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02-02-2021, 20:36   #106
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Good deals on Festool track saws are like the old 75 bus route in Dublin. You'd wait ages and ages, then 2 come along almost at the same time.



Festool authorised dealer, campaign pricing at €599 including VAT with fast charger and two 5.2a Bluetooth batteries, systainer etc. No track but I have enough of those already.

And as if I wasn't delighted with that, I realised the TS55 referenced in the last post didn't cost me €550. It cost me €499. I was nearly squint eyed by the time I'd finished searching and comparing, but went to register warranties and spotted my happy mistake.

I know that's a good whack to lay out on saws and I don't take that for granted, but back to that same old tale now, I could use these for 3-5 years and will almost certainly get back what I paid for them. Corrected for my error, I paid €24 to swap a 6 year old saw for a brand new one with warranty. Where else would you be able to do that? These fellas with their Rolex watch investments are at a mugs game by comparison!
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26-03-2021, 23:18   #107
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had a little helper in the shed this evening.

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27-03-2021, 19:17   #108
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Brand new Trend chamfer bit gave up on me today, gouged a lump out of the piece of walnut for a sideboard I was working on. Looks like the threads were stripped on the 3mm grub screw, which went flying across the room; still haven't found the bearing. Re-cut the four panels down 20mm, did the chamfer with the table saw instead..

Bit was part of a set of 8 or so bits for about €70-ish, I know its not big money compared to higher end bits (I'm a filthy casual-hard to justify 40-50 plus per bit..), but am I wrong to have expected more? I nipped up all the bits with bearings back when I got the kit as well..


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That's shïte. I don't think your expectations were too high. I've an even cheaper set, and I'd expect them to work. Might check any with bearings tomorrow, though...

Could be just a case of it being doa and getting passed QC.

Glad you were able to salvage the timber.
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Chinese crap. That's annoying for sure, and it's not like they cost Aliexpress prices, but the quality is no different. They're rubbish.

I was looking at some Trend router bits last week myself. Disgusted to see what was once a great brand also put their name in the toilet and hit the flush handle.

Their Pro grade cutters costs a packet. The lower priced Craft line stuff is just flogging junk with their name on it.
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Lesson learned today-just buy decent ones as the need arises instead of sets.
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have only rarely turned yew, and it's quite different from a lot of other woods.
i sanded up to 600 grit on a shallow bowl last night, and applied some BLO, and you can see patterns in how the sandpaperran up against the wood.
i used a sanding disc on a drill, because i'd have been sanding air otherwise, but didn't think i'd need to be *that* consistent with the direction i sanded.
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Sorry to throw a question into the middle of this thread, didn’t want to c4ate one just for this. I’m finding it hard to find some ultra fine sandpaper, up to 600 grit or higher. It’s to finish some sample chessboards, has anyone got any ideas where I may find some in store or to order online, from an Irish business preferably.
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600 grit or higher. Quin-lok in kilbeggan. Not sure if they are online.

Any motor factor will have paper up to 3000 grit.

What material are you sanding.
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Where are you based? There's a chap in d11 runs a wooddturning supply place I've bought rolls of 600 grit from before. It's backed so as to be compatible with velcro systems, but he may do plain sheets too.
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600 grit or higher. Quin-lok in kilbeggan. Not sure if they are online.

Any motor factor will have paper up to 3000 grit.

What material are you sanding.
Testing some different combinations, oak, Scandinavian pine, cherry, mahogany, cedar. Kilbeggan isn’t too far, might try them out. Thanks.
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Of course when you are using 600+ grit papers, you are not really sanding just polishing.

You probably know that your items need to be blemish free before you get into superfine papers.
600+ grits will not polish out visual scratches ect.
Its just for polishing to a higher gloss.
For fine paper polishing, your timber choices need to be dense materials.

Mahogany and oak will finish well, softer materials like cedar and pine are too soft to get a paper polished sheen.
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Plenty of vids on youtube about polishing wood with sandpaper.
https://www.google.com/search?client...2egQbJ_ZmgCw18

I first learnt about sandpaper polishing at the age of 14 when I spent my 3 months summer holidays working
for 2 master cabinetmakers in Dromina in Cork.Father and son. Father was 80+ years and had me hand polishing 2
chairs for the alter in the local church. I spent days with all types of paper and cabinet scrapers.

When it was finished, it looked like it had been finished in many coats of french polish, even before it was.
At 14...I thought it was magic.......and gerry's dad just smiled. He knew he had given me something I would never forget.
Which he had..

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i've been given a fair heft of a slab of decades old elm burr. worms have gotten to it, but thankfully so far the good parts aren't too bad. i'm bringing it to someone more experienced than i to help with figuring out how to carve it up, it's like a reverse jigsaw puzzle doing this where you can't see a lot of the puzzle.
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i've been given a fair heft of a slab of decades old elm burr. worms have gotten to it, but thankfully so far the good parts aren't too bad. i'm bringing it to someone more experienced than i to help with figuring out how to carve it up, it's like a reverse jigsaw puzzle doing this where you can't see a lot of the puzzle.
fill the holes with resin would be pritty cool
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