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Old 06-09-2014, 09:26 PM   #41
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Oh that's looks good. Tell me some of the other things you've used it for.
Off the top of my head:
1. Cut out cracked section of PVC sprinkler line
2. Cut nails behind baseboards that can't be pried out
3. Make precision cuts in drywall, for patching sections around outlet boxes
4. Cut notches out of doorway header to run cabling
5. Scrape caulk off concrete floor
6. Sand into corners with triangle shaped sanding pad
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Old 06-10-2014, 08:21 AM   #42
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Well, I'm sold, thanks.

But what is the total vertical distance from the bottom of the blade to the top of the unit? It would have to be less than five inches ...
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Seriously, buy an oscillating tool like the Rockwell sonicrafter. It is perfect for precision cuts in awkward spaces like this. I have found literally dozens of uses for mine since I bought it.
Nice tool, but the Harbor Freight version would probably be more than fine for occasional use.

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I'd say lower your chair and pull your screen down a little
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Look for Undercut and Jamb Saw. Homedepot has a 17" model. I'd get the largest that will fit. You'll need the length to make cut easier. Once you get one or two dividers out, one of the power tools mentioned will fit in the space, hopefully.
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This is the distance that is critical:



I called Rockwell, but the guy had a hard time understanding which distance I was talking about. I would explain, and he would say "Well, if you hold the tool horizontally, the width is ..."

I'll take a look at those other tools.
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Nice tool, but the Harbor Freight version would probably be more than fine for occasional use.
+1

Yes, I have one. Its "height" measures 3.5".

PS. Oops. Add another 0.5" perhaps for the blade offset (the height between the blade cutting plane to the blade mounting shaft).
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Thanks.

The old dilemma: is the possibly higher quality version worth the extra cost?

Note that the HF one doesn't come with any blades or attachments.

I'd also like to reward Rockwell for accepting blades from other manufacturers. That's rare these days.
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Maybe you will get lucky and find a roadside desk, Al, that will work without any alteration.
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As I am not a carpenter, for tools like this that I only use once every 5 blue moons, the lower cost (1/2 to 1/3) trumps other factors. Yes, you will need to spend another $9 for a blade set.
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As I am not a carpenter, for tools like this that I only use once every 5 blue moons, the lower cost (1/2 to 1/3) trumps other factors. Yes, you will need to spend another $9 for a blade set.
Yes, that's a very good point.
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Somehow, this whole thread reminds me of this scens from the 'Big Bang Theory'.



I believe the key phrase is- do you have any emotional attachment to this desk?
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Somehow, this whole thread reminds me of this scens from the 'Big Bang Theory'
ROFL. Perfect.
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Late to the thread, but not useful. My carpentry skills are limited to chainsaw and axe work.
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NW-Bound's logic won the day, and I purchased the Harbor Freight tool, which actually gets good reviews. It only costs $3 more than the little hand saw I almost bought.

I got a few extra blades, too. It comes with a nice carrying case -- that is, the cardboard box it came it.

OK, here I am ready to go. It's great that Lena's out of town, so I can use a nice towel as a dropcloth.



The first cut was tricky (on the job training), and I found out that the circular saw attachment was much better. I could slice at the side of the divider, cutting through gradually. But the first cut was problematic:



But I got the hang of if for the second and subsequent cuts:



I cut out the top, front of each divider, which will be discarded anyway. That allowed the divider to be pulled loose from the back. Little nails were used at these attachment points, but no glue.



And here it is with all the dividers taken out:



It will be a little tempting to cut the shelf back, but I know I can tolerate some overhang.

There were three little nails holding each divider in. I opted not to drive 50 miles (RT) to buy a metal blade for cutting those. The wood blade worked OK, and I don't think it was worn down too much.

The dividers are in good shape except for the first one. The shelf got a little scratched up, but I can sand and refinish that. The next step will be to reshape the dividers, and reinstall them. The wood in the groves is removable.

That tool is nice, and I'm trying to think of other jobs I can use it for. The quality seems fine, and, big spender that I am, I've already gotten my money's worth.

Thanks for the help, guys and girls, especially Soupcxan and NW-bound and travelover, I really couldn't have done it without you.
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Good job Al! You made it look easier than I thought it would be. Good thing that the dividers weren't glued into place. Thanks for posting pics.

Maybe make a pattern before reshaping the dividers. That way all reshaped dividers will be exactly the same
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Once you realize how flexible the multitool is, you'll find uses for it everywhere.
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Once you realize how flexible the multitool is, you'll find uses for it everywhere.
Yea, now that I talked Al into buying one, I may even get one.
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Yea, now that I talked Al into buying one, I may even get one.
I was thinking about doing the same thing but then was reminded not to on this thread about decluttering. Since I don't have a specific task in mind for it, it'll probably just sit unused in the box and then someone will buy it cheap or inherit it.

If I need it I now know where to get one and how useful they are.
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