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Good, reliable jig, no longer in the HF catalog...

Good, reliable jig, no longer in the HF catalog...

02-05-2011 04:47 AM by dbhost | 7 comments »

Since the family blowup at Harbor Freight, a lot of good tools have gone out of the catalog, in particular, the aluminum taper jig. Now I am not sure what all can be said about this thing. It’s just about as straight forward and simple as can be, and it works exactly as you would expect it to. When they were available, they were often on sale for about $13.00, or $11.40 after the 20% off coupon… The jig slides easily along the fence, holds tight and secure, the adjustments h...

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Grizzly inflatable drum / flap sander

Grizzly inflatable drum / flap sander

03-10-2012 06:24 AM by redryder | 7 comments »

The only other review I could find on this sander was posted 1300 days ago. I found this machine on Craigslist about six months ago and have used it quite a bit since. It is a beast of power. Very straight forward and simple to operate. I have used and wasted my money on many smaller flap sanders on the drill press with less than great results. This machine will cut your sanding time WAY down. It will take square edges and round them over quickly and accurately. Projects such as cutt...

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It's a mallet, but a really good one.

It's a mallet, but a really good one.

02-12-2008 06:00 AM by Mike Lingenfelter | 7 comments »

Recently I started looking for a mallet for chopping mortises and dovetails. I looked at a lot of different mallets. I never really liked the traditional mallets like this one. When I looked at them in the stores, they always seemed too big for their weight. Not too long ago Christopher Schwarz talked about this mallet on his blog. He talked about the same things I didn’t like about these type of mallets. He then came across this mallet and it was different. They make these malle...

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Powered Respirator at a reasonable price

Powered Respirator at a reasonable price

03-10-2012 11:57 AM by bowtie | 7 comments »

Like many ljs I have a dust collector and ambient air cleaners in my shop. Although they do a good job keeping my shop clean, while working with cedar I still found myself coughing at night.I smoked for years and still work as an auto dealer tech so I think my lungs are holding a grudge!I bought this mask 11-2011 and have used it many hours. It’s comfortable to wear, has a strap that goes over my head to support it’s weight and the same strap slides thru the mask and buckles behin...

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Great addition to any woodshop

Great addition to any woodshop

03-11-2012 01:22 AM by hate2sand | 7 comments »

I have several mechanics vices around my shop in various sizes but have always relied on clamps for woodworking projects. Tireing of this practice, I decided to look at woodworkers vices. I don’t use a true woodworker’s type workbench and rely on my table saw outfeed table as a general work area, so I wanted to mount the wood vice in the end of that table. After some internet research I decided on the Wilton 79A Pivot Jaw vice and ordered one on-line from Tyler Tool. The vice was shippe...

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An oldie but a goodie

An oldie but a goodie

01-10-2014 05:00 PM by Mainiac Matt | 7 comments »

I purchased this new in ‘96 from Woodworkers Whse, in a package deal with a stand for ~$400. Milwaukee chop saws and sliders were the king of the hill back then, as the only dual bevel miter SCMS on the market, with the motor mounted high and belt drive, was the Hitachi, and it was a lot more expensive. This is b4 the day of the 12” DeWalt sliders, which took over the market several years later. This saw has proven to be a real work horse. I was building a timber frame house...

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Infinity Dadonator 8" Stacked Dado Set

Infinity Dadonator 8" Stacked Dado Set

03-10-2009 04:29 PM by knotscott | 7 comments »

The Infinity Dadonator SDB-800 8” stacked dado set features two 8” outside cutters with 24 carbide teeth each, and six 8” inside chippers with 6 carbide teeth each. Four of the chippers are a standard 1/8” width, one is 1/16”, and one is 3/32” to accommodate today’s odd plywood sizes. It comes with an instruction booklet and a set of plastic shims in a variety of thicknesses. It cuts dados 1/4” to 29/32”, and can me finely adjusted usin...

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Vega Pro 50 Fence - Long winded

Vega Pro 50 Fence - Long winded

08-14-2015 12:30 AM by Kurt T. Kneller | 7 comments »

I needed to increase the cutting capacity of my table saw and last fall I bought a Vega Pro 50 fence system. I originally wanted to get a Biesemeyer, but I really need both my legs and both my arms. My table saw is a Rigid 2424. I wanted to use the fence for a while before writing a review. I have put it through the paces and the following is my take on the fence. Aftermarket fences can be really expensive and may require a good amount of modifications to your table saw. That was not ...

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The DeWalt DWP611PK 1.25 HP Max Torque Variable Speed Compact Router

The DeWalt DWP611PK 1.25 HP Max Torque Variable Speed Compact Router

02-07-2011 05:03 AM by plantek | 7 comments »

Well by now I’m sure you’ve many things about this router. Probably more good than bad. I can say without reservation all the good things are true.I bought it about a week ago (mail order) but have been sick and haven’t had a chance to use it until this weekend.The project I cut it’s teeth on is a white oak sofa table. So far I have only done round overs, slot cutting and running a trim bit. It has performed flawlessly! The variable speed is easily adjusted on the fly....

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Wixey Saw Fence Digital Readout  - Installation review

Wixey Saw Fence Digital Readout - Installation review

02-18-2008 06:03 AM by sIKE | 7 comments »

I have really been wanting one of these and I got it for my birthday yesterday. Was excited and got out late this morning and got started on the install. The first picture shows everything that came in the box. Well almost everything, it was missing one of the sensor strips. So my simple two hour install telescoped out within the first 20 minutes. So after an 1:30 minute round trip to Woodcraft to exchange it out. I was able start the install again. Assembly is simple and straight forward, th...

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