I recently resubscribed to Woodworker's Journal. I dropped it a
couple years ago, I was getting too many mags and was having trouble
finding shop time. They finally made me an offer I couldn't refuse so
I signed up again. Besides, I have had success with a couple of their
Today's mail brought the April, 2009 issue. I was pleased to see the
cover photo showed the new Unisaw, with the headline "ALL-AMERICAN
TABLE SAW At last you can buy a U.S.-made table saw again! We give the
new Unisaw a test run (page 19)."
Now I have a nearly new Jet, and no intent to buy a new saw, but I've
found the new model Unisaw interesting since it was announced last
year, and I was expecting a detailed review of the Unisaw, what works,
what does not, etc.
I flip right to page 19 and find...
A freakin' fold out AD is the cover story??
Yep. Page 19 is a fold out Delta ad wrapped around a description of
four rabbet joints. The entire "test run" was described in the
subtitle, two sentences: "We were pleased to have the chance to put a
pre-production version of Delta's new Unisaw through its paces. The
first American-built table saw in some years, it performed with flying
colors in our author's wood shop." The rest of the "article" (six
whole paragraphs!) was a generic method of creating rabbets with a
table saw. Within the actual article there was NO mention of the
Unisaw. The accompanying photos could have been made with any saw,
though on two you might see the riving knife if you look closely.
If all that "America's leading woodworking authority" can find to say
about the Unisaw is that it can cut rabbets with "flying colors", I
think it will be easy to let this subscription lapse next time. Oh,
wait. They never SAID the Unisaw could cut rabbets. They didn't say it
could cut anything, only that it was pacing around the shop. Maybe it
vibrates a lot?
If you see this one on the newsstand, I'd suggest you leave it there.
And don't be enticed by the "BONUS Innovator's Tool Catalog" which is
also splashed on the cover. That little gem is an eight page Rockler