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Self Cleaning Blast Gates

Self Cleaning Blast Gates

02-16-2010 10:00 PM by longgone | 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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Ridgid BS1400 W/Riser Block

Ridgid BS1400 W/Riser Block

10-28-2012 08:30 PM by MrRon | 8 comments »

Out of the box, I would give it a 2 star rating, but after tweaking it a bit, I was able to raise it to 4 stars. I moved the motor to a position below the saw, made a new belt guard, replaced the blade guides and tires. I got it on clearance from HD; I think I paid around $175. I generally don’t expect 100% satisfaction from any tool I buy, but if there is something I can do to improve it, I will. The only time I will return a tool is when the fault is beyond my ability to fix.

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Great Saw for a Great Price

Great Saw for a Great Price

03-01-2008 03:38 AM by teenagewoodworker | 8 comments »

This is my first Miter Saw so i have nothing to compare it to but i think that it is a great Miter Saw. Just to start off this saw costs 140$ at Lowe’s and i bought mine without a laser. A wise man once told me that the blade does that cutting and not the laser, and he wants to see where the actual thing that’s doing the actual cutting is going to actually cut. Now back to the saw. it came ready to run right out of the box and all the different angles that i checked were right ...

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Nice kit to get started.

Nice kit to get started.

02-17-2010 02:55 AM by SchotterWoodworking | 8 comments »

I bought this kit for about $300.00 at Home Depot about two years ago. The compressor itself is a basic pancake oil-free design; simple to maintain and easy to use. The nail guns are nice and heavy with a well balanced design. The tool bag is however barely big enough to hold all three guns, so you don’t have room to carry fasteners in the bag with them. The brad nailer is 18ga. 1 1/4”, the stapler is 18ga. 1” narrow crown, and the finish nailer is 16ga. 2 1/2”. The tw...

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Blast gate problems

Blast gate problems

03-10-2013 08:05 PM by bear2 | 8 comments »

I recently purchased two 2 ½ inch blast gates from Rockler so that I could split my tablesaw from my floor vacuum. After installation I found that with one gate opened and one gate closed my vacuuming power was reduced by more than half. The gates leaked significantly in either the closed or opened position and rendered the system useless.For a small system the small gates are of little value, for a larger more powerful system larger gates may work.

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A fun way way to introduce both young and old to the craft.

A fun way way to introduce both young and old to the craft.

11-01-2012 03:23 AM by Ben | 8 comments »

I got my copy of Grandpa’s Workshop by Maurice Pommier in the mail a week or two ago and I immediately sat down to check it out. Every book I’ve gotten from Lost Art Press has been of the highest quality and this book was no exception. First the cover. The images are bright and inviting while still being robust. The pages are nice and thick with excellent printing. Each image is not only fun to look at but informative. I could spend hours just staring at the pictures of tools. The...

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The Craftex Blue Tornado Dado Set........... a cut above the rest.

The Craftex Blue Tornado Dado Set........... a cut above the rest.

06-26-2010 07:06 PM by Gord Graff | 8 comments »

The Craftex Blue Tornado Dado Set (CBT017) 8”X24 Cutting dadoes and rabbets in sheet material such as veneer coated plywood or particleboard or melamine coated particleboard is a routine procedure in woodworking. What isn’t so routine is cutting splinter free dadoes and rabbets in this type of material but now that’s a thing of the past with the Craftex Blue Tornado 8” CBTO17 dado set. The Craftex Blue Tornado line of saw blades, router bits and shaper cutters is exclusive to Busy ...

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Effective, Comfortable Hearing Protection

Effective, Comfortable Hearing Protection

03-10-2014 11:37 PM by CharlesA | 8 comments »

Becoming more safety conscious in the workshop is something I’ve had to learn—it doesn’t come naturally to me. So even after I started wearing safety glasses regularly, using safety guards on tools, and consciously following safe tool use, I didn’t wear hearing protection. Why not? Because the loud noises didn’t really bother me, and I didn’t like any of the hearing protection I tried: some cheap earmuff style from the local hardware store, and the head...

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The squares I got were half accurate

The squares I got were half accurate

04-01-2011 07:20 PM by RandyMorter | 8 comments »

I ordered these from Hartville Tool through Amazon. I thought the price and specs looked good and I wanted them for setting up my table and other saws. I was also drawn to them due to the wood box. When I got them I held them up to each other to test them. The outsides of the blades all seem true – I couldn’t see any light between the blades of different squares. When I placed one square inside another to test the squareness and insides of the blades I could see varying degrees...

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Was nice till it sucked up to much concrete dust

Was nice till it sucked up to much concrete dust

09-30-2013 06:44 PM by Bill1974 | 8 comments »

The first picture is just after it died a small fiery death. The second pic is from lowes website, the canister is not really that tall is a more squat. Purchased this in the summer of 2008 and it lasted till September of 2013. I purchased a Ridgid WD1851 to replace it, after it died. I used it for house renovations and some dust collection. It had seen a good amount of drywall dust and concrete dust (which is what lead to its demise). The bushing (not bearing) wore and the motor shaf...

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