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My first REAL cordless driver!

My first REAL cordless driver!

04-15-2008 04:35 AM by Tess | 6 comments »

Bought this 18V Lithium-Ion Drill-Driver from Home Hardware, refurbished, for $190 CDN. Sound steep? Well, I’ve got to tell you, it’s worth every penny! I used to do home renovations for fun and now I’ve gotten into professional contracting. I’d gone through a few cheapie cordless drills just with the around-the-house use and I was never happy with them. They were never robust enough (any screws over 2” and I wouldn’t have even tried the cordless). ...

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Photo lights for better posts

Photo lights for better posts

08-16-2010 01:02 PM by BritBoxmaker | 6 comments »

Not strictly speaking a woodwork tool these are LED lighting units to use in video or stills photography but as I’m continually taking pics for Project posts and blogs I thought it appropriate to post them here. They are from a site based in the UK Channel islands (post free in UK) but I’m not sure they will post worldwide. The URL should you want to check them out is here I bought a pair. One goes either side of my Canon Powerhot A460. They do stack on one another quite sol...

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Ryobi 12 in. Drill Press

Ryobi 12 in. Drill Press

09-22-2011 03:15 AM by NewEnglandsWoodWorks | 6 comments »

Last year I a ryobi 12 in. drill press for $120 dollars. I have to say I am very happy with it and it has not let me down yet. I do recommend buying this 12 in model with changing the speed by hand and not the model with lever controlled speed for 60 dollars. It doesn’t take much work to open the cover and change the pulleys. specifications: laser Variable Speed by changing belts 1/4 hp motor Tilting table light Assembly for the drill press was very simple and I...

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Solid value 8" jointer

Solid value 8" jointer

05-02-2013 08:15 AM by Ottacat | 6 comments »

Up here in Canada we have the BusyBee chain and their house brand is Craftex. Their equipment is almost identical to Grizzly and this particular jointer is almost identical to the Grizzly G0490. This jointer most likely comes from the same factory as it seems identical in every respect save for the power switch mount. Given I live in a city with a BusyBee location I was able to get the jointer delivered quicker and cheaper than buying the Grizzly. Many other vendors sell almost identical l...

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Review of Steel City Saw after a year

Review of Steel City Saw after a year

01-19-2015 03:59 PM by _Whitey | 6 comments »

Okay, Having owned my Steel City 35911G saw for about a year now I thought I would do a little follow-up. First off, I am happy with this saw. The fit and finish are acceptable, not too beefy so as to make it cumbersome, and not to chinsy to make it rickety, if that makes any sense. If you are a woodworker who likes everything to weigh as much as a WWII era tank, you may want to look elsewhere. The Granite definitely makes this saw heavy, but the rest of the saw is practical. The situation...

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Average Marking Gauge

Average Marking Gauge

01-23-2008 05:17 AM by Mike Lingenfelter | 6 comments »

I bought this marking gauge, because I thought it was better deal than the Tite-Mark. I was really disappointed with the the Micro-Adjustment on the Veritas. It requires you to use both hands to adjust the gauge. The instructions even tell you that you have to use both hands. Once adjusted the gauge works well and is accurate. If you want to buy Veritas, I suggest buying their standard marking gauge and save a few more bucks.

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Delta  40-690 20" scroll saw

Delta 40-690 20" scroll saw

02-07-2012 04:38 AM by RetiredCoastie | 6 comments »

I was lucky enough to get this saw while Woodcraft’s had it on sale for $349.00 last week. It was delivered today and I stoped everything I was doing and put it together. After reading reviews that dinged it for some problems I inspected it carefully. One of the issues was the attach screws for the light. I inspected the screws and then the threads in the saw housing. I found that the first few threads were non existant and the screws were just a bit to short and had no bite. I bought l...

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Chose G0715P over G0771

Chose G0715P over G0771

06-12-2015 10:29 PM by SoCalnewsaw | 6 comments »

Just received new G0715p. Lift gate delivery worth the $35 extra. I assembled on my own. Had to tip cabinet 45 degrees and support to remove pallet bolts. With bolts removed, lifted pallet way and tipped cabinet back up. Rating 4star until I get a chance to work more with the saw. Next step was to slide the shopfox base under the cabinet. Used long wrecking bar to lift cabinet edge and slip wood block to support. This left enough clearance to slide the base underneath in two pieces. Onc...

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A comfortable Dust Mask RZ Mask

A comfortable Dust Mask RZ Mask

03-26-2016 01:57 AM by gpastor | 6 comments »

I really don’t like wearing dust masks in the shop. I try to catch the dust right off the Machine and try not to let it go airborne. I have tried just about all types of masks being dust mask or respirators and I never liked any of them. Some of them made me feel claustrophobic, sweaty and just terribly and comfortable. And none of them have ever been safety glass friendly. Either fogging up the glasses or having straps interfere with the temple sides. And I don’t care to s...

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Makita RT0700C Roumer (Router/Trimmer)

Makita RT0700C Roumer (Router/Trimmer)

12-26-2012 09:22 AM by Bradley Anderson | 6 comments »

So this is my first power tool review, so I will be doing on my Christmas gift I got which was the Makita RT0700C router (Picture 1). On first looks the router looks to be a cross between a trimmer and fixed base router. The router looks and feels to be very well built with an aluminium base and main body. The top of the motor is plastic with the power lead come out of the side, which makes it easy to turn upside down and change bits over. The motor on this tool is a 710 watt electronic va...

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