That was the most objective, thorough, well written review
I've ever read. Your personal preferences and biases are
stated up front, along with your reasons for having them.
Unlike many, you're not an "early adopter" of the latest
craze, some based on new, untested, technology - most
merely creations of someone in the Marketing Department.
Nor are you an impulse buyer - "Oooooo - that looks neat!
Giving specs you actually measured (as opposed to the
manufaturer's claims) provides real world information AND
indirectly, gives others guidance as to what is important to
measure - usable bed length, bed flatness, bed rail deviaition
and faceplate runout.
The information on motor types and speed controls was
excellent and you objective observations re: the minor
shortcoming - worth noting - makes your evaluation even
So many reviews seem to be "Because I bought it, it's
GREAT!" They provide little to anyone trying to decide'
on tool A or tool B.
Thanks. Gives us all something to shoot for when reviewing
a tool - and things to look for in reviews by others.
Wow - that is quite the kudos - so much so I had to reserve more than
a spare moment to respond appropriately. While I am somehow left with
the feeling of just having read a "Tell Your Fortune for a Quarter"
card with those last few sentences (just kidding), I appreciate the
gracious acclaim. From a professional, no less.
Well, I probably left out a few things. Lateral and longitudinal bed
movement while spinning an off-center bowling ball comes to mind...
Used to read a lot of auto/stereo/test equipment reviews, and found it
interesting how many of them bore little resemblance to the actual
objects of their temporal affection.
That is what I was shooting for - as I found no information pertaining
to this particular model AT ALL in the archives. Hope someone finds
it useful in the future.
And unlike the current crop of divisive politicos and judicial
charlatans, I persevere to ferret out the truth (as it unfolds).
For those still interested, here is a photo of the complete setup:
(Yea, I swept the floor for the picture.)
The leg height risers are constructed of glued layers of 1/2" OSB.
Details of DIY Vacuum Chuck:
(Rotary Bearing milled from HDPE, 1/6" Duro 40 Buna-N, junkbox stuff.)
Details of Big-Ass DIY 16" Sander:
(Used for sanding wedges and rings for large segmented vessels.)
And while I'm at it, a DIY sharpening station built from scraps:
(Quicker to have a dedicated rest for each tool angle.
I resisted a jig but sharpening is quicker and the tools last longer.)
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