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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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Simple tool but its great at what it does

Simple tool but its great at what it does

03-23-2015 11:28 PM by ic3ss | 3 comments »

This was a Christmas gift and this is the first time I had to use it today on the chop of my workbench I’m building. A sanding block is something that almost doesn’t deserve a review I think but I really like this. It’s size is perfect for straightening out an edge which is what I used it for today. It fits perfectly in the hand and I think this may reduce fatigue ‘cause I used the heck out of it and my arm was tired but not my hand. I wasn’t sure how well the...

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It does a lot more that what I use it for

It does a lot more that what I use it for

03-23-2015 01:21 AM by ic3ss | 3 comments »

I’ve been wanting one of these for a while now, I got this one late last year and I use it quite a lot. For those of us that are numerically challenged, this is very useful for doing simple math in fractions. At least that’s what I use it for. It does a whole lot more that that, but for me it’s all about the fractions. Thanks for reading and have a great day. Wayne

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More useful the more I use it

More useful the more I use it

03-23-2015 01:16 AM by ic3ss | 3 comments »

I’ve been using this since about last November and I’m just now at the point that if I lost it I think I’d have to stop working until I got another one. Super simple to use, and I love the graduated pencil holes, it makes drawing a square referenced off of an edge a simple task that takes only a few seconds. What can I say, I love this thing. Wayne

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It does it's job

It does it's job

03-23-2015 01:12 AM by ic3ss | 0 comments »

I received this for Christmas and I just now had a chance to use it. I’m building a split top roubo workbench and had to put center marks on the chop and the leg. Very simple to use. The black print on stainless is easy to read, and there are holes laser cut into it for pencil marks. This is the first centering rule I’ve ever used, I know there are others out there, but I sure do like Incra’s stuff. Thanks for reading, and have a great day. Wayne

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One of the best ideas

One of the best ideas

10-21-2014 02:19 AM by ic3ss | 9 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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