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Workbenches: From Design & Theory to Construction & Use...everything it's cracked up to be

Workbenches: From Design & Theory to Construction & Use...everything it's cracked up to be

01-16-2008 05:19 AM by Tomcat1066 | 5 comments »

When I first looked at this book, it was being touted at the end-all, be-all book of workbenches. Now, in all honesty, I don’t know about that. However, I do know that it is one of the most essential books out there for designing a workbench. Schwarz details what he feels are the essential requirements for a workbench based on the type of work one does. For example, a power tool only woodworker can get away with an old door on a couple of saw horses. But for those of us who use h...

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Harbor Freight Air File

Harbor Freight Air File

12-23-2010 10:27 PM by Raymond | 5 comments »

I recently purchased the Harbor Freight Air File. This thing works like a charm. A little heavy but works great, the online specs state 8.5 cfm, however the manual states 4.0 cfm. Harbor Freight is forever getting the specs wrong on there stuff. “Always check the manual, never rely on the online specs”. The files included are surprisingly of good quality. The tool requires the files to have a tang of ¼ inch. This little gem is very quiet, and no vibration. And for 17.99 again how could I go w...

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Great Light, many uses.

Great Light, many uses.

11-27-2009 12:20 AM by drfixit | 5 comments »

This is really a great little light, comes with a wall power adapter, and runs off ‘AAA’ batteries. I keep it on one of my band saws with the light beam focused right at the blade and it works very well, the magnet holds VERY strong. When I want to use it else where such as on my mortising machine, I simply unplug it and use the battery power for that bit of time. I caught it on sale but I feel its well worth the regular price of $30. It also comes with a clamp on mounting pla...

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Dust collector, Harbor Freight 2 HP, model 97869

Dust collector, Harbor Freight 2 HP, model 97869

10-28-2013 05:01 PM by ferstler | 5 comments »

I am going to post this comment, or something similar to it, elsewhere on this site to get the best chance of feedback. I am a 70-year-old retired worker but am now also a working artist who does wall-hanging collages made from enameled or stained wood pieces. I have items in a half-dozen galleries and outlets in this town and another town close by, and the income from the projects helps to supplement my retirement income. It also helps to keep my wife from harping about me needing to get ...

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Almost in my own backyard.

Almost in my own backyard.

12-14-2014 03:05 AM by MarkTheFiddler | 5 comments »

Howdy, I had an awesome morning. Yep I got up early. Fixed this here PC and waited for a reply to my text. I got it around 8.30 AM. I was on the road by 8.45 and heading up North to a town called Sherman Texas. I had been looking forward to this little trip for a month. I had a little extra driving to do after I hit Sherman but oh what a drive. I made this drive to buy some live edge siding – but not for siding. I’m going to build my daughter’s bed f...

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Happy so far, expecting it to stay so.

Happy so far, expecting it to stay so.

03-31-2014 11:35 PM by whope | 5 comments »

A bandsaw had been on my wish list for a number of years. I had been planning on getting a Rikon 10-325. In February, I heard about the Laguna 1412. While the Rikon was a couple hundred dollars cheaper, I was expecting to want to immediately replace the guides for the difference in price, plus some, it then became a no-brainer. And the Laguna had a mobility kit designed for the saw while the Rikon would need a third party set of wheels. When Woodcraft offered a free worklight with the saw,...

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Wen Rotary Tool

Wen Rotary Tool

01-17-2012 05:24 AM by Raymond | 5 comments »

I was at Menards the other day, and they had this Wen variable speed rotary tool on sale for 9.99 regulary 24.99. I could not resist and picked up two of them. Comes with 100 piece accesory kit. The variable speed works well and a keyless chuck is a nice touch. It’s nice and quiet to. Can’t go wrong for under 10.00 each. It is not to heavy and and is easy to hold. The spindal lock sometimes gets in the way, but that is probably how I am holding it. Here are the specs • Powe...

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My go-to HF Freebie.  Keep a look out for no-purchase freebie coupons.

My go-to HF Freebie. Keep a look out for no-purchase freebie coupons.

12-14-2014 04:03 AM by paxorion | 5 comments »

The Harbor Freight item numbers 69111 and 69052, is a mini LED flashlight that is my go-to HF freebie. This is also one of the products that continues to pop up as a no-purchase freebie. I keep them all over my car and house because I pick one up with a no-purchase coupon almost every time I am at HF and don’t buy anything. From a performance standpoint, the LEDs are bright, and it will do the job. Since I have them scattered (at least 2) in every room of my house, I never have to...

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Great Workshop Helper - Horrible Directions

Great Workshop Helper - Horrible Directions

03-23-2008 03:39 AM by teenagewoodworker | 5 comments »

well i just got my second workmate so i figured that i could do a review on this one because it is the newer version (my old one was the one my dad had for about 10-15 years. it is a great little shop helper. it works at a vise, a workbench, and if you put a piece of plywood on it when it is fully extended than i little assembly table. there are many many little uses that you will find for this around the shop. they last a long time as my dad’s did also.the only reason why his broke was...

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Great little product

Great little product

03-23-2008 05:33 AM by Woodshopfreak | 5 comments »

This is the jig saw that I got about three years ago. It is a great little saw, and cuts like you wouldn’t belive. There is a few things that I love about this saw, first, the fact that it has dust collection is a big plus in my book. There is a little shroud, if I am saying that correctly that captures a decent amount of dust, and there is a blower on the other side to push it to the shroud. Another cool feature is the quick disconect blade thingy. It is really simple ot change from a ...

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