Bill Wyko is a member of the Festool Owners Group forum and creator of some exquisite rare and ancient wood humidors. Bill's signature line on his forum profile says a lot about his philosophy when it comes to tools... "The bitterness of poor quality lingers long after the cheap price is forgotten".
Recently, Bill began work on a large curved cabinet humidor made from Bubinga. He documented the process he used to create this incredible piece. Bill routinely uses his Festool power tools to achieve the quality of workmanship that his client's require. Here's what Bill had to say about a recent challenge he had preparing the wood for this project and how he used his TS 75 plunge cut saw to overcome it:
The curved humidor project has put my TS 75 to great use. For one, I needed to cut the stiles on both sides of the face and ends. These cuts had to be perfectly straight. To do this on a table saw is impossible. I know because I tried! Holding a curved face and maintaining the angle without causing a burn or gouge just couldn't be done. This is where my TS 75 came in.
I clamped the guide rail to the face frame, set the angle and made the cut. No burn, no variation in the angle, no problem whatsoever. Another bonus is that I was able to make the cut after I finished the wood. Because the wood doesn't move across the saw, there are no scratches due to passing the wood over a table saw. Just clamp, set and cut.
Then, all I had to do was Domino the legs to the stiles. No gaps or incorrect cuts to worry about. Another point I would like to make is that had I tried to cut this on the table saw right to the line the first time, I would have cost myself the curved laminated rails, the stiles and more importantly, 2 week's worth of work. I needed to know that the saw I was going to use to make this cut would get it right the first time, without fail. My TS 75 didn't let me down!
It was also used to cut my 10/4 Bubinga to size. The riving knife feature and the zero tolerance made it a breeze. I tried to rip the 10/4 on the table saw and I thought my table saw wouldn't survive. It started smoking like a wild fire.
To learn more about Bill and view more examples of his work, visit his website, Humidor Minister, or visit the Festool Owners Group forum to view more details about this and other humidor projects Bill has documented (see links below).