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Forum topic by Elizabeth posted 04-08-2013 03:27 PM 2125 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-08-2013 03:27 PM

Just had to share a few photos of the box that my Made-in-China Rikon bandsaw came in this weekend:

I would have loved to have seen the original piece of wood! I guess there’s more demand for shipping containers than for woodworking lumber over there.

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#1 posted 04-08-2013 03:29 PM

That’s some interesting wood !
Going to do a test drive with the new saw on it ?

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#2 posted 04-08-2013 03:30 PM

Nah, not just yet – I still need to hook up dust and power anyway (and need to build a 220v extension cord to do that). I will probably save it for a while till I can figure out what one can do with interesting wood that shows cheap ply through its voids. (Ideas welcome!)

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#3 posted 04-08-2013 03:59 PM

WOW!! that is interesting wood for sure … Mine (10-345) came in several cardboard boxes. Yours is a larger saw if your using 220v. to power it.
A word of caution on your extention cord, First: use a large guage cable to lessen the line drop. And second: Never, Never tell the Rikon folks that you have been using an extention cord, it could affect the warranty.
Congrats on the new saw.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#4 posted 04-08-2013 04:03 PM

Thanks for the warning about the warranty, I will see if there’s anything about that in the manual. I’ve built a 220v cord before with the advice of my electrician; I needed one for my table saw since two of my 220v plugs are located in the ceiling and for some reason these tools come with very short cords!

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#5 posted 04-08-2013 04:13 PM

I used to work in a manufacturing plant. We were always surprised to see what other countries used for crates and pallets. I used to get a lot of VERY NICE wood from our shipments.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#6 posted 04-08-2013 11:23 PM

Years ago I built a garage shop in southern Ohio. It was 28×34 and completely lined inside with….philliipine mahogany plywood(no voids). The company my brother worked for got their raw product in containers made of this and most of it ended up in the dump! Wish I could get my hands on some now.

-- Life is good.

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#7 posted 04-08-2013 11:27 PM

I once ordered several sheets of A-4 Birch plywood (mill select back) from a local supplier.
When the sheets arrived, the backs were all heavily figured Black Walnut. (Insanely gorgeous!)

Those got put aside for something special and the Birch was re-ordered.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#8 posted 04-09-2013 06:51 AM

I’ve even seen teak used for pallets. The thing is, you use whatever you’ve got, wherever you are.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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