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Blog entry by Rustic posted 1610 days ago 3247 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well,

I got some money for my birthday and it is starting to burn my hands. It has already burned my pockets LOL. I am planning on updating my drill press. The old one popped a spring last week. I had a tool shop bench top drill press from Menard’s. It was a great runner, but I am going to upgrade to a tradesman 10 inch drill press. As I can afford a tradesman and not the major brands. I am also going to get a card scraper holder from Woodcraft for 10 bucks. Will post picks and a review when I get a chance. Just thought that I would keep ya posted. I am also looking into a biscuit jointer from HF. I know HF isn’t the best but it is what I can afford.

Thanks for reading.

Rick

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI



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dhg

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#1 posted 1610 days ago

Rustic, have you checked e-bay for you biscuit jointer? Thats where i found mine. The guy was getting out of ww’ing and was unloading his tools. just a thought.
later
rich

-- Talent on Loan from God - Rush Limbaugh ----------www.genesiswoodworks.com----------

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Sawdust4Blood

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#2 posted 1610 days ago

If you’re in the market for a drill press, HD has been closing out the Ridgid 15” floor models in many markets for as little as $150. You might still be able to find some of those around.

-- Greg, Severn MD

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#3 posted 1610 days ago

I’ve got an old central machinery drill press that I bought from HF over 20 years ago.

It has served me well. Like this one.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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David Craig

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#4 posted 1610 days ago

Going to muddy the waters a little bit Rick. I see that the Harbor Freight lathe with the reversible head and multi-speed control (no manual belt switches) is on sale online at 199.= I have been checking the instruction manual on this, it weighs about 170 pounds, uses an M2 style tailstock (allows you to buy after market stocks like drill chuck tailstocks), standard 8 tpi 1 inch spindle. Only concern I had with this one was the low speed which is 600. Still, it is cast iron, has good speed controls, a highly movable tool rest. Would be worth checking out. When there is a special online, the physical stores will accept a printout of the price and give it to you. Combine it with a 15-20% coupon, you can get a decent lathe for nearly half price.

As far as what you can afford, never apologize for what is in your shop. If it works for you, it works for you. We buy what we can afford and there is no shame in using a cheap tool if you need it.

Enjoy that birthday money!

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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Rustic

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#5 posted 1610 days ago

David—The only problem with getting a lathe—-I have no where to put it.

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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David Craig

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#6 posted 1609 days ago

Not a problem Rick, you can keep it in my basement for as long as you like ;)

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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Rustic

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#7 posted 1609 days ago

lol I would have to practicly live at your place though Hope you don’t mind 2 adults and to cats LOL

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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David Craig

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#8 posted 1609 days ago

I don’t use most of the house anyway :) I have two cats also, should be interesting to see the interaction.

Check Craigslist for biscuit joiners, might be able to get a good price on a decent used one. Here is a pretty good link on HF tools that breakdown the tools that are gems, good, tolerable, and abysmal. The biscuit joiner is reviewed as tolerable, which means it should work for you with understood limitations.

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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jockmike2

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#9 posted 1609 days ago

Wait Rick I might have an old one somewhere after the big cleanup, hell, I don’t know what I have. Might have a jockstrap or two laying around, I’m not using anymore. LOL- By the way I’m feeling better but Kris has to work this weekend, as usual. I’d go for the lathe, heck you could always knock out a wall or two…

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Rustic

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#10 posted 1609 days ago

LOL sounds good how late is she workin? Nancy would love to come too

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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