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Mitre slot measuring tool for $12

Mitre slot measuring tool for $12

02-11-2017 09:10 PM by Holbs | 3 comments »

I was in dire need of fine measurement adjustment in my shop: checking dado stack, fence, auxiliary fence, etc. I could of made my own but I’ve been in a rush lately and ordered this little gem from Amazon at $12. Caution: you need your own dial caliper. Also, it does not fit all mitre slots! Read the description.I was all about to purchase another table saw alignment gadget that costs $120 but then saw this tool in the LJ review forum and gave it a shot. Have used it a number of ...

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The perfect solution for my Powermatic 66

The perfect solution for my Powermatic 66

12-21-2016 02:25 AM by Holbs | 12 comments »

With my shop overhead dust collection completed, I knew the next thing to tackle was overhead dust collection for my Powermatic 66. The existing PM66 splitter was a pain, like any original splitter. I also needed a blade guard that I could see through. And finally, needed dust collection to end the spray of debris back toward my face during cuts. I have my PM66 face to face with my Unisaw (which also has my BenchDog cast iron router table fitted), so any Excalibur or Unisaw boom arm would...

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D.H.S. Heavy Duty Leveler Legs w/ Lock Nuts - 600 Lb each

D.H.S. Heavy Duty Leveler Legs w/ Lock Nuts - 600 Lb each

11-13-2016 04:37 AM by Holbs | 3 comments »

These leveler legs are great if you have un-even flooring or if you have to adjust height here and there. I have two cabinet saws that I’m trying to make co-planer facing each other that have to move every so often so re-adjustment will be necessary. I considered cheaper versions but thought since these are attached to 500+lb cabinet saws, I went with playing it safe.D.H.S. Heavy Duty Leveler Legs w/ Lock Nuts - 600 Lb each

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Alternative to mobile bases

Alternative to mobile bases

10-16-2016 03:30 PM by Holbs | 6 comments »

This goes hand in hand with my previous posted project about pallet bases: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/268018I had a decision to make regarding how to move around my wood working machinery in my 2 car garage workshop which includes: 15” Jet planer, 8” jointer, Powermatic 66, Delta Unisaw, and any other machinery or cabinetry that needs to be move around. I could of went for the cabinet saw mobile bases with a price tag of $500+ (which have their own drawbacks) and 2 more Lom...

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A serious consideration if after space saving & 100% flatness

A serious consideration if after space saving & 100% flatness

09-19-2016 03:14 AM by Holbs | 7 comments »

This would be the 2nd largest new $$$ item I have purchased in the wood working arena on sale at Rockler for $249 (full retail is $329). This is the Promax RT, full cast iron, made to fit between the rails of your contractor / cabinet saw (space limitations apply such as motor being in the way on left tilts). I came from the Bosch benchtop router table (RA1181) that was giving me some…gruff. When I was looking to upgrade to more robust router solution, I came across this Bench Dog. ...

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2nd Joy upon my eyes

2nd Joy upon my eyes

05-30-2016 08:20 PM by Holbs | 2 comments »

This follows my “Wixey WR 550 remote planer readout review for my Jet 15””, but this review is for the the smaller Wixey WR 510 upon my Rigid 13” planer. Yes, I have two planers so need 2 Wixey’s! I’ve been using the WR510 for a year and loved it for it’s accuracy and ease. I almost only give it 4 stars because it does not use the popular AAA batteries it’s bigger cousin WR 550 uses but instead uses the lithium coin type of battery (not somet...

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Oh the joy upon my eyes

Oh the joy upon my eyes

05-30-2016 08:11 PM by Holbs | 0 comments »

I bought this Wixey WR 550 for Christmas but just got around to installing in on my Jet 15” planer. I followed fellow LJ “jwisbey” for installation after reading his review. I did not have spare metric socket head bolts so had to go to Ace Hardware to grab a couple. Whalla. Easy installation and easy calibration. Verified with calipers. The first run was off by 0.003.I originally purchased this because my eyes are starting to get old so the big numbers on the LCD scree...

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Wrist Attached 3.25"x2.25" Dry Erase Board

Wrist Attached 3.25"x2.25" Dry Erase Board

01-01-2016 10:43 PM by Holbs | 9 comments »

Just started to use this thing. It’s awesome :) Many times during a project, I have 5,000 numbers and fractions flying through my head. I go measure something and move to cut it, just to forget what that measurement was. Measure twice and cut once. This little pad helps a great deal. It’s only $11 and cheaply made, but it is what it is. Elastic band to go around your arm (or leg or whatever application) secured via velcro. Comes with dry erase marker with the little white ...

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A worth while track saw consideration

A worth while track saw consideration

11-30-2015 06:32 AM by Holbs | 10 comments »

There are track saws, and there are track saws. For a $200 estimated price tag, this Grizzly T10687 does it’s job wonderfully. This is similar to Sheppach and other European clones of this economical track saw type, but is Grizzly :) It has a riving knife, it plunges, 9 amp motor, dust port, has a 100% functional depth knob, no wobble in the track. All knobs are plastic, but that hard plastic, not the flimsy type. I can easily plunge it with one hand reaching across 4’ plywoo...

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Gorilla Gripper "Contractor" model

Gorilla Gripper "Contractor" model

11-29-2015 12:41 AM by Holbs | 4 comments »

I forget where I picked this up but wow… I should of used it much earlier than remembering only today it was somewhere in my black hole pile of goodies. This product EASILY makes lifting and moving 4’x8’ sheet goods a breeze. There are 3 versions:Gorilla Gripper ‘GP’ .. 0 to 3/4” (0 to 21mm)Gorilla Gripper ‘Contractor’ .. 3/8” to 1-1/8” (9 to 29mm)Gorilla ‘Door’ Gripper .. 1-1/4” to 2” (31 to 52mm)If you use sheet goods, this is a must have. I picked up 3 4’x8...

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