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It gets one extra star for coming back to life...

It gets one extra star for coming back to life...

717 days ago by 404 - Not Found | 4 comments »

A while ago I reviewed my Bosch Gas25 Workshop Vacuum. In a nutshell, it died prematurely. I took it to the powertool ER. Two days later their ‘Tech Guy’ (or should I say ‘Tech Buffoon’) pronounced it DoA – ‘yeah, it’s your control panel mate, uneconomical repair’. My review, as you can imagine, was not favourable. Then, by a twist of fate, like Lazarus – it returned to life. It seems it just needed a good rest. It happened lik...

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Lie Nielsen block plane

Lie Nielsen block plane

209 days ago by Purrmaster | 4 comments »

This review is for the Lie Nielsen small bronze block plane. I’m pretty sure I got the low angle one. This plane is great. The Stanley Sweetheart block plane I have was ok but this thing is leagues ahead of it. It’s a dinky little critter with a 1 1/4 inch blade. Mine is made of bronze, though iron ones are available. The plane is perfectly made. The sides are perfectly square to the sole and the sole is flat as a pancake. The blade is nice and thick, especially for ...

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Great Hand Saw for a Great Price.

Great Hand Saw for a Great Price.

716 days ago by nobuckle | 4 comments »

Just a couple of days ago I purchased this “Pony” 15” Hand Saw and WOW what a saw. I recently embarked on a journey to learn how to use hand tools. This lead to the decision to attempt to do some resawing by hand. I started off using a Stanley 726 carpenter’s saw. That did not work out. Wrong kind of saw. So, while I was out the other day I stopped by my local Woodcraft and spoke with a salesman about what I was doing. He reccommended this hand saw. I’m glad he ...

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I should have bought this before trying to sharpen anything!

I should have bought this before trying to sharpen anything!

1397 days ago by NewPickeringWdWrkr | 4 comments »

Since jumping into this wonderful hobby, I have always dreaded one thing. Sharpening. Sure, I’ve read plenty of how-to on sharpening from scary sharp method to using accessories to good old fasioned oil or water stones. The methods out there are numerous and opinions even more so on which method is best for a beginner. It’s all just soo confusing and frustrating. A beginner can spend a lot of money and even more effort in trying to find a method that works. I sent a plane...

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Ridgid 12 in Sliding Compound Miter Saw

Ridgid 12 in Sliding Compound Miter Saw

1396 days ago by Randy L. | 4 comments »

I recently purchased a Ridgid MS 1290LZ 12 in Sliding Compound Miter saw. I was looking for a saw to take the place of both a radial arm saw and a miter saw, so I decided on a 12 in slider. I did not have room (or money!) for both types of saws, so i decided that this would be a good way to get some of the benefits of both. I have had this saw for about two weeks now and am just about done trimming out my entire house with it. So far I am very happy with it and feel as if it was money wel...

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Auriou Cabinet Files

Auriou Cabinet Files

2245 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

1978 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

530 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

1233 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

2243 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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