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Worth Every Penney

Worth Every Penney

169 days ago by mcase | 3 comments »

If your like me you have had screw down holdfasts that don’t hold fast at all. A hold fast that doesn’t hold the work firmly is IMO dangerous not only to your work but to your hands as well. Having had some real loser holdfasts over the years that let the work skitter around I always dreamt of a good screw down holdfast that would actually work. So when I came across the Sjoberg Scandi it really caught my attention. The Scandi looked like a winner – heavy solid steel r...

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Useless

Useless

212 days ago by mcase | 23 comments »

The DMT 3” x 8” DiaSharp® Stone, 8000x – described as a super fine stone quote – “The extra-extra fine (8000x) produces a mirror finish.” The accompanying literature says they are broken in at the factory. Well I gave this the old college try. At first touch you could tell it was way, way too coarse. So I tried breaking it in. I spent forty minutes or so working the back of a Pfiel chisel methodically over the stone on the side indicated on t...

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Great Stile and Rail Set  - Made in USA

Great Stile and Rail Set - Made in USA

239 days ago by mcase | 5 comments »

I recently went through a real nightmare with Freud’s new stile and rail cutters. Since I stupidly trusted Freud I did not use the set until I needed it for an order for cabinets. Unfortunately It was too late to return their junk so I had to eat the cost of their useless product. I replaced their garbage with a set of American-Made cutters from Eagle America. What a world of difference! – Smooth cutting and perfectly mating. It feels good buying American products and h...

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More Freud Junk

More Freud Junk

239 days ago by mcase | 13 comments »

Don’t Confuse this with the previous posting on Freud Junk. This a different Lumberjock with his own Freud Junk story. It was funny logging on to find another member just posted about this. I guess I’m not alone in my recent sad experience with Freud. Let me start by saying that I own dozens of Freud router bits and several of their door making sets. I have used Freud products for years and have been completely satisfied with all the Freud products I have ever owned until no...

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Another Great Lie-Nielsen

Another Great Lie-Nielsen

242 days ago by mcase | 11 comments »

I have been messing around with this plane for about a month now – trying it sharpened at different angles and degrees of convex, using it in different woods and grains etc. I have made a lot shavings with it, but I wanted to put this plane to some real-world use before writing this review. I just finished the cherry panels for eleven cabinet doors with it. So I can now make some credible comments on it. As you might expect from Lie-Nielsen, its a real pretty plane and all you had ...

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The Real Thing At Last.

The Real Thing At Last.

499 days ago by mcase | 4 comments »

I have experimented with a fair number of sharpening methods. I bought a Tormek years ago so the primary bevel was never an issue. The goal was producing a razor sharp secondary bevel quickly and easily. I had given natural stones a whirl, buying two Pro Edge brands stones – a Hard White Arkansas and a fine Hard Black Arkansas. Neither stone cut worth a Damn – period. So, I pretty much gave up on naturals and invested in Japanese waterstones and have a respectable set of g...

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Woodriver Responds

Woodriver Responds

541 days ago by mcase | 13 comments »

I posted a review of the Woodriver #3 a while back. In that review I was critical of the short chipbreaker and of the the lower-level Woodcraft customer service response to the problem. Well, I am happy to report that Woodcraft passed the complaint up the ladder and the higher ups corrected the problem. I now have received a Woodriver #3 with the new chip breaker of sufficient length. Like the three other Woodriver Planes I own it was absolutely flat and required no fettling. Just a...

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A Different League

A Different League

622 days ago by mcase | 3 comments »

Well I finally did it and got a Lie-Nielsen. I wasn’t planning on getting the bronze, but they were temporarily out of the iron so I sprung for it. I like the weight in a smoother anyway and it looks totally cool too. What can I say? Its in a whole different league than my previous purchases. I didn’t have to touch this plane. It was ready to go: flat sole, all the edges eased, flat and square blade, the chip breaker was square and true (and long enough), no slop on in the depth ...

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Had to Put it Back

Had to Put it Back

623 days ago by mcase | 18 comments »

I always feel bad recommending a restaurant to a friend and then they change the chef or something and the foods horrible. This is sort of in the same vein. In the past, I highly recommended the Woodriver V3 planes. I own three Woodriver V3s , #4,#5, and #6, which are just fine. They ARE nice planes and I enjoy using them very much. However, I recently went to purchase a #3. I really wanted a #3 Woodriver, but I had to put it back. Turns out that whoever makes these planes ground ...

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Excellent once tuned

Excellent once tuned

887 days ago by mcase | 15 comments »

Let me start by saying that I am very pleased with the results of this miter gauge. The cuts it produces are consistently great. I check them against a Mitatoyo machinist square and they are dead on. They are far, far more accurate and consistent then those produced by my Bosch slider. There are however some limitations and problems which I will explain in detail so my fellow LJs will know just what to expect. I bought the Incra 1000 SE about three months ago. The Incra 1000 SE comes...

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