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Great Shed

Great Shed

07-03-2008 10:11 PM by Zuki | 9 comments »

I know what you are thinking, why is a woodworker building a plastic shed. Three reasons: (1) to build one of the same size would be more expensive and (2) the marketing information says it takes 3 hours to install and (3) 5 year warranty. We have been needing a shed for a while and were eying these at Canadian Tire. When they finally went on sale we went for it. You definitely need either a trailer or pickup to bring this home. I tried to fit it in the back of my SUV but it was too bi...

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Low-priced plunge router for hobby use

Low-priced plunge router for hobby use

11-24-2008 11:40 PM by ferstler | 5 comments »

Some woodworkers would shudder at the thought of using a Black and Decker tool for routing work, but actually their Fire-Storm unit is not half bad. I picked it up for $60 at Lowe’s a while back (list was $100, I think, but it was being discontinued), and have used it for several sign-making jobs and other oddities. The unit is rated for 11,000 to 28,000 spin speeds and has a 12-amp motor that seems powerful enough, and the collet is a 1/2 incher. The on/off switch is also easy to us...

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Shakes itself to pieces in a very short time

Shakes itself to pieces in a very short time

07-07-2009 06:46 AM by Durnik150 | 7 comments »

Price $29.95 via Amazon. The price fluctuates with what package of attachments come with the sander. The search for a reasonably priced finish sander continues… I had hoped this little unit from Black & Decker would hold up for a while and I would get some good use out of it. I was disappointed. First, the “Zone Touch” feature is worthless. There is an indicator light that tells you when too much pressure is being applied. This light comes on red when the unit is f...

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Sawhorse with an attitude!

Sawhorse with an attitude!

08-10-2009 05:47 AM by Joseph Cataldie | 13 comments »

I just got my B&D Workmate 125 put together. I’d heard horror stories about the assembly process, in fact, the guy that sold it to me at the B&D outlet told me not to pay too much attention to the instructions. He was right. The instructions are terrible, but I still got it together in about 30-45 minutes while watching TV. Granted, a number of the holes for the bolts didn’t line up very well, but with a set of vise grips, a few hammer taps and minimal cursing, it went...

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Excellent accuracy for such a cheap saw. Not such a great blade.

Excellent accuracy for such a cheap saw. Not such a great blade.

09-16-2009 06:31 PM by dbhost | 4 comments »

The Black and Decker Firestorm line was a Lowes specific line of tools that was discontinued at the end of 2008. With some of the product offerings pulling them from the market was a good thing to do (I will post a review of the router later), but with some of their offerings, hobbyist woodworkers, and home improvement DIY’ers got left out in the cold. I purchased my FS1000L on sale in January of 2008, and it has seen extensive use since the purchase. The stand (not included, separat...

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Good for a Black & Decker

Good for a Black & Decker

01-19-2010 10:39 PM by funchuck | 9 comments »

This was my first real drill. I know Black & Decker gets a lot of knocks here, but it really wasn’t too bad a drill. I’ve had this drill for probably 5 years. I’ve done a lot of home improvements with it. This includes: Installation of a new garage door opener Putting up a patio lattice made of all pressure treated lumber (6×8s, 4×8x, 4×4s, 2×6s) Various wood working projects (mostly shelves and storage). I have used it to drill 3...

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Helps Keep Shop Socket clutter to a mininum

Helps Keep Shop Socket clutter to a mininum

01-29-2010 05:04 PM by David Craig | 7 comments »

As I probably have over-stated many times, I have a small basement shop and I will frequently look for items that can either reduce tool clutter or increase safety. I have a number of shop items that require wrenches or sockets to change settings, swap items, perform assembly, etc. When it comes to car maintenance, I love my socket set, but when I am working downstairs, I find them a bit of a pain. Sockets drop to the floor and hide themselves and they can sometimes be a danger because they a...

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Perfect for whacking things with sandpaper

Perfect for whacking things with sandpaper

02-09-2010 05:46 PM by Wiley | 6 comments »

I bought this sander several years before I got into woodworking, when I didn’t know better. I finally replaced it yesterday, and can’t even ethically put it on craigslist. Hopefully enough googling will reveal the proper incantation to banish it back to the depths of hell from whence it came. The main problem is that it does not, as sanders generally do, vibrate from side to side. Instead, it vibrates in all dimensions equally. This has three main effects: first, it very quickly ...

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Not Bad For The Money...

Not Bad For The Money...

04-10-2010 10:04 PM by Rich99 | 8 comments »

I have a 14.4V and 18.0V Ryobi drill, both with NiCad batteries. They’re heavy. I use them more for driving screws than anything else, so I decided I wanted a lighter battery powered driver of some sort. Looking in the big box stores, I saw units that were in the $200 plus range, some more than double the price of either of my Ryobis (and the 18 volt came with a circular saw!). Then I spotted this little Black and Decker PD400LG Power Driver. It weighs nothing. Okay,maybe a half-pou...

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cordless brad nailer

cordless brad nailer

06-02-2010 05:46 PM by gardentiger | 5 comments »

Never owned a nailer before but I gotta say that this is a winner. It comes w/ a pack of nails in all sizes. I bought this particular one off of fleabay for $60 and $15 shipping. Having already bought a few of the 18v products, I did not need a battery. This would explain the somewhat low cost. The gun feels good in your hand, but has maybe a slight delay upon triggering(I adapted easily to that). After I bought the nailer I went to Amazon to read the reviews. There are some bad review...

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