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Which Joinery Technique is Best? Time, Strength, Repeatability

Which Joinery Technique is Best? Time, Strength, Repeatability

02-09-2018 09:51 PM by WoodWorkLIFE | 18 comments »

Hey Guys, So, I wasn’t REALLY just looking at the domino, but that is how reviews are posted on this site. What I really wanted to do is compare popular joinery techniques and test speed, consistency, and strength. I looked at the Festool Domino, the Kreg K5 system, Biscuit joints, hand cut and machine cut mortise and tenon joints. I looked at them from the perspective of a professional batching out pieces and a hobbyist throwing together one piece of furniture to see how it would...

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Are Expensive Chisels Worth The Money?  Western Bench Chisel Comparison

Are Expensive Chisels Worth The Money? Western Bench Chisel Comparison

04-21-2017 04:09 AM by WoodWorkLIFE | 22 comments »

A question that has plagued woodworkers for eras. In this video, I take a look at western bench chisels to understand what makes them tick. I test for ease of sharpening, ergonomics, the utility of the blade length/stays and overall feel. I took all of the chisels to a 27-degree bevel to really get a feel for sharpening them and to get rid of that first bit of possibly over hardened steel, I flattened the back, and then I just had-at-it living with them for a few months. The video is a sy...

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Impact Driver Technology - What is the REAL difference?

Impact Driver Technology - What is the REAL difference?

04-09-2017 02:56 AM by WoodWorkLIFE | 5 comments »

I have been using impact drivers for a while, but in the past two years, the technologies have exploded. Buying and impact driver is like buying a laptop now. Heck, Milwaukee makes one that links up with your phone with Bluetooth now. In this video review kind of thing, I look at RIDGIDs Gen 4x vs. 5x Brushed Technology, while also looking at newer Brushless technology in the form of a Makita offering compared to the brand new brushless hydraulic drivers, in this case, RIDGID’s hydra...

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Handplane Shootout No. 4 in D flat Minor

Handplane Shootout No. 4 in D flat Minor

11-16-2016 06:14 AM by WoodWorkLIFE | 9 comments »

Watch the Video if you don’t feel like reading. Please like, share, and subscribe View on YouTube I am a hybrid woodworker I suppose, I guess I am really a “get stuff done” woodworker. The electric planer is a thing of beauty for milling up gnarly grain and rough sawn stock. For fine tuning fits, getting smooth finish ready surfaces, and just general enjoyment you are bringing a hammer to brain surgery. There is nothing more rewarding in the shop than taking a good shaving with ...

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This is What is Sounds Like when Dovetails Cry

This is What is Sounds Like when Dovetails Cry

11-03-2016 05:53 PM by WoodWorkLIFE | 13 comments »

The Dozuki Z saw is a great example of the versatile Japanese back saw great at dovetails, tenons, cross cuts, and case work. As a hand tool woodworker or a hybrid woodworker looking for a little more finesse or a maybe some extra love into a project you have a few options for cutting fine joinery.  For a back saw you can cut on the push stroke with either a pistol grip or an English grip or you can cut on the pull stroke in the Japanese style.  I have used several of each over the years ...

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