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Great Beginners Lathe

Great Beginners Lathe

01-19-2012 09:37 PM by Troutsman | 11 comments »

I have been very impressed with this lathe. Although this review is based off of no other experience from any other lathes, I have to give it a high rating. It is by far the least expensive lathe on the market and with the famous 20% off discount from harbor freight can be bought for under $100. I picked mine up for $96 at our local harbor freight. This lathe has variable speed dial that is very convenient to work on your piece from turning, sanding, and finishing. I would recommend this l...

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A Beginner's Dream

A Beginner's Dream

09-19-2011 04:27 AM by Grondor | 19 comments »

I did my first wood turning when I was about 13. It was in wood shop in school, and I made 2 or 3 pieces—a bowl and a bat for sure. It was fun, but it was also TERRIFYING! The lathes we had were industrial sized monsters with motors that could lift the Titanic, and more than once did I have a catch that bent the chisel, once it launched it towards the window I was standing near with rather catastrophic results. More recently I started looking up some videos on YouTube about wood t...

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Great little machine

Great little machine

09-03-2011 08:15 AM by lilredweldingrod | 14 comments »

I’ve had this shaper for a little over 3years now. I bought this on a whim as I did not have a router table at the time. I never had the intention of using it as a shaper due to the cost of the cutters. I found that if you want to use it as a router table, you have to install 5 spacers under the table to raise it up to work with router bits otherwise the bits are way to high to use. This is the hardest part of the assembly job. The cast Iron table is one heavy piece to handle and pla...

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Harbor fright 97869 2 hp dust collector- sanding belt 40861.

Harbor fright 97869 2 hp dust collector- sanding belt 40861.

08-09-2011 07:24 PM by MikeGo | 34 comments »

Well I bought one thinking this is great for only $149. No! its worked for about 8 mins and stoped, motor will hum and then pop my 20 amp braker. looked inside and the fan move`s freely. Called Harbor Fright up and I am going to exchange it , but if any problems ill get my money back. The reviews where good I hope it was only a bad one,”ill see”. Also I bought a new sanding belt 6/48 that I need to return, crack along seem. it`s only a 35 min drive.

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Good n' uff

Good n' uff

05-10-2011 08:09 AM by Tedstor | 8 comments »

[sorry for the lousy stock photo. Click on it to see the entire image] I bought this product about 8 months ago. At the time, they were on sale for $14.99. Thats about half what other roller stands of this quality cost and one-fifth of some of the pricier makes/models. When I got it home and took it out of the box, I inspected it for any obvious defects (bad welds, stripped hardware, etc). None were found. I then put it together with no issues. After assembly, I adjusted the stand to vario...

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Central Machinery Mobile Base

Central Machinery Mobile Base

05-09-2011 10:57 PM by gardentiger | 9 comments »

Excellent base for your lighter machines. Not a cinch to put together but not bad either. Can’t find much I don’t like about it. Gave it four stars so as not to be accused unpatriotic. Buy USA product until you can’t afford them anymore.

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Now's the time to get a dust collector!

Now's the time to get a dust collector!

04-14-2011 11:40 PM by StumpyNubs | 57 comments »

This collector has been reviewed several times here so I won’t go into to much of the details. The reason i am reviewing it now is because I got the latest issue of “Wood” magazine and there’s a coupon in it for this collector. You can get it with that coupon for just $150 (that’s $100 off the regular price). And it is every bit as good as the VASTLY more expensive Jet and Grizzly models with similar specs. Here’s why I love this collector… 1. P...

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Great little stand for my Bandsaw Station

Great little stand for my Bandsaw Station

02-22-2011 03:16 AM by patcollins | 3 comments »

I wanted a support for my benchtop bandsaw and have been mulling the idea of making one until I came across this. For $28 it was a great deal from Harbor Freight. It is adjustable height but is a bit short for me for most things (Im 6’4”), b ut for my bandsaw I thought it would be perfect. It came with middle and bottom shelving material that was very flimsy hardboard, I’m talking so thin the box was stronger. I made new shelves out of some 3/4” particle board. ...

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Decent Sander for the Price (using Coupon)

Decent Sander for the Price (using Coupon)

01-14-2011 10:47 PM by Denappy | 15 comments »

Found a Harbor Freight coupon for this in the latest issue of Wood Magazine for $49.95 (lists for $99.99), so I thought I would run down to my local Harbor Freight and check out the “floor model”. After looking it over I decided to go ahead and make the purchase. It unpacked easily and was a breeze to setup. Basically just have to attached the table. For the most part this is a pretty decent machine for the price, good cast iron parts except for the table and the disk; which ...

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Best Jointer I have ever used.

Best Jointer I have ever used.

11-26-2010 07:50 PM by therookie | 7 comments »

Now this jointer is the best jointer I have ever used, but is also my first. But that is besides the point, the point is the jointer is very quiet and pretty accurate. When is first arrived, I pulled it out of the crate and started assembling it. I went for the manual and started to read about assembly and found out that it went faster figuring out how to asseble it on my own rather than following the directions. Accuracy right out of the crate is OK for getting stuff within a 1/32 of an inch...

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