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    Metabo SXE450 Sander - how to use?

    Just started using my new sander. I've even read the manual. However, it doesn't explain very well how to change from 3mm orbit to 6mm orbit. I understand you press in the red button and turn the pad anticlockwise until it locks..... but how do you know if you've locked it in 3mm or 6mm? Am I...
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    Random Orbital Sander - Festool or not

    I'm in the market for a new random orbital sander. I hear people swear by their Festool tools but their sander is around twice the price of others. Is it really worth the extra money? Does it work twice as fast? Does it give a finish that is twice as good? Is it twice as quiet? Does anyone...
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    FOR SALE: DeWalt 733s Planer/Thicknesser

    Since I've upgraded to a bigger machine, I have a DeWalt 733s Planer/Thicknesser for sale. It's 4 years old, comes with a spare set of re-sharpenable blades, the original leg stands + an wheeled base unit and table extension. It's a great machine and in perfect condition. I'm in Devon if...
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    Digital cameras for photographing projects

    If you only want a digital camera for posting images on the web (and you want to continue with 35mm film for everything else) then maybe a scanner is a better and cheaper option. That way, you still photograph and process the way you've been doing for years (and probably the way you prefer). A...
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    Computer Aided Design (CAD)

    Has anyone tried "eCabinet Systems" software? Apparently it's free software and I remember the old student motto 'if it's free, it's for me'. However, now I'm older and more cynical I more often believe in the motto "if it's free, it's worth what you pay for it" Details are at...
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    screwfix prices

    I received a promotional email from Screwfix today offering the Arrow ET100 Nail Master for £24.99 giving a saving of over 40% off the list price of £42.99. I bought one of these a couple of years ago from Screwfix for £19.99 (and it included a load of nails too) I recommend being highly...
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    Best finish for table with breadboard ends

    I made a table with breadboard ends recently and finished with 3 coats of pre-cat lacquer. However, as the main part of the table expanded (the wood was very dry!) I have found that where the grain of the breadboard ends is perpendicular to the grain of the main part of the table the lacquer...
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    Rojek machinery reviews

    I have been offered a Rojek planer/thicknesser for a very good price but have no experience of Rojek. Does anyone have any Rojek machinery or does anyone know of any reviews. The only one I've come across is in Fine Woodworking that reviewed 5 combi machines. I've read that Rojek are a little...
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    KICKBACK, OUCH THAT HURT!

    I hope for a speed recovery and you will then get straight "back on the horse". I'm sure we'd all appreciate learning more in order to prevent a similar accident. Where you using the table saw or planer/thicknesser? I could tell from your post. If thicknesser.... does it have an anti-kickback...
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    Making a career out of woodworking

    I've watched this topic with interest and can't help but chip in with a few of my own comments. 1)I guess cabinet making is usually more a 'way of life' than a serious way of making money. However, there are thousands of people that make a good living out of it - some more successful than...
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