I finally got my 7 1/4 freud blade shipped out for replacement to Toolup.com today. They provided me with a return shipped label prepaid which makes me happy. Unhappy part is that it will probably be another week at least before I see a replacement…couldn’t bring myself to pay double the price to get one at Home Depot.
I just wonder why the guy placing the blade in the box couldn’t look at all 40 teeth before plopping it in there. I didn’t find the tooth in the shipping box, so I assume it was a manufacturer’s defect.
In other news I have been scoping out where to buy my first 3/4” birch plywood. I have seen some halfway decent stuff at my local Menard’s. Since I don’t have a car to fit a full 4×8 sheet, I called the store to ask if I brought my own circular saw if I could rip the sheet down to fit into my car. At first the guy gave me real attitude for some reason…then softened up and said he’d need to ask a store manager. Manager said I can cut it outside (in the parking lot) but there is no electric out there. So basically they don’t want to be accomodating at all. Looks like they lost hundreds of dollars (if not thousands over the next couple years) in plywood sales on me.
I went to my local Lowe’s and looked at their 3/4 birch. I see small voids on the ends, but they said they’ll cut it for free for me. All of the sheets on the rack had bad edges, but I’ll just count on cutting those off. So it looks like it’s the only option at this point. My local Home Depot has horrible plywood that not even I would think about using.
Dang, these 3/4 boards sure are heavy.