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Finally Tamed It... Lee Valley Dog Holes Bushing and Bits

Finally Tamed It... Lee Valley Dog Holes Bushing and Bits

02-12-2016 08:15 AM by Scheol | 2 comments »

I recently needed to drill 18 round 3/4” dog holes in my Paul Seller pine workbench and because all my bench accessories are Lee Valley/Veritas I opted for their Dog Holes and Bushing kit (http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=72602&cat=1,41637). Out of the box the bit was incredibly sharp and had very pronounced spurs. The fit with the bushing is good and I could only notice a very slight play. I made my first jig to help drilling the front row of dog holes...

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Powermatic 6" Belt/12" Disk Sander

Powermatic 6" Belt/12" Disk Sander

02-09-2016 09:38 PM by Kelly | 1 comment »

I’ve had this since 2013 and it is, definitely, an essential to my shop. In that time, I’ve learned: ASSEMBLY - Assembly was simple. I spent around an hour and a half, including adjustments of tables and tracking, then was able to plug the unit in and run it. For the most part, assembly could be figured out without the directions, but are still important for setting gaps between support tables and the belt or disk for safe operation. QUALITY - The unit operated...

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Accurate and Dependable

Accurate and Dependable

02-09-2016 05:31 PM by Kelly | 4 comments »

I have a large Bosch digital finder and liked it so much I thought I’d try this smaller version for projects that did not require the various capabilities of the larger unit. After doing so, I decided I need a few of them around for the shop and the work van. These work well for setting and checking angles when doing blade set ups on miter saws, table saws and band saws. They give a good read-out for inner and outer angles, such as when building picture frames. They are easy to ch...

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Still A Favorite, After Nine Years

Still A Favorite, After Nine Years

02-09-2016 04:52 PM by Kelly | 1 comment »

Powermatic 1791216K Model PWBS-14CS Deluxe 14-Inch 1-3/4-Inch Woodworking Bandsaw with Bearing Guides, Lamp, and Chip Blower, 115/230-Volt 1 Phase (Tools & Home Improvement)Twenty years ago, upgrading to a Unisaw cabinet saw and top quality fence from a contractor’s saw was a milestone. Before, set-ups often took minutes. Essentially, they were guess work using a tape measure. After, set ups never took more than seconds, but produced dead-on cuts. Too, even re-dimensioning thick mat...

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For [Sloppy] Carpenters, Not Cabinet Makers

For [Sloppy] Carpenters, Not Cabinet Makers

02-09-2016 04:32 PM by Kelly | 4 comments »

I have a Bosch digital angle gauge I can and do rely on to accurately determine angles for cuts for things like crown molding. However, it isn’t something I want to carry around in my tool bag for occasional use. For that, I looked to the Starrett PRO SITE 505A. Unfortunately, my Dial Protractor, like so many others produced by Starrett, is about a half degree off. For example, if the black gauge reads “0,” the miter cuts shows “44.5.” For rough carpentry, an...

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A Long Enough Cord and I can Log the World

A Long Enough Cord and I can Log the World

02-09-2016 04:12 PM by Kelly | 2 comments »

This is a well built electric saw. That fact became evident the time I first picked it up, when I noted it weighs, probably, twice what any of my previous three electric saws weighed. It feels like and appears to be built using the same standards Makita and the other big name companies apply in the construction of their heavy duty, commercial worm drive circular saws. Installing and removing the bar, or adjusting the chain during use, is as simple as it gets. It requires no tools. I was le...

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A Saw For a Lifetime, Even for Proffessionals

A Saw For a Lifetime, Even for Proffessionals

02-09-2016 03:57 PM by Kelly | 3 comments »

For reference, this is my third Bosch saber saw. I bought my first one over twenty years ago. Before it, I bought “high end” B &D’s and others touted as professional quality. They all died within six months of heavy use. In contrast, I sold my first Bosch to my brother seven years after I bought it, when I upgraded [to the first model not requiring a screw driver for blade changes]. My first Bosch was a barrel and was bought by mistake. I had never used one before. A ...

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Good and Even Versitle, With Effort

Good and Even Versitle, With Effort

02-09-2016 03:49 PM by Kelly | 2 comments »

I use these on my cabinet saw, band saw and router table. Once set in place and locked down, they hold their position well. I could replace the plastic, expanding slides that lock in the miter track with aluminum ones I have in my jig accessory box, but, for now it would be more cosmetic than necessary. These go on working well enough, though they don’t release their grip as well as my aluminum ones. For those with a right tilt table saw, a band saw and a router table, you need on...

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Not Just a Sander, But an Investment In Efficiency

Not Just a Sander, But an Investment In Efficiency

02-09-2016 03:37 PM by Kelly | 0 comments »

I had just completed an oak, over-the-post stair railing system. It turned out beautifully, but because of construction methods required by the home owner, the fillets between balusters varied in height and sometimes raised as much as an eight of an inch above the two long pieces of oak sandwiching them and the balusters. Sanding them by hand would have involved rasps, several grits of paper and a week of hard work. Seeking a better way, I looked at other well known detail sanders, such as...

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An Indispensable Addition to My Sanding Equipment

An Indispensable Addition to My Sanding Equipment

02-09-2016 03:33 PM by Kelly | 2 comments »

I’ve had this unit since about 2006. From shortly after I bought it and yet to this day, I consider this tool an indispensable addition to my sanding equipment. I think highly enough of it that I would upgrade to the floor model, if I didn’t have other upgrades to tend to first. The unit is a heavy, well built piece of equipment and, certainly, had much to do with my considering other Jet equipment purchases. In the years I’ve used this machine, it shows no signs of wear ...

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