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To Infinity and Beyond

To Infinity and Beyond

06-13-2009 07:50 PM by knotscott | 7 comments »

The 50T Infinity Combomax is the best 50 tooth combination blade I’ve tried to date. This is an extraordinarily well made blade that uses a unique ATB/R configuration that features a chamfered raker instead of the traditional flat top raker. It has very low tearout for this class of blade, and is particularly good in sheetgoods, while maintaining good ripping abilities due to it’s 12° hook. Any blade that’s designed to do multiple tasks has some inherent compromise relati...

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The DeWalt Stacked Bargain...

The DeWalt Stacked Bargain...

06-13-2009 04:41 PM by knotscott | 5 comments »

This DW7670 is DeWalt’s 8” stacked dado blade set. It features (2) 24 tooth outside cutters, (4) 4 tooth 1/8” chippers, (1) 4T 1/16” chipper, (1) 4T 3/32” chipper, (12) steel shims, and a handy carrying case. The DW7670 expands to a maximum cutting width of 29/32”, and has a nearly infinite number of possible smaller widths by using the various shim and chipper sizes. All the teeth are C-4 micrograin carbide, and the bore diameter will fit 5/8” arbors...

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Great Thin Kerf Bulk Ripper

Great Thin Kerf Bulk Ripper

06-13-2009 03:23 PM by knotscott | 5 comments »

The Freud LU87R010 is a 10” 24 tooth thin kerf (TK) ripping blade that features a red “Permashield” coating for reduced friction and corrosion resistance, laser cut anti-vibration/anti-noise expansion slots, flat top ground teeth (FTG) for efficient material removal, and an aggressive 20 degree hook angle for a fast feed rate. The LU87 is the TK counterpart to the LM72R010, and is part of Freud’s “Industrial” series. Rip blades are designed to make fast ...

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A Bargain and an All Around Very Good Performer in a 10" TK Blade

A Bargain and an All Around Very Good Performer in a 10" TK Blade

03-27-2009 01:17 PM by knotscott | 11 comments »

This blade is such a nice bargain. For around $35, it comes close to my Infinity, Forrest, and Ridge Carbide blades, and holds its own against my many of my mid level Freud, Tenryu, and CMT blades, some of which cost nearly twice as much. For a 50T blade it feeds surprisingly easily, enabling it to go through thick stock more easily than most similar blades. Crosscuts were very clean, and rip cuts give glue ready edges. It’s very versatile overall, and easy for smaller saws to spin. ...

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Sharpen Your Claws On This Tiger

Sharpen Your Claws On This Tiger

03-21-2009 06:48 PM by knotscott | 8 comments »

Once I acquired some functional chisels, and a fleet of hand planes, I needed an easy and effective method to keep a good edge on all of them. I initially bought a little jig that held the blades at a set angle and allowed me to work the blade back and forth across an abrasive surface…it worked ok but took a fair amount of time. I also bought a small Delta Utility Sharpener that didn’t work quite as well, but was a little faster. When the Scheppach Tiger 2000 went on sale for n...

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Blue Ribbon for Tenryu's Gold Medal

Blue Ribbon for Tenryu's Gold Medal

03-21-2009 11:17 AM by knotscott | 5 comments »

The Tenryu GM-25540 “Gold Medal” is the upper end of Tenryu’s vast collection of saw blades. It features a fairly standard 40 tooth alternating top bevel (ATB) tooth configuration that’s suitable for a wide range of tasks. It sports large C4 micrograin carbide teeth that should hold an edge well and will withstand several sharpenings. The Gold Medal is a top shelf blade that’s very comparable in design and performance to the industry standard Forrest WWII 40T....

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Excellent Performer for the Money

Excellent Performer for the Money

03-21-2009 01:41 AM by knotscott | 14 comments »

The M12VC is Hitachi’s basic fixed base 11 amp router, that includes variable speed, soft start, and electronic feedback to maintain a set RPM throughout the cut. It’s also available in a kit as the KM12VC that includes both the fixed and plunge bases. The sub-base accepts the standard size PC style bushing adaptors. I purchased the M12VC in hopes it would be more manageable than my heavier Bosch 1617 for dovetail work. Mine was a refurb purchased through Reconditioned Sale...

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Butterfly Inlays Made Easy

Butterfly Inlays Made Easy

03-21-2009 01:25 AM by knotscott | 4 comments »

Even for a first timer, this inlay kit worked flawlessly as advertised. Using just basic router skills, it couldn’t be much simpler. Put the bit and the guide bushing in the router, trace the template to cut the receiving hole, add the spacer to trace out the inlay with the same template, cut the inlay piece free from the stock, and place it in the complimenting cutout hole. Some sanding may be required to make everything flush, and a practice run is always a good idea. The tip of the ...

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The Super General is King!

The Super General is King!

03-20-2009 07:40 PM by knotscott | 6 comments »

One glance of the 010-044 Super General gives the immediate impression that this is a state-of-the-art blade, and is made to world class standards. The materials used are the finest examples available, and the manufacturing techniques used are nearly flawless. The teeth are among the largest I’ve seen on any blade, and the gullets are noticeably deep. Two distinctive design characteristics of the Super General’s tooth geometry are what sets it apart from most other premium gene...

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A Bonafide Bargain in a Full Kerf General Purpose Blade

A Bonafide Bargain in a Full Kerf General Purpose Blade

03-19-2009 02:38 PM by knotscott | 3 comments »

The Oshlun 40T general purpose blade is a fairly standard ATB design with a steep positive hook, large C4 micrograin carbide teeth, thick steel plate, 0.125” kerf, and copper silencers. The fact that it’s available for ~ $25 is the most distinctive feature that separates it from other good quality 40T general purpose blades. It’s surprisingly well made, is very sharp, and performs well within the range capabilities of a blade of this design. It’ll rip glue ready edg...

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