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post #1 of 31 Old 04-18-2012, 06:33 PM - Thread Starter
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Well , after building a few boxes for some DIY speakers I have come to the conclusion that a 7" circular saw and a 0.5 HP router does not cut it. Don't get me wrong, they do the job, but it is just not enjoyable, being that I have always dabbled in cabinet making. However due to space constraints here in Japan for the first few years I never really got back into cabinet making until now (I now have my own house with a triple garage).

Anyway, the new tools I just purchased.

1. Delta UNISAW Tablesaw, 5 HP, with 52" BIESEMEYER Fence System, Model 36-L552 = $3,499
2. INCRA TS-LS Joinery System - 52" & 1320mm Range = $759
3. Woodpeckers Saw Gauge = $79
4. iGaging E-Z View 6" Digital Caliper with Fractions = $34.95
5. iGaging Angle Cube Level/Bevel Gauge = $39.95
6. 6-Piece INCRA Joinery Router Bit Set = $129.95
7. Makita RP2301FC 3-1/4 H.P. Plunge Router = $340

Total = $4,881.85

Cheers to the DIY community.

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Dang, that's some big coin on tools, but I guess it all depends on how much you're going to use them. It reminds me of the folks that buy the $750 stainless steel conical fermenters instead of the $30 plastic buckets. They both get the job done, but one is nicer, easier to work with, and will last longer.

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The festool ts 75 was the greatest purchase I ever made. I recently picked up the OF 1400 router and plan on getting a dust extractor soon.
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Now that you have the tools to start a business, start advertising .

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Now that you have the tools to start a business, start advertising .

Nah, I just do this for fun and having the right tools just makes it better.

Just ordered a couple of Lie Nielsen wood planes too. Really looking forward to setting them up and using them.

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So this means you enjoy woodworking a little bit more than speaker building.

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pffff.. solidworks + pc beats that and i have not even got to the table saw yet.


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pffff.. solidworks + pc beats that and i have not even got to the table saw yet.


I've been thinking of getting SolidWorks.

Did you shop resellers and which did you get it from?

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So this means you enjoy woodworking a little bit more than speaker building.

I like all aspects of woodworking, including speaker building. But I know what you are trying to say and yes, I do enjoy working with wood as opposed to MDF.

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pffff.. solidworks + pc beats that and i have not even got to the table saw yet.


Along similar lines, I am thinking about getting a CNC router, some of the stuff they can do are amazing.

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Where are you located ... and can we be good friends?


 

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I've been thinking of getting SolidWorks.

Did you shop resellers and which did you get it from?

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I love SW's...Luckily my day job provides the access without me having to shell out the big bucks.
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If you build 3 or 4 pieces of nice furniture with that set up I would guess that it would have paid for itself by then. I made some nice built-ins for my master bedroom, spent about $1,000 on wood and supplies and I was able to do it with relatively cheap tools. It worked out pretty well for me and you can't see my goofs unless you get really close. The builder originally wanted $2500 for paint grade wood and MDF.


Dumb enough to spend lots of cash on this junk!
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pffff.. solidworks + pc beats that and i have not even got to the table saw yet.


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I love SW's...Luckily my day job provides the access without me having to shell out the big bucks.

Cheaper and reasonably effective alternate: Alibre

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Well since its a hobby that you enjoy, the prices would be really low. Lmfao...

So contact by pm?

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I go to a specialised cabinetry supplier and use their expensive table saw setup to cut my panels in whatever quantity and size shape for about 50% above the cost of the raw material (in MDF at least). They are fractional mm accurate, so why do it myself? Supply a cut sheet, a credit card and go and pick it up.
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Nice setup. The grandaddy of table saws. Awesome. I think I would tell others if they are a bit patient that they can do well though purchasing used.

My setup:

Jet JTS-10 was $350 delivered to my door from Craigslist (almost new condition).

Freud FT3000 3.25HP router: $189 (blow out at wood craft)
Kreg router table: $199

Hitachi 2.5 HP router: $129 (plunge and fixed bases) (open box at Amazon, brand new)

Two Craftsmen 1.5HP Routers: $30 (in total, Craigslist)

Dust Deputy dust cyclone: $89

Jasper Jig: $30

90 and 45 degree cross cut sleds: $20 (misc scrap laying about + 5/8's board).

Jawhorse for $99

1.5HP Drill press for $40 (Craigs list). I invert this with a custom table and use it as a sander/shaper clamped in the Jawhorse.

Dovetail jigs are homemade.

Total is $1175 and cuts stay true. The crosscut sleds are invaluable.

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There is not much here in Japan used. I thoroughly researched this before I pulled the trigger and this setup. I forgot to add the shipping cost from the US, not many table saws here. The Incra system alone is $700+ for shipping!

