Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Standing Dog Puzzle Scroll Saw Pattern.

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This puppy puzzle is cut from 3/4" cherry. I used a #3 blade. This gave the pieces of the puzzle a reasonably snug fit. The #3 is large enough to cut the thicker wood without having to worry about warped cuts. Just don't push the blade too hard. If you get a piece that does not slide out smoothly both directions then the blade is warping. Go slower and don't apply side pressure on the blade.

Entry-Level Compound Miter Saw. $119. I bought one. Is it Junk?

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I own a lot of power tools. Some are used every day and some are used very rarely. A compound miter saw is one of the tools that I don't use very often. When we moved last year I gave away the miter saw I had in that shop. 

I decided I wanted another one for my new shop but I did not want to spend $500 to $1000 for a tool that I may use once every couple of months. So I did my thing on Amazon and found this Metabo compound miter saw. This saw is only $119 so I knew there would be compromises in quality. I just hoped that the compromises did not mean junk.

The saw has a 4.7 out of 5 average review so that made me feel a little better. There are nearly 7,000 reviews so there are obviously some bad reviews also. 80% of the reviews were a 5. If you buy a lot from Amazon you know that the reviews are not the whole picture.

I went to YouTube and watched the videos reviews there. I was convinced enough to order one. 

I received the saw a couple of weeks ago and finally set it up yesterday. The setup was simple. There is not much to installing a miter saw and the Metabo was no exception. 

Don't get me wrong, you can tell that this is an entry-level saw when you put it together. The fit and finish are acceptable for the price of the saw but nowhere close to a professional unit. That said, it is not terrible either. I grabbed a 2x4 and started test cuts. It turned a single 2x4 into two 2x4s. That is kind of the point of the saw so it met that expectation. 

The saw has a 5 21/32 width cut capacity according to the specs. That means it will cut a 2x6. The blade is a 10" 24T that cut well but I would not expect much life from it. Time will tell.

The saw weighs 25 lbs. That is a fraction of the weight of a nice sliding miter saw. Since I will be moving the saw around I appreciate the smaller weight.

When purchasing any entry-level tool there are two reviews that matter. The out-of-the-box review and the one-year review. My out-of-the-box review based on price and quality is a solid 4 out of 5. Will it still be that good a year from now?  Time will tell but I am pleased so far.

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