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In Search of a Plumb Cut

In Search of a Plumb Cut

2376 days ago by deadhead | 6 comments »

I recently had a couple of projects that required some curve cuts in both 4/4 oak and 8 ft. 2×12 pine. I don’t own a bandsaw ( bandsaws, horses, and teen agers all make me nervous) no problem , I had my trusty Skil jigsaw.Forget it! What was supposed to be a perfectly plumb 90 degree cut ended up as a 45 degree edge. I think the blade was trying to run away from the wood. So…, off to Home Depot. I was mentally prepared to spend a few bucks and get the best jigsaw available. I...

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Festool - tools that make me smile

Festool - tools that make me smile

2403 days ago by Jim | 2 comments »

I’m a firm believer in the “get what you pay for” adage. I bought the Festool sanders and dust extracter a couple of years ago when I was bidding a project to refinish some tabletops inside a restaurant. When I realized the veneer was too thin to refinish, I persuaded the owner to simply have new tops made. I’ve since used the Festool sanders for a variety of projects and really like the way they perform. I’m all for minimizing the dust I’m likely to suc...

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6" Rotary and Orbital Festool RO 150 Sander

6" Rotary and Orbital Festool RO 150 Sander

2416 days ago by ShannonRogers | 5 comments »

I just bought Festool’s new 6” sander and it is truly everything as advertised. This is my first foray into Festool so I bought the package with the CT 33E dust extractor. Their dust extractors have been reviewed already on LJ so I will try to stay away from the extractor and focus on the tool. That being said, I a lot of my 5 star rating is influenced by the phenomenal dust extraction. Anybody who has done even 1 minute of sanding knows that the dust is what makes it so terri...

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Great Shop Vac

Great Shop Vac

2416 days ago by gizmodyne | 11 comments »

I bought this as a bundle with my Domino. Previously I used a Craftsman ShopVac that was powerful but incredibly loud. Excruciatingly loud. The CT22 comes assembled other than a little cord hanger that must be screwed on. It comes with a vac hose to fit Festool Tools. A variety of connectors are available. Cool FeaturesVariable suction control.Built in tool plug for automatic start when the tool is turned on.HEPA filters. Dust free bag change. There was ZERO dust in the case when I chan...

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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

2416 days ago 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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