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A Week In The Workshop 166


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Hi all! So I manage to snatch a few hours out of the workshop, and this is what happens!


Yes, I attended a Festool dealer day out in Woking with all the good intentions of keeping my wallet in my pocket, but I caved and bought the new cordless table saw; it’s really nice, and I think it’ll do me just fine, even with the limited capacity - it’s no panel saw, but then I don’t need that, it’s for narrow rips and small precise cuts.


Anyway, monies paid, just awaiting delivery, which is stated as nothing more precise than ‘February’; at least it’s a short month…


In other news there’s some progress with the new shelf pin jig, and also with the custom clevis pins, too. Things are definitely starting to progress…


Talking of which I made a start on the drawer cabinet cutlets, and I also have another trip out next week - no wallet required for this one, but it’ll mean that the mid-week vid will be later than usual, I think.


Or maybe earlier, who knows??


That’s it for this week though, thanks so much for your support, enjoy the rest of the weekend, and I’ll catch you in the next one.


Peter


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I can think of plenty of purchases for £2k or more which don't elicit excitement - clothes, handbags, curtains, flooring - thankfully they do elicit excitement for my wife 😂 Did the Festool guys know who you were Peter? It will be interesting to see Festool's strategy on marketing in the future - they very much seem to stay trade/dealer focused and although they have their own social media channels which they put stuff up on, at least as far as I can see in the UK, they don't seem to have handed out their tools to influencers. I guess their reasoning must be that influencers have their biggest impact on DIYers which is not their focus but be interesting to…

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petermillard
petermillard
Jan 30, 2023
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Cheers James. One of the Festool guys knew the channel, the other was looking up my instagram when I arrived... 😂


Festool UK have a very select and specific group - of which I'm not a part - who they feed new stuff to who share it on instagram, Gary Banks and John from Enfield Refurbishments are the two I know of. When I first had the channel I did speak to the Festool UK main customer rep (Phil Beckley, now at Ryobi I think) about getting loaners for review, but they had a list of demands as long as your arm about what could or couldn't be shown or compared, and nothing ever came of it; I've never had…


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Good morning Pter. Congratulations on your new purchase - ever since you mentioned looking at table saws my money was on you going down the Festool route !. Look forward to seeing it in action

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Derek Caldwell
Derek Caldwell
Jan 29, 2023

Looking forward to seeing the table saw being used festool trade days are always good but hard to keep your wallet in your pocket 😂 up in scotland festool dealers are few and far between now there’s only one in Glasgow with. A good stock

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petermillard
petermillard
Jan 29, 2023
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They’re few and far between in London too Derek! An endangered species, lol! 😂👍

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Ever since Peter started hinting about this I have been struggling to think of a professional “use case” that would justify the cost (and weight) of the Festool CSC SYS 50.


The ones I came up with are:

  1. Flooring installation where high precision narrow rip cuts with no tear-out are required. But I don’t see many flooring install situations where there’s no mains power AND the extra weight of the batteries / charger limits portability.

  2. Cutting / trimming drawer fronts on site (or building drawers on site)

  3. Ripping filler strips for cabinet ends / tops which are then scribed and contour cut with jigsaw

For all of the above superior dust collection of this saw would be a real plus.


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I think you're in a domestic mindset whereas cordless tools and their portability are very much welcome for commercial work. I have spent a lot of time on big commercial building sites doing software for new build factories / warehouses and observed a lot of workers whilst standing around :). To start with all the trades are (were) working with 110V temporary power and there are limited outlets in limited places so they often end up trying to share. Often large areas could be closed off to general access due to hot works or lots of cherry pickers / booms needing to work overhead - so the rest have to go find somewhere else to work outside or elsewhere - so…


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Really 🤣🤣🤣🤣 Warren from Bunnies, you couldn't make it up 😁. I'm glad to see you are excited about your new purchase, I'm just as excited for my new Garage Door which is arriving in February as well.

Although it only looks quite small, I'm sure the quality and precision will make it a dream to use.

If your not cutting up large sheet material with a Table Saw, then it doesn't need to be big.

Look forward to seeing it in action in your workshop 😁.

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petermillard
petermillard
Jan 29, 2023
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Yes, fortunately my space is always toasty, so not an issue for me! 😅

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