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Good, Better, Bessey

Good, Better, Bessey

10-14-2014 09:10 PM by pintodeluxe | 7 comments »

Good, Better, BesseyA Look at the Current Bessey Parallel Clamp LineupLooking at parallel clamps side-by-side, some features are instantly apparent. Bar size, jaw surface area, and handle diameter are all key to clamp performance. The handle material made a difference in my testing as well. The UniClamp is the smallest parallel clamp, with a lightweight bar to match. The jaw faces are small compared to other clamps in this class, but compare favorably to “F” style clamps. The handle di...

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Router Mega Review - Dewalt and Porter Cable

Router Mega Review - Dewalt and Porter Cable

10-14-2014 09:01 PM by pintodeluxe | 11 comments »

Whether you are looking for your first router or adding a new model to a growing collection, DeWalt and Porter Cable fit the bill. The current crop of 2-1/4 h.p. combination kits have proven their merit for years. With the precision of a dedicated plunge router and the versatility of a fixed base, it’s no wonder why their popularity continues to grow. The newest crop of 1-1/4 h.p. combo kits are a great concept: squeeze all the functionality of a mid-size combo kit into a pint-sized pa...

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Rudd Lacquer Sprays Well,  Nice Satin Finish

Rudd Lacquer Sprays Well, Nice Satin Finish

04-01-2014 05:51 PM by pintodeluxe | 8 comments »

My local paint store quit carrying Valspar Pre-cat lacquer. Their replacement product is Rudd Duracat-V 550 voc pre-cat lacquer. It is billed as a vinyl, non-yellowing lacquer. I had the chance to use it on a recent project, and it compares favorably with Valspar, Sherwin Williams, and Magnalac. This lacquer is milky white in the can, compared to the yellow color of lacquers I have used in the past. I used the satin sheen, which looked like a hand rubbed finish after one coat. I sanded ...

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Almost Magical

Almost Magical

08-12-2013 07:08 PM by pintodeluxe | 25 comments »

The Rockler Locking Miter bit for 3/4” stock really impressed me. I took the time to joint and plane the stock to uniform thickness. I butted the two edges together (as if I was making a table top) to make sure the edges were straight. A few small test boards is all it took to get good fitting, tight joints. In fact I was surprised how snug the fit was. It creates a perfect friction fit, that will stay together – even before the glue is added. The interlocking parts seem to ...

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Does Not Compare To Dewalt

Does Not Compare To Dewalt

05-22-2013 05:31 PM by pintodeluxe | 26 comments »

The 1617 has rave reviews, so I thought I might give it a try. The base is tricky to release, because you have to align the tabs, then twist the router together. The old version had a magnesium motor case, but this is the newer version with an aluminum motor case. I played with both versions at the store, and the aluminum version is an improvement, but not as smooth or easy to operate as my Dewalt 618. The switch is known to fail frequently, and mine works intermittently. I guess the r...

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Veritas DX60 Low Angle Block Plane is Versatile

Veritas DX60 Low Angle Block Plane is Versatile

04-01-2013 05:50 PM by pintodeluxe | 4 comments »

When you start looking at a hand plane you can tell pretty quickly if it is well made. This one is. The throat opening adjusts easily, and can close up tightly for fine shavings. The depth adjustment, and angle adjustment is combined into one knob, and is easy to work. Once you dial in your setting there are a pair of set screws that hold the side of the blade in alignment. The blade lock knob is larger diameter than my other planes, which makes it easy to hold the blade steady with mini...

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Freud Guide Bushing Adapter Ring installs different than most

Freud Guide Bushing Adapter Ring installs different than most

03-29-2013 08:18 PM by pintodeluxe | 5 comments »

This is an adapter ring for the Freud FT1700VCE router, and it also fits some other Freud routers. It is a brass ring that allows the stock baseplate to accept standard 1-3/16” P.C. style guide bushings. One of the pictures shows a guide bushing installed, however these are purchased separately. The strange thing about this adapter ring is it has no holes or threads to mount it. Instead, it snaps into a recess in the baseplate, and is retained with the heads of two screws. The scre...

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Replacement Hook and Loop Pads at Lowes

Replacement Hook and Loop Pads at Lowes

01-16-2013 05:19 PM by pintodeluxe | 2 comments »

The hook and loop pad on my Dewalt 421 sander gave out, and would no longer hold sanding disks. It lasted for 7-8 years, and I like my 421 more than the current Dewalt offering. I was surprised to find them in stock at Lowes. They run about $18, and better yet they fit many of the Dewalt 5” sanders. It works great, and restored my sander to like new. I now have two sanders so my wife can help! If your local Lowes doesn’t carry them, try Dewalt tools or https://www.too...

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Clogs, Bogs, and Dogs

Clogs, Bogs, and Dogs

01-07-2013 07:57 AM by pintodeluxe | 5 comments »

I have become accustomed to long lasting sandpaper like Norton 3x, and Freuds excellent ceramic blend sanding disks for my random orbit sander. I was running low on supplies, so I grabbed these Dewalt disks one day. Almost instantly the paper loads and clogs while sanding oak and Titebond II glue. The sanding was short lived, and I clocked about 8-10 minutes of sanding before switching pads. At first I thought the dust collection was excellent, then I realized it was only because these di...

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Dewalt Edge Guide is a Smooth Slider

Dewalt Edge Guide is a Smooth Slider

11-28-2012 05:51 AM by pintodeluxe | 5 comments »

This is a nice edgeguide that will expand the capabilities of your router. The fence is split, so you can slide it open for edge cuts, or keep it closed for inboard cuts. The guide locks down securely, and makes accurate cuts. It comes with everything you need, including knobs with springs to mount the guide to your router. The DW 618 uses the thicker rods, but it comes with some thinner rods for other Dewalt routers. This guide is helpful for cutting strip inlays, fluted columns, d...

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