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XACTA SAW" LEFT complete with table and legs


XACTA SAW1" RIGHT shown with optional table and legs


Choice is a powerful tool

XACTA SAW" LEFT complete with table and legs


XACTA SAW1" RIGHT shown with optional table and legs


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ale protetto da copyright that this particular article was devoted to aftermarket add-ons, but I feel you would have done your readers a service by referencing your earlier article (AW #43), in which you praise the broad range of easy-to-use sharpening jigs designed around the Tormek 2000 water-coolcd sharpening system. The Tormek jigs require no customer installation and cover a much broader range of edge tools than any of the systems reviewed in your article.

Jeff Farris Farris Machinery Grain Valley, MO (800) 872-5489

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I would like to compliment the staff of American Woodworker for producing such an excellent magazine. I have always had an interest in woodworking, but reading your magazine has given me the desire and ambition to set up a shop and start taking woodworking more seriously. You cover all aspects of the art well—tools and equipment, how-to articles, shop setup, etc. After buying american woodworker at the store for a year, I finally purchased a subscription. Keep up the good work.

Alan Bourgault Lunenburg, MA

Question of Balance

In AW #57, Lonnie Bird claims that it is possible to hand-grind router bits to custom profiles. While I have never tried this, my gut instinct tells me not to. I'm worried that the angular momentum of a bit spinning at 15,000 rpm might cause bit failure if the two wings are not equally weighted. While I don't doubt that Lonnie has successfully hand-ground bits, I would not try to achieve the necessary tolerances for safe operation with hand grinding.

I don't feel that reproduction means zero deviation from the original. There are thousands of router bits available, and it's almost always possible to find a stock bit, or combination of bits, that comes close to the profile you need. Then you can clean up the molding with hand planes, carving chisels and sandpaper to adjust the profile.

If I'm making a lot of molding, I spring for a custom-ground bit. Bit manufacturers have always been happy to help me find or create the profiles I want if I fax them a scale drawing. Custom bits are not that expensive, and they actually save me money when I factor in the cost of my time.

Kim Carleton Graves


In "Dealing with Dust" (AW #58), the Craftsman shop vacuum shown on p. 73 is their 2-HP model, which sells for about $40. Craftsman's $100 model has a 5-HP motor and 16-gallon capacity.

In the article on building a bungce lathe (AW #54), the instruction in the MLeg Assembly Detail" should read, "Make leg 3 in. longer than upright."

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Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

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There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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