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Blog series by Ottacat updated 01-25-2014 03:51 PM 2 parts 3572 reads 18 comments total

Part 1: Jointers

01-19-2014 04:59 PM by Ottacat | 5 comments »

Many of the woodworking tools available to both hobby and professional woodworkers are beautifully engineered and well designed. Ever seen an exploded diagram of a cordless drill or impact driver? The mechanical and electrical engineering is quite impressive. In terms of more stationary tools, the DeWalt 735 planer is an excellent machine. Snipe is minimal and easily sands out, dual speeds, beautiful finish and easily changed knives make this an awesome planer for a hobby woodworker. Anoth...

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Part 2: The hobby woodworker dilemma

01-25-2014 03:51 PM by Ottacat | 13 comments »

Here is my beef – the hobby woodworker that is looking for machinery that is of good quality, safety and performance often has to buy machinery designed for commercial shops and pays a large premium as the that calibre of equipment often has much longer duty cycles and is more heavy duty than required by a hobby woodworker. Here a couple of examples… Jointers typically have two cutterhead options – flat knives and helical cutterheads. There is a hefty premium for a hel...

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