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Great way to organize drawers full of tools

Great way to organize drawers full of tools

10-23-2018 04:39 PM by EarlS | 8 comments »

I bought several sheets of FastCap Kaizen foam to use to organize my tool drawers after seeing pictures of it on Rockler’s website. I really like the way that I’m able to keep all of the tools displayed and organized so I know where they belong when I clean up the shop. I give it 4 stars rather than 5 because of the lack of instructions on how to properly work with the foam. The pictures on label don’t qualify as instructions. Rockler’s price and free shipping ma...

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Solid, accurate dowel plate

Solid, accurate dowel plate

08-27-2018 06:17 PM by EarlS | 9 comments »

I finally broke down and bought this dowel plate because the dowels and plugs available on-line or at the local wood store are only nominally close to being round and accurate in the diameter. I use the dowel plate to properly size plugs that come out of the drill press plug bit to the correct diameter. I also run short lengths of store bought dowels through the plate to correct diameter inconsistencies and roundness issues. The dowel plate is set into the vise with a baggy under it to...

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Clear Gorilla Glue - Not Good for exotic oily woods - UPDATED

Clear Gorilla Glue - Not Good for exotic oily woods - UPDATED

07-25-2018 05:57 PM by EarlS | 8 comments »

I used several exotic woods for the 2018 mallet swap. Titebond glue was not recommended for use with the more oily exotics such as katalox, cocobolo, granadillo, bloodwood, African blackwood. and ziricote. Research came up with Gorilla Clear Glue as a good candidate for these kinds of wood. The local orange box store had it in stock ~$6 for 3.75 oz. My application was laminating boards together, face-to-face. It spread quite well using a disposable brush. Initially, I applied it too ...

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Best Option I've Found

Best Option I've Found

01-07-2018 01:41 PM by EarlS | 18 comments »

I read an article written by a hand surgeon for Popular Woodworking. “In the hundreds of table saw injuries I’ve seen, I’ve yet to see an amputation from a table saw with an appropriate blade guard and splitter. There have never been many good reasons to remove the guard; now with better-designed saws, guards and riving knives, there are even fewer. I’ve seen woodworkers injured on the “backstroke” as they bring a hand back over an unprotected blade after a cut, those who didn’t see ...

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Excellent jig but short on guide plates

Excellent jig but short on guide plates

12-23-2017 01:12 AM by EarlS | 5 comments »

I spent quite a bit of time researching options for a mortise and tenon jig. In short order, the options were narrowed down to the Festool Domino or the Leigh FMT Pro M&T jig. As part of the final review I asked the LJ forum what folks thought of both tools. Responses were evenly split between them. I finally chose to go with the FMT Pro. So here goes: Overview: 4 Stars – I was able to make very accurate, tight and repeatable mortises and tenons even with double angles (5 stars)...

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Design features miss the mark

Design features miss the mark

04-22-2017 12:35 PM by EarlS | 11 comments »

Laguna C Flux 1.5 HP Dust Collector – 3 Stars – it provides good air flow and suction with 2 stage filtration. The rest of the design misses the mark. Earlier this spring, I ordered a Laguna C Flux, 1.5 HP dust collector ($1000) from Rockler with direct shipping from Laguna. After 2 weeks of waiting for a shipping confirmation I called Rockler and they said they would check on a delivery date. A week later and still no response so I called and e-mailed Laguna directly and sp...

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Bench Dog Router setup - Inconsistent Quality

Bench Dog Router setup - Inconsistent Quality

04-09-2017 01:51 PM by EarlS | 10 comments »

It’s been a year since I ordered the Bench Dog Promax RT Cast Iron router table, Pro Fence, ProLift, and steel cabinet. Rather than review on each component I decided to review the entire set up since the Bench Dog sells it as a complete set up. The complete set up is $1000 on Rockler. First off – this thing is a beast. The table top weighs in at 100 lbs and the router lift with my 3-1/4 HP Porter Cable Router weighs 35 lbs or more. The cabinet weighs 40 lbs or more. D...

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The most useful accessory in my shop

The most useful accessory in my shop

03-26-2017 01:30 PM by EarlS | 4 comments »

I’ve had a Wixey saw fence digital readout for many years. I bought one when they first came out and recently had to replace the readout unit as mine finally quit working. During the short period of time I was without it, while waiting for the replacement to arrive, I realized how much I rely on this little miracle gadget. Pricing is reasonable too – $120 for a complete set up and $28 for a replacement readout. For those of you that don’t have one, the readout slides ...

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Expensive Air Filtration

Expensive Air Filtration

03-24-2017 05:09 PM by EarlS | 15 comments »

I ordered a Jet air filtration system several months ago and have been putting off a review until I had plenty of experience with its performance. Product Information: – Amazon $370Review – JET 708620B AFS-1000B 550/702/1044 CFM 3-Speed Air Filtration System with Remote and Electrostatic Pre-Filter “Filters 98 percent of all 5-micron particles; 85 percent of 1-micron particles”550/702/1044 cfm on the low/medium/high speed settings14” tall x 32” long x 26 wide2/4/8 hour timer...

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