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Outstanding Low-Profile JigSaw

Outstanding Low-Profile JigSaw

07-18-2011 09:13 PM by TheDane | 5 comments »

Both of my 20+ year old jigsaws bit the dust, so I trundled off to Menards to scope out a replacement. I spotted this saw on sale ($84.95 … Rockwell’s MSRP is $149.99). Nobody on LJ’s had any experience with this saw ( http://lumberjocks.com/topics/27668 ), so I decided to take the leap (Menards has a pretty good return policy). I had about $80 in rebate coupons, so it was an easy purchase. Full disclosure: I have always hated jigsaws (hard to control, hard to get straigh...

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Router Dust Collection That Works!

Router Dust Collection That Works!

06-01-2011 05:48 PM by TheDane | 12 comments »

When I bought my DeWalt DWP611PK router (which I love), I didn’t order any of the accessories for it. But, after such positive experiences with the router itself, I decided to give the accessories a shot as well. DeWalt offers four accessories for the DWP611PK … edge guides for both the fixed base and plunge base, as well as dust collection adapters for both. I haven’t had enough opportunity to use the edge guides (DNP618 for the fixed base, DW6913 for the plunge ba...

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Excellent Water-Based Lacquer

Excellent Water-Based Lacquer

04-04-2011 09:46 PM by TheDane | 33 comments »

I have been using wipe-on poly on all of the Mission/Arts & Crafts, until the most recent project ... This project was built in a class I was taking at the local tech college, and they will not allow polyurethane finishes in the finishing room in the shop. Most everything that comes out of that shop is top-coated with pre-catalyzed lacquer, which students have to buy from local sources. The finish supply stores around here carry only gallons and up, nobody else in the class needed an...

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Peachtree Drill Press Dust Collector

Peachtree Drill Press Dust Collector

11-21-2010 01:50 AM by TheDane | 7 comments »

Does what it is supposed to do …you can adjust the hose to any position you like and it stays right where you put it. The box includes everything you need to install on a standard drill press … unless you have an 8”, 10”, and some models of 12” benchtop drill presses. I assume this attachment is intended for use on floor models, but you can using it on benchtop models is a buit of a challenge. I considered returning it, but this was a deeply discounted deal...

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Workshop Essentials 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 Mega-Bundle

Workshop Essentials 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 Mega-Bundle

07-02-2010 05:09 PM by TheDane | 5 comments »

I have seen a number of Steve Maskery’s videos online here on LumberJocks and on YouTube. I liked what I saw in the clips he has posted, so I decided to order some of his DVD’s. I bought the “Workshop Essentials 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 Mega-Bundle” (49.99 GBP), and am really pleased with my purchase. The 5 DVD set contains hours of material covering a wide range of jigs and fixtures for table saws, track saws, routers, and band saws. I have already built one jig (fine...

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Fast, Light, Durable Framing Saw

Fast, Light, Durable Framing Saw

03-23-2010 02:05 AM by TheDane | 12 comments »

2 years ago, I built a new 2nd floor deck with ‘picture framed’ outside deck boards, which requires cutting a number of 45-degree miters. I got frustrated with my old circular saw, so off to the big box I went. I came home with a Ridgid Fuego Compact Framing Saw, and couldn’t be happier. This saw is light-weight (only weighs 8 pounds), and tough … the shoe is composite, and the guard is magnesium. The depth and bevel settings are easy and accurate, and the sho...

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My New 'Favorite Plane'

My New 'Favorite Plane'

03-19-2010 05:21 PM by TheDane | 5 comments »

I have a new favorite plane. OK … every one of my planes has been my favorite at one time or another, but my new Veritas Apron Plane is now at the top of my list. A couple of technical details. The Veritas Apron Plane is a small, low-angle block plane that weighs in at about 14 ounces (much lighter than my Stanley 60 1/2). It is 5-1/2” long and 1-3/4” wide, and is made of ductile cast iron. I ordered mine with an A2 blade. The bed is set at 12-degrees, and the Norris-styl...

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Excellent Finish Sanding Solution

Excellent Finish Sanding Solution

03-06-2010 10:30 PM by TheDane | 18 comments »

I have been looking for a better sanding solution for door frames, small panels, drawer boxes, etc, and I think I have found it. I ordered an 18” x 2” V-Drum The Works kit from Stockroom Supply (http://www.stockroomsupply.com) in Ontario, Canada. The Works kit includes the 18” drum, bearings, 2 – 10yd rolls of sandpaper, 2 balanced pulleys, Linkbelt, and a plan to build the box. Total cost to build this machine, including the V-Drum kit, motor, materials, and ...

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Bostitch CPACK270 / CAP1516

Bostitch CPACK270 / CAP1516

02-05-2010 01:34 AM by TheDane | 5 comments »

I bought the Bostitch CPACK270 ‘kit’ in June of 2007, and have found it to a great addition to my shop. It gets used a lot. The ‘kit’ included:—CAP1516 1.5HP (Peak) oil-free contractor compressor—SB-1664FN 16-gauge, 2-1/2in. finish nailer—SB-2IN1 combination brad nailer/finish stapler—3/8in. x 25ft. heavy duty airline with MPT fittings—Tire inflator chuck—Thread sealant tape The CAP1516 is a light-weight compressor (19-1/2 lb.)...

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Workshop Heating Solution

Workshop Heating Solution

01-15-2010 10:06 PM by TheDane | 10 comments »

Winters get pretty cold where I live (Wisconsin) and my garage/shop, though it is attached to the house, could get pretty uncomfortable in winter time. Since I am not about to quit doing what I love for 4 or 5 months a year, I started looking into my options for heating the garage. Space is at a real premium down there, so whatever I chose had to be hung from the ceiling. There was already a 240-volt, unused service in the workshop, so electric heat was the way to go. I selected the Fah...

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