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Blog entry by Gary posted 04-28-2014 05:25 AM 2970 reads 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I went to visit Taylor Design Group, the manufacturers of Incra tools. They are located in Carrolton, Texas. I must say, I was somewhat surprised. I expected to see something of a showroom. Various implements or tools set up on display ready to be inspected, played with and perhaps drooled on. Not so….

Entering the door, I stepped into a small foyer

To the right was a room full of parts and a man sitting there working on an assembly. I was toled to go down the hall to the first room on the right. There, I met Neil Bartlett.

Neil is the guy you would most likely talk to if you called Incra. He is one really nice guy. He’s s laid back kind of guy, really helpful, doesn’t mind answering questions and quite knowledgeable about the products and company. I had called my order in and he had everything up front and ready to be loaded. But before I loaded up for the trip back home, Neil took me on a tour of the shop.

The first stop in the back was one of their machines that does precision machining. There was material in the machine but, it was not running at the time. (Lunch time) Material stacked on the bench

The next machine had material in it as well and lots more outside. There was material stacked all around these machines

More material by another machine. Drill press anyone?

As we roamed thru the warehouse, it was obvious there was no shortage of materials

Next we headed for the fun room

And here we are. This was like going to a friends house and heading straight to the play room

If you have ever seen any of their demo’s on u-tube you should recognize this place

I had a great time just looking at the tools and all the stuff that they have made on the demo videos and talking to Neil about what goes on during the taping

Neil was showing me a couple of puzzles that were made there

More demo projects and shop pictures

Got it home

Old Rails off

New Rails

Table saw positioner complete

Stand assembled

Lift Assembly

Router in the lift

Lift and router installed

Router table complete

The Wonder fence. Not installed but assembled and ready to go

I decided to put a switch on plus the wheel package. The table is heavy if it needs to be moved

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#1 posted 04-28-2014 05:40 AM

Very cool. I would be a kid in a candy store.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 04-28-2014 05:42 AM

Gary great blog on the visit they make some of the best , i think i saw my table saw fence there just waiting on me , and you really have done a lot in your shop its looking good ,great product and will ask for Neil when i order mine .

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#3 posted 04-28-2014 06:18 AM

Fun trip, Gary! Thanks for letting us tag along. Those double dovetails (or whatever they’re called) look so cool.

-- God bless, Candy

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#4 posted 04-28-2014 08:22 AM

Thanks for the tour, it’s almost like being there. By the way, the switch is really handy, I especially like the double outlet so you can plug in a shop vac.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#5 posted 04-28-2014 11:24 AM

Gary, thanks for the tour, that is really cool. Should we expect to see ya on an upcoming Incra video?

The new toys in the shop look great. The LS stuff is really thought out well and fun to use…..enjoy it…..

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#6 posted 04-28-2014 11:51 AM

Great blog Gary. Thanks for all the pictures. I love seeing the faces of those who are working to get our business.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#7 posted 04-28-2014 12:10 PM

Great trip. Glad you had fun. Thanks for sharing it with us.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#8 posted 04-28-2014 12:54 PM

Loved the Incra tour Gary. Nice shop, too.
You’re gonna love that Jessem lift. Built like a tank. And soooo smooth.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#9 posted 04-28-2014 01:58 PM

really sweet gary, what a great tour, your getting quite the set up, it looks like you have some plans to have some fun, i cant wait to see what your going to do with this new set up….did you get to have any of the nuts, made me hungry

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#10 posted 04-28-2014 02:21 PM

Thanks for the comments.
It was a really fun trip. I enjoyed it all. That’s a great group of people. Fantastic tools. I’ve talked to Neil a couple of times since. He helped me get my head on straight with installing the router in lift. Great experience. Wish you all could visit the place.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#11 posted 04-29-2014 12:19 AM

Thanks for letting us tag along!

I would like to see the place. Please place (& pay) for my order….
Then I’ll meet you & we can go on the tour!!! ;^)

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#12 posted 04-29-2014 12:33 AM

Randy, you know I will. Just stand by the mailbox and wait for the ticket!!!

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#13 posted 04-29-2014 01:23 AM

Gary, Thanks for taking us along on that “drool worthy” tour. I know it’s a sin but I’m sooo envious of your new toys. Enjoy!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#14 posted 04-29-2014 01:26 AM

Andy, I don’t think they make Incra for woodmisers

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#15 posted 04-29-2014 01:33 AM

what i want to know is what spurred this trip and the addition of these fantastic tools, do you have plans that you want to tell us about, like a new box factory out of texas…:)

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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