As a member of this group for 6 years I've rarely seen Ed mention his
product, but I have seen him many times add helpfull advice to us. I also
appreciate his giving the opportunity to purchase it at half price. I
purchased mine at full price & think it's a great product
Might want to look before you leap - to a conclusion.
The gentleman in question has been an active contributor to
this group for at least 7 years that I know of, has a very
well thought out and useful set of set up devices product
line which he often makes available to members of this
group at special prices.
I have a Robland combination machine which has a dovetail
shaped miter slot that's quite different from what is found
no Delta and PowerMatic table saws. Mr. Bennett modified
one of his TS-Aligner Junior Deluxe units to accomodate
the Robland - at no additional cost. He has since added
a Robland version of the TS-Aligner to his product line. I
hope my recomendation of the TS-aligner to members of
the yahoo Robland X31 group resulted in some sales for
Mr. Bennett, and made setting up the X31 a little easier
for members of the group.
Oh, BTW - when Steve Knight of Knight Toolworks posts
something about a new handplane for sale - PLEASE
don't go off on him as a spammer.
And if Doug Stowe posts that he has a new book out
DON'T call him a spammer either.
If a Mr. Lee posts what you may think is an ad for
a product let it slide - and do a google search on
Groups - subject "Lee Valley" or -author "Robin Lee".
You're new here. Chill a little and get to know the
group a little better before going off on someone.
Lots of folks here with a lot of knowledge and
experience to share - much of which you will find
Welcome to the group. Look foreward to your
questions and answers.
I'm not sure that there is anybody around to remember, but I think I
posted my first message to the group in 1994 (about 12 years ago!).
Perhaps some people still remember the dark days of the "Bennett Wars".
I recently found some of those messages and was pretty embarrassed!
What a learning experience.
It was in 1995 that I put a lot of ideas from group members together to
create TS-Aligner Jr. (it's why I think that this offer is so
appropriate). I cobbled together a prototype and took it with me to
the American Woodworker (pre Reader's Digest) show in Philadelphia. It
has evolved a lot over the years because of continued involvement from
members like you. Thanks!
The page for ordering 16 unit bulk packs of Jr's is now up:
I hope that this works out well for members of the group, their
friends, associates, relatives, and anyone else who is interested. If
people really don't think that this is a useful offer, then please let
me know what would be better.
I figured that at least one self appointed spam enforcement official
would cry foul. I really don't have to do anything for the group. I
don't have to share my expertise. I don't have to offer any special
deals to rec.woodworking members. I could just sit by, passivly
gathering email addresses for a spam list or gleaning ideas for new
products, taking advantage of the group without ever offering to return
the favor. There are a whole bunch of manufacturers and dealers doing
exactly that. They read this group daily and do nothing in return.
But, I choose to do things a little differently. And, I'm very
encouraged by those who recognize the effort. It leads me to believe
that this group still has a lot going for it.
charlie b wrote:
I remember when people here used to take you to task for refering
to yourself as something like "the inventor of the table saw aligner"
in your .sig.
Here's a blast from the past:
Back then you wouldn't have even considered posting an ad in this
newsgroup. Now some of the most vocal newbies here, like
Mr Miller and Mr Michaels are defending you. How the times
Anyhow, regarding SPAM:
regarding Usenet spam:
As to whether or not your ad was appropriate to this newsgroup,
well, discussion of what is or is not on topic for rec.woodworking
is off-topic for rec.woodworking, isn't it?
I am the proud owner of a TS-Aligner Jr. I don't use it every day, but
when I do use it, I find it indispensable. It is a very
well-thought-out precision instrument, and I'm quite happy with my
purchase. My point is, I never would have known that such a tool
existed if it were not for Mr. Bennett's posts to this forum. Thanks
Ed, and your occassional "spams" are welcome in my book.
"We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom
that is in it - and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down
on a hot stove-lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove-lid
again---and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold
one anymore." - Mark Twain
Should just let this thread be - but
Got ANY slop between the piece of wood you slip in the miter
slot and the sides of the miter slot? If you do it comes
acrossed in your measuring. If you don't then the wood
or even UMHW (or is it UHMW - ultra heigh molecular weight)
may/will bind in the miter slot as you slide down it to take
your second measurment.
Mr. Bennett's product (see how I got around using TS-Aligner?)
has three bearings under the part that travels down the
miter slot - two fixed and one moveable left/right to eliminate
slop while avoiding binding. And they can be removed when
not needed - like when checking/setting joiner/planer knives,
checking infeed and outfeed tables for parallel with the
joiner/planer cutter head, drill press and router run out,
. . .
I've got a Robland X-31 - five function combi with a sliding
table. More settings inter relationships than you can shake
a stick at - and it's a euro machine so there's metric just
to make things interesting. The TS-A makes the set up
and maintenance a bit easier - and every lit bit helps.
ps - Anyone remember Stuart Brandt's (Whole Earth Catalog)
bulletin board The Well? Or the IMSAI? 8080, 8080A or 6502
ring any bells? On the first limited production run micro
processor that actually worked, there are three letters on it.
The last letter is an F. Anyone know what the F stands for?
Hint, its the last name of the kid who did the mask drawings.
What's his last name?
charlie b (in email@example.com) said:
| ps - Anyone remember Stuart Brandt's (Whole Earth Catalog)
| bulletin board The Well? Or the IMSAI? 8080, 8080A or 6502
| ring any bells?
Still have my IMSAI (but sold off my ASR-38 long ago; but still have
my paper tape splicer).
DeSoto, Iowa USA
Yes, but why did you leave out the 4004? I remember the ACM meeting where
Adm. Grace Hopper showed a picture of the chip layout. The first computer
for under $1000, IIR what she said. Of course, you had to buy 10,000 or so
to get that price :-).
There my memory fails me. But do you remember a minicomputer named Sue?
It's turtles, all the way down
Lockheed came out with the computer shortly after the song, IIRC. The acronym
stood for "System User Engineered", a blatant example of reaching a little
too far for a catchy name :-).
As delivered, it came with a teletype. After writing a program, I first had
to punch it out on paper tape using "ghost" code (4 bits per frame), then:
Load the Fortran compiler.
Load my source tape.
Punch out the assembler code.
Load the assembler.
Load the assembler code.
Punch out the object code.
Load the link editor.
Load the object code.
Load the subroutine library tape(s),
Punch out the executable program.
Load the executable program.
All this at an effective speed of 55 baud :-).
If I avoided getting a tape jam in all of that, I then got to test my program
and do the whole thing over again if I found a bug. It did tend to make one
into a verrry careful programmer :-).
I also got very good at wrapping paper tape by the bowtie method :-).
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