Compact Table Saw – right for your shop

If your dream has always been to own a professional enclosed base shop saw like the ones from powermatic or delta, but somehow you have never managed to build a shop that would actually do justice to one, there is no real need to fear. These days, almost all of the work you would do with a big heavy saw like that you can do with one of the name brand portable contractor table saws available on the market today.

table saw with splitterThough they may not offer the kind of stability that makes for ultimate comfort when throwing a full sheet of plywood or mdf up on the saw to cut up, in nearly every other sense they are more than able to just keep up with their planted in place counterparts. The fences are good, the power is there, and with just a little creativity, the pieces can be put in place that will allow you to do almost everything you could with a full fledged cabinet saw.

The plus side, of course is that they wont’ take up nearly as much space in your shop as a permanent saw would, they can be rolled out of the way, and in many cases, folded up and put away if your shop is, like so many, doubling duty as a garage most of the time.

In addition, a good jobsite saw can be taken on the road should the need arise. That’s what they are made for after all. Many of the best come with stands that act as dollies as well for hauling them around. Those stands are designed to take up as little room as possible for when they are being hauled or when they are being stored.

On the job site there will be minimum stands and what not used for cutting operations, but when they get home they can be set up with roller stands and table extensions and outfeed and side tables to make them as stable as possible when handling projects in your one man shoperation. With one of these saws as a centerpiece of your home shop, you will be able to put together pieces that will make many of your compatriots wonder where you are hiding that cabinet shop you must have in order to put out such exceptional work.


So Many Portable Air Compressors

So little time.

After years of hauling around a top of the line air compressor from job to job the time has finally come to find a compressor that won’t break my back every time I have to pack it into the truck.

not a portable compressorThe old one is getting a little tired, but that is not really the reason to get  a new one. To be honest, with the level of work I am doing these days, I really don’t need a compressor that will do a lot of volume. I am just tired of all of the heavy stuff that I have to haul around. It’s the reason I have two miter saws and that I no longer haul a tool box into the house every time. Or any time. The tools all come out of the truck on an as needed basis.

One of the last hold outs in my effort to downsize has been the air compressor. The old one has been a faithful servant for many years and it’s almost a shame to get rid of it. Nonetheless, I will.

There are currently many good choices when it comes to air compressors. I have narrowed the field a bit by zoning in on the portable six gallon air compressor choices, but that still leaves an array of compressors to choose from.

Even narrowing it down to name brands, there are some choices to be made. There are several to choose from that would be extremely acceptable, the specs are all comparable, but there is the complication of the packages that many compressors come with. Even though my current pneumatic guns work perfectly well, and will likely outlive the life of my business, the prices on the packages are so good. Almost too good to pass up. I am tempted to pass off my current tools to my son and buy a package just to take advantage of the deals.

I think it will come down to the bostitch compressor or the porter cable, partly because they are names I am familiar with, and partly because they are the ones I have had my eyes on since the days when I was just starting out and dong a lot of roofing.


Thank You For Good Friends

One of the things that you have to do if you want to have a calm and satisfied existence here on earth, is to try to maintain a steady outlook. That can be tough sometimes.

Just recently I was tested. By stuff. Somehow it seems that I am always tested by the material world. There must be some sort of karmic message there. I just haven’t sorted out what it is yet.

On the other hand, the thing that keeps me centered and most often brings me joy is people. Ifriends am fortunate enough in my life to be surrounded by loving and giving people. Good thing too. I really do need the counter balance. And especially I need friends that are good with stuff.

My car died. That’s it. Maybe in your world that is not a big deal. In my world it is. I am totally flummoxed by things like this. I have no idea how a car works. I get in and turn the key and it starts. Until it doesn’t.

That was this. I got in, put the key in the slot and started the car. Except it didn’t. The car was obviously broke. Should I call the shop  (I have them on speed dial)? Not this time. This time I happened to run into a neighbor who said he’d have a look at it.

So he came over with his truck and popped the hood. After disappearing under there for a bit doing I don’t know what, he popped out and dug behind the seat in his truck.

He came up with one of those handheld battery jumper pack units. You know, the ones that you charge somehow and carry around with you just for emergencies.

He dragged it over and hooked the cable thingies up to my battery and told me to start it. And it did!

Apparently all I needed was a new battery. I got one and so far, so good.

I also got a portable jump starter of my own.

Thank God for friends.


Describe Yourself

In truth the answer to having a happy and fullfilled life is to be yourself. Truly.

No one else can tell you what makes you happy. Only by getting out and trying stuff will you be able to define what it is about life that makes it worth getting out of bed every morning. (If that is what makes you happy- maybe lying in bed for a day does it for you. Only you know.)

How else would I come to understand that the things that are supposed to make someone like me happy are indeed, not those things. I had to get over myself. The myself that society told me was the self that I needed to be. To Be Happy. I had to get out there in the world and try some things. Things that were outside the norm for my circle.

That meant that I had to lose some of my circle, of course, but the ones that stayed around are my real circle. The ones that left are not. Remember you are you, not some social construct designed to keep those around you happy.

burning-man-smallAnyway, once I decided that I just needed to dig into things that interested me, regardless of whether my friends and family were going to have my back, that was the time when things really started to click for me.

It is likely that this is the only time I will  mention this, since that is not the purpose of this blog. If you want to know more about the choices like those I had to make the information is all over the internet. You won’t have to go far.

This blog is supposed to be about the things that make me happy, not about the way that I came to realize what those things are. So if that interests you, if you would like to hear more, come on back and see what I have been up to.

My Passion.  My life.


Importance of Fun

Today is the best day to get started on anything. In the case of this blog the day is today for starting one. That doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but that doesn’t make it any less true.

The thing about platitudes and cliches involved in navigating everyday life are not less meaningful for being platitudes. That is the thing about cliches, they are true and they are trite and they are ridiculed for being used over and over, but the reason they are used over and over is because they have kernels of truth at their center.

So when this blog gets up and running, it will be the type of place where you can expect to hear those types of phrases. A place where you will hear, again, about things you already likely know about. But it will be a different truth none the less, because it will come from a different source, on that hopefully you will learn to trust to give you a spin that will resonate with you.

Time is that thing that we can’t afford to waste.