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Hinge

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10-14-2013 11:00 AM

Hey guys and gals. First time poster and plan on many more. I need some help. Just started the wood game and I’m thinking of going all out non-power. My first tool I want to buy is the Bridge City Jointmaker Pro. Kind of pricey but one of the conditions my wife set when I asked her if it is OK to use part of the garage for woodworking she said OK but no noise. She gets headaches easy. Anyway, have any of you guys got a JointmakerPro?

-- The Lord is my Savior


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redSLED

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#1 posted 10-14-2013 12:27 PM

Spend lots on soundproofing insulation to put in your garage on the house side plus the door so you can do anything you want without bothering the wife. For starters.

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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#2 posted 10-14-2013 01:00 PM

I agree with redsled, because not all handtools are quite. Mallets are real loud.

-- Joel

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JT23325

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#3 posted 10-14-2013 01:53 PM

Might I suggest an out building? Trying to keep woodworking of any kind quiet is a loosing battle, aside from perhaps Pyrography…. Good Luck. Then earplugs are cheaper than any of the ideas listed..

-- Jeff, Ability will never catch up with the demand for it. - Malcolm Forbes

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Hinge

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#4 posted 10-14-2013 04:43 PM

Sorry guys but over the weekend I discovered the vast amount of knowledge on this site. I posted my first post last week and then had to wait for approval from Martin. There is a lot of info on my question. If anyone that has the saw wants to reply that is fine. YouTube even has some videos on the jointmaker.
Thanks anyway,

-- The Lord is my Savior

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WayneC

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#5 posted 10-14-2013 04:49 PM

The question is what are you trying to build? Boxes? Small projects that require precision?

Have you thought about a work bench?

Here is a hand tool list to consider. For the cost of a joint maker pro you could get a fair way down this list.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GPDbjr0nC4KsdusYQJJxtJDecy0WtsLHktJ0F4n3CKM/edit?hl=en_US&pli=1

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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WayneC

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#6 posted 10-14-2013 04:55 PM

Also some machinery is not that noisy and can be very useful. Band saw and drill press for example.

A good book to read would be The New Traditional Woodworker. This sounds like the style of work you are looking to perform.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Hinge

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#7 posted 10-14-2013 04:58 PM

Waynec, thanks for the info. I will be building small boxes. I’ve seen some of the amazing ones on this site. Also, another objective is alone time. I retired last year and found that the wife and I don’t need 24/7 time together, if you know what I mean.

-- The Lord is my Savior

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#8 posted 10-14-2013 05:06 PM

Your first tool will be a $1300 joinery machine??

With all due respect, you should think that over some more.
Saws, chisels, mallets, planes, etc would be my first purchase.

Oh- and as mentioned; most machines with induction (belt driven) motors are fairly quiet. Your wife will likely not be bothered by the noise. But maybe some noise-cancelling headphones might be a good xmas present??

But I don’t own the joinmaker pro- so apologies for the other unsolicted advice.

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Hinge

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#9 posted 10-14-2013 05:12 PM

Tedstor, no apologies needed. I tried the noise suppression route. She feels like she might miss something with headsets. Also, it messes with her hair. :-)

-- The Lord is my Savior

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WayneC

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#10 posted 10-14-2013 05:30 PM

Tedstor make a good point. Using photography as an example, buying a $10K camera is not going to make you a great photographer, you need to to learn your craft and when you have the skill you can take advantage of the camera. A workable bench, bench fixtures(bench hooks for example), combination square and some Japanese handsaws would accomplish the same thing as the machine for a lot less money.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#11 posted 10-14-2013 05:44 PM

I don’t own a Joint Master and I can’t really say they are a rip off, because I honestly don’t know from first hand experience.
I do know the world is full of beautiful furniture and boxes over 50 years old that were made without power machines; and none of those pieces were made with the use of a Joint Master.

I’d put my money into hand planes, chisels, hand saws, maybe a vintage hand powered miter saw, spoke shaves, sharpening tools, a sturdy and heavy work bench, top quality measuring and marking tools, hand brace and bits, carving tools, and probably a few power tools like a random orbit sander, 1/2” drill, a floor model drill press and a band saw. Oh, and clamps, lots of clamps.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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natenaaron

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#12 posted 10-14-2013 07:37 PM

If my understanding of Wifeish, the language all wives speak and no man truely will ever master, is correct. I would say the wife is basically telling you no way, no how, don’t do it. But, being a man, like most men, you took her at her word. Good for you.

There is some good advice up there. Some I am following as I lumber my way into wood working. I have drooled over the Jointmaster but decided I was not that deep into the midlife crises an maybe I should build the skills first.

I would assume the next statement in wifeish will be about controlling the mess, or too many tools.

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waho6o9

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#13 posted 10-15-2013 02:02 AM

Go top shelf aaawoodguy, good for you!

Pure value in the Jointmaster, and may it serve you well for years.

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Hinge

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#14 posted 10-18-2013 04:18 AM

Well guys, bad news. My dreams of woodworking have been crushed. The wife has decided it is probably best that I not spend my time or our money on woodworking. I guess she has other plans. Oh well… Any ideas on how to get her to change her mind?

-- The Lord is my Savior

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WayneC

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#15 posted 10-18-2013 04:33 AM

Find a project that you need a tool to complete. Oh and change your tag line…. lol

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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