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	Laguna Tools LT 16 3000 Series Bandsaw

Laguna Tools LT 16 3000 Series Bandsaw

10-06-2011 05:39 PM by Toolz | 5 comments »

I would really give this saw 4.8 Stars but that is not an option. The only reason for not giving it five stars is that I have trouble holding the table tilt knob while tightening the bolt that locks the trunnion with that other hand. I am 66 and have arthritis so you younger jocks might not have this same problem. I would prefer a larger wheel with an offset handle like those found on table saws for this function. Other that that I love this saw. I bought it used from a seller who told me it ...

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Stanley Flatbase Spokeshave

Stanley Flatbase Spokeshave

05-24-2013 05:08 PM by Nugs | 5 comments »

One of my first woodworking projects was carving a canoe paddle, I didn’t want to spend too much on tools because I wasn’t sure if I would like the hobby. I picked up this spokeshave on Amazon for a reasonable price of $20. I’ve had a lot of problems with it but with some small modifications it was a pretty usable tool. My first issue was with it jamming up, no matter how thin I would set it, the shavings would jam it and I would have to take it apart to unclog it. My sol...

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Ryobi AP1301

Ryobi AP1301

01-28-2011 09:28 AM by HobieMan | 5 comments »

I love my planer, again for the price. Mine does have the 4” dust port so it must be a later version. I recently noticed that it is not planing a consistent thickness across the width of the board and I am getting inconsistent snipe, some times worse than others on the same board. It is going off to a service center tomorrow.

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Precise Repeatability for Multiples

Precise Repeatability for Multiples

02-10-2009 09:35 PM by Marco Cecala | 5 comments »

I am currently building a set of 6 Arts & Crafts chairs as designed by Kevin Rodel in FWW. I will be doing a project posting soon, but wanted to recommend a tool that really helped me on this job. In order to reduce individual fitting and trimming of all the joints, it is necessary to make mortises in the same place on each piece. With this jig, it’s easy to do. The tall back leg has 5 mortises, half of them angled. I was able to set up the jig, and place the mortises so the teno...

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It's got rough spots but it works well.

It's got rough spots but it works well.

02-12-2009 04:33 AM by Tim Dorcas | 5 comments »

For the past 5 months I have been looking for a new jointer. When I first started woodworking 4 years ago (has it really been long?), I purchased a Mastercraft 6” Bench Jointer. While it has served me well, it only worked for shorter pieces and it seemed to tear out everything except soft wood. Given that I am now a commited woodworker for life, I decided I really needed to get a “real jointer”. I went to all of the woodworking shops in my area but I couldn’t really fi...

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Hitachi Compressor - Nice for the Price

Hitachi Compressor - Nice for the Price

07-27-2009 09:50 PM by reggiek | 5 comments »

I just replaced my old pancake compressor ( A Porter Cable – a few gasps and then gave up the ghost – after about 9 years of very hard service) with this model from Hitachi. It was very reasonably priced even if not on sale!...and has more power and more capacity then my old model. So far it works great!....and I am very happy with the extra capacity. I use the mini compressor’s to blow off tools, work areas, projects and to run finish nailers, staplers, framing nailer...

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Forrest Blade

Forrest Blade

06-08-2008 06:00 PM by BillyUP | 5 comments »

My son bought this blade 13 years ago, and in addition to all the furniture projects in the home shop he is a contractor for helping build homes. This blade is his only blade, and was used on site to cut everything for four houses. After cutting some very dense 31/2” Oak, he says it must be time for it’s FIRST sharpen, and intends for no one but Forrest to do it. It still cuts softer wood like butter.Billyup

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Clogs, Bogs, and Dogs

Clogs, Bogs, and Dogs

01-07-2013 07:57 AM by pintodeluxe | 5 comments »

I have become accustomed to long lasting sandpaper like Norton 3x, and Freuds excellent ceramic blend sanding disks for my random orbit sander. I was running low on supplies, so I grabbed these Dewalt disks one day. Almost instantly the paper loads and clogs while sanding oak and Titebond II glue. The sanding was short lived, and I clocked about 8-10 minutes of sanding before switching pads. At first I thought the dust collection was excellent, then I realized it was only because these di...

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Excellent operation, easy installation, only one small problem

Excellent operation, easy installation, only one small problem

05-27-2013 12:50 AM by jusfine | 5 comments »

I recently installed Benchcrafted hardware in my new bench, and used their new Crisscross system. I had heard it was going to be available, and waited for it’s release before ordering my hardware. The one thing I wasn’t keen on with their previous style of leg vise hardware was the constant adjustments you have to make with the pin as you vary the size of the stock being clamped. With this system, that pin is eliminated, along with the parallel guide and roller supports. ...

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Makes a great hybrid saw mobile lift, many other possibilities

Makes a great hybrid saw mobile lift, many other possibilities

04-18-2010 11:03 PM by hypnos | 5 comments »

I recently bought a new Jet ProShop and I needed a mobile base due to my wife wanting to park in the garage. The high price and lack of really good reviews for any mobile base I could find to fit the proshop necessitated some inventiveness. This Central Hydraulics lift fit the bill, it just needed some longer lift runners. Some poplar and 1/4” machine screws brought it to the length I needed to span the base of my table saw. I will be adding bottom braces to my outfeed/assembly table th...

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