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Harbor Freight Mobile Base with steel support bars

Harbor Freight Mobile Base with steel support bars

04-18-2015 05:09 PM by PaulHWood | 0 comments »

Thanks to curliejones for the idea and help. substituted 1 1/4 inch 16 gauge tube steel instead of hardwood, approximately a $1 a foot for material. Cut to size, clamped into support and started the holes with a 5/16 bit to mark, then finished drilling with 1/8” starter bit and step bit to 11/32 (bolts are 8mm). All but one lined up perfect, and the last one just took riunning the 5/16 bit throuhg once (likely an interior burr). I painted the steel black to match the mobile base, ...

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Crick Levels, Up For Review

Crick Levels, Up For Review

04-17-2015 02:30 PM by woodshopmike | 4 comments »

I recently reviewed a few levels made by Crick and I’ve got to say I’m rather impressed. The full review of these levels is on my blog: Crick Levels, Up For Review. Here are the highlights though All wood body Stainless steel binding & end caps Accurate to .015” over length of level (that’s ~ .02° for a 40” level!) Curved sight tubes, these move slower than straight tubes which makes them easier to read I know it’s short and sweet, b...

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Missing 3/8 die, 1/4x20 tap is questionable

Missing 3/8 die, 1/4x20 tap is questionable

04-17-2015 12:56 AM by Rick M. | 17 comments »

I bought this cheap set for cutting threads in wood. For example, making shop knobs by cutting threads directly in hard wood without having to bother using threaded inserts. Also occasionally to fix a munged thread or to clean paint from threads, light duty stuff. For those purposes the quality and carbon steel would be fine. Here is what you are supposed to get:COARSE: 6-32 NC, 10-24 NC, 12-24 NC, 1/4 in. -20 NC, 5/16 in. -18 NC, 3/8 in. -16 NC, 7/16 in. -14 NC, 1/2 in. -13 NC and 1/8 in....

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An Excellent, Inexpensive, Machine Lighting Alternative

An Excellent, Inexpensive, Machine Lighting Alternative

04-15-2015 02:25 AM by DeLayne Peck | 17 comments »

I have frequently wished I could add extra lighting to some of machine tools in my shop. My band-saw was a leading candidate. I found an excellent alternative between old hot bulb and expensive high intensity work lights – LED sewing machine lights. The unit I purchased is a generic Chinese make. It is durably constructed. There’s no heat and clumsy fiddling. A strong magnetic base stays put in any position. The 7” goose neck is highly adjustable and holds its posit...

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Everything I wanted in a digital caliper

Everything I wanted in a digital caliper

04-14-2015 12:12 AM by Rick M. | 14 comments »

Sold by the same folks who sell the Accuremote digital inclinometer. I chose the IP54 after watching a thorough review on Youtube by Gadget Class. Inside the retail box was a decent plastic case that held the caliper, two batteries, the instructions, and a random piece of brown waxed paper (no idea why that was in there) but it was 0.004” thick. Both batteries were good. The plastic case that came with mine is slightly different than the picture on Amazon. Of course I set out to meas...

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Solid on the outside, issues with accuracy and precision

Solid on the outside, issues with accuracy and precision

04-13-2015 11:50 PM by Rick M. | 14 comments »

From the outside in … The packaging was attractive and consistent with other products sold by iGaging (makes no difference but shows the company takes some pride in their products). Inside the retail box was a sturdy white cardboard box that contained the inclinometer, a nice storage pouch, the instructions, a 9V battery, and a tiny screwdriver. I expected the AccuRemote to be made of plastic but it’s actually a cast metal, possibly zinc, quite sturdy and heavier than expected. Th...

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Fantastic starter HVLP set, but choose your finish wisely

Fantastic starter HVLP set, but choose your finish wisely

04-12-2015 03:18 PM by paxorion | 7 comments »

When my wife asked me to upcycle a dresser for our daughter, I told her that I needed a new tool to get it done. After doing my research and agonizing if I wanted to get the Earlex Spray Station 5500 as my first HVLP or go for the HF/Rockler HVLP. I eventually settled on this one, figuring I can learn from the experience and go for a 3 or 4 stage after I finally wear it out. I’ve had and used the unit for almost a year now. The HVLP comes with 3 tips, that at best I can figure is ...

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Gramercy Tools Sash Saw Kit

Gramercy Tools Sash Saw Kit

04-10-2015 06:41 PM by Redoak90 | 3 comments »

I purchased the Gramercy tools sash saw kit a few weeks back. The kit comes with a saw plate with a brass back and 2 pairs of saw nut and bolt in brass. The saw was packaged in an anti-rust paper with bubble wrap. Nothing was damaged when it arrived and it looked flawless. No scratches, dings, or dents present. The saw is 14” long has 13 ppi and a 0.02” saw plate. I bought the kit because the only saw I had was a Veritas dovetail saw and wanted a larger saw to cut larger pie...

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Love this jig...Hate the dust storm

Love this jig...Hate the dust storm

04-09-2015 09:22 PM by DKV | 8 comments »

I have never done dovetails upside down with a router table but it works great. You can see Roger Gifkin demonstrating the jig on youtube. I have used the jig twice so far. Both results came out with a tight perfect fit. Make sure your stock is square and flat. Follow the easy directions and be happy. This is a five star review…except for the dust storm which is caused by doing your dovetails on a router table. Mask and safety glasses are a must. As you lean over the jig to guide the wo...

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Cheap Woodcraft Wheel Marking Gauge--It works!

Cheap Woodcraft Wheel Marking Gauge--It works!

04-08-2015 01:02 PM by CharlesA | 16 comments »

Since I have been on my quest to learn to hand cut dovetails, I have been giving my marking gauge a workout. I have been using a Crown Rosewood cutting gauge, and I have been frustrated by my inability to make an absolutely straight clean line every time. I sharpened the knife on it and still would end with a wobble here and there. I thought that the combination of the cutting knife and the very short fence was the culprit: I checked reviews and was about to pull the trigger on a Ham...

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