Living Room Display Shelves #3: Finally seeing something!!

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Blog entry by MarkTheFiddler posted 02-11-2013 01:54 AM 1751 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Before I tell you about my progress I want to share something. If I quit woodworking today, this project has cost me over $1100 so far. I can buy some really nice shevles for that kind of outlay. This project has plagued me.

Harbor Freight SWS brand table saw went kablooey. Replaced with BOSCH – $599 plus tax.
Harbor freight belt sander started malfunctioning. Replaced with Porter Cable. – $169 plus tax.
Bought Central Pneumatic pin nailer (HF) $25.00 Some reviewers said it worked just fine for them. I do not agree. Nobody was trying to nail Brazillian Cherry. The pins would rarely drive through that wood. The gun was getting jammed after 5 to 10 pins. The HF pins may be part of the reason. $12.00
Bought Porter Cable pin nailer $119 plus tax. – NOW THERE is a Pin Nailer. I shot 3 times as many pins today. Not a single miss. Every pin was driven about 1/16 into the wood. 1 pin – count em – ONE- went sideways.
Bought 4 – 6 inch Rockler F clamps. 14.99 I think.

Yeah so I’m not even talking wood, stain, sandpaper, stain, poly – etc etc.

I know that HF has a bad rap but what the hey!!! That’s a lot of failures. For someone who has the woodworking bug, HF just wont cut it. Those products just won’t outlast the amount of projects you want to try. From now on, I buy what you all say to buy.

That’s why I made the upgrade choices on the table saw, pin nailer and belt sander.

And now – progress time!! I got about 80% of the cutting done. I built all the stretchers. They are sanded to 150 which was the specification on the stain for super hard wood. Speaking of stain I got to do a bit of it today.

I could have gotten a little more staining done but I had to chase this thing for 20 minutes. ;)

GP Len – Once again – you are right as rain. The GOOD pin naier is a blessing.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#1 posted 02-11-2013 03:15 AM

Sorry your tools decided to lay down on ya. I hate when that happens! Wonder if the PC pin nails would work in the HF pin nailer. My HF pin nailer works OK but the nails are liable to curl in a complete U (and that’s in wood a lot softer than your Jatoba). The HF oscillating spindle sander is the best tool I have ever bought there. If it lays down, I’ll probably go buy another just like it.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 02-11-2013 04:59 AM


You have MAXED out your limit for Fun for the entire year and we’re not even 1/2 way thru February.

You are going to have a room full of shelves before you turn around twice.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#3 posted 02-11-2013 05:00 AM

You know Andy, I keep hearing good things about the hf lathe. At the $130 price tag, I’m thinking about it. Other than that. I’m pretty discouraged by their products. I think I’ll follow your advice and try a better brand of pin nails.

Jatoba you say? Thanks for the lesson.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#4 posted 02-11-2013 06:21 AM


When I started woodworking I run accross HF and bought a bunch of tools.

Every single power tool I bought from HF failed after a couple of use.
Even their non electrical tool are crap. I stll have few F-clamps and a work bench I have not thrown away yet.

Don’t waste your time on more HF stuff. I think that enough experience with one vendor.

I have personally not read a single review of HF lathe where the reviewer compared it a name brand one that they owned and work with prior buy the HF.

worst you could recycle the cast iron for about 13cents a pound.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#5 posted 02-12-2013 02:32 AM

HF tools are mostly throw aways. Sometimes you get lucky and they are decent for the price, but not to often.

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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#6 posted 02-12-2013 04:13 AM

Point taken gentlemen.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#7 posted 02-17-2013 02:38 AM

Hey Mark, your really hauling in the tools. Sorry to see all the problems, but as usual you continue to persevere.
Keep up the great work. I just caught your blog and now I am catching up.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#8 posted 02-17-2013 03:11 AM

Howdy Gary – Yeah – the workshop tools are coming together. That’s good news for me and bad news for the pocket book. I suppose, I will have save $80 K by the time I’m done with everything but these shelves stepped me back on the savings. I have to look at it as an investment.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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