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JET 16" x 42" Variable Speed Wood Lathe WL-1642-2EVS ~ 2HP, 230V

JET 16" x 42" Variable Speed Wood Lathe WL-1642-2EVS ~ 2HP, 230V

09-07-2016 12:17 AM by XDM525 | 7 comments »

After 10 days of research and comparison I decided on a Jet . Many factors were resolved but the hangup was finding a lathe at the best price from a company that would give confidence in the purchase and the process. I wanted to save the $170 sales tax dollars too. So I got on line looking for the lathe. What I found was lots of companies that did not have the 1642 in stock. Finally, I found one on ebay (eqss1) and at a price 600 bucks less than anyone else. Too good to be true. Long...

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Festool ETS EC 125/3 5" Random Orbit Sander

Festool ETS EC 125/3 5" Random Orbit Sander

12-13-2016 03:38 PM by TechTeacher04 | 7 comments »

I spent this summer working in a cabinet shop, this was my first exposure to Pneumatic sanders. They used 3m, Dynablade and Mirka variants. I liked the light weight and low center of gravity. I have been using Dewalt and Bosch 5” Random Orbit Sanders for personal projects and in my school classes. The finish was good but I was striving for a better result and to do it quicker. I was on a waiting list for the Festool Pro 5 sanders that sold out so quickly, while waiting I stopped by the ...

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SuperMax 19-38 exceeds expectations - a quick review

SuperMax 19-38 exceeds expectations - a quick review

09-16-2013 12:54 AM by EMC | 7 comments »

After much research and debate I decided to go with this sander as the best solution to my need to keep the physical size reasonable (due to limited shop space) and the budget fairly reasonable (I am comfortable paying more for better quality, but as a hobbyist can’t really justify spending several thousand dollars on a single tool). A $1399, this is not an inexpensive tool, but it is reasonable. And from everything I read it has some real advantages over Preformax/Jet for only a sm...

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Shop Made Honing Machine

Shop Made Honing Machine

11-01-2009 05:22 PM by Andrew | 7 comments »

I was communicating in a project from dbhost about this honing machine so I thought I would share it here. I got this motor (1/2 hp 1750rpm) from Metal Mike, a nieghbor, same guy who traded a working drll press for a broken band saw. I took 2 peices of MDF and glued them together, roughed a circle, about 10” diameter, then mounted it on my lathe. I turned it into a perfect circle, lathes are good at that. I then purchased a work arbor from woodcraft, I think $14. Mounted the MDF ci...

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Local school just getting started: Worth the Effort

Local school just getting started: Worth the Effort

03-03-2014 01:07 PM by Donna Menke | 7 comments »

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FToA4gh6Ths&feature=youtu.beThis school recently opened not far from where I live. I attended one of their ‘Free Friday’ classes and both learned a lot and enjoyed myself. The teacher has lots of enthusiasm and knowledge; and since he was a school teacher, he knows how to teach.The environment is extra friendly and the equipment first rate. A lot of thought went into setting this place up, and they did all the work themselves.I was there when th...

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Really nice sander

Really nice sander

02-14-2010 03:09 PM by CCWoodcrafts | 7 comments »

I needed to get a sander that hooks right in to my shop vac. My old craftsman doesn’t.I got this at Home depot based on review there. What a difference! You can hardly feel it vibrate, dust collection is superb, variable speed. I can’t believe I suffered with that old craftsman all these years. I’m not a big brand loyalist and had the Dewalt and PC in my hands but decided to give this a try as my Ridgid saw saw has been such a work horse. I’m glad I did. Does anyone k...

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Air Filter

Air Filter

02-14-2010 06:23 PM by David Murray | 7 comments »

I finally took the plunge and bought an air filter unit for my shop. It was a purchase that I didn’t put on a very high priority. My thinking was “It really isn’t really a tool”, after all you can’t cut, shape, grind, drill or sand with it. After all I have a dust collector what more do I need. I always figured the fine dust that was always collecting on everything was okay, after this is a woodworking shop. Then I read a few articles on the long term health haza...

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A Riving Knife Solution!

A Riving Knife Solution!

11-25-2010 07:06 PM by ChunkyC | 7 comments »

Ease of installation 4 StarsAdjustability: 4 StarsEase of Setup: 3 StarsCustomer Service 4+ Stars The BORK (Bolt On Ripping Knive) is sold by Bob Ross and is available from The BORK Store The asking price is $115. I learned about the BORK from, where else, here at LumberJocks from a review by KnotScott. Since knotscott already has a full review, I’ll just give my impressions and experiences. Tools used: 5/16” socket w/ 1/4” drive ratchet, straight screw driver, a...

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Detail Chisels from Lee Valley Tools

Detail Chisels from Lee Valley Tools

03-01-2008 02:10 AM by tomfidgen | 7 comments »

I first purchased the set of five Detail Chisels from Lee Valley Tools a little over a year ago and can say I’ve used them on an almost daily basis ever since. My first impression when they arrived via Mail-order was the size. They’re small, extremely light and almost hobby like. Being used to chopping out mortises and cutting dovetails with heavier European style chisels, I decided to give the Detail Chisels a try and was pleasantly surprised by what I discovered. Using Chisels with only han...

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Lee Valley Brad Point Bits - Set of Seven

Lee Valley Brad Point Bits - Set of Seven

11-02-2008 07:03 PM by ChicoWoodnut | 7 comments »

I was in need of some brad point bits to drill holes for a set of ball catches I am installing. I have been using regular twist bits and needed something with a centering guide. My set of Irwin Jennings-pattern auger bits don’t go to 1/4”. I looked at brad point bits at the Borg and didn’t like any of the ones I saw. The lip was simply a point ground into the edge of the radial cutter. It didn’t look like it would leave a clean hole on entry and that is what I am ...

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