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BobD
BobD
Technical Editor
Joined: 08-17-2004
Location: Lebanon, Pa
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  • BobD
    replied to New Saw
    For the top of the Jet, you position the top of the blade in the holder, and then flip a lever that simultaneously grabs the blade and tensions it. On the bottom, it's similar to the Hegner clamp in that you remove the clamp and put it in a special holder to loosen and reclamp a blade, but unlike the...
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  • BobD
    replied to New Saw
    Paladin,
    You are literally the only person I've talked to that feels that way! We found the top clamp finicky and challenging to get on the first try. It also totally prevented you from being able to top feed the saw. I'm glad to find someone to advocate for the saw. For me, the top clamps were...
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  • BobD
    replied to New Saw
    The consensus at our office was that unless you swap out the blade clamps/heads on the Jet, it's not worth using. They are just too much of a pain to use.

    If you're looking for something similar to the EX, I'd look at the Seyco and King Industrial (sold by Woodcraft). The Seyco saw has...
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  • BobD
    replied to UV protection
    And as I was writing, I realized that another fun test would be to take a wood that changes color dramatically (padauk, purpleheart, or something similar). Take one piece and just set it in the window, and another chunk in a dark place. Then, use one of those vacuum sealers for foot and vacuum seal...
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  • BobD
    replied to UV protection
    I've done some research on this. The compounds that block the UV rays break down over time and you need to reapply it periodically to renew that protection.

    We've got an article coming up where I made two sample boards using the same finishes in three rows (acrylic paint-thinned, acrylic...
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  • BobD
    started a topic Test Cutter Needed for Traditional Fretwork

    Test Cutter Needed for Traditional Fretwork

    Fox Chapel Publishing (our parent company) is looking for a test cutter for a long-term project cutting, finishing, and assembling on average two traditional fretwork-type projects a week for the foreseeable future. The test cutter will be paid an hourly rate. If you're interested, please e-mail samples...
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