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Really Nice Set of Chisels

Really Nice Set of Chisels

07-13-2015 10:06 PM by jonah | 8 comments »

The Narex chisels are pretty well-regarded from what I’ve read. That’s why I bought them about a year ago. I was looking for something better than the godawful big box chisels I had before (you can see them peeking out in the picture). I had no stomach for spending hundreds of dollars on a set of chisels. The Narex are sort of the Honda of chisels – they are a quality product at a moderate price that will last. Using them infrequently over the past year, I have to confirm...

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About all you need short of a diamond plate

About all you need short of a diamond plate

07-13-2015 09:54 PM by jonah | 4 comments »

I’ve been using these waterstones for about two years now, and after I put them away today I decided to write a quick review. I bought the two stones for about $20 (800 grit) and $25 (6000 grit), plus the supplies to make a leather strop. I have sharpened plane irons, chisels, and even the odd knife on the stones. The stones have yet to fail me. Waterstones are a bit messy, what with having to soak them prior to use and keep them wet while using them, but aside from that they are ...

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A World of Difference from the Stock Blade

A World of Difference from the Stock Blade

06-07-2014 11:26 PM by jonah | 9 comments »

I mentioned this blade in my review of the Scheppach Track Saw. It gave me tearout-free cuts in pretty much everything I have tried with the track saw. Just look at the closeup of the two blades. On the left you have the stock blade. It is probably a $5 blade. On the right is the Freud. Much more carbide, much sharper carbide, and a much better cut. The only possibly negative of this blade is the price. At $45, it isn’t cheap, but it’s quite a bit less than Festool blades, a...

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Excellent Track Saw At A Great Price

Excellent Track Saw At A Great Price

11-10-2013 01:25 AM by jonah | 30 comments »

The Scheppach Track Saw is sold under many brands, including Scheppach, Grizzly, Woodstar, and several others. All are identical. What is different, at least in my case, is the price. Grizzly sells the saw by itself for ~$180, or as a part of a kit for $245. The Grizzly kit comes with a 55” rail and some accessories. In the US, the Scheppach saw is imported by the Colovos Company, a Chicago-based company. I’ll detail my contact with the company later in the review. I purchas...

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Very good saw for a variety of uses

Very good saw for a variety of uses

05-15-2009 01:54 PM by jonah | 4 comments »

My wife and I bought a house two years ago, and planned to redo the kitchen pretty extensively. I grew up doing construction projects with my step-father and am able to do framing, drywall, finish work, electrical, and very basic plumbing on my own. We ended up tearing it down to the studs and starting from scratch, and did 99% of the project ourselves. I realized before we started that I was going to need more power tools. I had a drill, jigsaw, circular saw, and hand tools, but had no sp...

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