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    Finally got to break in the new Dewalt 20" 788 today. Have had it set up for 2 weeks but no time to use it. Today was the day!! (time off) I cut this using 3/8" Quartersawn white oak (flooring scrap)with FD-SR #5, slight stain using Miniwax Golden Pecan, followed by 3 coats of spray Deft, sanded between coats (220grit). Made for my wife of 27 years who has a love for carousels and lighthouses. Comments Welcome! Saw seems to work well. Will have a little learning curve from the Makita SJ401.

    Tim
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    "All it Takes For the Forces of EVIL to Rule Is For Enough GOOD People To DO NOTHING!"

    Saws: Excaliber 30; Dewalt 788 'Twins', Makita SJ401 (Retired), Grizzly G1012 18" Bandsaw

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    Core-Eagle, I to have just purchased a new 788, about 4 weeks ago. I am already on my second table because the first one was not flat, the second one they sent me is not flat either!!!
    If you goto this link you can read my post about it.

    http://www.scrollsawer.com/forum/showthread.php?t=6830

    You might want to double check yours, the problem I have with the 2 of mine is right where the blade passes threw the table, the little tear drop cut out. Place a stright edge over that with a light behind it and you might just find a high spot in your table that will keep you from getting a 90 degree angle. And of course the thicker the wood the more pronounced it will be. And if you email dewalt about it they will tell you this is the first they have heard about it and will send you a new table with the exact same problem and then when you ask about that one they will tell you to take it to your nearest service center and the marry-go-round continues! If that is the case let me know and I will give you the information you need to talk to the man who thinks this is not a problem with Dewalt saws!

    Very nice work though , hopefully your table is one of the few good ones out there!

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    • #3
      Tim,
      Congradulations on your new saw! Your project looks great keep them coming.
      Bill
      Delta P-20

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      • #4
        Very nice, Tim. Now, just wait for your wife to mention that she'd like you to make her a working carousel!

        Gill
        There is no opinion, however absurd, which men will not readily embrace as soon as they can be brought to the conviction that it is readily adopted.
        (Schopenhauer, Die Kunst Recht zu Behalten)

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        • #5
          Nice job there Tim, I can hear the carousel music and I bet there was a big smile from the wife.
          Bill

          DeWalt 788



          aut viam inveniam aut faciam

          God gives us only what we can handle.. Apparently God thinks I am one tough cookie.....

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          • #6
            Very cute! Congrats on the new saw.
            Carrie

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            • #7
              Nice work Tim,

              I like the finish, was it the Deft laquer or Urethane? If it was the laquer there is no need to sand between coats lacquer bonds to itself by 'melting' the previous coat, that's why you don't need to clean brushes used for lacquer (or shellac, for that matter) and I'd be affraid to sand through a thin spray finish with 220 grit, but... whatever it was you did: it does look good .

              Hope you enjoy your DW788 as much as I enjoy mine.

              Regards,
              Marcel
              http://marleb.com
              DW788. -Have fun in the shop or it isn't a hobby anymore.

              NOTE: No trees were killed in the sending of this message, but a large number of electrons were terribly inconvenienced.

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              • #8
                Tim,
                Terrific cutting job! No wonder your wife is pleased.
                I'm interested in why you chose that orientation in the wood. The grain appears to go across the pattern. As a carver, I'm pretty aware of the grain, and would have tried to orient it with the fragile parts - like the posts and the horse's legs, to help prevent breakage. Of course, there are always those times when caution goes to the wind because there is only one way the pattern fits on the intended piece of wood.
                In any case, nice going.
                Last edited by sheltiecarver; 05-01-2006, 11:52 AM.

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                • #9
                  For a first project on a new saw, its great! Congrats. Like Gill said, once your wife looks at some pattern catalogs, you will be making a working carousel, so be prepared for that.I generally dont stain my scrolling work, but yours turned out great. I find that a coat of Danish oil on red oak, followed by 3 to 5 coats of the aerosol deft gives it almost exactly the color of using Minwax Golden pecan stain. Its just so hard to get stain in all those tight little areas, and so easy to miss one. Thats a project to proudly hang on the wall Tim. Your next assignment is getting yourself more scrolling time, so you can feed that scrolling addiction!!!!! dale
                  Dale w/ yella saws

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by core-eagle
                    Finally got to break in the new Dewalt 20" 788 today. Have had it set up for 2 weeks but no time to use it. Today was the day!! (time off) I cut this using 3/8" Quartersawn white oak (flooring scrap)with FD-SR #5, slight stain using Miniwax Golden Pecan, followed by 3 coats of spray Deft, sanded between coats (220grit). Made for my wife of 27 years who has a love for carousels and lighthouses. Comments Welcome! Saw seems to work well. Will have a little learning curve from the Makita SJ401.

                    Tim
                    Hi Tim. good going. I see you chose one of the hardiest woods you could cut..(JUST LIKE ME) lol. did you find it jumped from the soft wood to the hard wood. hahah. its a bitc_____ haah. good going my new friend. you did it. of course I did a big old clock with my Quartesawn white oak. that was fun. but got it done. looks like you belong here. we always doe the hard things first,. now it will get easyer. nice wook. your new friend Evie Welcome

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                    • #11
                      The full working carousel is already in the plan stage. I plan on making another one out of Brazilian Cherry (flooring scrap) and Purpleheart. Saw time will be rare the next few weeks as flooring business is going ballistic! Good money equals more tools!!! Thanks for the comments!

                      Tim
                      "All it Takes For the Forces of EVIL to Rule Is For Enough GOOD People To DO NOTHING!"

                      Saws: Excaliber 30; Dewalt 788 'Twins', Makita SJ401 (Retired), Grizzly G1012 18" Bandsaw

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