@flyng_fool, that is very true. I have a few things that I need to make for the kids room and we desperately need a dinning table. So I will be making those before I get into any more speaker building.

I made a set of line arrays for a friend and that is the only DIY speaker so far, but it was more a pain in the a$$ then enjoyable with this tools I had.

What I want to do is design a speaker system for my living room TV, doing the design from the ground up, including the X-over. I doubt it will sound great , but we all have to start somewhere.

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as you already have a complete theater with good equipment, what do you intend to diy?

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as you already have a complete theater with good equipment, what do you intend to diy?

I want to design my own speakers and build them from the ground up and NOT for my home theater. People who live/breath speakers will do a much better job than I ever could, so I don't intend to swap out speakers from the theater. Not to sell them of coarse, just for my personal satisfaction and I am 99% sure I won't get it right the first time so I am guessing there will be quite a few remakes.

Any the other reason was to get back into cabinet making and make some furniture.

I also am in the process of building 4 LMS ultra 18" subs for the theater to add to the bass. Maybe I should post a thread up?

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I'm nowhere near a "woodworker" by any means but am curious about the opinions of those who are of the tracksaw systems? I bought the Dewalt system with 2 short tracks and one long track along with the router sled. I have never been more pleased with making straight accurate cuts over and over. The cuts are as accurate as you measure so would say within 1/32 or so if had to guess. How come these systems arent more popular by those who debate getting a table saw but cant afford a really good one? I would have to say it is way better than any sub $1000 table saw as far as accuracy.
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I have a Festool track saw. In the past I've had expensive commercial cabinet saws that did a nice job but took a huge amount of floor space. With my track saw I can make just as many cuts with similar accuracy and when I am done put it back on a storage shelf freeing that floor space for other things.

Track saws are great tools! I no longer have a need for a big cabinet saw.
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Just wait till you buy a cnc machine
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Just wait till you buy a cnc machine

Yes, I am looking at a few CNC routers right now. Just trying to see which is the best way to go, DIY or a complete unit. I want one with a base foot print of about 4' X 8' which is really big by CNC standards from what I have researched.

Have you got one?

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Yes, I am looking at a few CNC routers right now. Just trying to see which is the best way to go, DIY or a complete unit. I want one with a base foot print of about 4' X 8' which is really big by CNC standards from what I have researched.

Have you got one?

Yes. I built a 5x8 last year. I used the cast cnc setup which is a derivative of the joes 4x4. I went 5x8 because I wanted to cut Baltic birch which often time comes in 5x5 panels. They are amazing machines but can be a challenge to get setup
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I would have to say it is way better than any sub $1000 table saw as far as accuracy.

Doubtful.

You can get subsequent cuts within better than .001" of each other out of inexpensive table saws (Rigid, Bosch, etc.) until you get tired or run out of wood. Without some sort of commercial (Festool has tables to go with their track saws, although the combination costs more than a used Unisaw with a nice fence) or shop-built stop system you're not going to do that with a track saw.

The small table saws won't handle larger cuts (the Bosch is 25" right of the blade) but that's a separate issue.
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....You can get subsequent cuts within better than .001" of each other....

That's the key - repeatability. If you can rely on tools to make consistent cuts you can usually put the tape measure away. You have to plan your work and sequence of cuts to make everything fit up.

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Yes. I built a 5x8 last year. I used the cast cnc setup which is a derivative of the joes 4x4. I went 5x8 because I wanted to cut Baltic birch which often time comes in 5x5 panels. They are amazing machines but can be a challenge to get setup

I am not familiar with that type of CNC. Did modify it or build it from some plans that are floating around the net?

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that's the key - repeatability. If you can rely on tools to make consistent cuts you can usually put the tape measure away. You have to plan your work and sequence of cuts to make everything fit up.

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pffff.. solidworks + pc beats that and i have not even got to the table saw yet.


Solidworks sounds nice. But last I looked it was over 8000 for a license. How's that affordable? Is there a cheaper way to get it?
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Doubtful.

You can get subsequent cuts within better than .001" of each other out of inexpensive table saws (Rigid, Bosch, etc.) until you get tired or run out of wood. Without some sort of commercial (Festool has tables to go with their track saws, although the combination costs more than a used Unisaw with a nice fence) or shop-built stop system you're not going to do that with a track saw.

The small table saws won't handle larger cuts (the Bosch is 25" right of the blade) but that's a separate issue.

My 4.5'x8.5' table with a layer of mdf to cut through along with the 3 tracks makes more accurate cuts than any of the three table saws I've had. Maybe its just me and short fences/small landings that make using the smaller cheaper table saws produce more inaccurate cuts. As long as one has a table or a few saw horses to make using the track saw easy then I much prefer one over a cheap table saw. .001" isnt a problem as long as your pencil is sharp but then you dont need a pencil with a table saw, I know
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