Nah, the Griz, Delta and Jet are pretty much the same saw with
slightly different stuff bolted to it. It's the illusion of choice
that makes it difficult.
I know you were asking about trunions, I did learn in comparing the
G0580 and G0555 that the 555 has larger trunions, but how it compares
to the others I don't know.
Veneer is just a part of the equation and the economic reasons do not enter
into the factor. Probably 75% of my woodworking is for income and as I get
nearer to retirement I want to go to smaller projects. Some veneers are
tuff to find and are expensive, especially in the exotics. Additionally I
want more control over the thickness. I would rather deal with 1/8" thick
than 1/16" or thinner stock. I have had a BS for 23 years and have not been
impressed with the performance and want to go with one that works as well as
my TS. I reason that if a BS can cut nice veneer the other cuts will
naturally fall into place.
Basically for a hobby the economic reason would be hard to justify but when
selling the goods the cost works out.
:> I'm just curious what's the logic on making your own veneer? Between:> the cost of the saw and blades I'm not seeing a lot economic reasons.
: Veneer is just a part of the equation and the economic reasons do not enter
: into the factor. Probably 75% of my woodworking is for income and as I get
: nearer to retirement I want to go to smaller projects. Some veneers are
: tuff to find and are expensive, especially in the exotics. Additionally I
: want more control over the thickness. I would rather deal with 1/8" thick
: than 1/16" or thinner stock.
And commercial veneer is way thinner than 1/16th -- a lot are now 1/100th
of an inch thick, most premium stuff comes in at 1/42nd.
That's really thin -- if you make your own, you have much more
ability to sand/scrape/plane it.
And another reason for resawing -- sometimes you find a really
gorgeous board, say of fiddleback maple, striped ebony, etc.
And you want it to go as far as possible. Use it as solid stock, you
get maybe a small bo. Slice it, and you can have (the
surface of) a tabletop.
-- Andy Barss
I will second that advice. I posted a question to this newsgroup several
weeks ago concerning the viability of veneering only one side of a
substrate. I had a great piece of maple that I wanted to "stretch". Since I
had never tried veneering I wanted as much advice as I could find.
I had lousy results with contact cement. I had great results with standard
woodworkers glue. I had several metal "angle" sections that provided great
clamping. Overall, my project was a great success. Resawing was easier that
I anticipated and since I have a Performax sander I was able to reach
uniformed thickness quite easily.
Veneering will be used in many future projects.
I went through the same evaluation you're going through and settled on
the MM16. It's got a 16" resaw, 4.8HP single phase motor and will take
up to 1.25" blades. I looked at Rikon and Laguna. I use the saw
exclusively for resawing as I've got an old 14" Delta for general use.
I picked the MM16 due to reviews, it's weight and value. It's at least
100 lbs. heavier than the equivalent Laguna (it's over 500 lbs.) and was
less expensive. Their customer service is excellent.
Shipping was about $200, so if you can deliver
I think the Laguna and MiniMax are in an upper league when compared to the
Rikon. The Rikon is a good saw for the money but like you I want a saw that
does what it is suppose to do but with some grace..
I see the Mini has Euro guides. I really don't care for the side guide
roller bearings that the less expensive saws have. Laguna now uses the
ceramic guides, how do you like the Euro style? Right now the guides seem
to be the glaring difference between the Mini and the Laguna. While the
Mini has a bit more weight, hp, etc. I think both saws are long past
adequate. The Mini certainly has the advantage of being some what local for
me. I want to resaw and cut veneer but will also being using it for every
thing else that you would do with a BS. Quick blade changes, if that is
possible, is a major factor for me also. I sold my old BS immediately
after getting the Rikon and now there is an empty space in my garage. :~!)
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