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Choosing & Using Hand Tools

Choosing & Using Hand Tools

1056 days ago by Don W | 6 comments »

I bought this book for a plane ride home. Its probably more of a beginners book, but the pictures alone are worth the read. Andy Rae does a pretty good job describing tool, their uses, where to find them and how to use them. He talks a little about the difference in buying new and used tools, and even gives some references for antique tool dealers. He has a section on sharpening. Its not the most comprehensive book I’ve ever read, but it is well illustrated and covers all differen...

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Chain Leg Vise for Roubo style benches

Chain Leg Vise for Roubo style benches

608 days ago by briant | 6 comments »

My Roubo Bench was finished back in 2010 and It’s been a dream to use with one exception, the Parallel Guide and Pin on the leg vise were a pain to use. I never seemed to have the pin in the right hole of the Parallel Guide. BenchCrafted, who made the hardware for the Roubo Slit Top Bench announced a solution for that problem. It’s called a Crisscross and looked promising, except to install it required way more modification and changes to the bench than would make it at all practi...

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router edge and circular cuts, at it's best

router edge and circular cuts, at it's best

120 days ago by Holbs | 6 comments »

I’ll start by admitting, I did not buy this at full retail price ($400+) but at an auction for $30. I guess nobody else knew what this was. And I have only used the circular jig attachment, not the router edge yet (I have my Bosch RA deluxe router guide with dust control). For the home hobby wood worker, I could think of better ways for a circular jig. But for the professional, this would definitely be in my arsenal. The Microfence made cutting circles of 7”-infinity easy. Y...

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Krylon's New Stain in Spray Can

Krylon's New Stain in Spray Can

1862 days ago by joey | 6 comments »

All in all I like their new product, it saves time and material, and clean up couldn’t be easier. for more information I wrote a longer review on my blog @ http://sleepydogwoodworking.blogspot.com/ I only wish they add more colors and maybe a line of indoor stain to the line. Joey

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New No 93, rabbet, chisel plane

New No 93, rabbet, chisel plane

1597 days ago by Andrew | 6 comments »

This is my first good plane, in fact it cost more than my 3 other planes all together. I needed a plane that could get into corners, and trim along edges. I wanted to get the 92 it had a 3/4” width as opposed to the 93 with a 1” width, but the 92 was on back order until mid april. My needs are my needs so here goes the 93. It took only a couple of minutes to flatten the back of the iron and hone the edge. The bottom seems pretty flat. After a couple minutes of set up and ad...

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Vintage Craftsman 1/3 Sheet Sander

Vintage Craftsman 1/3 Sheet Sander

1859 days ago by dustbunny | 6 comments »

No longer available for purchase through Sears, this sander can still be had at yard sales, auctions, eBay, or your grandpa’s workshop. Since I totally dislike sanding as part of the woodworking experience, I have to say I love this sander. Once I established the fact that I had a stack of cutting boards that needed to be sanded and had built my downdraft table to ease my pain, my husband turned up with this sander. He held it out saying it belonged to his dad, and it was one of his ...

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Simple but Nice; Though a little over-priced

Simple but Nice; Though a little over-priced

476 days ago by scarpenter002 | 6 comments »

Ordered these clamps from Woodcraft to go with my DeWalt TrackSaw for $44.99. Purchased these at a 10% discount in December. Watch for their “10% off all DeWalt” sales to order items like this, as they do not normally go on sale. It was shipped direct from the manufacturer. I have used these with both the TrackSaw and Router adapter. Features:These slide into the bottom of the track and quickly can be engaged or released with one hand. (very similar mechanism to the Quick-...

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Satisfies expectations

Satisfies expectations

1592 days ago by Twigger | 5 comments »

This machine satisfies expectations as long as you keep in mind it’s a 30” long, 60 lb. machine. So don’t go looking to joint 8 foot long boards as if it’s a 60” long, 300 lb. unit. But for drawer fronts and sides, home-made router table and cross cut sled fences, and the like, it’s great! Also expect, as I’ve seen in reviews of all sorts of jointers, to spend two hours carefully setting the infeed and outfeed tables to being coplanar, and getting ...

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There is more here than meets the eye

There is more here than meets the eye

473 days ago by Ken Fitzpatrick | 5 comments »

I’ve always admired Chris Schwartz so when his new DVD came out I ordered it. I have never built anything exclusively with hand tools. Could be laziness or not enough confidence it would be worth my efforts. When I started watching the DVD, little subtleties crept in that really didn’t make any difference whether you were building with hand tools or “the new technology”. Those subtleties have certainly added to my knowledge on how to choose, lay out and and jus...

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New affordable sliding mater saw

New affordable sliding mater saw

1855 days ago by Milo | 5 comments »

Hey True Believers, I’ve needed a new miter saw for too long now, and had actually purchased a 10” Skil from WorkShop tools. A couple weeks back I saw on their website that they had generic SLIDING miter saw for about 140.00. It was TD 10” Sliding Miter saw. Well, I’ve been trying to figure out where to put a big Radial arm saw I had (and had never used) and ended up taking the plunge with the new sliding miter instead. Since I had never opened up the box with...

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