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Lee Barker

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#1 posted 04-18-2011 06:37 PM

It used to be the only tool on which the cutting part could come at you, real fast. For that reason I am not fond of mine but it does get occasional rough cut use. Very hard to keep it true; too many ways it can go south.

Years ago in FWW there was an issue on small shops (#24; I just looked it up) and one of the guys had included a port (window flap) for long material to go outside when it was at the table saw or shaper. The same concept would work in some applications for a RAS which would then need 1/3 less wall space. And could you put the SCM right next to it, common table?

As I reread that article, I see that one woodworker bought a single wide and gutted it and made it into a shop. Pretty cool idea, actually: easy to run DC ducting under the floor, plumbing could be already there, and structural modifications could be pretty simple. Obviously there would be some tradeoffs but it would be interesting to see someone run the numbers vs. a site built, slab-on-grade insulated building.

Sorry for the rambling off the OP’s question.



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