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A nice, solid, big woodworking press with a LONG stroke.

A nice, solid, big woodworking press with a LONG stroke.

1530 days ago by VanLewis | 5 comments »

I just moved my shop and got some more floor space, so I went shopping for a bigger drill press. I had basically two criteria: it had to be strong enough to handle timbers, and it had to have a long enough quill-stroke to get to the middle of those timbers. I do some timber framing and some very heavy furniture work, so the usual 14” press wouldn’t really work for me. I discovered that most presses, even 17” presses, have very short stroke, usually 3-4”. This means...

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Fast and Easy.

Fast and Easy.

541 days ago by Odiferous | 5 comments »

I don’t recall if I saw this review first, or if I bought it based solely on the glowing reviews on Amazon, but I love this saw, and the ~$15 bucks I paid for it was well spent. To explain what it feels like every time I use this saw: I grew up in a house with mismatched kitchen knives that were in a drawer with all of the other cooking utensils, and they had never been sharpened. I was in my twenties the first time I used a new kitchen knife—I’d had no idea what I was mi...

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Good concept but made from poor materials

Good concept but made from poor materials

1925 days ago by TNBodger | 5 comments »

I wouldn’t mind having a 6” x 48” belt sander, but like many weekend woodworkers, I don’t have the floor space for one. I have always managed fairly well with the smaller benchtop 4” x 36” machines so when it came time to buy a new one I looked at everything I could find out there and settled on the Ryobi BD4600 sold at Home Depot. I liked the easy way belts are changed by the flip of a lever. Aligning the belt is done by a quick turn of the thumb wheel. Bu...

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Half-Blind Dovetail Jig

Half-Blind Dovetail Jig

1923 days ago by CanadaJeff | 5 comments »

I found this at Busy Bee Tools in Canada, during one of their sales. Normally it retails for $99 CND and at that price I would rather hold out and save a bit more for something of a better name, but for their sale price of $52 CND, I figured it was at a price point that was worth the risk. Overall, the jig is not too bad, it works pretty standard as similarly designed jigs, like Rockler’s, and has a removable aluminum plate that can be changed out for various other sizes. Clearly...

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Bell Forest Products

Bell Forest Products

666 days ago by Woodbum | 5 comments »

I recently made my first on-line lumber purchase. I chose Bell Forest Products because they are a sponsor of The Woodwhisperers Guild and I had heard good things about them through Marc’s site. I ordered a 20 bf lumber pack of African Mahogany, two additional “pick your own” AM boards and some Ebony turning squares. First let me say that I normally like to buy locally whenever I can, but my local supplier’s inventory was very sparse, and a little pricey. I received...

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Highly recommended

Highly recommended

2115 days ago by Tim Dorcas | 5 comments »

About a month ago, I decided I wanted another lathe. I was getting frustrated with my King Mini Lathe in regards to vibration and having to constantly switch the belt to change speeds. I had about $1000-$1200 which put me in the category of mid level lathe. It came down to a Craftex CT128 which is a copy of the Laguna 18/47 and the Nova 1624-44. The Craftex is bigger, has a bit more horse power, includes variable speed and an incredibly sturdy stand. The biggest negatives were that it was 2...

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Spackling Compound

Spackling Compound

1368 days ago by BigDaddyO | 5 comments »

I’m sure most of you have used Spackling compound before. I must have tried dozens over the years and have never been happy with any of them. Either they don’t stick to the wall well, or they shrink too much, or they dry so hard it makes sanding difficult, or they don’t smooth well. I was at my local paint store and needed some more spackle to repair a water damaged ceiling joist. I picked up the only thing they had. MH Ready Patch. When I got it home and opened it...

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Great for its purpose

Great for its purpose

1920 days ago by JPKnapp | 5 comments »

For anyone that doesnt have a dedicated shop space this saw is great. I have to set up and tear down my shop every weekend and this is the perfect table saw for me. Pros:Cuts everything I have thrown at it so far. Mostly Poplar, Maple, and Ply.Saw came perfectly set up out of the box Fence is solid and mitre gauge works wellT-slots are nice as these parts can be upgraded if necessaryEasy to clean – Just stand it up and vac bottomVery easy to set up and tear down Drawbacks:No rivin...

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Paul Beebe #11 Carving Knife for Lee Valley

Paul Beebe #11 Carving Knife for Lee Valley

1757 days ago by just_adam | 5 comments »

Hello and this review carries my initial impressions of a fine carving knife made by Paul Beebe for Lee Valley Tools in Canada. At the time, it cost me about $33USD and presently it is in there on line catalog at this address: http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.aspx?c=2&p=31085&cat=1,130,43332,44073&ap=1 I’ve used all sorts of knives in my meandering about the wood. Opinels, Ken Onions, single edge razors, XActos…James Krenov wrote a great passage about using k...

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Shopsmith 40 grit sanding discs (5")

Shopsmith 40 grit sanding discs (5")

335 days ago by Purrmaster | 5 comments »

I discovered these at Lowe’s about a year ago. Often I have need to sand out a defect and the lowest grit discs gets it done the most quickly. These discs are 8 hole, hook and loop (velcro) 5 inch discs. I’ve been very pleased with these discs. They cut pretty quickly and them seem to last a long time. Not as long as Abranet, but they’re pretty durable. These discs compare favorably with Diablo, 3M, and Norton (the other brands I’ve mostly used). These thi...

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