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One of the best ideas

One of the best ideas

10-21-2014 02:19 AM by ic3ss | 7 comments »

I’ve been looking at these for about a year and finally pulled the trigger last week. I had a kickback incident that smashed a couple of fingers last year and since then I’ve had my mind on ways to make my old Unisaw safer. This has got to be one of the best safety devices for the woodshop in many years. What it does is so basic its a wonder it has only recently been made commercially. It’s an expensive device to be sure, at $80. For me it took a few smashed fingers to ge...

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Incra miter gauge very good, but it takes a bit of work

Incra miter gauge very good, but it takes a bit of work

10-13-2014 04:51 AM by ic3ss | 23 comments »

So I finally took the plunge and ditched my miter gauge that came with my old Unisaw. I never really used it, it just sat there if needed. Well, I knew from experience that it was crap so it has gone away. Bought the 1000HD a while back and have been using it for a few weeks and man am I impressed. This is what Made in USA is all about. I’ve been loving everything about it, but it took a bit of work. I picked it up at Rockler on sale for $119. First off, the thing is packaged ver...

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A little rough around the edges but a great tool

A little rough around the edges but a great tool

02-20-2014 01:31 AM by ic3ss | 6 comments »

I must start this of by saying that I really would like to give this 4.5 stars but that’s not available here. I set this up on my old grinder and this week I bought a new Rikon grinder from Woodcraft so I mounted that to my base. It does take some time to set these bases up but it’s not hard at all. The two tool rests are made from heavy welded steel and the two bases are an extruded aluminum and is nothing if not stout. The only issue that I had with it is the flat grinding rest,...

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Rikon 8" low speed bench grinder

Rikon 8" low speed bench grinder

02-16-2014 08:01 PM by ic3ss | 20 comments »

I bought this two days ago from Woodcraft as a replacement for the WoodRiver grinder that had so many problems that Woodcraft stopped carrying it. I just got it taken out of the box and plugged it in and it wouldn’t start. The right wheel contacted the wheel guard and stopped cold. I noticed how the guard was pushed over sideways so far that I couldn’t even turn the wheel past it by hand. I bent it back toward center a bit but it still rubs the wheel. But at least I could turn it ...

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Cut calculator for ipad

Cut calculator for ipad

01-20-2014 04:41 AM by ic3ss | 4 comments »

I’ve been using this app on my ipad for a few weeks now so I guess I can review it. In a nutshell, it works as advertised. It’s pretty simple and fairly straightforward to use. You enter the X/Y dimensions for each piece of wood in your project, the dimensions of the wood you will cut from, and your saw kerf width. It lays out your pieces to be cut over the stock so you can visually estimate your materials. You have limited controls available, you can lay out the grain direction v...

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Oneway Talon Chuck

Oneway Talon Chuck

11-10-2013 09:37 PM by ic3ss | 1 comment »

I bought a used Jet 1236 lathe about a year ago, my first lathe and my first time turning since high school. I watched all the youtube videos I could find and I saw quickly that the way I did it in high school with faceplates is a drag compared to using a scroll chuck, so I saved some money and last month I took the plunge. I chose Oneway over Nova and the others for one simple reason: the shape of the jaws. On the Nova, the quarter round shape didn’t account for different diameter s...

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Hock Blades plane iron and cap iron (chip breaker)

Hock Blades plane iron and cap iron (chip breaker)

05-26-2013 07:42 PM by ic3ss | 6 comments »

I’ve been wanting to upgrade the blade in this plane since I restored it a while back. The iron is almost gone and pitted badly and the cap iron is mainly what has prevented this plane from being used in my shop as it chatters really bad. I’ve tried sharpening and flattening the blade, and re-shaping the cap iron but it’s warped so bad it will never work. I finally put out the cash for a blade I picked up from Woodcraft but they didn’t have a cap iron in 2-5/8” w...

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As the price falls, the rating rises

As the price falls, the rating rises

12-03-2012 03:33 AM by ic3ss | 10 comments »

I found this Jet JWL 1236 lathe on Craigslist and just got it home and set up today. I’ve gone over many reviews of this lathe on the web, and the couple hours use I’ve had today have proven some of the gripes right. I put a 4×4 on it and rounded it, and I found it has a rattle coming from somewhere but the lathe doesn’t shake like some have said. It seems to have enough weight to keep from dancing around. The rattle I think is made worse by the dull tools I was using, ...

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Cookies in the shop . . . mmmm.

Cookies in the shop . . . mmmm.

11-30-2012 01:18 AM by ic3ss | 10 comments »

So, I’ve been eyeing these silly things for about two years now wondering how would I use them and would it really be worth having. Well, I finally picked up a set at Rockler on sale for $8 last week and decided to use them for finishing a top to an end table. My old Unisaw serves double duty as a workbench/finish assembly talbe in my garage so I put down newspaper and the table top sits on the cookies. What I noticed was now nice it is to lay down wipe on poly on the surface and just ...

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Old belt disc sander but in great shape

Old belt disc sander but in great shape

01-22-2012 10:47 PM by ic3ss | 7 comments »

This is a Craigslist find that I picked up a while ago. It was made in mid-late 1970’s I believe. I had to do just a little cleaning up on it but it ran fine, but it has a lot of vibration. It’s heavy, cast iron everything above the stand, but it does vibrate a lot. The bearings seem smooth enough, I wonder if I just need to replace the belt. Oh well, I’ve been using it on a project I’m doing for my daughter for the last few weeks and it works fine. For as old as it is...

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