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Going through some older pics I came across this:

A pair of „breakfast cutting boards“ I made for my best friend for his wedding.
I had a piece of olive I bought at my local special wood dealer. Nice to work with and even nicer to look at.

Finished with 3 coats of Festool Surfix HD.

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WOW , looks like my kapex is / was not the only lemon . I bought my first kapex a month or 2 after being released in the Netherlands. What grabbed my Euro's was the stated accuracy and of course the dust collection.
Well I needed to make over 400 dubbel verstek { double mitre ??? } joints in some thin 4mm red pine, only 4 inches in length so not to big a cut.
After the first 20, it was no longer cutting accurately    [eek]
Took it directly back to TTS in Mijdrecht , explained the problem again  ??? to their tech guy. After 2 hours of trying to "tune "the tool and getting the lasers to work correctly -
He and I gave , only to be told be said techie - "It's a Monday morning Machine "  [eek] [mad]
SO, was sent a new machine direct from Germany. Despite being told it was all ok , it never met the sales talk, never cutting the double angles 100% accurately, since then , now coming up to 6 years iirc , it has had 2 services , 1 in the UK and 1 in France. It's now having a 4th service as on the 3rd , here in the Netherlands, they did not dail the lasers in properly, and after the first cut after return the lower internal dust shroud broke, making the toop unusable  [mad] [mad]

My advice - DON"T BUY A KAPEX, next mitre saw purchase will be the BOSCH 12"one or DeWalt as these have larger capacity, just as accurate and 1/3rd cheaper.

Just my 2 cents worth
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Can I come and work for you seasonally?

A few decades ago I was in a position where I was responsible for the construction and remodeling of stores for a retailer.  I was lucky that my boss thought about his employees and I was able to travel cross country and have the time on company expense to visit where I was born and lived until I was ten - Arizona.

I would fly out from the East Coast in the early morning and arrive at the job site before noon their time.  I would spend the remainder of their day during the summer either in their construction trailer or the hot 42,000 sq ft building in a suit and tie before heading back to the airport for a red eye (overnight) flight back home.  Yes I flew enough that I was always in the front of the plan and had better seats, drinks, and food, but I still feel sorry for all those who had to sit next to me and smell my adventures.

Peter
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Time to clear out the shop of redundancies.   I've been meaning to sell these for the past few months, but with a handful of new additions en route it's about time to clear out the old.  All prices are relatively firm as I'm pricing these to sell.  Not looking to really negotiate.  Price includes shipping to the lower 48 and payment to be Paypal Friends / Family (or you can pay the 3% fee if you'd like)

1.  ETC EC150/3 - Like New.  Outfitted with the supersoft abrasive pad.  $375

2. RO90 w/ additional hard pad and stock pad.  Comes with systainer of various abrasives.  Like New (only used once).  $500

3. Mirka Deros 625X - Excellent condition.  Was my go-to sander for a while and I babied it.  Includes not only the regular power cord but also a cord that accepts the Festool plug-it cord.  Includes additional protection pads for the backer.  $500

4. Festool TI 15+3 Drill Set.  Excellent condition.  $425

5. Festool 27mm hose w/ sleeve & systainer.  Good condition.  The sleeve has no tears but could use a wash.  Has some dust on it.  $175
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Finishing and Painting / Re: Help on Spraying BM Advance
« Last post by JCLP on Today at 06:13 PM »
(Attachment Link) (Attachment Link) You don’t want quick drying paint so it has time to flatten once it’s hit the surface.

You wanna spray everything horizontally so the paint can flatten better.

You wanna spray it thick in one pass so it flattens/self levels.

A HVLP doesn’t atomize many paints very well because it just doesn’t have the pressure behind the tip.   So you need to thin the paint but that’s not really ideal.

I have a Earlex 5500 and I was able to get a dead smooth finish but it was a pain and I had the filter paint a few times  190microns to avoid spitting/blockage.

