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Lee Valley Square Hole Punches

Lee Valley Square Hole Punches

1013 days ago by vipond33 | 23 comments »

This is a review of the Veritas Square Hole Punch, available individually or as a set of six, ranging in size from 3/16” to 1/2” by sixteenths. These punches are most often used for period work such as Greene and Greene style pieces where a raised plug is inserted, or for decorative pierced work (like the ones in my pictures) or for small square mortices. You could also use them as the beginning of much deeper mortises, using the perfect opening created as your guide for furth...

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Great new router bit for your collection

Great new router bit for your collection

902 days ago by T. D. Reid | 18 comments »

This is a great bit that I am using to make Arts and Craft style legs with so that they show quarter sawn white oak on all four sides. The instructions also say that you can use it to build boxes or make drawers but I have not attempted these procedures. The bit comes in two sizes one for use on stock 1/2 -3/4 of an inch and the one I purchased for use on 3/8 – 1/2 inch stock. Now during the set up I did not realize that the bit that I had purchased was meant for use on the thinner stoc...

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 Flexible and accurate dowel work.

Flexible and accurate dowel work.

548 days ago 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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Lee Valley Dripless Glue Bottle

Lee Valley Dripless Glue Bottle

935 days ago by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 32 comments »

Not too long ago, I did a blog which asked people what type of glue they liked best for different woodworking projects. Many people stated that they used white or tan wood glue for many of their gluing applications. I often use this type of glue too, not only for my scroll saw projects, but also for building smaller projects such as boxes and things of that nature. One problem that I had was application. Since I used the glue on smaller projects and only in small amounts, I found that t...

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Pesky Little Brass Screws and such

Pesky Little Brass Screws and such

2316 days ago by MrWoody | 13 comments »

Because of a recent post by Betsy I decided to post this review.Auger gimlets are small hand drills that closely match screw sizes and are handy for pre-drilling holes for Little brass screws. I also use them for drilling small holes in small pieces when making toys.I listed them as Lee Valley but they are available elsewhere as they are not made by Lee Valley.I’ve had mine for over 20 years and the smallest is showing some wear, so I would say they are a good investment

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Lee Valley Brad Point Bits - Set of Seven

Lee Valley Brad Point Bits - Set of Seven

2117 days ago by ChicoWoodnut | 7 comments »

I was in need of some brad point bits to drill holes for a set of ball catches I am installing. I have been using regular twist bits and needed something with a centering guide. My set of Irwin Jennings-pattern auger bits don’t go to 1/4”. I looked at brad point bits at the Borg and didn’t like any of the ones I saw. The lip was simply a point ground into the edge of the radial cutter. It didn’t look like it would leave a clean hole on entry and that is what I am ...

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A new way to find and track all those thread sizes in the tool shop

A new way to find and track all those thread sizes in the tool shop

1677 days ago by Bob #2 | 14 comments »

Seems I am always lookng for a nut or bolt for a peice of geat in my shop.Without taking a spare with me to the nut shop I am usually stubbed out with a replacement that’s eighr too big or too small.Now all I have this to fill in the blanks for size and thread. I’ll quaote from the excellent writeup rather than try to polish a pear.“a plate tapped for 10 National Coarse sizes (1-64 to 1/4-20), 10 National Fine sizes (1-72 to 1/4-28) and 8 Metric Coarse sizes from M1.6 to ...

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Self Cleaning Blast Gates

Self Cleaning Blast Gates

1646 days ago by Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor | 8 comments »

I have tried numerous blast gates, metal and plastic. These from Lee Valley are the best I have found and they never clog because of the way the gate pushes any possible clog out when the gate is open and closed. I have been using them for 2 years without a clog. They do not come with the knobs…I added them for ease of use. when remodeling my kitchen last september I saved all the knobs from my old cabinets with the intention of re-using them on the new cabinets. I was outvoted by my w...

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Just the ticket--especially for Festool Boom Arm users.

Just the ticket--especially for Festool Boom Arm users.

1036 days ago by thiel | 1 comment »

Gang, I’m still recovering from the flood (going well!) but having tired myself out already this week, I figured I’d post a review or two. I got the boom arm for my Festool C26 and was shocked to find out that once you install it, you have no place to wrap the (ample) vac cord. A bit of research to find the solution. These cord wrap hooks from Lee Valley mount to almost any kind of tube/bar/board and are just the thing! They also toggle toward the center to allow a quic...

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Lee Valley Universal Thread Restorer

Lee Valley Universal Thread Restorer

908 days ago by racerglen | 6 comments »

This is a very usesfull tool for doing just what it says and doing it prety well.It works on any type thread, metric, ASA or even Whitworth.Great for getting rid of rust and grunge and even burrs.From the catalogue.. Universal Thread Restorer “Most thread restorers require separate inserts to match the specific threads of a damaged bolt. This one doesn’t. The patented yet simple design allows the hardened steel cutters to adjust to any size, pitch or direction of thread — Im...

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