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Woodcraft's WoodRiver Mobile Base Kit

Woodcraft's WoodRiver Mobile Base Kit

07-09-2011 02:56 AM by glassyeyes | 10 comments »

I recently mounted my bandsaw on a mobile base using Woodcraft’s WoodRiver Universal Mobile Base Hardware Kit. I have used similar kits before, and generally like them. Some of the features of this kit are a considerable improvement over past versions, but one change confuses me, and made it difficult to decide on an overall rating. THE GOOD: The kit is based on user-supplied lumber, such as plywood. Previously, the steel corners were equipped to take only one piece of nominal 3/...

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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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Not bad, but not particularly good.

Not bad, but not particularly good.

05-11-2016 06:45 PM by Dan Wolfgang | 9 comments »

I debated over my first plane purchase. I wasn’t convinced I could appreciate a finer plane from Lie-Nielsen or Veritas, and from reading, the low-end options seem to often require quite a bit of work that I’m not familiar with. So, the WoodRiver low angle jack from my local Woodcraft seemed a good option. I found the plane immediately underwhelming—it just didn’t feel that great in my hand. Out of the box, the tote was very loose and had to be tightened. Trying to ...

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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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snap cap keeps popping up

snap cap keeps popping up

01-05-2013 10:54 PM by John | 8 comments »

this plane is made from nice materials and is nicely machined. the blade is nice and thick and holds its edge unfortunately, it has two modes; loose enough to adjust the blade but the snap cap pops open unexpectedly, or tight enough to keep the cap closed which is too tight to adjust the blade I have the same issue with the low angle version of this plane as well. whenever you get behind it, you run the risk of popping the cap, then it’s a PITA to get the cap back on and back to w...

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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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Great Bushing Set with Improved Case

Great Bushing Set with Improved Case

09-16-2011 11:37 PM by NiteWalker | 7 comments »

I bought one of these bushing sets way back before woodcraft rebranded all their in house products as woodriver. That set has performed flawlessly over the years. A few things I love about the set is the variety of included sizes, the fact that they’re brass and won’t work loose as easily as steel bushings can, and that all the rims of the guides protrude less than 1/4” so 1/4” template material can be used. I recently bought another set because they’re on ...

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Close Enough for Woodworking

Close Enough for Woodworking

10-14-2011 03:46 AM by DylanC | 7 comments »

I picked this up at a local Woodcraft (Item #148454) for ~$32. Got it mostly to speed up set-ups on the router and table saw. As soon as I got it, I measured each block with my digital caliper. Each block measured within half a thousandth of spec, except for the 1/2” and the 1-2-3 block. The half inch block measures 0.502” by 0.506” and the 3” side of the 1-2-3 measures a few thousandths over, also. Maybe that’s too much for high precision machining, but it&...

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Very nice little plane

Very nice little plane

02-28-2012 06:51 PM by Kerry Drake | 6 comments »

I got this Block Plane for Christmas and just now finally got around to cleaning the grease off of it, waxing the sole, and sharpening the blade. The blade adjuster seems to work fine and the adjustable mouth is very nice. Fit and finish are excellent. I use a worksharp 3000 for most of my sharpening (especially when its cold) and I ran right through the grits (80, 220, 400, 1000, 3600) in just about 5 minutes, then dropped a 30 degree micro-bevel on the end. I was pulling full widt...

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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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