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I've tried a few blades but this one does it.

I've tried a few blades but this one does it.

58 days ago by Craftsman on the lake | 5 comments »

Usually in my old Rockwell/Delta table saw I use a combination blade. I do very little crosscutting in my table saw as it’s not new and doesn’t have a super fence on it. My main use of it is to cut my wood to width in the jointing/planing process of readying the wood to use. I own a nice sliding combo 12” Bosch miter saw that I do all of my crosscutting with. The combination of the two saws lets me get by pretty good. I tried a couple of rip blades in the past few years....

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After 5 years it's still kicking

After 5 years it's still kicking

183 days ago by Craftsman on the lake | 7 comments »

I own only two newer craftsman tools. One is a 4” grinder that has lasted me 4 years after makita’s and dewalts burned out after about a year each. Go figure. And this little compressor that has been stellar..I’ve been wanting to give this little compressor it’s due for some time now as I’ve had tons of experience with it. .This compressor is now rated at 1 hp. Mine was labeled 1.5 hp. I think though that they are the same item. The hp must have been reassessed o...

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Chicago Electric Circular Saw Blade Sharpener

Chicago Electric Circular Saw Blade Sharpener

791 days ago by Craftsman on the lake | 28 comments »

Addendum after 72 days: My old dewalt blade seen on the bench in the video below is what I sharpened next. I sharpened up pretty nicely. In fact I’m leaving it in the saw for a bed build and I’ve been working with Walnut, maple, and jatoba for this. So far the blade that I sharpened has been working really well. So well in fact that I think I’ll spruce up this sharpener with new knobs, and a few washers to help align things. I’m upping my rating a star. I’d se...

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Rockler Fluting Jig. It works

Rockler Fluting Jig. It works

1028 days ago by Craftsman on the lake | 5 comments »

Saddled with the idea of making fluted casings for a bedroom and eventually for the rest of the house, I decided to splurge and pick up Rockler’s fluting jig. I must say that after a little practice on some scrap to get used to it then finishing off a bedroom, it works nicely. The Jig is well made. It is constructed of phenol ply and has knobs to tighten and adjust that have metal inserts. To make a flute you set your router in it and adjust the jig so that two rails ride on both si...

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Rockler Table Saw Cove Cutting Jig

Rockler Table Saw Cove Cutting Jig

1034 days ago by Craftsman on the lake | 10 comments »

For the production of architraves in my house I recently decided to pick up a cove cutting jig on sale at rockler. This is a video review of the product. I’ll let the video speak and not repeat everything here. If it works for me it can work for anyone. Thanks for watching.

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Rigid Collated Screw Gun. Drive about 20 screws / minute (with video)

Rigid Collated Screw Gun. Drive about 20 screws / minute (with video)

1092 days ago by Craftsman on the lake | 8 comments »

I’ve started renovating the house. This tool might not be used a lot in the shop but for this use it’s pretty nice. Lot’s of tearing down and lots of new sheetrock going up. Also lots of backerboard and subfloor. I dread all the screws. I came across this rigid (made by Senco) collated screwgun at HD. It is a corded drill that has a mechanism to hold a plastic tape of drywall or flooring screws. They feed up through a slot automatically. The mechanism that feeds them is simp...

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Triton 3 1/4 HP under table review

Triton 3 1/4 HP under table review

1625 days ago by Craftsman on the lake | 32 comments »

Addendum to this review 10/28/2010: A problem is being solved regarding below.You should read these addendums up from the bottom.After many months I finally decided to replace the nylon rack with the new steel one triton sent me (see previous addendums). Disassembly wasn’t to bad, about an hour in all to replace the part. I’ve been using this router in my table for a long time now even with the defective fine adjustment part. I find it ideal for table use. I can’t speak for ...

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Good, low cost toggle clamps at Harbor Freight

Good, low cost toggle clamps at Harbor Freight

1791 days ago by Craftsman on the lake | 18 comments »

Just sharing this. When something raises my eyebrows and gets me thinking then maybe it’s worth passing on. I’m going to talk bang for buck. I hope you don’t mind. Yup, I’ve got a few harbor freight tools but not much. I’ve had mixed luck with them. But a friend let me see one of these toggle clamps. I have some from a wood store and I must say, they are very similar but not identical and but both seem to be of the same quality. They’re probably both fr...

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I needed a new one.

I needed a new one.

1798 days ago by Craftsman on the lake | 27 comments »

I rarely use a scroll saw. If I have to do some scroll work I either do it by hand or use a bandsaw for outside work. Recently I had to do lots of inside scrolling. I’ve got an old craftsman scroll saw that I less than affectionally call ‘Thumper’ for obvious reasons. But, it cut and was good for work that wasn’t too intricate.I’m making a desk for my niece and the side panels between the styles are the medical symbol for an RN as she’s soon to be graduatin...

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Another quick review: Bosch RO20VSK

Another quick review: Bosch RO20VSK

1817 days ago by Craftsman on the lake | 16 comments »

Third Update: Ignore the update below. Today, way after the fact I receive the roter plate Bosch, My faith in the company is restored. Good thing too because I own three of their tools, the sander, a 12” compound sliding miter saw, and their fantastic plunge router. I’m glad to see they keep their word even if belated. Thanks Bosch. Another Update (The above updates this older paragraph) 9/25: Read below regarding velcro problems. Bosch never followed through sending me the new...

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