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Auriou Cabinet Files

Auriou Cabinet Files

2239 days ago by mjon | 4 comments »

If it’s possible to get excited about a simple and ancient tool, these little handmade French cabinet files have me giddy. Generally, files are nothing to get too thrilled about—but the quality of these files is exceptional from the moment you pick one up. The balance is remarkable and the handle is smaller than any I’ve ever used. As a result, they fit in your hand comfortably. When I say the files are handmade, that is to say they are actually hand-punched. They have ...

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Bee's Wax Polish

Bee's Wax Polish

1972 days ago by mjon | 4 comments »

Very often when taking receipt of one of my pieces, my clients will ask, “How should I take are of it?” I just hand them a can of The Original Bee’s Wax polish. This stuff is as simple and basic as it gets. It’s bee’s wax and naptha. That means no silicone, no oils, no soap, and no other crap that mucks-up a finish you spent days working to achieve. I make a lot of rocking chairs, and most have leather seats. This polish works great on leather, and does a...

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Bessey 5" Multipurpose Vise

Bessey 5" Multipurpose Vise

524 days ago by thewoodworker01 | 4 comments »

Recently I bought a vise for my workshop and I knew I wanted big one!!! I found the Bessey 5” multipurpose vise at Lowes. It is very well made. For me it will do just about everything that I need it to. I have read other reviews saying that they managed to snap the vise in half! How do you do that? It is a vise. I mean what were you holding in it? A 429 Boss engine, you shouldn’t be holding engines in, now I don’t know what they were doing but still. There is a little big...

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General Machine - 75-050T M1 - Tilting Bench top Mortiser

General Machine - 75-050T M1 - Tilting Bench top Mortiser

1227 days ago by Gator | 4 comments »

Picked this up today at Federated Tool in London, OntarioIt is the General Machine 75-050T1 – Tilting head mortiser. I brought it home and unpacked it. There was a small amount of oil, not pounds of grease to deal with. I had the entire unit wiped down in less than 10 minutes. There were no parts missing, and it was 80% assembled in the box. Instructions were not too bad, there was not much to do. The fence is dead straight and required no shimming. The unit came with 4 chisels, 1/4&...

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Craft Suppies friction polish

Craft Suppies friction polish

2237 days ago by Sawdust2 | 4 comments »

When The Wood Show was in Atlanta Craft Supplies was teaching folks how to turn pens. I think that is where TimD made his first pen.I had been using CA and BLO as my preferred finishing method for bottle stoppers and pens. But that usually meant sanding to at least 4800 grit, three or four coats of CA and BLO and even then the next day the finish might have dulled down.Thought I’d give Craft Supplies Friction Polish a try.Just sanded to 2400 with mm then friction polish with a paper tow...

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The Portamate PM7000 Miter Saw Stand and Power Tool Work Center

The Portamate PM7000 Miter Saw Stand and Power Tool Work Center

1105 days ago by David Grimes | 4 comments »

I just received this glorified miter saw stand. It was well packaged and delivered undamaged. Assembly was very simple and straightforward as were the instructions. I have been looking at this and the Craftsman version for quite some time. The only differences in the two are paint color (Portamate orange, Sear red), the Sears only has one wheel whereas the Portamate has two… and the Sears is about $50 higher in price. I got mine for $199, no tax and free shipping. This item co...

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Bowl Making Machine

Bowl Making Machine

838 days ago by doug1980 | 4 comments »

I bought this lathe used 2 years ago from my neighbor who also turned bowls with it. It’s powerful and easy to use. It will turn up to 38” spindles and turn 15” bowls inboard and up to 20” bowls outboard. I have made about 100 bowls with it and the only issue was the cooling fan belt slipped off once, easy fix. The headstock and tailstock are aligned perfectly and it accepts all the popular accessories like other brands. It may not be a Jet or Nova, but it is buil...

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Good compressor for nailing work

Good compressor for nailing work

1971 days ago by ferstler | 4 comments »

I have had this oil-free compressor for several years and have used it in conjunction with my Ridgid and Campbell-Hausfeld framing nailers to add timbering to my attic trusses, build a fancy coffered ceiling in my garage, and add additional nails to the siding on my house. I have also used it to power finishing and brad nailers for assorted projects. The thing works just fine. The calibration is perfect and I appreciate not having to worry about oil in the compressor section. It weighs 70 ...

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Excellent stainable filler

Excellent stainable filler

194 days ago by dschlic1 | 4 comments »

While constructing my entertainment center, I cut a mortise in the wrong position. As this mortise (slot) was cut in a location that would normally not be seen, I decided to use a stainable filler. I chose Elmer’s Carpenter’s Wood Filler Max Stainable. As you can see from the second photo, the result was quite good. I also used this product to cover some small holes made by the brad point of a forstner bit. In this case you can not see any evidence of hole or the product usage. ...

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Not as hard at it seems

Not as hard at it seems

32 days ago by TechTeacher04 | 4 comments »

I recently purchased the Leigh Super 18 Jig. I was waiting for a Porter-Cable 4216 Dovetail Jig, but after talking with one of the salesman decided to cancel the order and purchased the Leigh. I was drawn to the Leigh for the ability to center my half pins regardless of the with of my stock. When using the Porter-Cable jig widths must be multiples of 7/8” to assure a symmetrical pattern. Another aspect that helped sell me the Leigh Jig was the ability to do one pass half-blind doveta...

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