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Blog series by twokidsnosleep updated 09-18-2010 05:13 AM 7 parts 15682 reads 35 comments total

Part 1: pulled the BS trigger...hmm,that sounds weird

08-10-2010 06:29 AM by twokidsnosleep | 7 comments »

Darn, I didn’t win the Laguna 18” saw from their summer contest. So after poking around Craig’s List and local tool shops with no real inspiration I ordered a new band-saw online tonight. I went for the Griz GO555P and ordered a mobile base, a riser kit and a re-saw fence. While I was at it I got a small wall mount Shop Fox air filter as I am tying to control the dust in the garage. My little guy said the square 17” saw looks better, but it is too big, too much $ an...

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Part 2: We have arrival

08-20-2010 07:19 AM by twokidsnosleep | 5 comments »

I had a hole open up in my schedule that let me sneak home early and meet the delivery truck.So I got the darn saw and it is gorgeous.Everything looks perfect with no shipping damage and the delivery guy even helped move the big box off his truck and onto my dolly. I thought it would have been easier to leave it all on the pallet and use his tailgate lift and pallet mover, but that was not his mind …..I wanted the pallet wood to practice on! Here are some pics of our pre-dinner attac...

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Part 3: Putzing around with the GO555P

08-22-2010 05:22 PM by twokidsnosleep | 9 comments »

The grizzly polar bear is up and running, but needs some fine tuning. As do I.My band sawing skills are far from perfect. First run with re-sawing a log of scrap 4” cedar I did the following1. forgot to set the tension on the initial cut… the blade wandered quite a bit2. bolted the front fence rail too high so it wasn’t flush with the table….weird first cutting angles3.was too lazy to set up the cyclone….there can’t be that much dust created right?4. di...

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Part 4: It's Resaw Recycling Time

08-28-2010 06:35 AM by twokidsnosleep | 3 comments »

I wanted a bandsaw to cut up wood into usable lumber.Now I am starting really small, but have had some initial success with the GO555P.So lets have a look.Pile of cedar fencing I had to replace due to rot at the bases I zipped them through the bandsaw and planed one side and one edge square, then resawed. Here is what I came up with I had better success with dust control and I wore a 3M N95 mask….I didn’t smell the cedar until I took off the mask. My home mad...

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Part 5: Back to school pencil boxes

09-06-2010 10:10 PM by twokidsnosleep | 3 comments »

I used that lovely cedar resawn from the rotting fences for two sliding lid pencil boxes for my kids.Red oak ply for lids and bases.Danish oil finish on the boxes and my daughter stained her pencils to match. From this To these We did a little road trip into Seattle over the weekend and stayed in the University district. Right beside the hotel was Hardwick’s Hardware store. The place was sweet with tons of tools an such jammed into narrow aisles. I could have sp...

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Part 6: Timberwolf 3tpi beast

09-13-2010 04:05 AM by twokidsnosleep | 4 comments »

More putzing about with the G0555P Grizzly Polar Bear. Installed a Grizzly resaw fence that came separate from my initial orderInstalled Timberwolf 1/2” 3 tpi bladeCleaned her up and fiddled with the blade tension, centering, cleaned the wheels and adjusted the tracking. Saw was good before, but now it is a beast!! I cut a small pine log with the original blade; there was smoking like crazy and barreling the whole way along…the wood was warped and pretty much useless. With ...

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Part 7: Getting Better

09-18-2010 05:13 AM by twokidsnosleep | 4 comments »

Long day at work doing precision work (3 root canals, bunch of fillings, implant impression, lots of looking through microscope loupes…..) time to do something BIG with my hands and the bandsaw!! So tonight was the night to let the timberwolf howl! I have been tinkering and practicing with pine to dial in the GO555P, adjust the resaw fence and figure out blade drift. I cut some maple and pear that I bought to do a tea box for my mom, but have been too chicken to hack into it until I g...

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