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Clean Your Bits & Blades

Clean Your Bits & Blades

05-28-2012 03:11 PM by plantek | 6 comments »

I’ve always heard about the virtues of cleaning you saw blade when you think it’s time to get it resharpened.Well I finally did it and ended up with a blade as good as it was when new.I wanted a environmentally friendly cleaner to do and decided to try the degreaser I use to remove the shipping grease that comes on new tools…This stuff worked fantastic. I used a lid from a Homedepot 5gal bucket and let the blade soak for about 2 – 5 mins. I then only had to gently br...

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A decent self centering doweling jig for 12 bucks

A decent self centering doweling jig for 12 bucks

06-05-2015 09:38 PM by Jerry | 6 comments »

After your 20% off coupon. Compare the exact same jig at Woodcraft for $66.50. I bought this jig yesterday after reading the HF reviews, lots of pros and cons, but the bottom line is you need to clean all the cosmolene off of it, take some time calibrating it, and it’s a great doweling jig for very little money.

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A good impact driver for the money

A good impact driver for the money

12-05-2008 08:08 PM by ferstler | 6 comments »

I own two of these (one for each hand; OK, that is a joke), and you can see both in the photo. I obtained one a few years back and picked up the other a few months ago when I was feeling flush. I do not feel so bad about buying two of the things, since together they cost about the same as one such unit from any number of more upscale manufacturers. These are 18-volt jobs and they are part of the Ryobi One + battery-powered tool catalog collection. This means you can buy the driver without ...

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WIXEY DIGITAL SAW READOUT

WIXEY DIGITAL SAW READOUT

01-15-2008 05:15 PM by Tony | 6 comments »

I originally undertook a review of this item http://lumberjocks.com/jocks/Tikka/blog/1195 in 2007. here are some of the comments I made then. WIXEY DIGITAL SAW READOUT The first thing I noted was the excellent packaging inside the carton. Things were held in place to stop them moving about during shipment. (Other suppliers of equipment take note) You should read the blog if you want all the associated pictures. In summary – with my failing eyesight a great asset for accurate measuremen...

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Powerful saw for carpentry work

Powerful saw for carpentry work

12-05-2008 08:12 PM by ferstler | 6 comments »

OK, there have been lots of reviews published about this saw, both in magazine reports and on the internet. However, I have not written any of those reviews. So, here goes my shot at fame. This is a great saw, BUT it is a saw built for use by strong men with strong arms, or at least one strong arm. Why, well, its magnesium case notwithstanding, at 14 pounds it is still very heavy for a circular saw. However, what you get in return is a left-side blade that makes it easier to guide to a scr...

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Nice budget blade

Nice budget blade

07-12-2010 01:31 PM by Countrybay | 6 comments »

The Forrest temptation will always be there….. When you tell your wife you need a new blade, she automatically thinks “15 bucks”, little does the boss know you’ll be cleaning out her wallet…you know your’s is empty to begin with, or else she didn’t even need to know. Well I mustered up some Lowes gift cards and a little cash and bought a couple of their CMT ITK plus blades. The CMT website does not mention the ITK Plus blades so I assume the info off ...

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Great Lathe for Limited Room

Great Lathe for Limited Room

05-28-2012 03:54 PM by plantek | 6 comments »

I bought this lathe last February. Since then I have turned a bunch of pens and a few bowls/vessels.The lathe is great. I haven’t had any trouble with it bogging down. The reverse is big plus when it come to finishing.The variable speed is a must have.I have a couple of chucks to go with it (Nova G3 & Nova 2) which makes for versatility. I have the lathe on the stand also sold by Delta fitted with Rockler Workbench Casters which make moving it around the garage when not in use a br...

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Rockler Sure-Loc Miter Guage With Fence & Stop

Rockler Sure-Loc Miter Guage With Fence & Stop

03-17-2008 04:53 PM by DaveH | 6 comments »

Dead on accurate out of the box if your miter slots are parallel with the saw blade. Easy to assemble and adjust. Price paid: $101.49 ( included shipping ) Would I buy another: No, spend the extra money and get a better quality solution or build you own. I’m going to replace the fence with a shop built. Rockler Link Improvements needed:Option for a fence extension.Flip stop instead of a wood sliding stop.Drop in miter bar style instead of a bar style forcing you to slide...

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Great saw well worth the money!!

Great saw well worth the money!!

09-05-2011 06:42 AM by SCABrown | 6 comments »

I’m starting over with my workshop and this is my First purchase for it. I ordered this saw back in June from my local Woodcraft, It arrived 3 weeks later in their store for me to pick up. The saw and rail came very well packaged and received no damage from UPS’s punishment. The manual is very nicely done and is easy to read. The action is like butter and glides effortlessly down the rail. You will cut the splinter strip on the guide rail on the first cut, but that is normal so do...

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