Table saw purchase... an update.

Yes, it's been a while since the last update. I think it has something to do with "Murphy's Law" and so one disaster is mostly accompanied by a few others. We didn't have internet for 9 days at the lonesome hill and because of that also missed an order for a nice creative project. However there's some good news to! We bought a new (secondhand) table saw. Yes, a secondhand one but in a higher range of quality. It comes with a real exiting extra, namely that we will personally collect it 2500 kilometers from the rural vicinity of central Portugal. For that, lot's of preparations and planning has to be done. Our old Iveco bus was kindly repaired by a friend (new driveshaft, lot's of bearings, time belt, etc. which makes it drive like on the first day we bought it 17 years ago. It was our job to make the exterior live up to it's renewed technical state. It's a big van so the sanding took some time, but hey, we didn't have internet so..

As the budget didn't leave room for a professional paint job at one of the local body shops, we decided to go old fashioned all the way with just plane brushes and some masking tape. The paint cabinet was sorted out and we found 3 buckets of "Bronze Green", 1 "hammerite red" and one "standox industrial yellow" . The only thing we bought for this project were 2 buckets of neutralisation primer, some kind of chemical substance that makes it possible to paint a surface which has different kinds of old paint. It's amazing how well this went. Because of the limited amount of paint we had to decide how to use it... well yellow for the roof it is!

After 10 days our old mint-green van looks more sophisticated in a colour that reminds a bit of "English racing green". There was even enough left in the last bucket to paint the inside of the front doors, so it looks good from the inside to. The last stripe was done in Hammerite red, the bumpers were sprayed black. It took almost 2 weeks and just 36 euro to transform that old Iveco from a sour sight to a nice traveling van again. Our first ride was to a local Artisan fair....

Now, I can hear you think. What about the purchase of a table saw? As a matter of fact, the work on the van is one of the preparations to get that table saw into the workshop. All the pieces of a complicated puzzle will come together in a few weeks. We managed to get items to be transported to the Netherlands from Dutch people over here in Portugal (and some deliveries back), which contributes to the costs of diesel and toll roads thru Spain and France. The table saw (which I bought online in Holland) is collected by a fellow woodworker in The Netherlands and stored at his workshop. This whole adventure is to special not to make some video's of for the Not Just Sawdust channel, and so I will try to film the "road trip" thru Europe on our way to collect our new table saw. Oh.. one thing I can reveal, the brand name of the saw: METABO


A new table saw, the journey into the world of sellers..

As you might know by now, I'm looking to purchase a table saw. No, not the cheap crappy ones I used to buy every 18 months or so but, because of all the help from my fellow woodworkers around the world and especially Paul Wilmore from Wilmore's World of Wood who started a crowdfunding, this time a "real" one. The first thing I did was looking for a secondhand professional table saw. I always look for tools that fit in my 300 year old workshop, and so I found one that really stood out for me. The price was right, the brand something that would suit very well. Located in the Netherlands, but because all the family lives there it wouldn't be a problem to collect it. However, there are so many people who put a few pictures on a selling site, name a number and than... well, nothing! I offered the asking price, send a personal email to explain the situation of me being in Portugal, contact address, etc. Guess what... no response whatsoever.

That buying on-line is a mind scrambling activity became clear after looking for a new machine. First I had to find out that certain machines with Dutch and German like brand names are in fact just all the same Chinese machines sprayed in a different colour and marked with a fancy logo. Although the budget is huge from my point of view, a stationary table saw (of a decent brand) will be just a step to far. However there are enough options left within the budget that did make a name for themselves.

Now, at first I looked at a Makita, a well known brand and I do own a router that is absolutely the best quality tool, next to the Kress drill, I ever owned (bought secondhand her in Portugal). Reviews on the MLT100X are from calling it a disgrace for Makita, others are very happy with the saw (although everybody makes adjustments to the fence, but hey, that's what I would do to)

So this machine is still an option and there are certain sellers who will ship to Portugal for a reasonable price. The total price isn't all that different if you add the shipping costs. Of course there are two versions, for me it would not be that important whether it has a the carriage with wheels or not. I was on the point of ordering one but... The last couple of weeks I worked in a friends workshop (making a staircase out of reclaimed beech) with a Metabo magnum 1256, it's a bit of an older machine but it is impressively accurate and sturdy. On the search for a Metabo my enthusiasm was tempered by the prices for the new version of that Saw, the TS254. 
Yes, prized well over budget, but still.. a tool I now am familiar with, I do like and would fit (size wise) in the workshop. I gave up on that thought until I saw it appear at an other seller. The prize seemed to go down.

Still far over the limit of the budget but it made me decide, despite the anxiety to have a new friend in the workshop, to wait a bit and look further. And than... Yes, an other seller offered the same table saw for a price that is within the budget! I emailed to ask about the shipping costs to Portugal and was happily surprised about the answer. 

