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  1. Byrnes sells new insert plates for about $8. Lower your blade all the way. Take out the old insert and put the new one in. Move the fience over to cover part of the insert plate but make sure it is short of the blade's location. Clamp it in place and turn the saw on and raise the blade up through the aluminum plate. The slot will be cut by the blade and there will be a very close fit between the blade and the insert. The close clearance keeps the wood backed up on the bottom side and reduces tear out and combined with the wood piece on the miter gauge no tear out on the back side of the piece being cut. Always have the blade high enough so that the teeth are full exposed when cutting through the wood so the sawdust can escape (slitting blades have no off set and shallow tooth throats so saw dust can clog up causing overheating. The blade should be high enough that it is cutting in a downward manner not just towards the operator. Reduces the tendency for kickback. Kurt
  2. Bigcreekdad: Show us a photo of the blade and the aluminum insert plate. If you have set up a zero clearance it should leave a much better edge than what you show. Also back up the miter gauge with a piece of straight hardwood that will back up the piece being cut for a cleaner cut w/o the tear out you are showing. The piece of wood can attach to the miter gauge with 2 faced tape. The photo of the shorter but higher backing piece is what you need for back side tear out prevention. The backing piece can be as long as you want to the left side - just make sure it's straight. For zero clearance make sure the blade and the plate are matched - each width of blade requires a matching zero clearance plate. Examples follow - first is too much clearance and next is correct clearance. This shows too much clearance This shows proper clearance - blade matched to the slot Kurt
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    The "What have you done today?" thread.

    I get "free" weeks from Sirius XM because my car came with a 6 month "free" trial. Checked it out a couple of times but with a 5 disc CD player plus MP3 hook up I am not about to pay for Sirius for the car. For the shop I listen to Pandora on the computer. The free version is annoying with ads and frequent stopping the music so you have to click "I am still here" for it to continue. SO I pay the $55 per year for Pandora Plus - no commercials and no interruptions. Pandora allows you to pick and set up "stations". My Dave Brubeck station plays Brubeck and similar artists - if I don't care for an artist or song I can hit the thumbs down symbol and I don't get that song by that artist again. It sort of learns what you like. I have Pink Floyd, Led Zeppalin, Joe Bonamassa, Jeff Beck and a few others. You can listen to one station or set up a shuffle between selected stations. For $55 a year I consider it a bargain. They also have a Premium subscription for just over $100 per year where you can specify play lists and set up programs. I also have my great Technics system with record player, CD changer, tuner, amp and cassette player/duplicator (should sell it as I haven't used it in 20 years). Slowly transferring my vinyl to digital and often listen to the digital copies on the computer or put them on a mp3/4 unit and take it in the car. Kurt
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    CA adhesive, which one do you use?

    I guess in the time frame of models made in the 1700's CA doesn't have much of a track record - but I have stuff glued with CA going back to 1968 - and it's as good as the day it was applied. Acetone is the solvent for CA - apply a bit let it soak in and give it a try - add more if needed. Have never experienced a joint that I wasn't able to get apart using Acetone. All this is personal experience and I don't hesitate to use it where needed. At this point as far as I am concerned the CA glue I use today has a longer life expectancy that I do (same with installing LED bulbs in the house). Kurt
  5. The Fall issue (63.4) is now available to all digital subscribers. Check your email for the NRG's email with the instructions for setting up your password that was sent just a bit ago by our Constant Contact email service. All subscribers have to set a password to access this and future editions. It's just a few easy steps and fully explained. Also, FYI, there is a pdf button on the tool bar that gives subscribers access to a pdf version that can be printed if a copy of an article is desired. Kurt
  6. A good way to make your sander variable speed is to use different areas of the disc. It's spinning at lot faster at the outer edge and slower the closer you go to the shaft. Same RPM but much different feet per second. Kurt
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    The "What have you done today?" thread.

    How about a Kapro II - about 1982 - had 5" floppies and a daisy wheel typewriter. Had to squint to see the screen even with young eys back then.
  8. Somehow I left out a couple of words in that sentence - now edited to read as intended The digital is $40. The print is $50 and for an additional $15 you get both the print and digital - total $65. We have had a very good response with many people going for both and nobody mentioned the difference until now. Thanks for mentioning it. Take care, Kurt
  9. If you haven't taken the time to check the free digital edition of the Journal do it today as the Winter issue will soon be available for viewing and it and future editions will require you to sign up for a membership/subscription. The digital issue is released prior to the print issue being mailed The Winter print issue is at the printer and if you have been putting off subscribing now is the time as waiting might mean you miss getting a copy of the Winter issue. Kurt
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    The "What have you done today?" thread.

    We would get rid of our land line if it wasn't needed for our fire and burglar alarm system - all we seem to get are solicitation calls - thank God we will have about a 60 day respite from political calls before the 2020 cycle starts again. We have a USCG mandated air horn that is for small boats sitting by the phone. When we get the heavy accent telling us we have a computer problem we reach for the air horn, put it up to the phone and let off a blast. The person on the other end has a head set on, not a phone held up to their ear, so they get a good dose before ripping the headset off. We then hang up - I would stay on the line if they could hear me laughing but as they probably can't hear anything for several minutes I reluctantly hang up. Kurt
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    Drawing lines on bottom of keel

    Lay a 1/8" spacer alongside the 3/16" piece and use a very sharp pencil to draw a line on the 3/16" piece. Keep the pencil lead flat on top of the 1/8" piece so the line is even with the top of the 1/8" piece. If that doesn't get you close enough, thin the 1/8" piece by the amount you are off. Kurt
  12. Rusty: In my original post - prior to editing I said "Use a calculator to divide by 2" - because that's what I do - but I deleted the bit about using a calculator even though I would always use one. Look at it as another tool we get use in building our models...🤩 Kurt
  13. Rusty: I found a very easy way to set the saw to make the half-lap joints. I have a combination height, depth & thickness gauge from a company called iGaging (igaging.com) that takes all the guess work out of setting the saw up. Use the gauge to measure the wood thickness - have the wood on a flat surface. Divide the thickness by 2. Using the iGage tool raise/lower the blade to match the divided thickness. You can make a test cut if you want, but unless you screwed up the math it's going to be right on. The tool is #35-0906 and it's priced anywhere from $16.95 to $22.00 - check carefully as some have free shipping. Rockler also lists the tool. It's got a 6" range of measurement. I have several of this company's products and they are all a good value for our use. I showed the use of this tool for making half lap joints during a round table on saw use and safety at the NRG Conference last month. Take care, Kurt
  14. Dave: Sorry but I don't see a way to do other than the set amounts. I will get with the admins to seewhat's possible. I will let you know. Thanks Kurt
  15. Dave: The only thing I can think of would be to go to the donate section and when it asks for a card use the + NEW CARD number, see if it will take the gift card(s). Thanks for thinking of us. Kurt

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