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Surprisingly Simple

Surprisingly Simple

05-01-2018 04:11 PM by pintodeluxe | 8 comments »

This style of freestanding template jig has been around for a long time, but this one focuses on box joints. You can make 1/2” or 3/4” box joints, and the kit comes with just about everything you need. Just add an MDF fence, and you’re off to the races. Chuck the included router bit in your router, and install the eBush, then rout your first workpiece. Then flip the little green tab and rout the mating workpiece. The offset is automatic! I started with the eBush se...

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Narex Woodworking Chisels, Set of 4   863010

Narex Woodworking Chisels, Set of 4 863010

12-26-2017 04:40 PM by pintodeluxe | 6 comments »

I picked up a set of four chisels, which includes the 6mm, 12mm, 20mm, and 26mm. I also added a 4mm chisel to the set (good for thin dovetails). I cleaned up the machine oil on the steel, and it came off okay. I inspected the finish on the handles and some were perfect, and a couple had slight roughness to the finish. A quick buffing with a 1000 grit soft sanding sponge took care of it. The wood itself was smooth, it was just a couple rough spots in the finish. So I took a look at the...

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Good Foot Controls and Rolling Action

Good Foot Controls and Rolling Action

07-07-2017 05:10 PM by pintodeluxe | 5 comments »

I have had many different brands and types of mobile bases, everything from a Sawstop ICS base (the best one made) to Delta / Rockler corner kits, to the HTC-2000, and Portamate. The Portamate-2500 construction impressed me with its reasonably sturdy steel frame and corner brackets. The steel is a heavy gauge, and does not feel flimsy. The foot levers are steel and plenty heavy to do the job. I think I can lift my bandsaw with one toe. I would describe the lifting and rolling actions a...

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Surprisingly Effective Collection

Surprisingly Effective Collection

04-30-2017 06:39 PM by pintodeluxe | 6 comments »

Okay so I had my doubts going in that this contraption would work at all. So many of these dust collection contraptions interfere with the use of the tool, so I often don’t use them. I have a Bench Dog router top and fence with a shop made enclosed cabinet as the base. I use a Ridgid “6.5 hp” shop vac to do the collecting. The dust collection (before installing the Dust Router) was actually fairly good through the fence. However, the cabinet quickly filled with chips and...

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Grngate Gates Work Great

Grngate Gates Work Great

04-10-2017 07:21 PM by pintodeluxe | 7 comments »

Check out my video review on Youtube…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ic9A73Fb_Y Installing this Grngate starter system was amazingly simple. If you can plug in a phone, you can install this system. Of course you have to wire the system controller, but that’s nothing more than stripping a few wires, and screwing the wires to a terminal block. Actually I sacrificed a 240v extension cord so I could keep my dust collectors cord intact, and that was a good solution for me. Th...

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Lignomat Comes Through Again

Lignomat Comes Through Again

03-06-2017 10:17 PM by pintodeluxe | 2 comments »

I have been using a Lignomat meter for some time now, and I started with the E/D model. It works great, but I needed something that was compatible with remote moisture probes. The mini ligno MD/C model was just the ticket. It is a pin style moisture meter that works by itself as a portable meter, or you can plug it into optional remote wires and probes. The probes are drilled into the core of a lumber sample, and seem to give a true and accurate reading of the moisture content. The MD/C...

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Start With the Switch, Expand Later

Start With the Switch, Expand Later

01-02-2017 08:01 PM by pintodeluxe | 8 comments »

I was shopping for a remote control for my cyclone dust collector, and came across the iVac Switch. It can function as a remote-control only unit, used with manual blast gates. There are a few companies that make D.C. remotes, but with the iVac you can expand it to fully automated collection. You need one tool sensor and one blast gate for each tool you want to automate. That is when the magic happens. Just turn on your tool, and first the blast gate opens automatically, then the dust ...

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Quieter, better filtration than standard shop vac

Quieter, better filtration than standard shop vac

06-28-2016 05:34 PM by pintodeluxe | 7 comments »

How I Use Dust Collection In My ShopI use a dust collector, as well as two shop vacuums for dust collection. One is a “6.5 hp” Ridgid that stays at the router table, and disconnects easily for shop cleanup. The other one is a small Ridgid vac dedicated to the miter saw. These vacs seem to do their job, and the howling noise they make doesn’t bother me much because the tools they are attached to are just as loud. Furthermore, the miter saw and router table tend to be used...

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Great for Hardwood Joinery

Great for Hardwood Joinery

03-15-2016 04:03 PM by pintodeluxe | 15 comments »

This is a review of the 8” Infinity Dadonator stacked dado set. I have a low-end Freud dado set that actually worked quite well until I had it sharpened. Nevertheless, the one complaint I had about my old set (two-wing chippers) is that it would chip out the side shoulders when cutting tenons. That is what made me look for another set. The Dadonator excels at cutting tenons, rabbets, and half laps in hardwood. My test pieces were mostly white oak, a hardwood notorious for chipout...

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All Star Performer

All Star Performer

03-11-2016 05:11 PM by pintodeluxe | 9 comments »

This is a review of the LU86 thin kerf 40 tooth general purpose blade. I have been using this blade for all rips and crosscuts, and I must say I’m quite impressed. For ripping I was mentally comparing it to my Freud 24 tooth dedicated ripping blade. It seemed to rip 13/16” stock just as effortlessly as the 24 tooth ripper, but with a cleaner edge. There was no chipout at all with the use of a ZCI. My ripper often chips out the underside of hardwood cuts. I also look for a ...

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