So I decided to order my current first choice table saw! But at the "Paypal payment section" suddenly the shipment turned out to be a problem.

I emailed again, asking what the problem is and how to proceed to order this tablesaw, no answer yet. So there you are, the stress of a woodworker isn't initiated by the danger of working with sharp power tools, it's how to get one.... I'll keep you up to date!


Pictures of a combined project..

It's been a while since I made a '50 tees microphone and put it on the mail to The Netherlands. Today I received the pictures of the restored statue!

Oh.. and here's the video of the making of that microphone:


About the woodworking community, Gofundme, a tablesaw and lots of surprises!

It wasn't such a good week in the Not Just Sawdust workshop. The beltsander bearings flew out of the plastic cover, the table saw broke down and so...  Nevertheless, the project we started on has to be finished. Part 1: A torsion box / T-Track bed. It's made at a size it will be possible to go under the workbench. One side is a flat assembly table, the other side has 5 t-tracks. It's a base for much more...

Than an amazing thing happened (again) Fellow woodworker Paul Wilmore from Harefield Ward (UK) started a crowdfunding to help me with getting a new table saw. This woodworking community is really great!  This is what he wrote:

"I would like to ask for your help, Gerrit Klaassen produces great content on youtube on his channel not just sawdust and he is doing great projects and loves recycling. He is using some tools which he has recycled one of those is his tablesaw, at the moment he is trying to make things and his table saw has let him down and he is unable to use it. Like most people he is trying to make a living doing recycling and his videos. I am thinking that you may like to help this great man and even the smallest amount can change someones future, I would like to try and set this up to help Gerrit and maybe help to pay this forward so we can see more great things .

I believe in a great community of great people who are makers united in making.
I hope to help Gerrit raise some funds towards a tablesaw."

The Crowdfund is on GoFundMe and here's the link: Help Gerrit replace his table saw!

Some followers of the Not Just Sawdust Youtube Channel suggested that I start an account on Patreon. I'm working on that, but as in many cases it's credit card related, which doesn't make it easy.
To my big surprise some of my woodworking colleges and Youtube subscribers used the paypal donation button on my website and donated towards the new table saw. Again, I can't express clearly enough how grateful I am! 


Another willow table..

A few weeks ago we made a table out of a trunk of willow. It was sold and the new owners asked to make a second one. So.. here it is. This time with oak legs.

This time, because of the curve in the tree trunk the legs came out very nice.


A Tree-Table!

Just before taking the decision to cut down the last 2 meters of a poplar we came up with the idea to make a little meeting point for guests at the campsite of some friends. A table around the tree, maybe in the future to be complemented with some kind of roof. The first step was placing 4 brackets....

Once every bracket was leveled out they were nailed in to the groves that were cut out of the tree and the brackets were screwed together. Than the table top needed to be made. Only cut-offs of former projects were used and some reclaimed wood. All connected together with random layers underneath to just avoid that "formal" look.

Because the tree was cut down for most part, it was easy to slide the table-top over the tree trunk.

After screwing the top on the brackets it got a treated with Nilzone, a stain that protects against all wood loving bugs. It's not clear where creativity will bring us, but something like barstools and some roof are most likely. 


Making cheap rubber band clamps

Sometimes it's just easier to make clamps than go out and buying them. Especially when you are looking for ones that you need for a specific job. The good thing about making clamps yourself is that you probably have all the materials laying around, most likely in the bin with scraps.

The only thing you need is some wood and a rubber / elastic band. You could make these clamps in any size, as fancy looking as you want. The "round stock" can be a broomstick, a dowel or even some copper pipe, it's really not important. On request I made a little drawing, but it is just to inspire you to experiment.
click on the picture and save it at original size (A4)

To make it all a bit easier, here's a video on the making of...


Artisan market at the village of Areias..

Sometimes things go like the should go in an ideal world. Today we had a stand at the Artisan market in a village called Areias. This weekend's workshop video was about a little table made out of willow and reclaimed beech and guess what, it sold today at the market with the order to make another one.

Now how odd is it to sell a Recycled Box Guitar at the same event, in Portugal, to a collector. The Teres Angulus changed hands, and I must say it is a good feeling to know this instrument is now in the collection of somebody who appreciates the details and the fact that it is a one-off guitar.

Yes, it was a cold day in central Portugal. The clouds decided to open up regularly and the wind blew from the north. Luckily we had a stand inside. When demonstrating the RBG's the little "Pig Nose" battery powered amp sounded like a big system in the concrete hall!

Sometimes Portugues artisan markets are more about socialising and talking about each other's work, but this time lots of people were really interested and so we had nice conversations about woodworking, recycling and crafts in general.

Today made me enthusiastic to go into the workshop and be creative!

And here is the video on the making of the willow table: