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Cheap, but works very well

Cheap, but works very well

01-22-2010 02:42 AM by funchuck | 8 comments »

I bought this miter saw about 4 or 5 years ago. It was my second major tool purchase. The first was my $100 Delta table saw. Since then, I’ve used this saw for almost every project I’ve worked on. I’m a hobbyist, so it’s not like I use this everyday though. I am still using the stock blade on it, and it does cut very roughly. I have been meaning to replace that blade with something better soon. It has never broken down and when I set the angles, it doesnR...

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Byrd Shelix Planer Head Retro

Byrd Shelix Planer Head Retro

11-14-2011 04:15 PM by tenontim | 8 comments »

Decided to upgrade my 15” Grizzly planer to the Byrd shelix head. This head not only has the helical design, but the inserts are set at an angle to cause a shear cut to the wood, which will cut down on tear out and give a smoother cut. The cost of replacing the standard blades was beginning to get my attention, so if these index-able, 4 sided, carbide inserts hold up as advertised, I should be saving some money. I bought this planer head through Grizzly, which is on sale right now f...

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Nice product, with a few gripes

Nice product, with a few gripes

11-02-2010 10:57 PM by Vrtigo1 | 8 comments »

Ordered this from Amazon.com about three months ago. The lift is impressive upon first inspection. The heft and quality of the fit and finish gives you the impression that it’s well built. This was replacing a regular JessEm router plate, so it was brain-dead easy to install – just remove the old plate, install the lift and then level it. This is where I ran into issues with the first lift. There are threaded through holes all the way around the plate, and you thread the supp...

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A gem from Porter Cable

A gem from Porter Cable

05-30-2010 08:11 AM by thatwoodworkingguy | 8 comments »

I went through a period of having to do A LOT of glue ups to make table tops and wide panels.Not wanting to dowel it all I decided it was time to splurge on a new toy! I picked up this little baby.Right out of the box things were looking great. It comes with a nice hardshell case. Some things about this case I really like are how spacious it is. I hate it when the hardshell cases hardly hold the tool and you have to mash it to get it close. Thats IF you figure out how to get the tool in with ...

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Flapping in the Breeze

Flapping in the Breeze

08-18-2008 12:13 AM by closetguy | 8 comments »

I make and sell a lot of cutting boards. 50% or more of the time involved is sanding so I am always looking for ways to cut the sanding time down. It gets downright tiring sanding the round-over edges with a ROS, especially when I am finishing 10 boards at a time. I had heard about flap sanders, but didn’t know much about them. What amazed me when searching the Internet I found very few companies that make them. What I did find was the Grizzly G8749. I have used this for about thr...

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Work Sharp Knife & Tool Sharpener - Canadian Price

Work Sharp Knife & Tool Sharpener - Canadian Price

11-04-2010 01:02 AM by BigFoot Products Canada | 8 comments »

Well I just had to share this with you all. Remember when we all got the notice about 50% off of any worksharp item we ordered.. then the next day they retracted that offer.. Well lucky me I ordered that very first day.Work Sharp Knife & Tool Sharpener Regular Price $79.99 now only $39.99 how could I lose..LOLWell I live in Canada.. so they charged me an additional $28.00 for shipping so now it was costing me $68.99 plus the exchange rate… it would still come in a little cheaper tha...

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Learn Google Sketchup in a Weekend with Robert Lang

Learn Google Sketchup in a Weekend with Robert Lang

07-19-2011 11:33 PM by Vate | 8 comments »

The Woodcraft store in Atlanta offered this class, which is three 8-hour days of training (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). I signed up after they dropped the price from $449 to $349. Overall, it was a very good class. Mr. Lang is engaging, knowledgeable, and clearly has deep knowledge of both woodworking and Sketchup. The content, apart from the basic Sketchup tools and navigation, was completely oriented toward woodworking, and was very useful. Mr. Lang mastered Sketchup by necessity, as...

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Doweling Made Easy

Doweling Made Easy

03-02-2011 10:55 AM by pjones46 | 8 comments »

Recently while planning a project of a cherry desk with Queen Anne legs I was having a difficult time deciding how to attach the skirt boards to the pillars of the legs. The options were to use mortise and tenons, biscuits, or dowels. Each of which created their own set of problems. Using biscuits I felt that there would be lack of strength and alignment difficulties, mortise and tenon would be difficult as a jig would have to be created to hold the pillars while mortising as well as not ...

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Nice upgrade

Nice upgrade

03-05-2016 04:07 PM by Jarrhead | 8 comments »

I’ve been woodworking for about 15 years now. One of my first machines was a Jet JJ-6CSX jointer. It is your basic entry level floor standing machine. It has served me well over these many years, but I frequently found its capacity lacking. I wanted to upgrade to a 10” or 12” jointer, but was stymied by the fact that my shop is in my basement, and the only access is very limited. So I settled on an 8”. I figured it would do 98% of all the jointing I will ever need. So, 8” it is; but wh...

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Generic German-Made Rip and Cross Cut Saws

Generic German-Made Rip and Cross Cut Saws

12-07-2016 01:15 PM by cicerojoe | 8 comments »

These hand saws are from Traditional Woodworker, a store based in Texas. You can buy either separately but you get a discount if you buy them as a set. They are labelled “Made in Germany” but otherwise have no markings. The handles look to be Beech and have simple steel hardware. If I had to choose my favourite between the two, it would be the rip saw had no problems with red oak and easily chews through douglas fir. When using this saw, gravity seems to provide much of the fo...

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