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  Pepperwood Burl Writing Box

Pepperwood Burl Writing Box

02-17-2014 10:40 PM by Dennis Zongker | 5 comments »

Fellow LJ member Roger Bean wrote a great E-book on making a Pepperwood Burl Writing Box which has 119 pages filled with pictures and easy to follow step-by-step instructions. This eBook is not a repeat of volume 1; most of the materials are different and provides useful information to add to Roger’s series. I have always admired Rogers work and his boxes are beautiful. I enjoyed looking over his shoulder because a woodworker can learn a lot from others and Rogers’s style and explanations ...

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Great value for money

Great value for money

10-16-2014 02:47 PM by edwood1975 | 5 comments »

I needed a new jigsaw and since most of my tools are from Ryobi I decided to give this jigsaw a go, and to be honest its probably the best $40 I have spent on a tool, extremely fast and accurate and love the following features: 4 Position orbital actionVery powerful motorThere is a LED light that illuminates the blade entry point into the wood (extremely handy)No key needed for blade attachment

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Bostitch CPACK270 / CAP1516

Bostitch CPACK270 / CAP1516

02-05-2010 01:34 AM by TheDane | 5 comments »

I bought the Bostitch CPACK270 ‘kit’ in June of 2007, and have found it to a great addition to my shop. It gets used a lot. The ‘kit’ included:—CAP1516 1.5HP (Peak) oil-free contractor compressor—SB-1664FN 16-gauge, 2-1/2in. finish nailer—SB-2IN1 combination brad nailer/finish stapler—3/8in. x 25ft. heavy duty airline with MPT fittings—Tire inflator chuck—Thread sealant tape The CAP1516 is a light-weight compressor (19-1/2 lb.)...

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Powertec + Wolverine FTW

Powertec + Wolverine FTW

09-04-2013 05:35 PM by Fettler | 5 comments »

I just received and setup my new Powertec slow speed grinder. It’s a 1/2 hp grinder that spins at 1725RPM. It comes with both 60grit and 120grit white aluminum oxide wheels (i may replace the 120grit wheel with a 60grit Norton). Total cost from Amazon was $92.09 shipped ($69.99 + $22.10 shipping). While the grinder is an import from China, It’s surprising pleasantly to use. I’m using a cast iron stand i purchased from Harbor Freight. The Powertec is replacing a Harbor Fre...

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2HP Dusty - Great Value

2HP Dusty - Great Value

11-13-2010 02:12 AM by DoctorDan | 5 comments »

I’ve upgraded from the Carbatec 1HP FM 320 to the Carbatec 2HP CT-2042 1PH. This machine offers 1500cfm and is fitted with an optional 3 micron pleated cartridge. It has a 6” inlet reduced to two 4” inlets. It’s noise level is acceptable. I have tested it out jointing a few boards not only did it collect the chips very well you could also see the dust from 2” away from the jointer blades getting sucked back in. I believe it offers great value for money.

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A "cliff's notes" for hand and power tool maintenance

A "cliff's notes" for hand and power tool maintenance

07-31-2011 05:08 PM by Tedstor | 5 comments »

Out of impulse, I bought this FWW magazine. Its not actually one of their usually monthly editions, but an extra volume which gives a nice overview on maintaining and improving all sorts of hand and power tools. A few examples from the table of contents include (very non-exhaustive): - Tool Kit for Tune-Ups Explaining the tools needed for measuring table saw run-out, jointer blade height, etc. And explains how to use them effectively. Anyone that doesn’t know how to do this should ru...

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Bernard E Jones the complete woodworker

Bernard E Jones the complete woodworker

05-03-2009 04:25 PM by kiwi1969 | 5 comments »

If Nick Englers recently reviewed book is the go to book for modern woodworking, then The complete woodworker is the turn of the century equivalent. Although out of print it,s still available through Amazon which has 21 copies for $4.17 US and if you are curious how your great Grandfathers made furniture then it,s absolutly worth the price of admission. The Four volume Practical woodworking set on the right is the original fully unabridged version which I was lucky to find in a second hand bo...

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Good qaulity cutter

Good qaulity cutter

06-08-2010 02:27 AM by thatwoodworkingguy | 5 comments »

I purchased this bit to speed up and simplify my box making. To install the lid and base it calls for a 1/4 inch groove around the top and bottom of all sides. Instead of fiddling with the table saw and instead of taking the time to install a dado head I figured it seemed reasonable to have a router with this bit dedicated.This is my first experience with Eagle America and it wont be my last. The shipping was incredible. I only got the standard shipping and I ordered it on Wednesday of last w...

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Not perfect, but FAR better than the 3M rubber block!

Not perfect, but FAR better than the 3M rubber block!

04-20-2012 02:12 PM by dbhost | 5 comments »

A little disclaimer here. I hate sanding, anything that slows the process down, or fails in the process that I do not want to be doing in the first place earns instant hatred from me, which was what got me looking for a new sanding block in the first place. I started out with a 3M rubber sanding block which is basically the same design as this Norton, just different materials. And it’s the choice in materials that makes all the difference in the world. Simply put, the Norton is a nic...

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Cutting Mat

Cutting Mat

10-17-2009 10:14 PM by dustyal | 5 comments »

I originally bought this mat for my mother-in-law who used it for her sewing. My wife also used one for her picture mat cutting. They work well with the rotary cutters and mat cutter. I find it extremely useful for woodworking when laying out projects, doing dry fits and glue ups, etc. I would think it might come in handy for veneer work and other projects where you might want a larger protected surface that won’t mar the finished product. It is hard enough to stay flat and smoot...

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