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Handy, Cheap Utility Handsaw

Handy, Cheap Utility Handsaw

06-05-2016 01:30 PM by CharlesA | 4 comments »

I bought this Do It Best handsaw when I needed one on the road and I had very limited choices. I didn’t have high hopes for it, but thought it would get me out of a jam, and it’s only $13. Turns out I use it all the time. Now when I need to cut a piece off of a rough cut board for milling, etc. I don’t reach for my jigsaw or always stick it on the miter saw. If it is just one cut, I grab this little handsaw and usually have the cut done before I’d have the power ...

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My favorite Reader Safety Glasses so Far

My favorite Reader Safety Glasses so Far

01-07-2016 04:57 PM by CharlesA | 6 comments »

I’ve been surprised at how much I dislike the fit of most safety glasses. Maybe I have an odd head/nose, but most fit oddly and are not comfortable for long periods of time. One complication is that I require readers lenses. I only require 2.0 or 2.5, but i prefer using 3.0 because I figure if I’m going to have some magnification, I might as well really have some benefit from it. Up to this point, my favorite safety glasses have been 3M Tekk safety glasses, but I couldn̵...

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Very Capable Budget 20V Impact Driver

Very Capable Budget 20V Impact Driver

06-01-2015 05:10 PM by CharlesA | 6 comments »

I just finished a putting new decking and railing on our deck (okay, so my son and his friend did a lot of the work). I have two Bosch 12v drivers that I really like for woodworking use, but I figured a more robust tool would come in handy for the deck. I found a pretty thorough review of 18/20v impact drivers at Toolguyd.com—While the Milwaukee, Makita, and DeWalt were all rated really highly, he suggested this Porter Cable was a good budget choice. The prices on the highly rated dr...

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Cheap Woodcraft Wheel Marking Gauge--It works!

Cheap Woodcraft Wheel Marking Gauge--It works!

04-08-2015 05:02 PM by CharlesA | 16 comments »

Since I have been on my quest to learn to hand cut dovetails, I have been giving my marking gauge a workout. I have been using a Crown Rosewood cutting gauge, and I have been frustrated by my inability to make an absolutely straight clean line every time. I sharpened the knife on it and still would end with a wobble here and there. I thought that the combination of the cutting knife and the very short fence was the culprit: I checked reviews and was about to pull the trigger on a Ham...

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Comparison of two inexpensive dovetail saws

Comparison of two inexpensive dovetail saws

04-03-2015 11:53 PM by CharlesA | 10 comments »

I am not a dovetail saw expert—this review reflects my experience with the Zona dovetail saw and the Crown Gents saw as I’ve been learning to hand cut dovetails. I’ve had the Crown Gents saw for a couple of years and picked up the Zona saw this week. The Zona saw is a U.S. made, very inexpensive saw. The fit and finish on the Zona is not too impressive. Compared to the Gents saw, the Zona saw cuts a little slower—that wasn’t too notable on 1/2” ply...

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Pretty Satisfied with Replacement for my Bosch Sander

Pretty Satisfied with Replacement for my Bosch Sander

02-12-2015 03:27 AM by CharlesA | 5 comments »

I’ve had my Bosch 1295DVSK ROS for several years and have been mostly happy with it, but two things have been a disappointment: 1) it chatters more than it seems reasonable; and, 2) the vacuum attachment doesn’t hold well anymore, partially due to the rubber ring on the sander itself getting brittle. I’ve read several reviews of the DeWalt, so I decided to see if it was the answer. This reconditioned model is only $59 at CPO Three observations: 1) I did not do a direc...

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A lifesaver for installing hinges, hooks, anything that requires a centered hole

A lifesaver for installing hinges, hooks, anything that requires a centered hole

01-04-2015 07:14 PM by CharlesA | 9 comments »

Okay, for some of you this tool may be unnecessary. But whenever I have installed hinges, coat hooks, or anything else that requires a centered hole, I always seem to be just a hair off. I would carefully mark with a pencil, then use a punch to mark the hole, drill it carefully, and voila, I’d end up with screws that were almost centered . . . every time. Christopher Schwarz recommended this Starrett Punch, but I balked at the price tag. But I tried it, and I am glad I did. A bu...

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Makes Glue-ups Much Easier

Makes Glue-ups Much Easier

11-02-2014 04:22 PM by CharlesA | 5 comments »

There are certain conveniences in life that once you get used to them, it’s very hard to go back to the way things used to be. I think Rockler was first on the scene with the silicone glue accessories, and I’m happy they did. A few notes on these and some others out there. The glue tray is probably the most irreplaceable. I used to squirt glue on a scrap of wood and then toss it when I was done. Now I reach for the glue tray, and I can clean it with water when I’m d...

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One of my best purchases ever

One of my best purchases ever

10-29-2014 02:12 AM by CharlesA | 26 comments »

Back in July Paxorion posted a review of the Preppin’ Weapon. I was suspicious that any sanding block could be worth $21.95, but he gave it such high praise, and I was frustrated enough with what I was working with, that I thought I’d give it a try. This thing is great. I even sometimes reach for it when I might have grabbed my ROS in the past. I like the solid way it holds the sandpaper, the comfortable grip. the very even way it sands. I even waste less sandpaper because I...

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My tenon making solution

My tenon making solution

10-09-2014 01:33 AM by CharlesA | 5 comments »

I’ve made tenons using several different methods. I had avoided buying a tenoning jig because it seemed like an unnecessary outlay of funds. I could make them by hand, with the bandsaw, or using a dado blade on the table saw. But for whatever reasons, I always have been a little frustrated by how they came out. I ended up doing way too much fine tuning with chisel/plane/sandpaper. So, I bit the bullet and purchased the Grizzly tenoning jig through Amazon, $88.59. I was annoyed...

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