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Now THESE are Forstner bits!

Now THESE are Forstner bits!

280 days ago by harry1 | 18 comments »

These huge Forstner style bits were bought on eBay from this company that I have bought numerous items from, tools and electronics. A cold rainy weekend would be ideal to go through all the unrelated interesting items that they have. The 80mm bit cost $A14.27 and the 95mm one $A18.37 including delivery.As can be seen, these Tungsten tipped bits cut cleanly and there was no sign of eccentricity.http://uxcell.com/

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Etekcity 3 Pack Wireless Controlled Outlet socket with remote

Etekcity 3 Pack Wireless Controlled Outlet socket with remote

422 days ago by MT_Stringer | 33 comments »

I bought these in Jan 2013 and so far everything has worked better than I anticipated. Originally, I bought a single unit but it worked so well that I ordered the three pack. The first one is hooked up to the shop vac/Dust Deputy.The second one is connected to a box fan/filter combo.The third one is connected to my 2hp Harbor Freight Dust collector! :-) I have started/stopped the DC at least 20 times so far. I have had no issues with the remote starting or stopping any of the three mac...

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Remote Control

Remote Control

401 days ago by OSU55 | 20 comments »

Need a remote power switch for your dust collector or other accessory? While all of my tools are mounted on mobile bases, I got tired of having to move things aound to get to the dust collector power switch. My DC is a cheapo from Harbor Freight, so it didn’t come with a remote. A quick perusal of the box stores online found this at Wally World. Rated at 13A it’s enough for my small DC and is rated for outdoor use, so water and humidity aren’t an issue. The receiver just plu...

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Sideways Cutting

Sideways Cutting

447 days ago by vipond33 | 12 comments »

I’ve never been much for batoning. All that hewing and froeing, to what end? Odd shaped chunks of wood for rustic furniture or homemade shingles? Turning blanks? Exotic construction? Not my bag; I’d rather split infinitives. What I do like is having specialty tools that go where others can’t and then do the impossible. Like these very tiny planes. They are are a set of two (L&R handed) side cutting chisels available from Lee Valley under the Chestnut...

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Good value, but there are issues

Good value, but there are issues

2237 days ago by USCJeff | 20 comments »

First off, this is a decent DC for my small shop. It is better than a ShopVac, but not at all like a 2HP DC from the major manufacturers. The CFM claims, are skewed. I’m told by a third party (can’t be sure of accuracy) that the CFM test they conduct is without any hoses or other needed attachments. The motor has to have some type of piping and such, so the CFM is not a real measure without them. I paid less than $150 and it does more than $150 of work for me. Happy, but don...

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Lee Valley Brad Point Bits - Set of Seven

Lee Valley Brad Point Bits - Set of Seven

1990 days ago by ChicoWoodnut | 7 comments »

I was in need of some brad point bits to drill holes for a set of ball catches I am installing. I have been using regular twist bits and needed something with a centering guide. My set of Irwin Jennings-pattern auger bits don’t go to 1/4”. I looked at brad point bits at the Borg and didn’t like any of the ones I saw. The lip was simply a point ground into the edge of the radial cutter. It didn’t look like it would leave a clean hole on entry and that is what I am ...

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Leecraft HT-1 Zero Clearance Insert

Leecraft HT-1 Zero Clearance Insert

585 days ago by SirFatty | 6 comments »

I’ve always made my own zero clearance inserts, and on the old Craftsman table I used previously, it was a pain to make them correctly. With my new Porter-Cable saw, it looked to be even more painful. This time around, a purchased ZCI seems like the way to go. A quick search showed one manufacturer appearing multiple times in the search results: Leecraft. A couple blanks were purchased from, and fulfilled by, Woodcraft via Amazon. When received, I was surprised by how heavy an...

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An Aftermarket Retrofit Riving Knife Does Exist...

An Aftermarket Retrofit Riving Knife Does Exist...

1406 days ago by knotscott | 26 comments »

The Bolt On Ripping Knife (BORK) from Bob Ross of Walnutacre Woodworking is a retrofit riving knife that fits several traditional saws that were not originally designed for a riving knife. The BORK attaches to the arbor swing arm, and rises, lowers, and tilts in unison with the blade much like a true stock riving knife does. I’ve had a BORK on my Shop Fox W1677 since August of 2008, and have been very happy with it. It’s available in full kerf or thin kerf thicknesses, and will ...

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Heavy Duty wheel casters

Heavy Duty wheel casters

1817 days ago by Don K. | 8 comments »

Like many, I make mobile base’s for all of my shop equipment. I have used plastic, rubber metal etc. And while they serve their purpose, they have many short falls. The plastic and metal ones hang up on every chip of wood and piece of trash on your floor, and have terrible locking systems. The rubber ones while they do roll much easier across the floor, still have the same lousy locking system, and develop flat spots when they sit for a extended time. Recently while I was at my ...

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