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Tough, Affordable, Accurate Saw

Tough, Affordable, Accurate Saw

10-18-2017 06:55 PM by PPK | 6 comments »

It’s about time somebody posts a review… I’ll take up the baton… I was thinking about all the tools in my shop, and the one that stands out as earning its money back many times is my chopsaw. I bought this saw quite a long time ago (I was in high school, to be honest). To date, I have only ever adjusted the fence a tiny bit, and swapped out dull blades. The saw has served me well and maintained power and accuracy to this day. The DW703 is the saw I own (the firs...

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PEC 90 Degree 12" Combination Square

PEC 90 Degree 12" Combination Square

08-07-2017 08:36 PM by PPK | 9 comments »

This is a review for a combination square that is priced a lot lower than a Starret square, is actually square, and is made in the USA. All good things, right? -It is square. Really square. All the way along the length of the ruler.-It slides well. Not AMAZING, but well.-Fit and finish are pretty decent, but not amazing. There are some sharp corners. -The graduations are well marked, and very easy to read. (Etched in, I think)-It came with some anti-corrosion coating on it and had no rust...

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WEN 4225 Drill Press

WEN 4225 Drill Press

04-28-2017 04:25 PM by PPK | 9 comments »

I bought a new floor standing drill press. After doing my usual research, this seemed to be the best bang for my buck. So far, I’m very happy with the quality and features. It includes all the standard items you’d expect from a drill press, such as a depth stop, adjustable speeds, and a work light, 8 amp (about 2/3 or 3/4 HP) motor. Some extra features that make this machine somewhat unique are: -Variable speed without changing the belts. There’s a torque converto...

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Norton Ceramic Sandpaper disks

Norton Ceramic Sandpaper disks

11-14-2016 08:47 PM by PPK | 6 comments »

I’ve (unfortunately) used a lot of sanding disks in my history of wood working. One thing that makes sanding a little more pleasurable is having good abrasives. I’ve found that the best abrasive is the Norton Ceramic disks. Coming in Second, right behind these would be the 3M-brand purple disks. I believe these purple ones are either ceramic or a ceramic blend abrasive. At any rate, the ceramic disks do cut more aggressively, so you often have to choose a grit step of two up fr...

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Milwaukee 2897-22 Drill and Impact Driver Kit

Milwaukee 2897-22 Drill and Impact Driver Kit

09-23-2016 02:31 PM by PPK | 4 comments »

I didn’t see any reviews on the recent Milwaukee line of FUEL drills/impacts/tools on LJ’s yet, so here’s my contribution. I recently bought the drill/impact driver kit. It’s the M18 kit with the items shown in the stock photo above. The batteries are 5.0 amp hour and last a LLLOOOOONNNNGGG time. I couldn’t get one to heat up either when using it hard, so that’s a good sign. The drill: Not much heavier than my 14.4 volt makita. Has more RPM’s, a...

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Lee Valley Veritas Scraper Plane

Lee Valley Veritas Scraper Plane

09-12-2016 01:48 PM by PPK | 3 comments »

I have been using my new scraper plane on oak so far. I am very pleased with how it works. It is definitely the same concept as using a card scraper. It doesn’t remove nearly as much wood, nor remove wood as fast as a regular plane. However, for scraping and smoothing surfaces with funky grain, this is great. I read that others had a difficult time getting this thing to work. Either I’m lucky, or just that good – I had it scraping nice curlies within 5 minutes of unboxing...

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Paste Wax (Car Wax)

Paste Wax (Car Wax)

08-22-2016 01:26 PM by PPK | 6 comments »

I thought about blogging this, but didn’t know if that was the right spot to put it. Here’s my shameless plug for using paste wax/car wax for woodworking! I am not particular to one brand over another. They all work quite well. The main thing that makes them good is the carnauba wax. This is a really tough wax that stays in place for a long(er) amount of time. I use car wax on my steel surfaces, such as my tablesaw, jointer, bandsaw, etc. This protects them from rust, and...

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Milwaukee 3.5 HP Router

Milwaukee 3.5 HP Router

08-09-2016 01:43 PM by PPK | 14 comments »

I feel compelled to review this router, since It runs a lot better than my old “tried and true” Porter Cable 7518 (the similar 3.5 HP model in the Porter Cable Brand, if you’re not familiar with the model no.) Warning, this is somewhat more of a comparison, but it’s also a review too. I have been running this unit with the 3.5” raised panel cutter. It has shown no signs of heating up excessively, no vibration, and the motor maintains its low speed setting w...

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Narex 20mm (3/4") skew chisels

Narex 20mm (3/4") skew chisels

07-24-2016 03:20 AM by PPK | 4 comments »

I bought this set of chisels from Highland Woodworking and have been using them non-stop ever since. They are the darn handiest thing when scraping glue out of drawer boxes or anywhere that it’s hard to get a regular chisel in a good position. As far as the quality goes, they are made out of good steel, have good machining, come sharp, and have held an edge well. The handles are good beech? handles, and could resist being beat on with a mallet, although I almost always use these for ...

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Gramercy Holdfast

Gramercy Holdfast

07-18-2016 02:36 PM by PPK | 4 comments »

I have to add my two cents about these holdfasts. They are awesome, in short.I use them in my 3” thick workbench top. I did take some sandpaper and rough up the part that drops into the dog holes, because I had a tiny bit of problem with them popping loose at the very beginning. I think this may also be due to the fact that I had just wiped everything down with bioled linseed oil, including the dog holes, so it was probably just too slick. They are sturdy, lock into place with one wa...

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