm going to try that on several of the saw blades I seem to have worn out. I cut a lot of ply and hard wood with the table saw so I think that's what's dulling the blades so quickly.
Be sure to post some pistures of your projects. We look forward to seeing them.

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