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Gorilla Tape 4.5 stars from the clamping perspective.

Gorilla Tape 4.5 stars from the clamping perspective.

24 days ago by MarkTheFiddler | 4 comments »

Howdy, I know gorilla tape has been reviewed before but I thought I’d give it another. I want to share my experience with clamping. I have used all kinds of tape to get the job done. Painters, masking, packing and duct. All of them had some uses but for the purposes of clamping they all had failure points. I’ll discuss those and give my impressions of gorilla tape. Stickiness: most tapes had some immediate failures especially when there were trace amounts of dust or mois...

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A real diamond near Orlando Fl.

A real diamond near Orlando Fl.

41 days ago by MarkTheFiddler | 11 comments »

Howdy, The kids and I just finished an awesome time at Disney world. Tomorrow morning begins the long return trip. I can’t wait to get home. I have 6 beautiful boards in the van. I just want to start staring at them and dreaming. Today I met a true woodworking master and conservationist. Mr Bob Hughes is keeping old fallen, dead standing and cleared trees out of the landfills. Bob mills the trees on his property and sells them at very low prices. Bob is working on a beautiful ...

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Not bad - Not Good.

Not bad - Not Good.

367 days ago by MarkTheFiddler | 11 comments »

Tried the 10.99 spray bottle from Rockler. I’ve got to say the Pitch wiped right off. What I liked: No harsh chemicals. Used unprotected hands. (There is an allergy warning on the bottle and ingesting the fluid calls for a trip to the ER.” Product has a citrus smell similar to fast orange hand cleaner. Works well on Pitch.Don’t need wire brushes. The video shows me using 0000 steel wool but a washcloth did just as well What was so-so. Limited Window to clean blades....

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ShopSmith Vs. Gator 3 X 21, 80 grit sanding belts. Price comparison.

ShopSmith Vs. Gator 3 X 21, 80 grit sanding belts. Price comparison.

570 days ago by MarkTheFiddler | 12 comments »

ShopSmith sells 4 3X21 Sanding Belts for $17.98 at LowesGator sells 5 3X21 Sanding Belts for $5.98 at Lowes Figure $4.50 for each ShopSmith Vs. $1.20 per Gator I used both belts to sand the aluminum oxide finish off hardwood flooring for use in a project. That is some very tough finish. I sanded until I had to apply downward pressure on the belt sander to get a bite. I stopped there. Mind you the flooring finish dulls out the sand paper very quickly. Take a look at this picture: ...

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