Solvents, waterbourne, waterbased etc. All spray differently and different brands can vary a lot.

Example I sprayed Zinsser solvent based and Zinsser perma white water based.   I used same setup and same tip size and from looking at the paint in the tin they both look same consistency.

Yet the solvent based one I got slight orange peel and being solvent it never flattened.   Water based will often flatten after a day or two even though when it was first sprayed it looked orange peely.


I upgraded my spray system because I wanted something quicker and easier to spray with and be able to spray any paint with out worrying a HVLP won’t handle it. 

I would recommend you do the same to be honest saves you a lot of stress. 

Here couple pictures of what finish you can get with a better spray setup
I sprayed these yesterday

Very nice finish.
As I am not doing much spraying/testing these days, due to health reasons, I have been looking at changing spray technologies. I have been in contact with Kremlin and they recommend, but there not 100% sure, the 15C25 pump. As it is an investment of approx. $6000.00 CAD, I have asked for a demo on spraying BM Advance and SW Pro Classic. I know it can spray Kem Aqua and other like products, but I want to see these 2 paints sprayed before I hand over my credit card.

Now, I have learned that Advance does not like air and spraying it with HVLP turbine can prove challenging. As per a BM tech, they recommend not thinning more then 10% as sagging could occur on sharp edges of doors or panels. Thus I've been thinning 9% in my test with water only.

I have also reduced the amount of air movement in my spray booth and moved the turntable farther away from the fans. Sprayed a couple of pieces this morning and we'll see what we getting tomorrow morning.

Cheers,
JC

You seem very hooked on this particular paint why is that?

You should try test samples of other paints or work with a rep.

I had morelles come out and talk to me and took some timber samples and MDF and birch ply and they sprayed it with their product and he came back and showed me the results and I was happy so bought the paint.

$6000 seems high price.

You can spend a lot less and get a good system

My setup cost
£1200 pump
£1000 Gun/hose/tips/filters
£600 to 800 compatibile compressor.

£2800

With that system you have a two in one.
Portable Airless  and depending on compressor a portable airless air assisted.

So you can be in workshop spraying and then go onto site for touch ups or full spray.

Airless air assisted is like HVLP and airless combined.

Using a airless pump you have the high pressure for the thick paints.



Only downside really is paint paint to prime machine.  Takes a little but using a hopper and shorter hose it’s very small.  I can spray with as little as 250mm prime

I'm stuck on this paint because brushing by hand is involved in this project and I have tried several manufactures of paint, SW Kem Aqua, Valspar's commercial line, LKW5102  Waterborne Acrylic, not the stuff from Lowes and Duralaq and no one is able to match the colour close enough to not tell a difference. I know, and the client, that there will be a different look to the sheen between brushing and spraying and they are OK with that. Even BM is not able to match the colour close enough between Advance, Regal Select, Duralaq, Cabinet Coat etc. and SW, Valspar, Kem Aqua are not close enough either.  All of these have a red hue where the Regal Select has a green hue, which is what the client really wants.

As for the cost of the new system. £2800 is approx $5500 cad, including tax. I was probably wrong in saying $6000 as the Kremlin pump, with 2 tips, a compressor plus taxes would probably be closer to $5700.00 CAD

Cheers,
JC
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Festool Jigs & Tool Enhancements / Re: MFT jig/template
« Last post by Mgildersleeve on Today at 05:41 PM »
I've drilled probably close to a 500 holes with my 1400 and the Festool 20mm bit.  I have a 64" x 102" cutting/assembly table and have built half a dozen other portable tops and all the holes were snug for the dogs and other accessories.

