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Wood River HVLP Gravity Feed Spray Gun

Wood River HVLP Gravity Feed Spray Gun

07-24-2011 10:00 PM by pintodeluxe | 3 comments »

This is a great gun. If you have never tried a gravity feed HVLP you are in for a treat. You might actually enjoy finishing your projects! Exact same gun as the Porter Cable PSH1, except no air regulator. Just use the regulator on your compressor. Beautiful finish with shellac or lacquer. I even spray stain with it on large jobs. This was $25 on sale, but I think regular price is only $35. It comes with a 1.4 mm tip which is good for lacquer and shellac. They sell an inexpensive 2 mm...

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Affordable Mobile Base

Affordable Mobile Base

02-16-2010 07:14 AM by johnnymo | 6 comments »

I have a 12ft x 14ft shop and needed a mobile base for my tablesaw. I purchased a mobile base for my jointer/planer a few months back that I’m not happy with so I decided to try this one out from Wood River.The instructions were pretty easy to follow and it didn’t take long to get it assembled. The base rolls great around the shop and the metal cam levers are very easy to engage and disengage with your foot. A word of caution: Be careful when disengaging the wheels when you hav...

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A well spent $29.00

A well spent $29.00

04-29-2012 04:12 PM by ShipWreck | 13 comments »

If you cut as sloppy as I do, it is always nice to have a good set of paring/gouging/shaving chisels. I wanted a set butt chisels even back when I was strictly using machinery for woodworking. Butt chisels are really nice for using one handed. I have known about these WoodRiver chisels for a while, but never bothered with them due to alot of negative reviews. I stopped by my local WoodCraft yesterday looking for a piece of Beechwood for a mallet head that I want to make. I happened to see th...

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A step up from my no-name chisels

A step up from my no-name chisels

01-17-2011 08:49 AM by RandyMorter | 17 comments »

I know next to nothing about chisels but I’ve been trying to use them a bit. I’ve got some cheap set, probably from Home Depot, with nicks in them that I work around. I’d like to learn how to sharpen them but haven’t started down that path yet. I’ve read mixed reviews about these chisels but something inside me said to get them so I did. They came covered in some kind of oil that I removed with mineral spirits (please tell me if I’ve already ruined th...

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Groovy

Groovy

06-23-2011 10:03 AM by gko | 11 comments »

Wood River Side Rabbet Plane I finally got my Wood River Side Rabbet Plane after ordering it about 2 months ago. It’s main job is to clean up the sides of rebates and grooves. It has two blades that can be set independently. They can be used left or right handed and can be used in either direction of the grain. There is a nose or toe to put pressure on the wood to give you finer shavings but it is a bit too far from the blade. The nose can be taken off so you can plane all the way to ...

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Respectable starter set

Respectable starter set

07-20-2011 04:27 AM by lysdexic | 15 comments »

Purchased this set about a year ago to get me started woodworking. The set is currently on clearance for $76 at Woodcraft. I realize that these are not a set of Lie Nielsens, Ashley Iles, or vintage 750’s. Therefore, my expectations were guarded. They lived up to my expectations but they certainly did NOT exceed them. Now, I do not have any significant experience with any other chisels except a couple a Stanley’s that I got from Lowe’s in the distant past. They come on...

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Wait for a sale.  Not worth full price IMO.

Wait for a sale. Not worth full price IMO.

07-25-2014 02:23 AM by DylanC | 9 comments »

Just bough one of these from Rockler.com on sale for $35 and free shipping. Mine is a Port-A-Mate PM1000, but is IDENTICAL to the Wood River unit pictured in another review. I picked one up for my jointer (21” x 42” base size) and am very satisfied with the quality and function based on the cost. They are still on sale, and I plan on buying two more for the same price. If I had paid $60, I would expect a little more. I believe I would build my own rather than pay full price.

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Great budget square - worth 5 stars at the price

Great budget square - worth 5 stars at the price

08-24-2013 12:53 AM by paxorion | 5 comments »

For the past few months, I have been looking for a replacement to an inexpensive contractor’s combination square (a freebie I got from my in-law’s hardware store during a trip many years ago). I had the opportunity to use a Starrett at my guild shop, and convinced myself I needed a replacement. To ensure I could focus my search, I came up with 4 criteria: – A solid cast head – Etched measurements that go up to at least 1/64 intervals – A more palatable price...

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Exceptional performance at a reasonable price

Exceptional performance at a reasonable price

02-03-2014 01:17 AM by Julian | 4 comments »

I purchased the medium WoodRiver shoulder plane in December; it was 20% off and then I had an additional $10 coupon. Before tax; $110. This deal was too good to pass up. After a few minutes on a 4000 grit water stone the blade was razor sharp. The body was perfectly square and the blade adjustment works very smoothly. I have never used a Veritas or Lie Nielson should plane and cannot compare the WoodRiver plane to the others. I am very pleased with the WoodRiver shoulder plane and would r...

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Pretty nice plane, but not as refined as the premium planes

Pretty nice plane, but not as refined as the premium planes

08-06-2011 02:31 PM by funchuck | 9 comments »

When I first bought this plane, I was pretty impressed with it. I think it looks nice, and it’s built very well. Out of the box, the blade was not sharp at all. The back was pretty flat, and it didn’t take long to flatten the back and hone the bevel (probably 15 minutes on my oilstones). I checked to see if the sides were square, but they were slightly off. I also checked to see if the sole was flat, but it was slightly concave. But most importantly, how did it work? ...

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