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Worth every penny, i.e. Quality shines through

Worth every penny, i.e. Quality shines through

141 days ago by JayT | 15 comments »

“It is well with me only when I have a chisel in my hand” Michelangelo While I realize the famous artist was talking about sculpting, had he been a modern day woodworker, he may well have been referring to a Two Cherries chisel. Having purchased and using a set of Stanley Bailey chisels that were not meeting expectations, I decided to step up and purchase a couple of individual higher quality tools in the sizes that get used the most. The company I work for stocks wooden handled Two C...

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Hand cut dovetails--faster, cleaner, more precise.  What's not to like?

Hand cut dovetails--faster, cleaner, more precise. What's not to like?

155 days ago by JayT | 33 comments »

Like many woodworkers, I wanted to learn to make hand cut dovetails, but struggled with getting a precise joint. After some disappointing early results, I was ready to either quit or get some help. Somewhere along the line I had seen a blog post that linked a David Barron video where he used a magnetic saw guide. I decided to bite the bullet and purchase one of the 1:5 guides and hope that helped my joinery. I know that traditionally dovetails are 1:8 or 1:6, but since the ratio is fa...

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Very nice palm router with one annoying flaw

Very nice palm router with one annoying flaw

303 days ago by JayT | 8 comments »

I’ve had this router for nearly two years now, so feel I can give a good review based on actual usage. When looking for a small router to do light tasks, I purchased this one because of the price ($89.99 everyday, purchased on sale for $79.99) and I thought the included larger sub-base with the handles looked like a good idea. It has been used quite a bit and overall has been a good investment. The Good: Soft start. I’ve heard of people not liking soft start motors, bu...

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Good design, inconsistent quality

Good design, inconsistent quality

438 days ago by JayT | 13 comments »

Needing a decent set of chisels, instead of my plastic handled beaters, I decided to try the Stanley Bailey 5pc set. Now that I have been using them for about six months, it was time to do a review. The set retails for around $70 for five chisels and a leather tool roll. Initial impressions The chisels look good with brass ferrules and hoops contrasting nicely with the stained hardwood handles. I’m not a big fan of stained handles, but they do look nice out of the box. The in...

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