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Good Resource for Toy Building

Good Resource for Toy Building

1698 days ago by MsDebbieP | 5 comments »

(this review was first posted in October 2009 eMag) Who doesn’t love a good ol’ wooden toy to play with? Norm Marshall’s book, Great Book of Wooden Toys, provides a variety of plans for a number of vehicles for the air, land, and sea. Also included in the projects are some cute little animals that can be linked together. What I especially enjoyed with this book is the extensive amount of information in the Preface regarding wood selection, safety issue (for the childre...

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Leigh R9 Plus Dovetail Jig initial impressions

Leigh R9 Plus Dovetail Jig initial impressions

915 days ago by Jake Willet | 5 comments »

New on the market from Leigh is a consumer friendly dovetail jig. Assembly takes an hour. The instructions tell you to use 5/8” mdf. I had a hell of a time finding this and ended up stealing it from the top of a rolling tool cabinet at work. The beam assembly was pretty straightforward. 8/4 beam and 5/8” mdf. The way you have to use this necessitates using 5/8” material as a backer board. I cut 12 backer boards. I used 1 for an initial test. The jig worked great and...

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Finishing A to Z Beyond the Books

Finishing A to Z Beyond the Books

2310 days ago by mikega | 5 comments »

“If you can’t finish, you can’t build” This is the comment Charles Neil made to me when I first meant him last year. By now many of you know who Charles Neil is and that he is on a mission to teach other woodworkers what he has learned from over 30 years as a professional woodworker. His latest DVD set that he just released is called Finishing A to Z Beyond the Books.As you can see from the picture above this a 10 DVD set. There is about 15 hours of information on ...

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grngate automatic blast gates for dust collectors

grngate automatic blast gates for dust collectors

107 days ago by bonesbr549 | 5 comments »

First let me start by saying I have been looking for a product like this for a long time. Being a computer geek by trade, had been researching a circuit build with sensor to do this very thing. Looking at everything from car door window actuators as the lift mechanism to pneumatic actuators. Costs no matter the option was just to high to justify. I also looked at echogate, but again too much $$. Then one day doing a google search hoping to find more info for my own build, I came acro...

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Height Gage

Height Gage

2309 days ago by ToddO | 5 comments »

I received this along with the Wixey angle gage for Christmas. The spec.’s are as follows: Measuring Length:4-1/4 in. (109mm ) Resolution:Decimal = .001 in.Fraction = 1/64 in.Metric = .05 mm Accuracy:Decimal = +/- .001 in.Fraction = +/- 1/500 in.Metric = +/- .025 mm Battery:6 months life; type CR2032 Functions: - IN /MM- ON/OFF- ZERO- Auto shut off I have used this to set blade height and the fence width (below 4”) and was very happy with the results. The ...

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Power Carver

Power Carver

913 days ago by Raymond | 5 comments »

I was looking for a power carver the other day and much to my suprise they are rather expensive. I got to thinking about what tool could I adapt. I went to Menards and was looking around at different tools and came accorss the Tool Shop Engraver, variable strokes per minute from 4200 to 7200, for 9.99 how could I go wrong. I got it home and discovered the carbide cutter is held in with a set screw. I removed the cutter and began thinking what could I use for a chisels. I had purched from Flee...

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Two cherries bevel edge chisels

Two cherries bevel edge chisels

257 days ago by arthurbvb | 5 comments »

I have had these chisels now for over a year. It was my first set so I have little to compare. On the picture there are only 3 chisels but I have three others. I don’t use the big chisels as I find them awkward to use. I have used the chisels a lot and enjoy working with them.It took me 20 minutes to flatten the back, first sandpaper, then diamond stones, then auto polish on MDF. I sharpen them on diamond stones and then on a leather strop with flex cut gold (paul sellers method). I nev...

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Excellent - but Limited

Excellent - but Limited

2378 days ago by MsDebbieP | 5 comments »

(Photo from dremel.com) Reason For PurchaseI purchased this Dremel to do drilling, cutting, carving, routing, and all that the tool says it will do. I thought that the size would fit with my woodworking skills and building projects of the future. It was also the “supreme” version of the tool at the time. Right from the first use I knew that I loved this tool. It was great for sanding small places and for etching in glass. Loved it! FeaturesThe following list of features i...

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PSI Strata Blank Impulse Buy

PSI Strata Blank Impulse Buy

2038 days ago by dmann | 5 comments »

On impulse I added a couple of Strata Bowl blanks to my last pen order from PSI. This entry is part project and part review. I included before/after pictures for comparison. Looking at the blanks when I got them I was a little wary of putting them on the lathe. There seemed to be a lot of dry joints. I picked a blank out today and used the bandsaw to rough out a circle. After cutting off the rough outside edges the integrity of the blank looked better and I decided to give a go at turning ...

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A Must Have for Afficianatos

A Must Have for Afficianatos

1695 days ago by DannyBoy | 5 comments »

After reading the article (for the fourth time) “A Joiner’s Tool Chest” by Roy Underhill I had toolboxes and tool chests on my mind. So, when I was looking through the tool books at the library last night and happened across this book, I quickly snatched it up and glanced through it. Well, my wife had to remind me that the library hours were closing in and we needed to go because from the start I was engrossed! This is a great book. Especially, if you have any love of ...

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