That’s very good to know. That’s a nice sized assembly table. I was hoping to get a 1/2” shank bit, but the Festool sounds and feels right. It didn’t take long for the 1/4” shank Freud to start making that sound nobody likes to hear. Can you share any assembly jigs you have for your table?  I am going to start on an assembly table this weekend and an assembly system for it. It’s hard to find information about these systems. Everybody on YouTube likes to show their new assembly tables, but not their systems or actually using them on carcasses, face frames, mitered glue ups, etc..  That’s the next phase of this shop rebuild.
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I stand on all of mine. Sometimes I make steps with them.
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Finishing and Painting / Re: Help on Spraying BM Advance
« Last post by jmbfestool on Today at 05:31 PM »
(Attachment Link) (Attachment Link) You don’t want quick drying paint so it has time to flatten once it’s hit the surface.

You wanna spray everything horizontally so the paint can flatten better.

You wanna spray it thick in one pass so it flattens/self levels.

A HVLP doesn’t atomize many paints very well because it just doesn’t have the pressure behind the tip.   So you need to thin the paint but that’s not really ideal.

I have a Earlex 5500 and I was able to get a dead smooth finish but it was a pain and I had the filter paint a few times  190microns to avoid spitting/blockage.

Solvents, waterbourne, waterbased etc. All spray differently and different brands can vary a lot.

Example I sprayed Zinsser solvent based and Zinsser perma white water based.   I used same setup and same tip size and from looking at the paint in the tin they both look same consistency.

Yet the solvent based one I got slight orange peel and being solvent it never flattened.   Water based will often flatten after a day or two even though when it was first sprayed it looked orange peely.


I upgraded my spray system because I wanted something quicker and easier to spray with and be able to spray any paint with out worrying a HVLP won’t handle it. 

I would recommend you do the same to be honest saves you a lot of stress. 

Here couple pictures of what finish you can get with a better spray setup
I sprayed these yesterday

Very nice finish.
As I am not doing much spraying/testing these days, due to health reasons, I have been looking at changing spray technologies. I have been in contact with Kremlin and they recommend, but there not 100% sure, the 15C25 pump. As it is an investment of approx. $6000.00 CAD, I have asked for a demo on spraying BM Advance and SW Pro Classic. I know it can spray Kem Aqua and other like products, but I want to see these 2 paints sprayed before I hand over my credit card.

Now, I have learned that Advance does not like air and spraying it with HVLP turbine can prove challenging. As per a BM tech, they recommend not thinning more then 10% as sagging could occur on sharp edges of doors or panels. Thus I've been thinning 9% in my test with water only.

I have also reduced the amount of air movement in my spray booth and moved the turntable farther away from the fans. Sprayed a couple of pieces this morning and we'll see what we getting tomorrow morning.

Cheers,
JC

You seem very hooked on this particular paint why is that?

You should try test samples of other paints or work with a rep.

I had morelles come out and talk to me and took some timber samples and MDF and birch ply and they sprayed it with their product and he came back and showed me the results and I was happy so bought the paint.

$6000 seems high price.

You can spend a lot less and get a good system

My setup cost
£1200 pump
£1000 Gun/hose/tips/filters
£600 to 800 compatibile compressor.

£2800

With that system you have a two in one.
Portable Airless  and depending on compressor a portable airless air assisted.

So you can be in workshop spraying and then go onto site for touch ups or full spray.

Airless air assisted is like HVLP and airless combined.

Using a airless pump you have the high pressure for the thick paints.



Only downside really is paint paint to prime machine.  Takes a little but using a hopper and shorter hose it’s very small.  I can spray with as little as 250mm prime

 
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Festool Jigs & Tool Enhancements / Re: MFT jig/template
« Last post by rst on Today at 05:25 PM »
I've drilled probably close to a 500 holes with my 1400 and the Festool 20mm bit.  I have a 64" x 102" cutting/assembly table and have built half a dozen other portable tops and all the holes were snug for the dogs and other accessories.
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While I don't have the M12 Milwaukee Caulking gun, I do have the 18v.  I do commercial/industrial glazing and entrances.  Gunning hundreds of feet of polyurethane caulk in the dead of winter is a hand numbing experience.  The cordless guns make caulking "almost" an enjoyable task...actually no...still a pain in the dupa, just easier.
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