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snap cap keeps popping up

snap cap keeps popping up

565 days ago by John | 8 comments »

this plane is made from nice materials and is nicely machined. the blade is nice and thick and holds its edge unfortunately, it has two modes; loose enough to adjust the blade but the snap cap pops open unexpectedly, or tight enough to keep the cap closed which is too tight to adjust the blade I have the same issue with the low angle version of this plane as well. whenever you get behind it, you run the risk of popping the cap, then it’s a PITA to get the cap back on and back to w...

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initial impression very good

initial impression very good

845 days ago by John | 4 comments »

I am making the transition to more handwork and want to master (or come close to it) hand cut dovetails. Since I recently fell in love with my Japanese Ryoba that’s been collecting dust for years (here’s a great review on it http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/129 ), I unilaterally decided to turn Japanese … I mean pull it … the saw that is… errr, nevermind. Lee Valley has this saw for a lower price than replacement blades on their other saws, I thought it looked l...

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second coat bliss

second coat bliss

886 days ago by John | 6 comments »

(sorry for the sideways pic) so my wife and i have an agreement in the kitchen – when i cook, she cleans, and when she cooks she cleans… same goes for painting and finishing; as a result i have been encouraged to switch to water based products for easier (for her) cleanup. hey, it’s a sweet deal, so i’ll give it a shot. for my daughter’s nightstand, she insisted on black (yuck); i didn’t want to paint it, i wanted an opaque or near-opaque stain ...

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great for ad-hoc jigs

great for ad-hoc jigs

887 days ago by John | 7 comments »

pics show just one example of using this product. I made this ad-hoc tapering jig for a project today in about 4 minutes, the rockler hold downs are great! as you can see i used one rockler and one cheap chinese knockoff hold down – big difference! the cheapo flexes and has a plastic insert that’s always getting sideways i will break this jig down now that i’m done cutting tapers for today (see pic below) and put the track and hold downs back into the clear plastic tube t...

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... and now I can't imagine drilling large holes without it

... and now I can't imagine drilling large holes without it

1416 days ago by John | 6 comments »

I bought this a year or more ago and it sat on the shelf. This past weekend I had to drill several 2” + holes with forstner bits which usually means lots of shallow cuts and smoke and heat. I just happened to notice this can on the shelf, which I had pretty much forgotten about. This lube led to no smoke and I could take deeper “cuts” – e.g. 3/4” ply in maybe 4 plunges instead of 6-8 without. I also had a lot of pocket holes to drill this weekend and I ...

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Awesome little lathe (and bed extension)

Awesome little lathe (and bed extension)

1463 days ago by John | 9 comments »

My shopsmith was a great intro into turning, but it was just way too short and I had to bend uncomfortably to use it. This lathe is set to the perfect height on a shop built bench. Bought it last year on sale at woodcraft – December I think – I believe they go on sale every winter, worth the wait. This little lathe has lots of power, is built like a rock and was thoughtfully designed including the tool caddy that hangs off the back of the headstock. Speed changes are quic...

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Video Review - my first thickness planer

Video Review - my first thickness planer

2347 days ago by John | 18 comments »

Just purchased a Grizzly G0505 12.5” portable “Lean & mean” planer. Here’s a video of the setup and the first couple passes over some pretty hard sycamore. Here’s the planer for sale on the LumberJocks shopping site: G0505

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WorkSharp WS2000 sharpening system - video review

WorkSharp WS2000 sharpening system - video review

2381 days ago by John | 10 comments »

Here’s my e-x-t-e-n-d-e-d video review of the WorkSharp WS2000. Here are two (much better) reviews on the WS3000 and the Veritas alternatives:http://lumberjocks.com/jocks/WayneC/blog/1113http://lumberjocks.com/jocks/mot/blog/1149 Thanks to all of you who are bearing with my videos as I learn while I go! I apologize for the length of the video – I just want to sharpen everything in my shop! Errata: I keep calling it “WorkShop” in the video – I mean “WorkSharp” – I ke...

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