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Forum topic by Greg..the Cajun Wood Artist posted 04-29-2013 03:11 PM 1297 views 0 times favorited 39 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Greg..the Cajun Wood Artist

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04-29-2013 03:11 PM

I have been thinking about a SawStop for a while and never did any more than think about it until this Sunday while at the New Orleans Jazz Fest. Anytime my wife and I have a booth at a show I just have to stroll around and check out all of the other artists there. While doing my customary booth visits I had the great opportunity to meet a fantastic person, woodworker and artist Archie Smith.

Archie had a run in with his table saw last year and did some substantial damage to his fingers. Archie lost his middle finger and was able to have two others re-attached to get limited use. Archie now has a Saw Stop and after our conversations I went back to my booth, pulled out the Ipad and ordered my Saw Stop. It will arrive Thursday and my Grizzly cabinet saw will be listed on Craigslist.

I don’t plan to review the Saw Stop…there are enough reviews…my fingers mean much more to me than the few thousand $$$ a saw costs.

Check out Archie's web site if you get a chance…

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpieceā€¦ because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 04-29-2013 03:14 PM

Wish I was close enough to buy your Grizzly. Good luck with the new saw.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 04-29-2013 04:12 PM

We need all the safety equipment we can afford. Looking at Archies site brings back memories of the dulcimer-bowed psaltery-harps I made. They are a lot of fun to make.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#3 posted 04-29-2013 04:21 PM

I’ve got one coming this week too. Which one are you getting?

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at:

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#4 posted 04-29-2013 04:27 PM

Any idea what you will be selling the Grizzly for?

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#5 posted 04-29-2013 04:27 PM


Congratulations on your decision. Safety is paramount when using powered machines. Hope you had a great show. So you can pay for the new beast! LOL

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 04-29-2013 04:33 PM


I know many woodworkers cringe at hearing someone bought a sawstop due to their politics, and while I don’t agree with how they are going about it, I’m all for the additional safety it offers. Plus it’s a really fine machine.

It only takes a second of distraction to have a lifetime of loss.

Good move.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 04-29-2013 04:48 PM

I wasn’t a big fan of Sawstop when they were trying to get their technology forced on the market. But they changed their tune and did it the right way. They developed a top notch saw and let the market decide. I think they repented, and I am willing to forgive and forget.

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at:

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#8 posted 04-29-2013 04:59 PM

Archie makes some beautiful pieces.

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

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Jamie Speirs

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#9 posted 04-29-2013 05:27 PM

Greg, you know when the time is right
A good move.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#10 posted 04-29-2013 05:33 PM

I don’t blame you a bit, Greg.

By the way, I was at Jazz Fest Saturday and hoped to run across your booth, but we got there later than expected due to a minor family emergency, and I didn’t get to make the full rounds.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#11 posted 04-29-2013 05:38 PM

I think they repented…

More like they lost the lawsuit that would’ve forced this on everyone.

Still, I hear only good things… (Except the price)

-- "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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#12 posted 04-29-2013 05:45 PM

Congrats on the purchase – hopefully you’ll find out the same thing that I did… it’s a top of the line cabinet saw that just so happens to include the safety technology for the same price as the other guys.

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#13 posted 04-29-2013 05:50 PM

I’m in the ‘equipment looks top notch, but hated them trying to push stuff on everyone’. That said, I hold no grudge against them, and I’m all for shop safety.

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#14 posted 04-29-2013 06:02 PM

DS- Once, when I was a kid, I wanted pie so bad I stole some from from the kitchen counter. I got a beating. Now I get my pie the right way. You could say I only do so because of the beating. I say I learned a lesson the hard way and changed my ways. Either way, I’m not known as a pie thief anymore.

I met the guys over there. They made a good impression on me. They also make the best saw I’ve ever used. So I base my buying decisions on those two factors rather than their short lived, misguided legal case.

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at:

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#15 posted 04-29-2013 06:08 PM

I have had the PCS for a few years now and like it a lot.

-- Greg D.

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