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Quality is quality, good design is good design, both make life easier

Quality is quality, good design is good design, both make life easier

07-10-2012 02:20 PM by Woodwrestler | 75 comments »

I am somewhat new to woodworking but have done a few successful projects. Much of what I have had to do is break down large sheets for cabinet projects in the shop, built in cabinets, etc. Trying to do that by yourself on a table saw is difficult and I just can’t seem to get my wife interested in helping ;-). There is always a debate about the cost of tools and value. Time for me is the most precious resource. Consequently, as someone that is earlier in their woodworking journey,...

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Festool RO 125  sander and CT 26 dust extractor

Festool RO 125 sander and CT 26 dust extractor

02-08-2014 03:07 AM by Sandra | 45 comments »

Woodworking background – Hobbyist Bought from: Lee Valley Paid: $1126.00 for both components Pros:Automatic start of dust extractor Long lasting abrasives Amazing dust control Reasonable noise level Variable speed and two sanding modes Cons: None other than price Without a doubt, this is a luxury purchase for a hobbyist like myself. Previous to this sander, I had been using a Bosch ROS which worked just fine. The dust control however was lousy. I work out of...

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Festool CMS Router Table, A lot of money, a lot of design issues

Festool CMS Router Table, A lot of money, a lot of design issues

10-29-2012 12:24 AM by Chris Wright | 35 comments »

So, I had the opportunity to play with the new CMS Router table that Festool just brought to America. Now, I’m not a big Festool fan to start with, I agree that there tools are well made and dust collection is top notch, I just feel they are greatly over priced when there are numerous other options available. The CMS I feel is another example. The one we have set up is the stand alone complete set (retail price $1600), in the box is a table with folding legs, the router lift plate, a...

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$1400 + with tax

$1400 + with tax

04-30-2011 02:15 AM by lizardhead | 27 comments »

I have other Festool tools which are absolutely fabulous so when I needed to replace my old chop saw, I looked for a really good one, I considered the newest Bosch with all the fancy knuckle work instead of the sliding arm. I really thought the Bosch saw would be a welcome tool in my shop, but then I told myself that for a mere $500 more I could have the Festool Kapex, and own the very best, well now that I have the Festool Kapex and have taken it for a few laps around the shop, my dicovery i...

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Festool Domino Dominates or Don't hate me 'cause I'm beautiful

Festool Domino Dominates or Don't hate me 'cause I'm beautiful

01-20-2008 07:39 AM by gizmodyne | 26 comments »

This is an amazing tool. It does one thing very well. Loose tenons! It works as advertised. Accurate mortises in a tight hand-held machine. I consider it a biscuit jointer on steroids. In fact, I have to decide if my biscuit joiner is going away. The tool must be used in conjunction with dust collection. To use the tool:1. Pick a tenon size. For example 6×40 mm2. Install the correct bit: 6mm in this case.3. Set the depth to half the length of the tenon. 20 mm in example.4. Plu...

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Just ok for price

Just ok for price

10-24-2012 04:17 PM by Manitario | 26 comments »

I’m making a large dining room trestle table and I knew that I would be in sanding hell for awhile. My only ROS is a Bosch 5” which is works great for smaller projects, but for this project I wanted a 6” ROS with better DC and less vibration. Enter the Festool ETS 150/3. A number of reviews I’ve read about this sander have commented on its great DC and minimal vibration, so once I got over the fact that it was $360 it seemed like the right choice for me. After using ...

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Festool 1400 Router - Yea, it's better

Festool 1400 Router - Yea, it's better

02-03-2012 06:42 PM by richgreer | 25 comments »

I discovered that there is no review of this router on this website so I decided to add one. I know that Festool tools are a little controversial. They are expensive. Some of us who own them have been called “Festfools”. In my case, I was able to buy this router used for a reasonable price that was just a little more than I would pay for a comparable new router from a different manufacture. I decided to do part of this review on a comparative basis. I will compare t...

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Festool MFT/3 Multifunction Table

Festool MFT/3 Multifunction Table

10-11-2011 02:31 AM by woodtechbbq | 23 comments »

This is the Festool Multi Function Table. This was my big surprise Christmas present from my wife last year. She surprised me big time with this one and I think I surprised her very well by putting it together as soon as I got it through the front door. She was lucky that it didn’t become a permanent fixture in our living room. But after she finally convinced me I didn’t need to keep it in the living room, I folded it back up and got it to my basement shop. The MFT/3 measur...

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Good Vibes are NO Vibes!

Good Vibes are NO Vibes!

08-18-2010 07:09 AM by mmh | 23 comments »

I have a medium sized female hand and I’ve been told I have Carpel Tunnel Syndrome in my right hand but I’m not ready for surgery. I don’t want to be out of commission that long and the pain is not constant or severe. I’ve been using a 5” 4.8 lb. weight Ryobi and also an old Porter Cable and they both vibrate the heck out of my hand even with using two special shock absorbing gloves. I hold the sander with one hand to move around my cane handles and shafts s...

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Festool RO 125 FEQ

Festool RO 125 FEQ

03-07-2012 03:24 PM by Kent Shepherd | 22 comments »

Whenever Festool is mentioned, there are always two totally different responses. One is–I absolutely love it and can’t wait until I can buy more of their products, and two–it is way overpriced and there is no way I’ll ever spend that much on a power tool! Maybe, just maybe, both answers are actually very valid, depending on your needs. I do ask though, have you actually used the tool? If your opinion is based only on price, you may not be quite fair. Being a professional woodworker for ...

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