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Smooth Square, Great Price

Smooth Square, Great Price

1529 days ago by PurpLev | 10 comments »

not much to say. good square, and can be had for a bargain price. I was using Empire combo squares (12” and 6”) since they were cheap (less than $10 each) at HD. I found them to be as precise as the next square, but the locking and the sliding of the ruler left a lot to be desired. I eventually replaced them both with Starrett equivalent which I found to be as precise, but made of heavier materials, and with higher precision in the machining which means smoother sliding action,...

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Watta Mug !

Watta Mug !

1546 days ago by Zuki | 11 comments »

A part of the Rockler Bench Cookie Challenge I won a set of bench cookies and a mug. They finally arrived last week. I will blog about the cookies later . . . but now I want to speak about the mug. I am a big tea drinker and I found that with most mugs I had around the house I would have to go and get a refill as there just was not enough in one cup. Well . . . let me tell you something. This Rockler mug rocks! When I opened the package I saw the mug box and thought “pretty big box ...

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One and Done!

One and Done!

1553 days ago by scopemonkey | 19 comments »

I bought these bench hold fasts from Rockler. One moderate tap with my mallet and it broke. I had another one, same issue. Extremely poor quality and not worth a cent. I expect better from Rockler than this PoS. I think the Taiwan stamp says it all.

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Bench Cookies are Sweet!

Bench Cookies are Sweet!

1586 days ago by Jay Neale III | 7 comments »

This will be short and to the point. I bought a set of four Bench Cookies from the Rockler in Arlington, Texas, this past Saturday. That evening I used them to support my new router table top clamped to my old router table top so I could use the old top as a template to rout out the opening for the plate. I hop that made sense. Anyway, the Bench Cookies worked GREAT! I expected them to work, but I was still surprised at how well they held my work piece in place for the entire operation. N...

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Rockler Mortise Machine Table And Fence

Rockler Mortise Machine Table And Fence

1661 days ago by TheDane | 2 comments »

This table/fence solved a lot of problems, and really improved the performance of my Jet JBM-5 Mortising Machine. It provides a much larger work surface than the stock table, and comes with 2 of Rockler’s Rotary Guides that help secure the workpiece against the fence, but allow movements to the right or left so you can slide the workpiece as needed. I made one small modification when I installed the fence. I have never trusted wood screws in MDF for this type of fixture, so instea...

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Shark Pro CNC Router

Shark Pro CNC Router

1673 days ago by Mike Pientka | 9 comments »

When the Shark was initially released, I traveled 70 miles to the nearest Rockler store to scrutinize it. I had to put my Engineer’s cap on to keep remembering there are continual tradeoffs between cost and performance; from all the homework I did I knew what specs were important and where I could give. At first I was apprehensive the polymer frame would flex too much. or the rod & linear bearing construction with a central drive screw would bind. Both of these turned out to be no...

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rockler bench cookies

rockler bench cookies

1677 days ago by kosta | 11 comments »

Yo whats up everybody I wanted to do a review on the rockler bench cookies. Now I got some of these about 4 weeks ago and they work pretty good. I have used them when I was sanding and the one thing I realized is that anything that is smaller than 8 in long and 7 in wide its a lot harder to control. You can get 4 bench cookies for $12 at rockler.com

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Rockler Lathe Dust Hood Item 67899

Rockler Lathe Dust Hood Item 67899

1699 days ago by FJPetruso | 3 comments »

I’ve found this clear lathe dust collection hood very useful. It take a little bit of planning when setting it up on a lathe such as extending the tail stock support out to make room for your tool rest support and it helps a lot to have a flexible work light that can be kept low & to the rear of the lathe. This keeps the glare off of the flip-down clear shield making it easy to use, see photo. I made a wooden bracket out of the scrap end of an oak newel post, also see photo. The...

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Unique idea for workholding

Unique idea for workholding

1710 days ago by kshipp | 11 comments »

I saw a lot of press about these online as I’m sure that many of you have. I was at Rockler one day picking up some other things and I picked these up also just to check them out. I used them for the first time yesterday and I was really impressed. I was working on a 40” x 8” board so I put a bench cookie in each of the corners. I was able to use a random orbit sander and a belt sander with no problems at all. I’ll admit that I was nervous when I first set the belt ...

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Rockler Pen Starter Kit and turning kits

Rockler Pen Starter Kit and turning kits

1798 days ago by USCJeff | 17 comments »

I decided to finally give up my boycott and try my hand at pen making. I didn’t want to become one of those “pen guys”. There are a lot of things you need to get started on pen one. I bought the starter set as it seemed the simplist way to go about it. Having turned a couple pens now, I might have done it differently. The pricing is good considering the a la carte prices of the components. I found, however, I would have opted for different components. The mandrel work...

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