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First impressions (and with limited experience)

First impressions (and with limited experience)

02-02-2016 07:40 PM by bonobo | 8 comments »

I’ve only used it for an evening but unless something strips or breaks, I’m very satisfied with it. My only previous experience was with Garrett Hack’s block shaped scratch stock found at Fine Woodworking. My problem with it was that an instant of inattention mean’t that the fence could lose registration, jump, and tear up the bead. It happened enough that I was planning to build a more traditional style version. When this scratch stock came up, I figured what the h...

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Best hand tool I have bought

Best hand tool I have bought

12-18-2015 05:43 PM by BigAxe | 3 comments »

Wow! This is one of the best tools I have ever bought. I flattened a 6 foot cherry board in less time than it took me to take the plane out of the box. This is the first scrub plane I have used so I don’t have much to compare it to other than my no 4 Stanley I used to use. Some of the reviews I read indicate that weight may be a problem, but it is not very heavy and when I use it I never lift the plane off my work. The mass actually works to your advantage.

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Not what you expect

Not what you expect

10-29-2015 12:50 PM by fuigb | 16 comments »

These googles are presented by Lee Valley as combing function and form: comprehensive eye protection (though “not certified for industrial use”) and a “cool retro look.” The look IS cool, if that is at all important, and the youngsters in your life are sure to point out that you resemble a Minion from the kids’ movie Despicable Me. Giving the children a laugh is about as much satisfaction as you can expect from these googles. I’m a hobbyist, an evening...

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They are finally here...

They are finally here...

07-01-2015 11:15 PM by DKV | 18 comments »

7/1/2015 – I will clean them up and start reviewing them tonight or tomorrow. All I know right now is they are very oily and the tips are covered in plastic. They will be rated 1 star until I find out different. More later… 7/2/2015 – Just got done testing 4 bits. Each bit was used to drill 5 holes. When the holes were measured each was small by 1/128-1/256. The dial calipers I used also come from Lee Valley. Since a woodshop is not a machine shop I am totally happy with ...

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This hammer could be better, but with a little work it'll be fine.

This hammer could be better, but with a little work it'll be fine.

10-29-2014 02:33 PM by PioneerRob | 8 comments »

10-1/2 oz Warrington Pattern Hammer from Lee Valley—————————————————————————- My hammer collection has historically been limited to 20oz claw hammer and a couple of ball peens. My wife bought the claw hammer for my birthday early on in our marriage. The message was clear, “build me a house or break your thumbs trying”. Well, th...

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Great, and inexpensive

Great, and inexpensive

06-28-2014 06:04 PM by Goodsh | 11 comments »

Bought this saw for $30 about 6 months ago. It is great. Cuts super fast in all types of wood often without tear out and is very easy to use. I use it for both crosscuts and rip cuts and it produces fine results in both. The blade is solid and tight in the handle. The handle is a little cheap – it’s basically just a dowel but for $30 bucks I wouldn’t expect much more. This saw is great. To be honest I much prefer this over the Veritas rip carcass saw I got for more than doub...

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Vacuum Clamp System  ( Lee Valley )

Vacuum Clamp System ( Lee Valley )

01-11-2014 11:02 PM by JerrySats | 1 comment »

I’ve been looking for an easy way to hold parts for sanding and spotted the V Clamp made by Vac Clamps . Lee Vallery carries the product . So with the recent free shipping I ordered the double sided clamp system along with the on and off switch . Setting it up is pretty easy , you’ll need at least a small compressor to run it . I did a video and tried to show how well it holds things , but its hard to tell . There’s no trickery I really tired to pull the bond off but can&#...

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Lee Valley Bench Plane Blade and Chip Breaker Set - Stanley/Record

Lee Valley Bench Plane Blade and Chip Breaker Set - Stanley/Record

04-06-2013 10:34 PM by knothead | 8 comments »

Well, Lee Valley has done it again….. After trying for years to get my #4 Smoother working as well as it should, (Always getting close but not quite there) I finally gave up and ordered this Plane Blade and Chip Breaker Set to replace an original cutter and chip breaker in my Stanley #4 smoother. I have previously purchased a Hock replacement blade for my #5 and liked it but they are a little spendy so I set out to see what was available, The Pinnacle blades looked good but seem a l...

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 Flexible and accurate dowel work.

Flexible and accurate dowel work.

02-18-2013 10:17 PM by vipond33 | 10 comments »

I’m quite enamored of dowels as joinery, especially in cabinet construction. Fast, accurate and plenty strong enough if used with good technique, tooling and materials, they also allow me flexibility in appearance of the finished case without too much fuss. However, I do not own a doweling jig. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to have a Dowel Max, but with all its accessories to be more costly than the price of a used motorcycle, well, no thanks. Besides, all doweling jigs ar...

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Grab them while you can! Great deal on import ratchet clamps!

Grab them while you can! Great deal on import ratchet clamps!

11-22-2012 06:39 PM by jusfine | 10 comments »

I received an email flyer a week or so ago stating there was a box of ratchet clamps in limited quantities for $39.00 at Lee Valley. Yesterday I stopped by the store and bought a box of them. While waiting for the clerk to bring them out so I could see the product, I looked at a Pony ratchet clamp on display and was amazed that the clamps in the box he brought were almost identical. The only difference is the ratcheting mechanism, the import brand has a notched metal bar that keeps t...

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