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Comparing Tru-Oil wipe on to Tru-oil spray

Comparing Tru-Oil wipe on to Tru-oil spray

267 days ago by Tennessee | 8 comments »

When I first started in guitars in 2009, I went with the traditional nitro lacquer finish route, mostly because it was easy, cheap, and about as close to old time guitars as I could get. It also came, (about two years later), with a few complaints about wear-through from my customers, as guitars are handled by human hands, bandied about, rubbed on clothing while being played, and in general take a pretty good beating. I know that most modern guitar companies use either some sort of UV cur...

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Planer has been a horse - till I went to rotate the carbide cutters.

Planer has been a horse - till I went to rotate the carbide cutters.

317 days ago by Tennessee | 12 comments »

UPDATE: When I bought this planer 18 months ago, for some reason I also bought a pack of ten cutters. When I received the planer, I found a very small black piece of cardboard with a little blister pack stapled to it, with a couple of extra cutters. Completely forgot about it and put it with the odd wrenches we all have to collect. In this case, in a clear container with my router table wrenches, planer wrenches, and jointer wrenches, since the tools all sit pretty close to each other in my...

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Harbor Freight Super Coupons

Harbor Freight Super Coupons

393 days ago by Tennessee | 12 comments »

I found that if I look hard enough you can find better than average coupons for HF, (higher than 20%) online that will actually work.I just found a number of them here:http://www.retailmenot.com/view/harborfreight.com I chose the 25% super coupon that is not printable, about 6 or 7th on the list.It worked, and I saved 16.25 over the sale price of 64.99 on the pocket hole drill jig. Unfortunately, after being hit 6.99 for standard shipping, and sales tax since I have a brick and mortar H...

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For a small lathe, or starter lathe, not bad at all.

For a small lathe, or starter lathe, not bad at all.

415 days ago by Tennessee | 15 comments »

I have owned a Powermatic 3520B for quite a few years, with a Stronghold chuck and a fair amount of extra tools. One thing I kept noticing, it just wasn’t that good for small things. Hard to move around those big tool rests, and I just could not get myself to pay somebody $78 for a six inch tool rest. Plus, I hated to take off the Stronghold every time I wanted to do something smaller. Since I had an empty small bench right next to it, I started looking into a small lathe, one I c...

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Blue Hawk?  May want to just keep on walking unless...

Blue Hawk? May want to just keep on walking unless...

575 days ago by Tennessee | 6 comments »

I saw this on sale at my local Lowes with a table for $84, (also available on Lowes.com), and with my military discount it got in at $76. You get this nice looking router, 1.75HP peak, (Rightttt), 1/4” collet, good dust collection port, very smooth plunge, lightweight. It pretty much stops there. The motor is the only one out of my seven router collection that when I hit the start button, my lights dim for a second. Not even my 2.5HP Bosch does that, nor my HF. Cheap motor…...

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Steel City bandsaw blade - fooled me

Steel City bandsaw blade - fooled me

647 days ago by Tennessee | 8 comments »

On this site it seems like everyone has their favorite blade. To me, longevity is a biggy, as it is with most woodworkers. For a long time I struggled to find a good bandsaw blade, and it never seemed like I could get more than two months out of a blade. Months ago, back when I was still a one bandsaw shop, (so this has to be before my Grizzly, maybe five-six months ago?), I ordered four Steel City bandsaw blades, 93 1/2, 1/4” thick, 14TPI, from the Home Depot website.The order got m...

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Sawblade.com customer service, hit and miss

Sawblade.com customer service, hit and miss

652 days ago by Tennessee | 4 comments »

From reviews on this site of the Haltbar Sagen blades, I thought I might try out some for my Grizzly G0513.I ordered two 1/2” 101 Flexback series, 131.5” long, 4 TPI, and I also ordered two of their 201 Hardback series, a 1/2” 4TPI and a 3/8” 6TPI. I completed the order online, and in three days, two boxes appeared on my front porch, each containing one 201 series Haltbar, with the proper label on the side of the box describing the model, length, width, and TPI. In...

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Grizzly G0738 dust removal unit (for small shops)

Grizzly G0738 dust removal unit (for small shops)

655 days ago by Tennessee | 12 comments »

I had been looking into air dust collection for a while now. My shop is too small for a stand-alone unit, and my ceilings are only about 7’, so short of cutting a hole in the wall for some kind of exhaust, even when the big door is open it can get dusty in the work area, which is deep into the shop. And I was not enthused with the less expensive 5 micron bag units, too much stuff still floating around.When I saw these, I added up my time and cost to buy the filters, build the box, buy ...

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Harbor Freight 38536 Bandfile vs. Proxxon 38536 BSL115/E Bandfile

Harbor Freight 38536 Bandfile vs. Proxxon 38536 BSL115/E Bandfile

672 days ago by Tennessee | 8 comments »

At first glance, you all must be saying to yourselves, “What are you thinking, Paul – these are not even in the same category.” Well, I own both of them, and after having them both on the bench for jewelry box projects and some touch-up work on guitar bodies, I found out that they both have strengths, weaknesses, and overall, I think it deserved a head-to-head contest. Agreed, the HF is thirty bucks, and the cheapest I found the Proxxon was One hundred and forty,WHEW (I got...

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What's with HF? Took a chance, yet another gem!

What's with HF? Took a chance, yet another gem!

713 days ago by Tennessee | 11 comments »

Now that I’m semi-retired, I have more time to drift through tool stores, home improvement centers, and the like.In HF the other day, noticed the 97593 Magnesium 4X24 Belt Sander on sale for $69.99, usually $79.99. With my 20% coupon, walked the last one out of the store for a ridiculous $55.00 Now I know we all like to think somewhere along the line we graduate from ever using belt sanders ever again, but for some reason their use pops up from time to time, and for me, it always se...

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