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Restored the lathe I bought

Restored the lathe I bought

10-03-2009 01:43 AM by RBWoodworker | 19 comments »

I found this Delta Lathe off of Craigslist for 450.00.. I have been looking for this particular lathe for years.. I passed up a chance to buy one about 15 years ago..and regretted it ever since.. when I got this one home.. it was not in bad shape, but I wanted to really refurbish it and give it a new life.. It’s solid..I mean solid!! heavy cast iron everything..I could not find any of the blue/gray paint that Rockwell/Delta uses, so I completely sanded off all the old paint all the way...

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Rockwell RK9010 12 1/2" Portable Thickness Planer + stand (same as Grizzly G0505)

Rockwell RK9010 12 1/2" Portable Thickness Planer + stand (same as Grizzly G0505)

11-20-2011 08:35 AM by David Grimes | 11 comments »

First, much thanks to LJ member Roger Clark aka Rex for finding and sharing the deal. This is the Rockwell RK9010 planer that cost me only $204 shipped. It is identical in every way to the Grizzly G0505 (except the grizzly is green and has a bear on the front hood) that sells for $339 plus shipping and does NOT include the stand. The same package (unit + stand+ shipping) from Grizzly would cost me $393.70, so nearly half price. I also got to choose between orange and silver. I went...

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handy little guy

handy little guy

04-09-2012 03:15 AM by glen | 7 comments »

Well, i’ve had this handy little guy lying around for a couple months now and I think I’ve put it through its paces for wood. I bought it because sometimes my circular saw is a little overkilll. Also, I have a few jobs I need to do that would require me to hold a circular saw over my head (eg. trimming some lengths of already installed fence boards), something that i’m not totally comfortable with. For those that don’t know, this is a mini-circular saw, set up for p...

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Rockwell Sonicrafter Does a Great Job

Rockwell Sonicrafter Does a Great Job

07-01-2009 10:15 PM by EricWrights | 8 comments »

I had looked at the Fein Multimaster, but couldn’t justify the price. I bought the Sonicrafter specifically to sand between the rails of a baby crib I built for my daughter. This tool will see as much use as my random orbital sander! It’s very well made, and does a superb job. A couple of experiential comments: 1. The tool is a fast worker, let IT do the work for you. 2. The dust collection attachment gets in the way, and is useless. 3. I haven’t found a s...

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Jawhorse (Sawhorse) from Rockwell, the Handy Helper

Jawhorse (Sawhorse) from Rockwell, the Handy Helper

07-03-2009 05:31 PM by EricWrights | 16 comments »

I do 99% of my projects alone. Believe me this one is a Lifesaver! I’m always a bit skeptical of infomercials and typically believe gimmicky tools are much more trouble than they are worth. But, thinking about all the times I’ve risked cutting boards that were unstable and chasing odd shaped items across my bench with my surface grinder, I kept thinking this thing might just be worth a try so I finally decided to order one. In the closed position the unit stores easily and take...

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Tried a bunch of "multi tools" before buying the sonicrafter

Tried a bunch of "multi tools" before buying the sonicrafter

02-08-2010 11:30 PM by Wade | 20 comments »

Overall this tool is a must have. The product performs all the functions that the infomercial claims and is extremely heavy duty. There a few flaws that the designers of this tool did not take into consideration with heavy use. Problem 1. The hex head bolt that is used to hold on the blades/cutters/sanders/etc… came loose a few times causing the attachment to bounce around. Second thing with the bolt was that after repeated changes of the attachments the hex head bolt and hex head wr...

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Sonic Crafter could be better

Sonic Crafter could be better

10-01-2012 04:14 PM by Julian | 11 comments »

I purchased the Rockwell sonic crafter about 2 years ago. I purchased it on-line for about $140. It came with the hard case and various cutting blades and sanding pads. I found that the machine screw that holds the blades can come loose from the vibration. You have to tighten the machine screw with an allen wrench (provided) to the point that I always worry I might strip the threads. After a few uses, my tool stopped working. It was within the warranty period so I called the 800 service...

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A Bad Rap

A Bad Rap

03-19-2011 05:58 AM by jim C | 31 comments »

I’m going out on a limb here. I’m going against the grain (pun intended)I’ve seen the reviews here on the “Blade Runner”, and I have to say it’s gotten a bad rap.I have been out of town, and when I got home, I decided to go into Woodcraft and nosy around. I saw the Bladerunner on display and thought about my past idea of mounting my Bosch jig saw upside down to a board, to be interchanged with my router, on my router table. This looked like a viable altern...

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Nice to Have Tool

Nice to Have Tool

05-09-2011 03:33 PM by Roger Clark aka Rex | 13 comments »

As many of you know, I can’t get to the shop much nowadays due to health issues, but LJs is my daily visit place where I can keep up with all the great posts and projects and also have some fun to make my day.Anyway, I was thinking about how I could contribute something of real value, so I decided to review tools that I did use when back in the shop.This review is on the Rockwell Blade Runner which I purchased for less than $100 a while back and used it. The unit is light, only 23lbs...

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Rockwell Drill/Driver Set

Rockwell Drill/Driver Set

04-11-2011 07:22 PM by Philip | 10 comments »

I bought the Rockwel 12V Drill/Driver set from Amazon about three weeks ago for $145. I replaced an old 18V drill, because I got tired of paying $70 for new batteries about once a year. The Rockwell comes with a lifetime free replacement on the batteries. I called the company to find out what you have to do to get replacement batteries and was told you have to mail them your old batteries and pay shipping for the new batteries. They said shipping and handling would be $6.71 to Arizona. T...

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