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Chris Wong
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Too late Chris. I just completed my triangles and my ouija boards are selling like crazy thanks to you!
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Chris, what happened to your hand model?
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Dyami,

What defines a hybrid bandsaw?

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I have complained many times about how poorly my old Ridgid bandsaw cut. Until I put Carter guides on it, it was virtually impossible to use. The Mighty 50150G. Steel City Tool Works was kind enough to listen and send me th...
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We call it the Hybrid Band saw because we have blended the best of the tried and true cast iron version with the most stabile box style. The internal skeleton is the sturdy cast iron, surrounded by the steel frame. In doing so, we also installed a built in mobile base, under the base so that it is not in the way of your feet.
 
It comes almost fully assembled so you do not have to struggle with lifting the heavy cast on top of a base and then try to line up the pulleys from the motor. The motor is mounted just off the floor and this ads stability and lessens the fear of toppling over when moved around the shop.
 
We also have a granite table for absolute flatness and no rust issues in your garage workshop. In summary, we combined cast iron, steel frame and granite to make a new style bandsaw that we call a Hybrid.
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Have you heard about the Shop Stool Build-Off taking place Saturday January 25?  Over 50 woodworkers have already registered.  Oh, and by the way, there will be prizes!
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If you had enough time, you could have wiped the concave side with a wet rag and allowed the extra moisture to flatten the board.  That would have eased assembly, but I'm not sure what would happen once the board returned to equilibrium - I guess that the strength of your joinery would be one factor.
When I removed the sides from their glue up, I found that the left side had cupped slightly. I took all of the unassembled pieces, both cupped and flat, and sanded them to 220. This may have been overkill as I still hand...
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Good point, Chris. I'm not sure if it would have been enough to take the entire cup out, but it certainly would have helped. So far the dovetails are doing a fine job keeping the sides in check.
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Rex,

I appreciate your feedback.  I have more than a few changes planned for the next one!

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Very slick - like it.
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The Shop Stool Build-Off was a blast!  Now, it's your turn to vote for your favourite three.
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Hi Dyami,

Here are a few of my thoughts.
1) These machines have different change-over procedures, and some are easier than others (some require you to remove the fence, etc).  If you have the opportunity, try changing it over yourself.
2) Length of bed is overrated.  While the length is important for jointing long stock, in a shop of limited space like yours, I wouldn't hesitate to get a short bed jointer if you aren't constantly flattening long stock with it.  You can make it work like a long-bed jointer with carefully-aligned infeed/outfeed support.
3) I like the idea of having a jointer and planer the same width.  However, I'm not sure I'm ready for a 24" jointer and planer!
4) Check the fence type.  One of the reasons I chose my jointer was because it didn't have a rack and pinion fence adjustment which I felt was overkill and would have required me to place the jointer further from the wall.

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I've always been of the mind that having a separate jointer and planer was a better use of space in a narrow shop where having the room to lift up the jointer bed of a combo machine could be an issue. Frustrations with aligni...
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Thanks, Chris. Good points. Spacing against the wall is certainly a concern of mine. I'll pay special attention to it.
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This is the final week to pre-order your Anniversary Box at the introductory special!
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  • Flair Woodworks
    2011 - present
  • Canadian Woodworking
    Contributing Editor, 2010 - present
  • Flair Woodworks
    Owner/Woodworker, 2008 - present
  • Lee Valley Tools
    2004 - present
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Beautiful (and often rainy) Port Moody, City of the Arts, is where I call home.  I enjoy woodworking, cooking (and eating), mountain biking on local trails, rollerblading and running.  I express my creativity in 3-D forms such as furniture and sculptures as well as 2-D in the form of writing, including poems.  I love a good challenge.

I work part-time at the Coquitlam Lee Valley Tools store and am a contributing editor of Canadian Woodworking magazine.  I also own my own woodworking business, Flair Woodworks, and am a partner in Time Warp Tool Works.

Quick-witted and never one to take things to seriously, I live in the moment.  Life is good.

Read my woodworking blog at http://flairwoodworks.com/blog
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