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About john_wilmer

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  1. I always liked that series of books. During my married years my wife once called me at work and asked "How do I turn on your table saw?" Scariest thing I ever heard! Your guitar build was an interesting read. I learned my formal woodworking skills by "helping" a friend in his professional shop, similar to your situation with your luthier friend. -John
  2. Table Saw Basics, by Roger Cliffe. A whopping $1.25 used on Amazon. Although the Byrnes saw is smaller, it is the same tool as a full size table saw. Buy the book and learn a ton about a tool that can remove a finger if not handled correctly. BTW, I worked in a woodshop where the saws were set up with the fence to the left of the blades. I am right handed and it was awkward at first, but the saws were high quality and set up well, so the fence side didn't affect the cut. At home my fence is to the right of the blade, where, in my opinion, they should be. The comments above about blade choice and setting the fence properly are right on the mark. Buy that book and it will give you even more info that will make that great saw you have cut to its fullest potential. Enjoy!! -John
  3. What have you received today?

    Thank you for the likes and comments! CDW: I have a cigar box full of that hardware, but have been saving that for my own box project one day. Bill: It is definitely my Grandfather's. I carried it out of his basement when I was a teenager. It was passed from my Uncle to his sons and back. So now I have it. That's his name on the nameplate and it even has his Pattern Makers' League membership card in a drawer. (Dues were $3.33 a month in 1950) I don't think there is any actual historical value to the box, just family value. (I'm guessing just like your Granpa's axe). Still, I'll sit and ponder things for a while. This box has a sister toolbox, which went to my Mother. It is maple, and has always been kept in the house, and has faired much better over the years. Its not as large or fancy, but is also a wonderful piece of craftsmanship. I think the true value will be when I reach into a drawer, pull out a tool, and shape a piece of wood for a ship, just as my Grandfather did. Its the connection to family long gone that makes me proud to have this. -John
  4. What have you received today?

    I just brought home my Grandfather's toolbox. It spent its professional career at the Philadelphia Naval Ship Yard, where he worked as a pattern maker. For the last 40 years it has lived in several basements of family members, and now will be used, once again, for shipbuilding. (Although smaller scale ships this time around.) The wood is mahogany, it was made by my Grandfather, and it is in need of restoration. I'll leave it alone for a while to acclimate, then see what can be done.
  5. New member

    Welcome to MSW! Sorry, can't help with your question, but good to have you here.
  6. New to the forum

    Hello Doc! Welcome! Lots of great people here. From where in PA? -John
  7. Sorry, I wasn't very clear. Andi, the comments about the brass blade guides and other similar models from other manufacturers was about the axminster saw in your link. Search for other band saws of this same size and see what comes up. Look for the small differences between the brands, such as the type of blade guides. There are several brands which are all made in the same factory. Mike, my comments on the brass blade guide was not about the microlux saw. Mine has full bearing guides like you described. I agree with all of your observations on this saw. But I do have that one extra issue on mine. -John
  8. Looks like the side blade guides are round brass. This is not a horrible design, but rarely seen on modern saws. You have to be very careful that you always have the rear thrust bearing set properly, so that the teeth of the blade do not touch the side guides. They can chew them up. Also, if you use small blades the round shape allows only a small amount of the "circle" to contact the blade on the sides. This saw is sold in many incarnations from other companies. There must be 5 versions available here in the states. Each one has some slight difference from the others. Look around and see if the same basic saw is available with a different blade guide system. I own the Microlux band saw. It seems to be the same saw as the proxxon. I also have screaming bearings, which I think Mike addressed well. I have an issue where the upper blade guide arm moves up and down in a different plane than the blade tracks. This is not a tuning issue. The blade tracks perpendicular to the table, the guide arm does not. That means when the arm is up for thicker material the guides must be re adjusted, which is a pain. Mike, do you have this issue? -John
  9. Congratulations on 50 years!! The models look great. Especially the United States and Olympia, two ships I drive past often. Sadly, the models are looking quite a bit better than the actual ships these days. Sigh.