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Narex mortise Chisels Set of 5

Narex mortise Chisels Set of 5

11-07-2010 10:07 PM by Bob #2 | 38 comments »

I bought a five piece set of Narex mortise chisels and so far have had an opportunity to actual work with one. I’m quite pleased with the fit and finish and this steel quality which seems to be just right for my liking. Not too brittle, takes an edge quickly and seems to sharpen without leaving too much curl on the cutting-edge.(Rc59) They have a nice weight to them in a nice feel in my hand and the blades are definitely long enough to be able to hold the blade in alignment while gentl...

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Lee Valley Short shank Drill bits A handy accessory

Lee Valley Short shank Drill bits A handy accessory

11-04-2010 10:25 PM by Bob #2 | 10 comments »

I’m starting to feel like the Official Greeter at Lee Valley but here goes.I picked up these bits on a hunch that they would prove useful and now they are part of my mobile drill kit.The size is just perfect for many jobs like starting screws, fitting hinges, etc as the distance from bit to drill is short and gives you a better sense of parallel and more hand force to drive the bit straight. Short Drill Bits The shorter length has saved me grief a couple of times in the last two ...

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1/4" drill bit extenders that work

1/4" drill bit extenders that work

05-09-2010 05:21 AM by Bob #2 | 8 comments »

Over the years I’ve probably purchased a half dozen different quarter-inch bit extensions all of which have failed for one reason or another. Either thay were too long or too short or too wobbly or just plain junk and end up frustrating me every time I attempted to use them. This morning I went out to check a couple of vendors that supply these devices to see if there were any improvements. The first store I checked had a set five but they were sealed in plastic and the sales clerk ...

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Getting the right fit for hinges and brass screws is problematic

Getting the right fit for hinges and brass screws is problematic

04-02-2010 05:17 PM by Bob #2 | 17 comments »

I had occasion to purchase some extruded brass extra narrow butt hinges for project I’m working on this week around here Lee Valley is the only game in town for this type of hardware.Unfortunately with the help of the counter clerk I managed to bollocks up the matching screw head sizes receive available hinge. Notwithstandingm yet another trip to the store on Saturday morning I found that they suggested head size #4 did not completely match the countersink in these hinges.Nothing in fi...

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A new way to find and track all those thread sizes in the tool shop

A new way to find and track all those thread sizes in the tool shop

01-16-2010 02:33 AM by Bob #2 | 14 comments »

Seems I am always lookng for a nut or bolt for a peice of geat in my shop.Without taking a spare with me to the nut shop I am usually stubbed out with a replacement that’s eighr too big or too small.Now all I have this to fill in the blanks for size and thread. I’ll quaote from the excellent writeup rather than try to polish a pear.“a plate tapped for 10 National Coarse sizes (1-64 to 1/4-20), 10 National Fine sizes (1-72 to 1/4-28) and 8 Metric Coarse sizes from M1.6 to ...

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New table saw and CMS  blades at Busy Bee - Canada Blue Torando.

New table saw and CMS blades at Busy Bee - Canada Blue Torando.

11-12-2009 11:33 PM by Bob #2 | 8 comments »

A pleasant surprise at a very decent price at Busy Bee Tools.I have been thinking about a new general purpose blade for a couple of months and spotted this one at the trade show here about a week ago.The blade and teeth are reportedly from German technology and fabricated in China.I noticed right away that the carbide tips were longer and seemed marginally thicker than most thin kerf blades I had been looking at. I must measure my old one.They have an anti vibration laser kerf in the body...

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Yardstick style measuring compass

Yardstick style measuring compass

09-05-2009 06:26 PM by Bob #2 | 12 comments »

I saw this item during a small ordering spree with woodcraft and added it to my order givng it little thought as it was quite simple and what could go wrong? First thing is it was back ordered and shipped separately at a later date.That would be fine if I had been advised but there was nothing mentioned on the invoice so I assumed it had been overlooked and proceeded to buy another one locally ( different style but same application.) When this one arrived I at first tried it on the y...

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Osborne Miter guage for your table saw

Osborne Miter guage for your table saw

05-13-2009 01:36 AM by Bob #2 | 28 comments »

I had looked at this guage before and had purchased an alternate one in the interim. (shoot me) I got a chance last week to re evaluate it and have these observations: 1. It uses triangulation rather than depending on a pivot point on a miter guage. What this means is that where a miter guage can get you close, the triangle can get you dead on.It’s just got more room on the scale to get it right. The extendable arm has a series of detents on the underside (20 in all) that gets you...

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Ridgid Sub compact drill drive set

Ridgid Sub compact drill drive set

03-26-2009 07:12 AM by Bob #2 | 24 comments »

I’ve been using a couple of offshore 18 volt Ni cads for about a year as my Dewalts wont hold a charge any longer and I saw no advantage to replacing their batteries.I had been looking at the Ridgid standard 18 volt Li cordless but when I saw this one at the Borg I had to try it. The tools are very compact and feel well made with a good balance although heavy for their size, I can live with that as they are still lighter than my old drills.The torque is amazing and blew me away at 12 vo...

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Hitachi misses the mark with their  model C12LSH

Hitachi misses the mark with their model C12LSH

03-03-2008 10:20 PM by Bob #2 | 9 comments »

Last October 27/2007 I was induced to purchase the above mentioned CMS at a trade show .They Hitachi offered me a $100.00 rebate off the floor price to complete with Bosch and Dewalt who were, as I remember, breathing down their necks with pricing.It’s now March 3th 2008 and despite several e-mails and phone calls I am told to be patient another 2 weeks and they would give me my money back.The last time they said that it took three weeks before I eventually called again. Had they not...

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