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Mortise Pal Review:  Highly Recommended

Mortise Pal Review: Highly Recommended

01-24-2009 12:23 AM by newTim | 6 comments »

January 23rd, 2009Review: Mortise Palhttp://www.mortisepal.com/ I highly recommend this jig. It is well machined and works exactly as shown; a rare achievement in woodworking, I know. I purchased the original MP a few months back and quickly discovered it would only fit 2 1/4” (?) maximum. Well they must have heard some feedback and they came out with Version 2.0 which will straddle 3” stock and has a couple of other improvements. Things I look for in tools include: Is it safe? Is i...

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Too easy NOT to use

Too easy NOT to use

01-02-2013 02:55 PM by Marcus | 6 comments »

I’m assuming like a lot of other LJ’ers out there, I tend not to use feather boards because they always seem like a hassle to get placed. When I am going to make a cut that would really benefit or I see a safety issue with, I would use them, but generally speaking, they sat dormant. I have seen these magnetic feather boards for a couple years and thought they were a bit of a gimmick, so disregarded them. Over the years though, good reviews keep piling up so with the 20% coupon ...

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Blue Hawk?  May want to just keep on walking unless...

Blue Hawk? May want to just keep on walking unless...

01-02-2013 06:50 PM by Tennessee | 6 comments »

I saw this on sale at my local Lowes with a table for $84, (also available on Lowes.com), and with my military discount it got in at $76. You get this nice looking router, 1.75HP peak, (Rightttt), 1/4” collet, good dust collection port, very smooth plunge, lightweight. It pretty much stops there. The motor is the only one out of my seven router collection that when I hit the start button, my lights dim for a second. Not even my 2.5HP Bosch does that, nor my HF. Cheap motor…...

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Ridgid 16 Gal Pro Vac 1851 a real good performer

Ridgid 16 Gal Pro Vac 1851 a real good performer

10-05-2011 12:41 AM by yrob | 6 comments »

This weekend I went and bought a new shop vacuum. My old crappy one from Lowes was not even powerful enough to vacuum plane shavings.. I went to Home Depot and bought their most powerful one. For $159.00 it is money well invested. It comes with a 16 Gallon tank and plenty of accessories. The port is a standard 2 1/2 ” which is one the the reasons I bough it. There are adapters available to go from 2.5 to 4” and hook up to tools like a planner. This thing is a beast. The suct...

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second coat bliss

second coat bliss

02-19-2012 10:32 PM by John | 6 comments »

(sorry for the sideways pic) so my wife and i have an agreement in the kitchen – when i cook, she cleans, and when she cooks she cleans… same goes for painting and finishing; as a result i have been encouraged to switch to water based products for easier (for her) cleanup. hey, it’s a sweet deal, so i’ll give it a shot. for my daughter’s nightstand, she insisted on black (yuck); i didn’t want to paint it, i wanted an opaque or near-opaque stain ...

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Veritas Wooden Plane Kit

Veritas Wooden Plane Kit

12-19-2013 03:04 AM by Woodbridge | 6 comments »

Over the last 12 months, I’ve made a few Krenov style wooden hand planes and also collected and refurbished a number of old Stanley and Record planes. I now have a nice collection of number 3, 4,5,6, and 7 planes, all of them capable of cutting wispy shavings. I am giving a presentation in the new year to the woodworking club I belong to on making wooden hand planes. I noticed a few weeks ago that Lee Valley/Veritas has introduced a Wooden Plane Hardware kit with s Norris style ...

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Not the worst, but...

Not the worst, but...

01-28-2008 10:51 AM by Rob McCune | 6 comments »

Okay, I realized when I spent $99 on a table saw that I would be getting what I payed for, but I was just starting out and really needed something. I picked up a decent blade for it and hoped for the best. Power: none. It can barely cut a 2” x 4” through the “2” side, don’t even bet on the “4” side. Reliability: Well it hasn’t broken on me yet, but I lost the arbor wrench and without it I can’t change the blade. If you get one, do...

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... and now I can't imagine drilling large holes without it

... and now I can't imagine drilling large holes without it

09-07-2010 03:24 PM by John | 6 comments »

I bought this a year or more ago and it sat on the shelf. This past weekend I had to drill several 2” + holes with forstner bits which usually means lots of shallow cuts and smoke and heat. I just happened to notice this can on the shelf, which I had pretty much forgotten about. This lube led to no smoke and I could take deeper “cuts” – e.g. 3/4” ply in maybe 4 plunges instead of 6-8 without. I also had a lot of pocket holes to drill this weekend and I ...

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Specialized plane that has a lot of uses

Specialized plane that has a lot of uses

05-31-2008 07:49 AM by ShannonRogers | 6 comments »

I got a great deal on the set of these on ebay, but after using them on my new countertop and router table to trim edge banding I would definately pay full price in a heartbeat. These use the same thick iron and easy adjustment as all the other bevel up planes in the Veritas line. I followed the set up instructions included and was making shavings in just a few moments. After using the set screws to dial in the fit, I pulled out the iron and honed it up to 8000. The back of the iron was a...

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Metabo PowerMaxx

Metabo PowerMaxx

01-28-2008 11:06 PM by handyman | 6 comments »

This little 4.8 volt drill/driver is fast becoming my go-to tool. A true pocket-drill, it has more torque than you can imagine, and comes with 2 batteries, a 90 degree adapter,a screw-on chuck, and case. While I wouldn’t want to screw an entire deck surface with(batteries charge overnight), it drives screws in hardwood very nicely, and is very compact. You just won’t believe the torque! Easily 5 stars! Purchased from Rocklers!

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