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Pretty Little Plane, but Mixed Results in Using It

Pretty Little Plane, but Mixed Results in Using It

2238 days ago by Eric | 2 comments »

I found this little plane in a random hardware store just outside of Kuala Lumpur. It only cost about US$9, so why not? The plane is made by Mujingfang, a Hong Kong-based company that makes a number of wooden hand planes. The reviews I found from googling Mujingfang reveals that the planes are general of quite good quality, and most (if not all) are very reasonably priced. Despite the apparent high quality, it’s clear that these are mass-produced budget planes since, from their website,...

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This Japanese Saw "Pulls" Its Weight

This Japanese Saw "Pulls" Its Weight

2248 days ago by Eric | 14 comments »

I just got my very first Japanese handsaw the other day, and have really enjoyed breaking it in. I thought I’d just give you this review via some bullet points. Just know that my handsaw experience to date is a cheap Stanley crosscut saw (like any guy would own) and a Crown gent’s saw. Pros: Because the saw cuts on the pull stroke, I found it extremely easy to start a cut with zero downward pressure. The saw cuts fast and does not require a lot of elbow grease to keep it go...

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The Most Powerful Cordless Drill You'll Ever Own

The Most Powerful Cordless Drill You'll Ever Own

2275 days ago by Eric | 4 comments »

Millers Falls started making bit braces in 1864. The 772 with a 10-inch sweep was produced from 1914 to 1957. One of the main features is its “Lion” chuck, which allows it to hold square, round or tapered shanks with ease. Indeed, I have had used both auger bits as well as “regular” wood boring bits normally used in electric drills. Someone who has never used a bit brace will be surprised at the power you have with it, whether boring holes or say, driving screws! An...

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