I've got some gloating to do, then I have a couple of questions.
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A couple of weeks ago, SWMBO and I were laying in bed one weekend morning, drinking our coffee and watching Norm build an Adirondack love seat. I suggested that it would make a nice replacement to the delapidated bench sitting in front of the house that we got from the Borg a few years ago. She agreed. As I watched the construction proceed, I soon realized my current tool inventory was not up to the task. There's a lot of curved pieces in this project, and I don't have a bandsaw.
"I might be able to build it if I had a decent jigsaw, but the one I have is a POS" I murmured between sips of coffee. It's a 20+ year old teeny tiny Craftsman with a shoe that won't stay at a right angle to the blade, and vibrates so badly that any tools laying on the workbench have to be tied down to keep them from falling of the edge. Its ability to actually *cut* anything, even with a new blade, also leaves a lot to be desired. "Well you should get a new one" she said.
Having recently received a couple of HD gift cards as a result of some hand tool purchases, I merrily invaded the Borg hive and picked up a Bosch 1587AVSP. Oh baby. The difference between this thing and my old POS is like the difference between driving a Cadillac and a ..... roller skate. And, as luck would have it, it was packaged with a couple of "free" clamps. As long as I was there, and since the jigsaw was almost free (due to the gift cards) I was pretty easily able to talk myself into a PC 333 ROS to complement/upgrade the B&D 1/4 sheet finish sander I've been using for years. I haven't taken it out of the box yet, but it won't be long.
Well, yesterday the plans and video for the love seat arrived in the mail. After watching the video a bit more carefully, and looking at the plans, I realized the jigsaw wasn't going to cut it (pun intended). "Hey honey, I'm not going to be able to do this with a jigsaw. I need a bandsaw......and a planer". "Okay, get what you need". Gawd, you gotta love her.
About 15 minutes later, my new bandsaw was ordered. As I speak, a Grizzly G0555 complete with riser kit and movable base is being picked, packed, and readied for delivery to sunny Tampa Florida. I haven't quite picked a planer yet, but I'm leaning heavily toward the Ryobi. The consensus in the group seems to be that it is a pretty good machine for the money, and I've spent a sh*t load of money lately on tools, so this might be a good opportunity to save a few bucks. After all, I still have to buy some good bandsaw blades, Duginske's book, and even though SWMBO and I decided to forego exchanging Xmas gifts in favor of recarpeting the house, I'm feeling the need to go to the jewelry store to show my appreciation.
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I need some advice on bandsaw blades. By all accounts, it seems Timberwolf blades are the way to go, but the selection seems a bit overwhelming. Since this love seat is going to get painted, I plan to make it out of PT pine instead of the Cypress Norm calls for. My immediate need then is for a blade to cut fairly large radius curves in 1 to 1.5 inch PT. Future projects undoubtably will call for smaller radius curves in harder wood and some resawing. I'm looking to buy two or three blades, and I'd like some suggestions on blade width/tooth count combinations to get me started.
On a somewhat unrelated note, I've got a Makita 3612BR router that's about ten years old. Until recently, it sat unused in the garage for about 6-7 years. When I put any kind of significant load on it, I can see sparks through the vents in the top of the motor housing. With no or very little load, I don't see them. I checked the brushes and they have a good 3/8" left on them before they wear down to the little replacement indicators. Are the sparks normal? Am I trying to remove too much material too fast? My most recent experience was cutting a groove 3/8" deep (in one pass) with a new 1/2" straight bit in PT pine.
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If you made it this far, thanks for your kind attention.