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New Sheave

New Sheave

03-21-2015 05:52 AM by B4B | 8 comments »

When I was looking for replacement sheaves for my table saw, finding reviews and specific products was hard to find. There’s the in-line tune up kit that comes with a belt and two “pulleys”. I wasn’t took keen on purchasing that kit since I already had a link belt, plus the additional shipping charge didn’t do anything for me. After poking around I found this pair on Amazon, for about $11 each. I decided to give them a go. I was pleasantly surprised. They had ...

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Works good for my needs

Works good for my needs

10-17-2015 11:59 PM by Willowlane | 8 comments »

Decided to purchase a bench top planer to use in my limited space garage (car, boat, mower, snow blower, kids bikes). My only experience with planers has been with grizzly and powermatic 220v units. I researched which bench top unit to buy for a few weeks. My factors were cost and availability. I make a lot of small projects and typically work with rough cut lumber in 2-4’ lengths. The planer was easy to setup out of the box. Tables are small but have adjusters to help with ...

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Solid Combo Machine

Solid Combo Machine

03-09-2017 08:23 PM by Goodsh | 8 comments »

Introduction I bought this in 2014 and have now used it enough (and procrastinated enough) that it’s time to do a review. It’s a long one because when I was shopping for this there were no reviews anywhere and now I’m in the same boat with no reviews of table saws I’m looking at so I decided I needed to pay it forward and do my part by doing a detailed review. Hopefully someone finds it useful. In making this purchase I looked at a number of alternatives. I looked at ...

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Premium Saws Indeed

Premium Saws Indeed

10-06-2009 04:40 AM by taylodr | 8 comments »

So when I first saw the Veritas Dovetail saw and it’s price – I wanted it. I endlessly searched everywhere on the internet for reviews and came up with just a few. Everywhere said “They get great reviews, but I’m not sure…” We I was sold, I wanted to try it out. I never bought it. I said if they had more than one, a matched set or something, that I would get one. Well, they do now. I figured for a little more than the price of one nice doveta...

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Foot Savers

Foot Savers

07-26-2011 06:33 AM by coloradoclimber | 8 comments »

My shop space has a concrete floor. I’m ok with the concrete, it is easy to clean and easy to roll my tools around. But it is KILLER on my feet and back. I have flat feet, you know the kind that when you walk barefoot they make a sucking sound when you pick your feet up. The kind that when people see your foot prints in the sand they think the web footed monster from the black lagoon must have strolled by. And because of my feet after any full day in the shop my feet just ache, whi...

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From Purgatory To Rebirth Zip Code TS

From Purgatory To Rebirth Zip Code TS

12-01-2011 05:47 PM by wookie | 8 comments »

Hey Jocks and Jockettes, Disclaimer: I gave this product a 2- star rating just based on the problems detailed below. After much drama, hand-wringing, and pure obsession, the 22124 Zip CodeTS is almost complete except for the outfeed table. It was purchased off of CL. The saw was still on the pallet with the steel cage on it. The seller brought two of them in a semi lot of stuff. He sells the stuff at a little store in a small town in southern IL. Very nice man. He wanted $600, no ...

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Jig Broke on first use

Jig Broke on first use

07-13-2015 08:40 PM by Richard | 8 comments »

Bought this 3 months ago to use for making gum Ball machines. Used it for the first time yesterday after mounting it to my new De Walt compact router back in April. Made the first 2 cuts at 1/4” and 1/2” then when about a little over half way thru the 3/4” deep cut the plate broke at screw mounting hole and let the bit hit the plate at the 1” pin hole. Also had issues keeping the locating pin in the plate , it keep falling out when I turned the Router over. This is a g...

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Logging Arch to move medium size logs

Logging Arch to move medium size logs

07-27-2011 03:15 PM by HalDougherty | 8 comments »

I found a great logging arch for sale on Craig’s List last week. It was located about 300 miles from my shop, but the seller was kind enough to meet me 100 miles closer. That was a big help and saved me about 3 hours of driving time. The American Bandsaw company makes a great product to move logs. The model I bought used is a 24-12 arch. It is designed to move a log 12’ long, 24” in diameter and 3000 lbs in weight. The sycamore log in the first photo is 24” on the ...

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Awesome pocket hole system

Awesome pocket hole system

10-08-2012 03:53 PM by pendledad | 8 comments »

I was trying to determine the best method for joining together my radiator covers. I didn’t have time for traditional joinery like mortise & tenon. I needed something where I could build 4 radiator covers in about two days (very fast for a newcomer like me). I was going between a biscuit joiner and pocket screws. I finally decided on pocket screws because I didn’t want to deal with the gluing and drying. I also liked the fact that I could disassemble the pieces if I made ...

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Rigid Collated Screw Gun. Drive about 20 screws / minute (with video)

Rigid Collated Screw Gun. Drive about 20 screws / minute (with video)

07-28-2011 01:33 AM by Craftsman on the lake | 8 comments »

I’ve started renovating the house. This tool might not be used a lot in the shop but for this use it’s pretty nice. Lot’s of tearing down and lots of new sheetrock going up. Also lots of backerboard and subfloor. I dread all the screws. I came across this rigid (made by Senco) collated screwgun at HD. It is a corded drill that has a mechanism to hold a plastic tape of drywall or flooring screws. They feed up through a slot automatically. The mechanism that feeds them is simp...

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