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Best Compilation of Router Information

Best Compilation of Router Information

2061 days ago by Sir_Robert | 4 comments »

The September 2008 special issue of Wood magazine, titled “Best-Ever Router Tips, Tricks and Jigs” is an A-to-Z guide to using routers more effectively. For the novice, there’s a good presentation on uses for various bits. For all woodworkers, there are 34 jigs and several skill-building helps that solve some of the problems of routing, such as burnouts, chip prevention on corners. Important safety tips are also included. The magazine gives the skinny on selecting the rig...

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Pricey, but worth it

Pricey, but worth it

2239 days ago by CutNRun | 4 comments »

This past Christmas I left a subtle hint for my wife in the form of printed web sites showing both the Starrett 4” double square and the Starrett 12” combination square. I was hoping to get either one as a present. My wonderful wife got me both. I already had some cheap, big box store squares. The rules never slid smoothly and sometimes the locking screw wouldn’t hold the rule in position. The difference with the Starrett squares is dramatic. The thumb screws lock do...

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Makita 9403 4  x 24 inch, 11 amp belt sander

Makita 9403 4 x 24 inch, 11 amp belt sander

870 days ago by Sawdustmaker | 4 comments »

After reading many reviews and comparisons on heavy duty belt sanders, all roads seem to lead me to this work horse. I looked at my local box store and although they did not carry it, they did have it in their tool rental section. I asked the guy who works on all the rental tools and he said the only problem he has with them, is when people put them down while it is still moving, it eats the cord for lunch. It is a heavy unit which really helps get the job done and if you don’t keep i...

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Outstanding Saw for the Home Shop

Outstanding Saw for the Home Shop

2239 days ago by Chris | 4 comments »

I have owned this saw for approx. two years now. In reality I would rate it at about 4.5 stars only due to a minor annoyance. I had been using a bench top Delta given to me by my father in-law for a few years and had become VERY frustrated with this kind of saw. In my search for a contractor style saw it came down to either the Powermatic or the General; I am glad I chose the General. It was accurate right out of the box; I used a Master Plate / Master Guage setup to check the blade and ...

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Harbor Freight #95288 - If u don't weld - bolt it!

Harbor Freight #95288 - If u don't weld - bolt it!

736 days ago by curliejones | 4 comments »

I commented favorably on the “Rock Solid” review after my 1st assembly using SYP runners for a lightweight (100 lb) planer. I wanted to graduate to my 220 lb tools and felt the other favorable comments for this base warranted a “go”. I priced hardwood, but only furniture quality was available that was dried and cost prohibitive for me. One of our fellow LJs used square steel and welded it up, so I decided to price square galvanized tubing found locally and was amazed ...

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Little Blue Wonder!

Little Blue Wonder!

868 days ago by NiteWalker | 4 comments »

This detail gun is absolutely fantastic.After doing much research online pairing my compressor (Makita MAC2400) with an hvlp gun for spraying the finishes I use, I came to the conclusion that I’d be best served with a “touch-up” gun (also known as a “mini” or “detail” gun). I originally wanted an Asturo or Qualspray from Homestead Finishing, but the price was pretty high and I needed something to hold me over while I saved some cash for the more expen...

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Makita BO5030K

Makita BO5030K

1414 days ago by Steven H | 4 comments »

UPDATE: I end up returning it, due to manufacture’s defect . The sander pad was scratched and had dents in it. The second is way worse.More vibration than the first one, and way louder. I shouldn’t even return it in the first place. ——————————————————————————————————&#...

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Good and fast

Good and fast

1654 days ago by DannyBoy | 4 comments »

I picked up the 5-piece set of these from Lowes yesterday to drill holes to run wires through floor joists. I’ll be comparing these to the last ones I had which came in a catch-all bit kit I got for Christmas years ago (they sucked). The bits bored fast. I mean really fast. I’m not sure what difference in the design that makes them bore so quickly, but it definitely made the difference. I used the 5/8” to bore through the joists at a slight angle (since I didn’t...

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Sometimes, Smaller is Better!

Sometimes, Smaller is Better!

2239 days ago by Hawgnutz | 4 comments »

I don’t cut crown molding or much of anything with my miter saw except picture frames. I also have to use a crutch to walk, so any tool I can carry with one hand is attractive to me. I do most of my cutting outside, so this “little” miter saw, that can be easily carried with one hand, is great! I sold my 10” miter saw because it was so hard for me to carry that I just got tired of using it. This Craftsman only weighs about 16 pounds and has a carrying handle unde...

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Many times more useful than I expected.  Weight your uses to figure out if a-la-carte works better

Many times more useful than I expected. Weight your uses to figure out if a-la-carte works better

57 days ago by paxorion | 4 comments »

I purchased this Rockler Bench Cookie set as an impulse buy about a year ago. This purchase has proven to be my best impulse buy to date. Everyone in my family loves using the bench cookies, including the wifey and my 2 year old daughter who keeps trying to steal them, so she can do curls. I’m going to split my review into the 4 components. What I will say, is that while the set is awesome, if you find you only want the cookies and/or the cones (like me), you may be better off buying...

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