Last weekend, I went to Los Angeles for a family function. I stayed an extra day to see a woodworker friend of mine, hang out, and bounce some ideas off him (he's notoriously creative).
We went to Eagle Tools for what he said was an errand. That place was a total toy shop. I've never seen a bigger fully stocked area of Festools ever; every accessory, every size Systainer, even oodles of pads for the RAP polisher (to show how even the obscure stuff was piled high). When my eyes popped out, my friend said, "see, payback, this time I'm gonna get you spending on tools". Makes that sound like a bad thing! :)
The back warehouse had about every tool imaginable setup for touching. The back was a store room for Inca tools and parts (so, if you're an Inca fan, this place has you covered). The bandsaw area had Agazzani saws of all sizes right up to a 36" behemoth.
The way it works is simple: when you want to micro-adjust, flip down the part on the handle (the part that says General)... it has a strong magnet in it that holds it to the fence rail. Unlock your fence then turn the knob for micro-adjust.
I was using it tonight for sizing some shims for T-track for the drill press table and it was easy to use and nicer than the ol' tap-tap-crap!-tap-tap routine.
Funny story time: my friend wanders by while I'm looking at the micro-adjuster. "What's that?" So I explain. He gets a serious look, "oh, you're gonna make me buy it; now you're getting me back again!" ha ha! He has Inca table saws so he went and dug around the back of the warehouse to find a new-in-the-box micro-adjuster from Inca. Told you, the place is crazy.
Other interesting side story: the SawStop's design is based on Inca's table saws.
Marukai Market in Gardena. It's how I exit the city on the 91, which starts by the store :) I love cooking Japanese food and though locally I can get more than I could years ago when I started going to Marukai, it is the CostCo of all things 和風の料理.
Naturally, a package of bamboo skewers; I use these a lot in the shop for cleaning glue nozzles, dropping glue in drilled holes, stirring satin varnishes, scraping off dried varnish from jars, and sometimes I make yakitori with them. Chopsticks are also immensely useful in the shop and at about $1 for a bazillion, you should stock up!
I also grabbed 2 plastic Norpro scrapers; these should be useful for scraping off squeeze-out when it's snotty. Glue won't really stick to these so that's nice. Also, scraping a utility knife on the edge sharpened them up for better scraping. These are easily found in kitchen shops.
The bowls are called silicone pinch bowls. Normally any small bowl is a pinch bowl in the kitchen, but these mean you can literally pinch them. You'll see the frontmost one has Titebond 3 in it. I rolled it around so the sides were all covered because I wanted it to dry in the bowl as a test. The surface tension on that silicone is so high that the glue just ran to the bottom and wouldn't surface the sides. Very nice.
I left it in the bowl for 2 days. Here's the play-by-play of removing it:
I'm going to like that!
The bowls are from Trudeau. (With the exception of Tremblay, no name is more French Canadian than Trudeau!)
Okay, writing this up has me hungry from some sakura mochi. nom nom nom....