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Choosing & Using Hand Tools

Choosing & Using Hand Tools

08-23-2011 02:51 AM by Don W | 6 comments »

I bought this book for a plane ride home. Its probably more of a beginners book, but the pictures alone are worth the read. Andy Rae does a pretty good job describing tool, their uses, where to find them and how to use them. He talks a little about the difference in buying new and used tools, and even gives some references for antique tool dealers. He has a section on sharpening. Its not the most comprehensive book I’ve ever read, but it is well illustrated and covers all differen...

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Chain Leg Vise for Roubo style benches

Chain Leg Vise for Roubo style benches

11-12-2012 08:33 PM by briant | 6 comments »

My Roubo Bench was finished back in 2010 and It’s been a dream to use with one exception, the Parallel Guide and Pin on the leg vise were a pain to use. I never seemed to have the pin in the right hole of the Parallel Guide. BenchCrafted, who made the hardware for the Roubo Slit Top Bench announced a solution for that problem. It’s called a Crisscross and looked promising, except to install it required way more modification and changes to the bench than would make it at all practi...

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router edge and circular cuts, at it's best

router edge and circular cuts, at it's best

03-16-2014 03:21 PM by Holbs | 6 comments »

I’ll start by admitting, I did not buy this at full retail price ($400+) but at an auction for $30. I guess nobody else knew what this was. And I have only used the circular jig attachment, not the router edge yet (I have my Bosch RA deluxe router guide with dust control). For the home hobby wood worker, I could think of better ways for a circular jig. But for the professional, this would definitely be in my arsenal. The Microfence made cutting circles of 7”-infinity easy. Y...

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Krylon's New Stain in Spray Can

Krylon's New Stain in Spray Can

06-08-2009 04:23 PM by joey | 6 comments »

All in all I like their new product, it saves time and material, and clean up couldn’t be easier. for more information I wrote a longer review on my blog @ http://sleepydogwoodworking.blogspot.com/ I only wish they add more colors and maybe a line of indoor stain to the line. Joey

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New No 93, rabbet, chisel plane

New No 93, rabbet, chisel plane

02-28-2010 04:33 PM by Andrew | 6 comments »

This is my first good plane, in fact it cost more than my 3 other planes all together. I needed a plane that could get into corners, and trim along edges. I wanted to get the 92 it had a 3/4” width as opposed to the 93 with a 1” width, but the 92 was on back order until mid april. My needs are my needs so here goes the 93. It took only a couple of minutes to flatten the back of the iron and hone the edge. The bottom seems pretty flat. After a couple minutes of set up and ad...

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Vintage Craftsman 1/3 Sheet Sander

Vintage Craftsman 1/3 Sheet Sander

06-11-2009 04:33 AM by dustbunny | 6 comments »

No longer available for purchase through Sears, this sander can still be had at yard sales, auctions, eBay, or your grandpa’s workshop. Since I totally dislike sanding as part of the woodworking experience, I have to say I love this sander. Once I established the fact that I had a stack of cutting boards that needed to be sanded and had built my downdraft table to ease my pain, my husband turned up with this sander. He held it out saying it belonged to his dad, and it was one of his ...

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Excellent fit/finish and ergonomics, but feels underpowered

Excellent fit/finish and ergonomics, but feels underpowered

11-26-2014 03:30 PM by paxorion | 6 comments »

I bought this sander (actually the Bosch20VSC with the only difference being a canvas bag vs the hard case) on a whim during Home Depot’s clearance of sanders. My rationale for purchasing this sander, was to have a speed sander and to devote separate 5” ROS sanders to different grits of sandpaper. In addition, for the price I paid for it (about $30), I figured I have very little to lose. Good: Overall impression, is that the sander has an excellent fit and finish and stellar ...

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Simple but Nice; Though a little over-priced

Simple but Nice; Though a little over-priced

03-25-2013 04:33 PM by scarpenter002 | 6 comments »

Ordered these clamps from Woodcraft to go with my DeWalt TrackSaw for $44.99. Purchased these at a 10% discount in December. Watch for their “10% off all DeWalt” sales to order items like this, as they do not normally go on sale. It was shipped direct from the manufacturer. I have used these with both the TrackSaw and Router adapter. Features:These slide into the bottom of the track and quickly can be engaged or released with one hand. (very similar mechanism to the Quick-...

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PC Mini Dovetail Template #4215 - Nice Idea, Poor Design, Not as Advertised

PC Mini Dovetail Template #4215 - Nice Idea, Poor Design, Not as Advertised

11-21-2012 10:09 PM by JustJoe | 5 comments »

I needed to make some small half-blind dovetailed drawers with 1/2” fronts and 1/4” sides and my Leigh jig wasn’t up to the task so I looked around and ordered the Porter Cable 4216. Most of you are familiar with the 4200 series PC jigs so I won’t discuss the jig itself, just the miniature template (#4215) – I just ordered the 4216 kit because I had to have the jig itself before I could use the mini dovetail template. My first discovery upon opening the box a...

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Satisfies expectations

Satisfies expectations

03-04-2010 10:13 PM by Twigger | 5 comments »

This machine satisfies expectations as long as you keep in mind it’s a 30” long, 60 lb. machine. So don’t go looking to joint 8 foot long boards as if it’s a 60” long, 300 lb. unit. But for drawer fronts and sides, home-made router table and cross cut sled fences, and the like, it’s great! Also expect, as I’ve seen in reviews of all sorts of jointers, to spend two hours carefully setting the infeed and outfeed tables to being coplanar, and getting ...

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