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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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Modernize your Band Saw

Modernize your Band Saw

12-30-2010 01:36 AM by Brad_Nailor | 5 comments »

I was lucky enough to receive one of these for Christmas this year. It is really well made like all the other Carter products. The instructions were concise, with lots of pictures. It’s pretty straightforward to install. You have to disassemble the whole top of the bandsaw, but it’s easy. The tricky part was lining the toggle assembly up parallel to the tensioner, and marking the holes. You drill two holes to mount it and they even include the drill bit! Then you just put the saw ...

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Makita LXT211 combo

Makita LXT211 combo

04-25-2011 05:56 AM by harvey4804 | 5 comments »

I haven’t been able to use the drill as much as the driver but I can definitely say that I’m very happy with this set! The impact driver takes NO effort to operate and the size and weight are a HUGE improvement over my standard Ni-Cad DeWalt! The ergonomics are perfect! The belt clip comes in very handy and you can flip the clip to the correct side for normal left-handed people ;) Heck, the charger itself is very impressive! 1hr charge time, cooling fan, maintenance mode, etc. I or...

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Check out from the Library...

Check out from the Library...

12-16-2008 06:15 PM by DannyBoy | 5 comments »

I was astonished to actually find something at the local library that I found at the B&B earlier this year! I actually found a lot of new books in the section where I had combed over many times before. When I saw this particular one, I checked it out because I saw a sideboard that would fit some storage in our house perfectly. Unfortunately, it wasn’t until I got home that I realized there isn’t as much plan in this book as a parts list and some finished product. This seem...

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A good starter miter saw or second miter saw for fast work

A good starter miter saw or second miter saw for fast work

12-18-2008 12:31 AM by ferstler | 5 comments »

I am not sure if this saw is still available with the exact specifications and model number of this one, but they do have one in the same price class: $99.00 and it probably works just as well. As with all models in this size class, the saw can cut a 2×6 at 90 degrees and a 2×4 at 45. The miter-lock handle in right in front and the bevel release is in the back. It can bevel in one direction out to 45 degrees and the motor is a decently powerful 14-amp job. It comes with a decent ...

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From Stephen Shepherd, the definitive book on tradtional finishes

From Stephen Shepherd, the definitive book on tradtional finishes

09-09-2011 04:10 AM by Gary Roberts | 5 comments »

Full disclosure: Although we have never met face to face, I consider Stephen to be a friend. Even though he lives in Utah. Which is not to say that living in Utah is a bad thing, it’s just to say that living in Utah is more than a 30 minute drive from Boston. Underneath the anachronistic re-enactor exterior by which Stephen leads his life is a razor sharp intellect and one of the most information packed minds I know. I won’t expose his professional background to public view. I ...

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Good Resource for Toy Building

Good Resource for Toy Building

11-30-2009 08:26 PM by MsDebbieP | 5 comments »

(this review was first posted in the August 2009 eMag) When I first picked up this book I was immediately inspired to make some toys. Each of the 15 projects are now on my “to do” list and I think I can make them all. The step-by-step directions and photos make the process easy to follow and do-able! Although there are almost a dozen pages dedicated to tools and jigs, this book is not about teaching how to use the lathe. It’s about creating vintage toys. Each project i...

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