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New Gold Standard of Scrapers

New Gold Standard of Scrapers

122 days ago 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

161 days ago by BigRedKnothead | 18 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.

189 days ago 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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Excellent new E-Book by fellow LJ Roger Bean

Excellent new E-Book by fellow LJ Roger Bean

216 days ago by Brice1 | 7 comments »

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with Roger’s work – I would like to suggest that you take a brief minute and look at his projects. http://lumberjocks.com/RogerBean/projects . He has recently published a truly outstanding E-book entitled “Walnut Burl Fountain Pen Box” available for download at Andrew Crawford’s site http://www.smartboxmaker.com/ at about $16.35 with the exchange rate. The book takes you through the development process for this wonderful little box from the beginnin...

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Very Handy Drill Guide

Very Handy Drill Guide

225 days ago by brtech | 8 comments »

I’ve been meaning to write up this tool for a while. I’ve had it for a couple months and have used it maybe 7 times. It’s great. Solid hunk of real steel, drilled accurately. Has a V notch in the bottom to sit nicely on a dowel or other curved surface (or corners), and enough flat surface that it works well on flat stock. It’s really flat, sits solidly on flat stock. The center points of the holes are indicated with lines on both sides, so you can line up the hol...

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Saved me a lot of time and money

Saved me a lot of time and money

325 days ago by bluejazz | 5 comments »

Despite years of trying, we never really broke our cat of racing up the stairs and then launching herself at the door jamb, semi-firmly grasping the molding with her claws and sliding down. The results were predictable. Selling the house provided an unwanted opportunity to test this product. There are two photos of the molding here, one before using Howard’s Restor-A-Finish (Golden Oak) and one after. I hope they do the improvement justice. If it turns out the photos don’t ...

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Sikaflex Self-Leveling Sealant

Sikaflex Self-Leveling Sealant

340 days ago by SirFatty | 21 comments »

Woodworking in the garage has many challenges, space and lack of airflow are two at the top of my list. Another is cleanup. There’s not too much that can be done about space, and I’m stuck with the airflow situation. But cleanup is something that I’m finally getting under control. For example, all the large power tools are mobile, as is the workbench and tool storage. That allows for the garage floor to be swept from one end to the other. The floor is divided into fo...

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Knew Concepts 5" Birdcage Titanium Fret Saw - What a great saw!!!

Knew Concepts 5" Birdcage Titanium Fret Saw - What a great saw!!!

423 days ago by Cecil Rogers | 12 comments »

Cutting dovetails by hand has its moments of tedium. Getting rid of the bulk of the waste from the pins and tails is one of them. So, I always try to find a way to speed that up. Enter the small saws… First, I tried a coping saw. It was a hand-me-down, and I’ll never discard it because of whom, not what, it represented. But, the simple truth is that it was horrible at removing bulk waste from dovetails. After the coping saw, I stepped up to an Olson adjustable frame saw. ...

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Excellent operation, easy installation, only one small problem

Excellent operation, easy installation, only one small problem

429 days ago by jusfine | 5 comments »

I recently installed Benchcrafted hardware in my new bench, and used their new Crisscross system. I had heard it was going to be available, and waited for it’s release before ordering my hardware. The one thing I wasn’t keen on with their previous style of leg vise hardware was the constant adjustments you have to make with the pin as you vary the size of the stock being clamped. With this system, that pin is eliminated, along with the parallel guide and roller supports. ...

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A lot for very little

A lot for very little

461 days ago by Rick M. | 49 comments »

I thought my saw was reasonably vibration free for a contractor but on start up and especially shut down it would give a slight shudder. After years of ignoring advice to buy a link belt I did and am sorry I waited so long because it’s like having a new saw. I only thought my saw ran smooth but now there is no more shudder even at shut down and I’d swear it cuts a little smoother though that might be psychosomatic. If you’ve been wanting to try a link belt and have been putt...

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