First Shop #3: Christmas and new tools

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Blog entry by YooperCasey posted 12-27-2007 04:52 AM 1054 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello folks!

Hope all have had a wonderful Christmas. Mine has been hectic but overall a great year. I’ll keep it brief as it is late…

I received two notable woodworking gifts this year.

The first is a Bosch CS20 Circular saw. A circular saw has been on my list as a future purchase and I had no clue I would be getting one. It came from my grandfather and all indications so far show it to be an excellent piece of equipment. It is stout unit and I look forward to making some chips!

The second is a gift from my little sister, a Kreg R3! I’ve been waiting to start my first project until I got this. I know there is alot of mixed feelings on this style of joinery but I’m willing to give it a hearty try.

So until next time folks, be safe, stay warm, and Happy Holidays!


-- Casey, Engineer, Escanaba, MI

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#1 posted 12-27-2007 04:58 AM

Nice! Very worthy tools! You’ll love that Kreg…it really adds a lot of versatility in joining wood!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#2 posted 12-27-2007 05:14 AM

Very nice haul. There is no shame whatsoever in using pocket screws. Have fun making sawdust!

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#3 posted 12-27-2007 05:15 AM

Hello Casey;
—-I had just logged out when I read your blog….

So as Tom states up there, the Kreg is a good tool, and performs pocket hole joinery in a worthy and well-mannered way of working wood and joining wood. You also might want to check out this very well written and informative article on pocket hole joinery --by Todd A. Clippinger.

Thank you.

-- --frank, NH,

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#4 posted 12-27-2007 07:57 AM

I don’t have a table saw, but with the proper set up, you can do a lot of quality work with a good circular saw. Make or buy a zero clearance saw guide, buy different blades for different applications, a rip blade and a panel blade is a must. Be careful when cutting on the little work bench, the wood may fall, and that heavy saw can pendulum onto your thigh. Learn to cut panels on the ground on top of foam insulation until you get a large enough workbench or saw horse system.

As for the pocket holes; everything in moderation.

-- Thuan

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Thos. Angle

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#5 posted 12-27-2007 03:06 PM

No mixed feelings here on the pocket hole joinery. I use it to death.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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