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Review: ETS 125 EQ Random Orbital Finish Sander

Review: ETS 125 EQ Random Orbital Finish Sander

08-10-2014 02:54 AM by pashley | 20 comments »

REASON I BOUGHT A NEW SANDER: Sanding is not my favorite part of woodworking. I want the best result as quick as possible. I even considered getting a drum sander, but at $800+ and a chunk of floor space, I was reluctant. My DeWalt ROS would leave a lot of swirl marks, costing me time – in finding the swirls marks, and finding them after I started finishing! Also, the DeWalt would not do dust collection well. So, in an effort to finder better sanding down quicker with better dust collec...

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General Finishes Satin Topcoat Gel Review

General Finishes Satin Topcoat Gel Review

07-27-2014 02:51 AM by pashley | 10 comments »

On a recent clock order, the customer wanted a satin finish. I have always had semi-gloss as the preferred finish, but satin was his choice. I’ve seen General Finishes products on the better woodworking websites and magazines, so I thought I’d give it a try, as finishing is not my strong point. What I was looking for was a finish that would go on easily, evenly and not hide the wood, so I selected the General Finishes Oil Based Gel Urethane Topcoat. This product deliv...

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The Little Vac That Could

The Little Vac That Could

03-24-2014 12:39 PM by pashley | 2 comments »

Ok, never thought I’d be writing a review about a shop vac, but… I ordered this by mail order from Home Depot, wanting to replace my burned out 16 gallon shop vac, which was used to collect sawdust from my big tools. This was a wrong choice, because the hose diameter was only 1 1/4”, and not the 2 1/2” I really needed – my mistake. Nevertheless, the assembly was easy, and I appreciated it used vac bags, which is much easier to change, versus tipping ove...

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Titebond Molding and Trim Glue Review

Titebond Molding and Trim Glue Review

10-19-2013 01:21 PM by pashley | 17 comments »

I’m a bit of a glue geek; for me, one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to glue. My usual go-to glue is Titebond Original. It’s strong, cheap, and just works great. But a few weeks ago, I heard about Titebond Molding and Trim Glue, and thought I could put it to use in the right application. The primary advantage of Titebond Molding and Trim Glue is that it doesn’t run. You have to make sure you put enough glue on a joint, but with ordinary yellow glue, that ofte...

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Outstanding.

Outstanding.

06-20-2008 01:35 PM by pashley | 10 comments »

I was smitten with this little baby the first minute using it. I have gone thru three finish sanders; a cheapy from Harbor Freight, a Porter Cable, and most recently, a Craftsman, after only about a year. My wife said, “Why don’t you buy the best one, since you do so much sanding?” – which made sense. So, I did some research, including a recent FWW article, and decided on this Bosch. I paid about $70 at Lowe’s. As I said, right after starting ‘er up, ...

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