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  1. Artie

    Track Saw

    Hi, just looking for opinions here. When I bought my Shopsmith for my tiny basement, I also bought a True-trac track saw system. With their system you attach the plate to the circular saw. I’m thinking of getting a circular saw (corded), and dedicating it to this purpose. In my current status, it would not get used very often, but I would want it work well, when needed. Just looking to see if anyone else has used this, or similar, and has some recommendations/do’s/don’ts. Thank you, Artie
  2. Artie

    Track Saw

    First, thank you everyone for the replies, and opinions. Considering the process of mounting the plate to the saw, it made sense to me to buy a saw, and dedicate it to that purpose. My sister dropped off a $50 HD gift card for a belated B-day present, and putting it to a saw, so I can start using the Trac system, furthers my small work shop capabilities. Last week the Missus and my sister saw an idea online they liked. It required 2 pieces of 3/4 plywood, 55 inches by 19 inches. I went to HD and bought a full sized sheet of 3/4 ply and had them cut it in half, lengthwise. I drive a Honda Fit hatchback, and the plywood fits in the car, and I can close the hatch. The little half a car is very useful. I cut the two half’s down to the size the ladies wanted, but with all the set up on the Shopsmith it took a while. If I had the Trac system set up I believe it would have been much faster. By the way, cutting that plywood has been the only woodworking I’ve done since I cut the dragonfly on the scroll saw 6 weeks ago. HD has a Makita saw, under $150, a lot of great reviews, that I’m thinking of setting up for the system. I have two battery operated Rigid circular saws, and one corded one. Now I don’t do enough woodworking to be able to claim I need this, but I do like increasing my meager capabilities. Some times with the systems that work for all brands, some brands do seem a better fit than others, some worse. Thought I would ask opinions from those I trust, Thank you.
  3. Artie

    Happy Birthday Herb!

    Happy B-Day!!
  4. Artie

    'Off 90'

    I can’t define where the line is between craftsman, and artist, but you’ve certainly crossed it. I enjoyed the interview very much! Kudos.
  5. Artie

    Haven't Posted In A While.

    You bee awesome! Lolol
  6. Artie

    It's Hard To Help Some Folks.

    My model and serial number qualify,they are sending me a box. Thanks for posting this.
  7. Artie

    It's Hard To Help Some Folks.

    I have one, in pieces, on my bench. I may have to make it a priority to re-assemble it, and look into this recall. Thanks for the info.
  8. Artie

    Login, Navigation And Access Issues.

    Well I was able to log on like nothing changed.
  9. Artie

    Useless conversation and other drivel...

    The snake through the thumb thing was 29 years ago, my only real issue was when the nurse took my thumb and straightened it out on me, with no warning. I’m pretty sure they heard my screams outside. Workmans comp paid for the E-room visit (and tetanus shot). Sorry if I didn’t make it clear that this was in my youth. I was just trying to point out the benefits of electrical tape over duct tape LOL. Plus I always had a supply of electrical tape, duct tape always seems to disappear so quickly. This was during the heyday of the real estate boom here in Mass. I remember I got home at 6:00, slept for two hours and had to be onsite at the OTHER job I was running in North Andover. As long as I was there, and the company van was in the parking lot, everyone was happy. I’m fairly certain that was their longest work day of my life.
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    Useless conversation and other drivel...

    Peculiar to my trade, we use electrical tape. It has the advantage of being able to be applied, stretched out, so it constricts on the cut, sealing it. Of course an hour or so later, lots of blue color, and throbbing. That’s when I take the tape off, and apply another layer, that I don’t stretch out when applying. Managed to work all night at Faneuil hall, after pulling a snake through the base of my thumb with this field medicine. Hit the emergency room at 5 am, on the way home, got 6 stitches and an EARFULL from the nurse. Tried to explain about construction deadlines, but she would n’t hear of it. Ahhh to be 29 again. (Actually I wouldn’t mind the 20’th anniversary, of 29, again).
  11. Artie

    Sewing Cabinet

    Glad my wife’s doesn’t read this forum, or I’d have a project to do! Very nice.
  12. Artie

    Familiar Faces

    Yup, kinda hard not to believe they truly were the Greatest Generation.
  13. Artie

    Someone In Oregon Has A Birthday Today And.

