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WoodRiver Retracting Caster Review

WoodRiver Retracting Caster Review

02-28-2016 10:18 AM by OakHill | 2 comments »

I purchased these casters for the Bosch GTS 1031Table Saw mounted on top of the Bosch GTA 500 Stand. The casters swivel smoothly and I never had a problem with them getting stuck or not rotating as some reviewers had experienced. Some preliminary testing had to be done. (See Base Description below) The mechanism works great and is easily operated. The foot action for raising and lowering the casters works exceptionally well. A very well designed product from WoodRiver. As a retired Man...

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Hard to beat

Hard to beat

02-19-2016 01:52 AM by momalle3 | 9 comments »

I bought this for hobby shop work, mostly musical instrument making. it replaces the use of sanding spindles in a drill press. So keep in mind it is a HUGE improvement over that. I don’t have experience with other spindle sanders to compare it to This model is sold under various band names—Shop Fox, WEN, etc. I bought it at the local Woodcraft store. I had been looking at the Rigid oscillating edge sander, but there were just too many bad reviews of that thing and also I did...

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Nice little addition to help curb your plane collecting OCD

Nice little addition to help curb your plane collecting OCD

07-14-2015 12:23 AM by SPHinTampa | 4 comments »

I am guessing that many of the people who bought this plane are driven by the OCD need to complete their entire collection of Stanley bench planes (I will post a picture of my BedRock 608 one day). At $119, this option is roughly $800 cheaper than buying the real thing. I do not have a real Stanley #1 to compare against but I will say that these planes are not nearly as useless as they are reported in some circles. I used this plane to smooth 1/4” drawer sides during the constructi...

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WoodRiver Ultimate Cabinet Maker's Kit (planes)

WoodRiver Ultimate Cabinet Maker's Kit (planes)

05-28-2015 03:43 AM by Wally331 | 13 comments »

I bought this kit about three years ago and have since used these planes on just about every project done since. I’ll split up the review into three parts- one for each plane in the set, then I’ll follow that up with general comments. #4 Smoother- This plane has been my go to plane since receiving the tools. Out of the box it definitely needed a honing and a good wipe down of the cosmoline covering the tool. The blade was nearly perfectly flat- didn’t take much work to br...

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WoodRiver #62 Low Angle Jack Plane

WoodRiver #62 Low Angle Jack Plane

03-26-2015 02:44 PM by Redoak90 | 13 comments »

I bought the WoodRiver #62 a few weeks ago and I have really enjoyed using it. Out of the box it requires a little tuning but only 30 minutes or so. The blades were not sharp at all and they were not flat either. Using DMT diamond stones coarse and fine then a leather strop the blades sharpened up quickly and hold an edge all day. The sides are square and the sole is reasonably flat. There was a slight hollow in the sole but I was able to remove it by running it along a 4”x36”...

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Works as designed, a real time saver

Works as designed, a real time saver

02-13-2015 02:21 AM by clawoftui | 9 comments »

Accessing my dust collector in my garage is a bit of a challenge that requires opening my garage door. So if I’m only doing a couple of cuts, I’ve developed a bad habit of not firing up the dust collector. I started out by ordering the Jet version of this dust collector remote from a seller on Ebay – I have a jet DC, so should have a matching remote, right? Well, even though it was listed as New, it showed up with a broken case, so after a 3 week return process, which e...

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Can't get better for the price

Can't get better for the price

02-06-2015 09:50 PM by sgreen | 6 comments »

After watching Rob Cosman’s videos on the new V3 planes and his videos on sharpening blades I decided to go get a Wood River #5 Jack Plane. As Rob says, the plane comes covered in thick oil to prevent rust but you can just take it off with some mineral spirits. All the adjustments were easy to make and everything moved smoothly. The sole was dead flat against my straight edge and you can’t beat the tolerances in the chip breaker and blade. All it takes is 10-20 minutes of setup an...

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Only reason not 5 stars - not made out of gold and diamonds

Only reason not 5 stars - not made out of gold and diamonds

10-12-2013 10:08 PM by ColonelTravis | 8 comments »

But then who the hell would use it, the Queen of England? Got this on sale at Woodcraft, it’s a fine tool. 4.5 stars, easy. Good - Doesn’t roll off the table because the brass tightener stops it like a kickstand. That’s a big plus. Even the ones with a flat edge can still roll if there’s enough momentum. The only way this thing will hit the ground is if you fling it off with something by accident. Really like the addition of the wood, makes it a lot more comfortable...

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Amazing Plane for the Price

Amazing Plane for the Price

04-06-2013 12:34 PM by RaggedKerf | 13 comments »

Okay, I know there are an awful lot of you guys out there that sport the Lie-Nielsen and Veritas hand planes (drool) but I just cannot swing the budget that high right now. However, that doesn’t mean I can’t have quality! I just picked up a brand new WoodRiver #5 (V3) and this jack is sweeeeeeet. It’s replacing the #4 Groz smoother (hissss) that I got last year. I spent hours and hours rehabbing the brand new Groz to get it to the point where I could plane pine (of a...

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very good for the price

very good for the price

03-28-2013 11:51 PM by DAC | 4 comments »

I had to spray some General Finshes Enduro-Var water base poly. Not really poly as it is water based. After thining with about 15 percent water and a couple healthy squirts of General Finishes dry time extender I got the results I needed. A smooth flat top coat. After drying I used Micro-mesh sanding pads. 1500 to 12000 grit.I still need to get some 1 micron polish from Micro-mesh to get that extra eye popping mirror like finish.29 gal Harbor Freight commpressor 7.3 cfm at 40 psi and 5.9 at 9...

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