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Acrylic Lathe Dust Hood

Acrylic Lathe Dust Hood

02-22-2017 01:43 AM by Roger | 8 comments »

I caught this on sale for 20 bux. Original price is 30. Anyone who turns a lot of pens would benefit by having this. A very nice way to collect dust while spinning pens, pencils, bottle stoppers, and/or any small spindle type turnings. Wood or acrylic project pieces, the chips get sucked right out of your way. I don’t think it would work very well for turning a bowl because of the way it wraps around the project piece. It is very easy to remove since it mounts with some pretty stout mag...

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The perfect solution for my Powermatic 66

The perfect solution for my Powermatic 66

12-21-2016 02:25 AM by Holbs | 10 comments »

With my shop overhead dust collection completed, I knew the next thing to tackle was overhead dust collection for my Powermatic 66. The existing PM66 splitter was a pain, like any original splitter. I also needed a blade guard that I could see through. And finally, needed dust collection to end the spray of debris back toward my face during cuts. I have my PM66 face to face with my Unisaw (which also has my BenchDog cast iron router table fitted), so any Excalibur or Unisaw boom arm would...

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Critter Spray Gun that works for a small shop

Critter Spray Gun that works for a small shop

01-25-2016 01:25 AM by Desert_Woodworker | 9 comments »

Spray guns and the choices are many. This is one product that could be of use to a woodworker. Great spray gun for some of my applications. It is inexpensive around $35 and you can use most shop air compressors (Mine is a $100 HD) your spray container is a Mason jar, which can be purchased at the grocery store. http://www.amazon.com/Critter-Spray-Products-22032-Siphon/dp/B00006FRPJ which has all the specs and customer reviews. My uses for this particular model is for latex, shellac and bo...

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Tools have never been so sharp!

Tools have never been so sharp!

01-30-2014 11:33 PM by TheDane | 23 comments »

Like a lot of turners, I have always been in search of a way to get my tools sharper. I have been looking at CBN wheels for quite some time, but the cost was prohibitive. A clumsy shop accident that resulted in a chipped friable wheel on my slow-speed grinder was the push I needed to do something. Chipped or cracked wheels are dangerous and are an accident waiting to happen. A friend mentioned an email he had received advertising a pair of wheels for $249, so I logged onto http://www.wo...

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Great Rust remover for only $5

Great Rust remover for only $5

08-31-2015 07:44 PM by WillardsWoodshop | 18 comments »

I finally bought my first jointer at an auction. The top had some bad surface rust. Bought this stuff at HD, poured it on and watched the rust disappear. I did two coats and hardly had to scrub. One bottle did the 76 inch table and the fence. Make sure you are in a well ventilated area. Also I paid $10.00 for the Delta DJ-20 jointer. And…....Go

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Great TS Upgrade For A Very Reasonable Price

Great TS Upgrade For A Very Reasonable Price

09-30-2009 02:18 AM by dfarr | 13 comments »

I’ve always struggled with the cheap blade adjustment cranks (pictured right) on my 70s vintage table saw. I found these cast iron handwheels (H3189 – Cast Iron Handwheel – 6”) and chromed handles (H3205 – 4” x 3/8”-16) on the Grizzly web site. The handwheels were only $8.50 and the handles were $2.95. This was a great deal compared to other places I’ve looked at similar handwheels. The wheels come with a small center hole that I had to bore ou...

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Gramercy Holdfast works well after tuning

Gramercy Holdfast works well after tuning

04-26-2015 11:42 PM by ic3ss | 13 comments »

I recently completed my Roubo bench and a set of holdfasts were the last item. Between the hand forged really nice and expensive ones and the cast iron made in china break on the first use cheap ones, there were these. They are not cast, so they have flexibility to not break under normal use. The cheap ones at woodcraft and rocker are cast, and they will break because they are cast. Nor are they hand wrought by a blacksmith. These are the best ones because they have the texture on the shan...

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New Gold Standard of Scrapers

New Gold Standard of Scrapers

03-30-2014 07:00 PM by RogerBean | 18 comments »

I don’t do a lot of reviews, reserving my efforts for those items I feel work extraordinarily well, or might be of particular interest. Scrapers may not sound all that exciting, but I find that I keep mine close on the bench at all times and use it on just about every project. For years I’ve been using the standard sheet metal shapers that cost about $7. I have all the usual shapes. I recently purchased all three of the new Stewart-MacDonald “Ultimate Scrapers” and these are by far the ...

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Excellent Custom-sized Washable Air Filter for Shop

Excellent Custom-sized Washable Air Filter for Shop

02-19-2014 03:17 AM by BigRedKnothead | 21 comments »

I have a Jet AFS-400 Air Filter mounted on the ceiling in my shop. I like having it, but I was frustrated with the stock pleated filters. The old filters didn’t hold up well, and they were to expensive to replace often. I’ve seen that Rockler sells a washable electrostatic filter…..but not for my model. So, I hit the internet and found this place: Air Filters Inc out of Nevada. They’ve got a nice website. I priced out the size I needed and was happy to find i...

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Some seriously slippery surfaces.

Some seriously slippery surfaces.

01-22-2014 06:46 PM by BennyG | 17 comments »

This product is used to lubricate any surface in the shop where drag and hang ups across in feed/out feed tables, fences and the like are problematic. Used in place of silicone or other lubricants that would contaminate the woods/materials surface and create a build up of lube and sawdust on equipment and machinery. I have used a similar more expensive product in a few of the larger production shops that I have worked in over the years and have seen first-hand the benefits of using a dry l...

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