    Happy B-Day!
  14. Artie

    The Date For The TPW Gathering Is

    I would have to reluctantly rule myself out for a gathering this summer, but pictures would be real cool.
  15. Artie

    This Could Scare The Crap Out Of You

    On the seacoast in Seabrook NH there is a seafood restaurant called Browns. It was a common sight to see one of their 10 yard dumpsters sailing through the salt water marsh whenever there was a storm during the full moon high tides. Their parking lot and 2-3 feet of the restaurant would go underwater. My son was up there during one of the episodes and has video of the dumpster sailing along. The town actually had to order them to start chaining the dumpsters up, so they couldn’t escape into the marsh. If I was a particularly good techie, I could post the video, but I’m not
  16. Schnewj. “All people bring joy! Some by arriving, some by leaving”. Mark Twain. He was a right smart feller.
  17. I’m just a perspiring hack. (With aspirations LOL)
  18. Artie

    Useless conversation and other drivel...

    I no longer call my toilet the john, I call it the Jim now. I tell everyone, truthfully, that I go to the Jim, every day.
  19. Artie

    Tabs on the Weather...

    We came back from Maine yesterday, and I had to shovel. Not very deep, but very slushy and heavy.
  20. Alas the fact that I have no woodworking skills as of yet, doesn’t seem to deter people. They know I’m starting to do stuff in my basement, and the requests flow in. I just say no. On the other hand I am an electrician, and I get way more requests for that. I have now decided to do work only for family that I like, and close friends (the kind that would give you a kidney, if need be). I do not charge, I long ago learned that if you give a number, they no longer believe they are getting a deal. I give no number, they usually pony up something, and know you gave them a break, plus I have no shortage of people to borrow trucks off of, help move, paint, and the like. Unfortunately right now I have had 3 friends do remodels/additions at about the same time, I am inundated, but this too will pass. It is true when you stop doing favors, you find out who is really a friend, and who wasn’t.
  21. Artie

    Status of Excalibur Scroll Saw

    Hi Fred, I am just looking into what I might move up to. I am really liking the Shopsmith one. I think the issues I have with it are all solvable. I will find out about the biggest one when I rig up an aquarium pump as a saw dust blower. If that works well the rest is easy to do. I look at oceanfront real estate all the time, my Wife laughs at me. I tell her I just want to be prepared, if I win the lottery LOL. Kinda the same thing with the woodworking tools. I have the next shop all planned in my head . While doing all my online research I just found a huge number of compliments for Ray of Seyco. I feel if we don’t support the people/companies that go above and beyond what’s expected for customer service, then we have no right to complain when we are left with just the BORG’s. From a strictly $$ point of view, the Excalibur EX-21 at $799 with stand and foot switch, delivered, seems to be a great deal. While I think a scroll saw that tilts instead of the table, and also lifts up, and stays there, it’s a better design, my last two sessions on the Shopsmith went really well, and I’m very happy with it. There’s a thought floating around the little thing I call a brain, that maybe I stay happy with the SS and my next toy is a router table instead of a new scroll saw. I’ll probably change my mind tomorrow LOL. I have two additions to finish up, and a new one to start, so my leisure time is going to be in very small supply for the next couple of months. I’m most likely compensating for that by all my imaginary shopping I’m doing.
  22. Artie

    Status of Excalibur Scroll Saw

    Al, If I decide to move up, I’m pretty sure I’m gonna buy from Seyco. I’m just posting this for any one interested.
  23. Artie

    Status of Excalibur Scroll Saw

    Was on the Home Depot website tonight, and they have the Excalibur EX-21 back on sale for $799. That includes the stand and foot switch. It isn’t in the stores, but will be shipped to your house , or store of your choosing ( They can’t ship to some states). Having a great time in vacation in Maine, with the family.

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