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More Accurate & Quicker

More Accurate & Quicker

141 days ago by OSU55 | 4 comments »

Traditionalists will roll their eyes and mumble bad words seeing a marking gauge with a battery. While not as attractive as the wood and brass version, this tool is more accurate and quicker than the old standard. It is well made and robust (unless dropped on the floor which could break the digital gauge). Made of steel it won’t warp or change with temperature, humidity, and age. The real benefit is having the linear gauge included so the distance does not have to be set using a ruler o...

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Great Value In A Lathe

Great Value In A Lathe

188 days ago by OSU55 | 14 comments »

I had never used a lathe for wood turning, and wanted to give it a try. I didn’t want to break the bank to have a lathe for occasional use. As others have, I wound up with this HF model. I haven’t tried anything larger than 6” dia, but so far I’m extremely pleased. I think I paid ~$180 with discounts. Although I’m new to turning, I’m not new to machinery of all types, and a wood lathe is a simple machine (I’ve been in automated manufacturing in eng...

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Rust Preventive

Rust Preventive

189 days ago by OSU55 | 1 comment »

In my research for rust preventives for tools and firearms I came across a product called Alox, originally developed many years ago for naval ship applications. It is widely used in commercial/industrial applications but is not readily available to the consumer except as this product, Liquid Alox by Lee Precision, manufacturer of reloading equipment. Lee sells this for a lubricating coating for cast lead bullets, but it is the same calcium soap based alox used as a rust preventive. It is avai...

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Excellent Edge Inspection Tool

Excellent Edge Inspection Tool

190 days ago by OSU55 | 0 comments »

We deal with a lot of edges – planer & jointer blades, hand plane blades, chisels, saws, etc. Even with 20/20 vision, the naked eye can’t really see well enough to know how nicked up an edge is or whether you really did hone all of the scratches out. I found this little LED lighted magnifying glass by Rosallini on Amazon for ~$8 (I just checked and it’s down to $3.73). I figured if it didn’t work I hadn’t lost much, but to my surprise it works very well. The ...

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Remote Control

Remote Control

501 days ago by OSU55 | 20 comments »

Need a remote power switch for your dust collector or other accessory? While all of my tools are mounted on mobile bases, I got tired of having to move things aound to get to the dust collector power switch. My DC is a cheapo from Harbor Freight, so it didn’t come with a remote. A quick perusal of the box stores online found this at Wally World. Rated at 13A it’s enough for my small DC and is rated for outdoor use, so water and humidity aren’t an issue. The receiver just plu...

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New Veritas BU LAJ..........+ BU Vs BD

New Veritas BU LAJ..........+ BU Vs BD

586 days ago by OSU55 | 8 comments »

I’ve had the Veritas BU LAJ for about a month now and have had the opportunity to give it a pretty good work out with a couple of projects. I pretty much agree with all the other praises of this very excellent tool, and since mine looks like all the others out there I found no need for pictures, but the forum forces you to post at least one. Swift shipping, well pkg’d, arrived unharmed Finish – agree with everyone else – very high. I will say this area means the...

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