All I can say RE: your shop photography is "lens pen". <g>
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They're really, really handy. (Somebody tell David Eisen and Phully
about these, too. They haven't listened to me.) <vbg>
That bird's eye maple table for you mom is beautiful. Well done.
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A dull jointer can leave a glaze on the surface of the edge which a saw
blade won't. I know that hard maple can glaze to the point where a drop
of water will bead. I found that the use of freshly sharpened blades
reduces glazing. A sawn edge seems to take glue better.
It is a highly subjective observation and I have never tested relative
There's a difference though in the Freud blades available. The ones at
HD are contractor/consumer, thin-kerf, low cost "Diablo" & TK blades.
The only Freud blades I buy are the Industrial models (F, LM & LU
models). These blades have larger carbide teeth and generally full-kerf,
thicker plates. While the HD blades are in the $20-30 range, the
Industrial line runs $60-80 and are worth the price if you're after a
long-lasting quality blade that can be resharpened a number of times.
Just my 2 cents and bias.
if Lowe's can see it's way clear to opening a store closer than the 2
stores 24 miles from my house (in opposite directions), I'll be more
than happy to "owe Lowe's". I prefer them to our local HD's.
I stock up on blades whenever I find it on sale, Home Depot, Harbor Freight,
Lowe's, local tool store or wherever. I have blades anywhere from under $10
to your $70 price range. I do laminate and recycle wood and when you hit one
nail with your expensive blade it will perform no better than when I hit one
nail with my cheap blade. Anyway those cheap blades are either M2 or C2
carbide tipped so it really doesn't cut all that bad and many are cheaper to
replace than reshapren. Before I change out my blade I cut concrete boards
for kitchen or bathroom counter tops, something I don't think you want to do
with your precious CMT blade. Different strokes for different folks.
It was touched on but not hit very hard to my surprise. Old saw blades
are a resource for knife- and toolmakers, especially for beginners.
That's why I save mine, which I will get around to using if, according
to my plans, I live to be a thousand.
Great idea. I've got a small stack of semi-ancient pre-carbide era circ blades
somewhere generating rust, no doubt. I need to shore up Tunnel Three this
weekend anyway, so will
look for them while I'm down there.
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