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Tool snobs cover your eyes, another HF gem

Tool snobs cover your eyes, another HF gem

08-14-2012 01:17 AM by lumberjoe | 37 comments »

I very recently got into turning. I have 2 nice Sorby’s gouges and an Easy Rougher. My wife LOVES the easy rougher, I’m not sure if it is my technique or if it is designed for righties (I am a lefty), but I find I have much more control and can turn much better with a traditional gouge. After putting some miles on the Sorbys, it came down to the feared sharpening time. I bought an 8” grinder and made a jig, but was still very nervous about putting that very expensive steel t...

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Luckily You Don't Always Get What You Pay For!

Luckily You Don't Always Get What You Pay For!

01-13-2017 04:48 PM by Ron Aylor | 19 comments »

┬áHaving read mixed reviews of Windsor Design chisels from Harbor Freight, I decided to check them out for myself, and I’m very glad I did. As most of the reviews were dated, some going back as far as 2012, I do believe the Windsor Design folks have taken notice. For the unbelievably low price of $9.99, the six-piece set #62641 is quite remarkable. Out of the package the grinding was somewhat rough, but like all new chisels they need sharpening. The handles seemed fine to me, hefty an...

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Windsor design 60" workbench

Windsor design 60" workbench

01-07-2013 07:16 AM by flyboiy | 11 comments »

On sale for $139, how could I go wrong. You could not build this on your own for less. The felt lined drawers are roomy and strong. The top of the bench is roughly 1” solid oak, with 2×1 oak edging all the way around. As a matter of fact, the meat of the table is solid oak except for parts of the drawer and the bottom shelf. After assembly (2 hours) I was amazed at how sturdy it was. As with many wood projects that need to be assembled, I had some alignment issues, but not a big de...

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Harbor Freight junk

Harbor Freight junk

12-06-2013 05:28 PM by SigThrottle | 68 comments »

I’ve owned this planer a while now and would not recommend it to anyone. The handle doesn’t tighten all the way and the screw comes loose after a few strokes. There is no real lateral adjustment, instead there are a pair of screws that hold the blade quite clumsily. The screws also aren’t straight. There s no chip breaker so the only pressure on the blade is a lump of metal and a pressure screw that is prone to failure. The redeeming qualities are it’s price ($12 that ...

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