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Blog entry by Blayne posted 07-27-2010 06:11 PM 1320 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For some reason, I seem to purchase more tools and accessories in the summer. Maybe that’s because it is too stinkin’ hot to do much of anything else other than plan builds.

This year, I ordered three new tools & accessories for my shop:
  • Mortise Pal—I’m not willing to shell out the bucks for a Festool Domino cutter at this time, and this looks like an interesting way to make loose tenon joints.
  • Biesemeyer snap-in splitter—I have to admit that I am one of those who has run my table saw without the splitter due to the time and tedium it takes to install/remove it. This splitter pops in and out with little effort. I learned about it from the Wood Whisperer.
  • Incra 1000HD miter gauge—This is an upgrade for me from my Incra 1000SE gauge. The new one has stops every one degree instead of five degrees, an extendible fence, and the Incra flip-stop. My 1000SE may be destined for eBay…or maybe I can adapt it for my router table.

-- Blayne -- Stillwater, OK

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#1 posted 07-27-2010 08:14 PM

nice tools to add to the shop..i would agree on the heat, but force myself to get out when its cooler and work..just have to do some…but your tool additions are going to be a welcomed..enjoy

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 07-27-2010 08:59 PM

My two cents… I really like the Mortise Pal. Have two in fact. Could never get the snap-in splitter to line up correctly on my Unisaw, even with TWWs video. It bound the wood on the way out. The Incra is very accurate but a little fussy to change positions. Make that one cent…

-- tim hill

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David Craig

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#3 posted 07-28-2010 05:39 AM

I think that we, as woodworkers, need to indulge in our fascination in one way or another. So, if we cannot build, we buy, and when we can build, we no longer feel the intense need to add on. The three listed additions all are worthy products. I hope you find a way to buy and enjoy at the same time. Fall is coming :)


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#4 posted 07-28-2010 05:57 AM

Have you considered buying a window air conditioner for your shop? I put one in mine and now I don’t even break a sweat during these 95 degree days. Great shop investment if you like to work in the shop all year.
The mortise pal is a great jig. I bought one last year and find it to be faster for cutting mortises.

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#5 posted 07-29-2010 11:54 AM

Nice tools to have. I have the 1000se. I really use it alot.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#6 posted 09-05-2010 05:29 AM

Nice tools to add to the shop.

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