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Must Read for the Galoot in all of us

Must Read for the Galoot in all of us

12-01-2009 05:28 AM by WayneC | 6 comments »

I had been looking to pick this book and while I was at the Sacramento Woodworking show I ordered one from the Lee Valley booth. They had a nice discount on the book and the shipping was free. Chris Schwarz is one of my favorite woodworking authors. He is the editor for Popular Woodworking and Woodworking Magazine. He also has an excellent blog that covers all forms of furnature building, workbench and hand tool topics. He also has produced a number of excellent handplane, tool and ...

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Chain Hoist-Little helper

Chain Hoist-Little helper

03-14-2010 06:39 AM by 308Gap | 6 comments »

I picked up this hoist to lift a jointer out of my truck. It worked great in both directions, it has a built in brake. The jointer I lifted is 260 lbs. I got on also for a grand total of 520 lbs. .......... it still worked smooth and the roof didnt cave in. I spread the weight across 3 garage joists and put 2×4 braces on both sides of the truck. ok ok so theres a little redneck in my family LOL. This hoist will work great for picking up shop equipment when needed. No need for 4 budd...

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Penn State Industries Customer Service

Penn State Industries Customer Service

03-24-2016 11:06 PM by Matthew | 6 comments »

I felt the need to write a review of Penn State Industries customer service department. I have owned a DC2000-Y single stage dust collector for about 5 years now. This review is in no way a reflection of the quality of the collector, which I think is fantastic. Never had any problems with the machine itself. Recently, I decided it was time to upgrade from the cloth bag filters, to a canister type filter with the plastics lower bags. After a cursory search online on many sources, and ...

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Lie-Nielsen 40-1/2 Scrub Plane

Lie-Nielsen 40-1/2 Scrub Plane

08-02-2016 07:42 PM by TheFridge | 6 comments »

I’ve been using a heavily cambered #5 as a scrub. It was ok. I looked for a 40-1/2 on eBay for awhile but got tired of waiting for a deal so I got the LN version. I’ve been happy with it so far. I kinda prefer it to a bench plane with a cambered iron.

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Norton Ceramic Sandpaper disks

Norton Ceramic Sandpaper disks

11-14-2016 08:47 PM by PPK | 6 comments »

I’ve (unfortunately) used a lot of sanding disks in my history of wood working. One thing that makes sanding a little more pleasurable is having good abrasives. I’ve found that the best abrasive is the Norton Ceramic disks. Coming in Second, right behind these would be the 3M-brand purple disks. I believe these purple ones are either ceramic or a ceramic blend abrasive. At any rate, the ceramic disks do cut more aggressively, so you often have to choose a grit step of two up fr...

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Want to make a plane or learn how to use one?

Want to make a plane or learn how to use one?

12-02-2009 09:44 AM by WayneC | 6 comments »

This is a very comprehensive book that shows how to make a Krenov style handplane and a lot more. The book is very clear and easy to read. It provides a lot of information on how planes work, sharpening, handplane use, how to use hand tools in general and also information on plane related accessories such as shooting boards. You have all of the information you need to create a handplane. The instructions are very clear and you should have all of the information you need to create one....

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Woodpeckers framing squares

Woodpeckers framing squares

12-15-2012 07:05 PM by mbs | 6 comments »

I needed to check both flatness and squareness across long surfaces and long miter fences. The most accurate tool I had was a Starrett 12” combination square. After a lot of time screwing around I came to the conclusion that the Starrett square wasn’t square and the blade wasn’t long enough to check for flatness. I borrowed my friends Woodpeckers framing square and I was done with the machine setup in no time. And it was perfectly accurate. You can see from the pic...

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Inexpensive over the shoulder shop Apron

Inexpensive over the shoulder shop Apron

01-27-2012 10:58 PM by TechRedneck | 6 comments »

When I am in the shop, I want to have my essential small tools handy. Pencil, small square, DC Remote, Marker, Marking Gauge, tape measure, Center rule and whatever. I started with a cheap cotton apron that came over the neck and tied in the back. When I added tools it became a little heavy and dug into the back of my neck. I wanted an apron that came over the shoulders and was easy to put on and take off. This seems to fit my needs with a few exceptions. Likes: 1. Heavy cotton with...

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ABCs of Hand Tools

ABCs of Hand Tools

04-21-2013 02:54 PM by Stephenw | 6 comments »

This is not primarily a woodworking book. This book was published in 1945 by GM and shows the proper use of most common hand tools. The book is illustrated with a Disney character called “Primitive Pete”. This caveman shows improper tool uses that result in damage or accidents. This fun book can be found used on eBay or Amazon. I have a link to download a free electronic copy of the book from the GM Heritage Center on my website here… ABCs of Hand Tools

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incra i-box a nice little jig

incra i-box a nice little jig

04-21-2013 05:49 PM by awlee | 6 comments »

I’m a fan of Incra tools and was very happy to get the I-box jig for box joints as a gift. The jig is sturdy, made of extruded aluminum and MDF, and includes an instructional DVD. Set up is easy. The instructions in both the DVD and the handbook are clear and easy to follow. I set mine up for a table saw, though there is an option to set up for a router table too; and one can go back and forth between table saw or router table without much fussing. Set up took me an hour-and-a-half (but ...

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