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Ken Martin

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I did something today I have never done before in woodworking, and really had no clue how to do it safely. I cut 1/4" by 1/4" strips of wood for the toymakingplans.com Bi-Plane. Thanks to Imants Udris. Imants and I have been talking for some time by e-mail. I contacted him after reading about him on this web site. I wanted to touch base with him and thank him for offering so much information to people like me. He responded and has been answering questions I have from that day on. He knows I am a little nerves about using my table saw, because I have never used one. He first recommended I get the GRR-Ripper to protect my hands. I just came back from the AWFS wood working show in Vegas where I purchased the GRR-Ripper. Then when I told him I did not know how to cut the 1/4" x 1/4" strips for the wing supports for the Bi-Plane, he sent me written instructions. I was able to put together the Zero Clearance Plate and the Jig attached to my Rip Fence in about 20 minutes. Then I made my 1st cut, and it was perfect. You can see the results. First: I want to thank Toymakingplans.com and John and Cynthia for putting up a site where good wood workers share their ideas. Second: Big Thank You to Imants Udris for becoming my friend on line. My shop now must have 10 of his ideas in use. The man is a walking book of knowledge about woodworking. He loves to help people. I think he should be a teacher somewhere. Third: I hope everyone gets to see his How To about this Zero Clearance Plate. All the woodworkers are so into helping people on this site, you should never be worried about asking the "Dumb Question". You can be sure, I have asked most of them already. Thank you Imants for your ideas. Ken FuzzyDuck Creations

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Liz Crawford

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Thanks Ken, I am so scared of the table saw but I might just dig my hubbie's old saw out of the shed and fire it up. Liz
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Hi Liz Don't feel bad, I am not comfortable with mine either. My neighbor said you should never get to comfortable with a table saw. If you follow Imants advice and use his ideas you will be so much better off. If you don't have his plan yet, ask him for how to make a Zero Clearance Plate for cutting very slim pieces. His ideas and the new GRR-ripper made it possible, easy, and most important safe. Happy Toy Making
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Ken, Hello from Texas.  PaPa Jack here.  I tried to call you with I was in CA for the holidays.  My wife's brother lives in Ventura.  I did not get an answer.  I would like to have seen you business there and meet you and your wife.  I was not sure a about the distances.  I noticed your comment about the AWFS wood working show.  Is that a national organization?  I have wondered if there was a woodworkers conference.  I think there is for the guys that build furniture etc.  Wonder if we could ever get it to the point where we could have a "toymaker conference"  The Forum has really been great !  I have enjoyed all of you comments and recommendations.  I just sent John a recommendation on using more standard measurements like 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 etc instead of the 15/16, 7/8, etc.  I certainly hope that I did not offend him.  I am not that good and like to make it simple.
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Hi PaPa Jack,

No offense taken! We agree that measurements do need to be standardized and have addressed your original question about this topic here:

http://forums.toymakingplans.com/post/new-patterns-6731672
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