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Goodbye, old friend

Well, I finally had to throw in the towel on my old, second-hand, auction-bought tablesaw. It was my first tablesaw, and I hoped it would be my second-to-last tablesaw, too. My goal was to make it last until I bought “The Last Saw I’d Ever Own.” You know: the 3HP, 52-inch capacity cabinet saw that would have to be dropped in place by crane and not moved again until 2 weeks after my funeral. Read more

Gloom, despair, and agony on me …

… Deep, dark depression!  Excessive misery! If it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all! Gloom, despair, and agony on me!

The folks around the office are getting tired of me whining that my home computer is out of commission. A lot of you are saying, “so what? It’s just a computer.” Please bear in mind that, as a multimedia editor, this is the equivalent of going from a 5-packs-a-day habit to a cold-turkey-quit. I’m an unrepentant addict. Read more

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Back in Business

After taking a weekend off to recover from the IWF in Atlanta, I took a few minutes on Labor Day and got one 220-volt outlet wired from my subpanel. That means I can finally get to work on the Powermatic PM2000 I bought used last winter. (The rest of the rewiring can wait until the fall camping season is over.)

Because it was “preowned,” the saw was already fully assembled, but after hauling it across town on a trailer in Read more

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Pimp Your Cabinet Saw

One of the most memorable parts of the International Woodworking Fair (IWF) in Atlanta last week was stumbling upon the Wood Werks Supply booth. This woodworking supply house in Columbus, Ohio, sells, among other things, Powermatic’s PM2000 cabinet saw. Big deal—a lot of places sell that machine, right? But at Wood Werks, their “Powermatic Customs” program allows you to trick out your saw before they ship it. Read more

Finally!

As my loyal, loyal readers know (I see you, Dave. Don’t you have a meeting?), the move from the Sooner state saw most of my tools left behind in a defunct dairy bar on my parents’ rambling country estate.  But now that we’ve settled back down into Mortgage-town, the remainder of my tools have managed to make their way into my garage.

First order of business, fix up my neglected old tablesaw. I bought a early-to-mid-80s Craftsman contractor saw at an auction a few years back. Plus, a friend and employer from way back in my construction days was retiring and generously gave me a nearly identical saw. I took the best parts of both saws and came up with Frankensaw:

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Best tool deal?

So, the Grizzly Tent Sale along with the recent article in issue 179, “The Best Tool I Ever Bought,” got me thinking about this question. What is the best tool deal I ever got? I think this is a question that has some real discussion potential. It’s the woodworking equivalent of old war stories. So, I’ll start.
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