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Diamond sharpening Kit

Diamond sharpening Kit

02-24-2011 04:35 PM by dbray45 | 6 comments »

This kit came with 4 “stones” – actually 4 steel plates. The extra course is a little smoother than road surface. When I used this to flatten my 8000 grit water stone, I found that my flattening stone has been worn to a point that is no longer flat. When you get these, sharpen a piece of steel or something hard where you are not looking for that pristine mirror finish. I made a blade for a radius plane – thank Mads for this, the blade is now done – and went...

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Jeff Miller writes a solid instructional manual for woodworkers

Jeff Miller writes a solid instructional manual for woodworkers

08-02-2013 11:04 PM by jusfine | 6 comments »

This is the first Popular Woodworking book that I have really found entertaining. Some of the previous ones I have read have been quite elementary and didn’t offer much substance. ”Woodworking with Body, Mind and Senses”, this book is a good addition to your library. Jeff Miller provides some basics in the first few chapters so the understanding of working wood fibers is clear, then moves on to sharpening tools, techniques, safety, jigs, tool use, etc. then brings it a...

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So-So Entry-Level Bandsaw

So-So Entry-Level Bandsaw

02-29-2008 09:17 AM by Hawgnutz | 6 comments »

This bandsaw looked really good on paper with bearing guides, 7” resaw capability, and “adjustable” fence. Well, after all that hype dissapeared, it turned out to be only a so-so machine! I am dissapointed and wished i had saved my money and bought a Jet, Rikkon, or even a Grizzly! Within 4 months of very sporadic use, one of the bearings siezed on me. (Thank God I bought the extended warranty!) The service tech ordered set for me, but it still has a funny sound when ...

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Irwin Passive Lock Bar Clamp

Irwin Passive Lock Bar Clamp

02-04-2013 12:00 AM by Purrmaster | 6 comments »

I picked this up at Home Depot a couple of months ago. I hadn’t seen a passive lock clamp before but it was beefy and I wanted something strong. It was designated as a “heavy duty” clamp. This thing is great. It really is heavy duty. The steel bar is the thickest I’ve seen on a bar clamp and hand screw is beefy too. I’ve put a ridiculous amount of clamping pressure onto this thing. The bars on all my other bar clamps have deformed because of excessive ...

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Handmade Wooden Hand Plane Sets

Handmade Wooden Hand Plane Sets

09-19-2014 08:12 PM by Dennis Zongker | 6 comments »

When I first received the box with a set of handplanes. I was quite impressed with their clean and crisp design also with the marquetry emblem on the side really adds to the overall appearance. I have been waiting to write a review until after I had a chance to use them on a real project. So I used the planes while working my next box, which is made out of sold Wenge, and anybody that has worked with wenge they know it is very hard and brittle. The completed set comes with: one utility pla...

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Great Calipers

Great Calipers

03-21-2015 05:34 AM by B4B | 6 comments »

I got this caliper some time ago, but have not had a chance to put it to use. Well during my table saw rebuild project I put it to use. I bought this based on the name, and the reviews other folks have provided for other wixey measuring devices (planer, table saw, etc) so I decided to give this a go. Overall I’m impressed with this, and would definitely recommend it, if you need a set of calipers. I used it to measure the bearings, the overall height, diameter, as well as the bore...

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Heat Treating Heaven!

Heat Treating Heaven!

04-09-2016 01:04 AM by Ripthorn | 6 comments »

I like to build tools, but the most frustrating part is usually heat treating the parts that need it. I have been using MAPP gas, but with one of the old style brass torch heads. I have a 1 1/2” wide, 1/4” thick, 3 1/2” long iron that needs heat treatment and I decided enough was enough and I went to HD and bought this torch. A couple things surprised me about it: - All metal construction, save the two knobs. The black part is not plastic, like I thought it might be.- ...

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Rockwell Model 28-200 14inch Bandsaw

Rockwell Model 28-200 14inch Bandsaw

09-27-2012 12:29 AM by Crackerjak | 6 comments »

Recently acquired this Bandsaw at an Estate sale for $40. It is missing the top cover, fence bar and the circle metal plate insert. It’s been quite the work horse for resawing Ash wood.

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Central Machinery 14x40 wood turning lathe

Central Machinery 14x40 wood turning lathe

05-30-2010 06:11 PM by thefishingschool | 6 comments »

I have had and used this very much and so far i am satasfied with it but the switch that comes with it broke so i just wired a light switch to it. the bed is made of square steel tubing and seems to have a decent but tolerable amount of vibration. only one compliant and that is when you tighten the tailstock the headstock will bend upwards

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safety glasses with 3x magnification lens

safety glasses with 3x magnification lens

08-17-2013 12:35 AM by Holbs | 6 comments »

while cruising through my local woodworking source store, I was in need of safety glasses to use in the work shop to replace my more bulkier goggles. Up popped these guys. What’s interesting is that the sub-lens (whatever they are called?) are 3x magnification. Handy as I am starting to have issues seeing things upclose. Figured, other LJ’s would be interested in something like this as well.Official title: CatEyesSG-AF-MAG3.0Diopter Anti-Fog$6.99 They also have 1.5x and ...

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