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Excellent Resource . . . a fun read . . . a source of appreciation for craftsmen of the past

Excellent Resource . . . a fun read . . . a source of appreciation for craftsmen of the past

07-23-2008 02:28 AM by JohnR | 4 comments »

Over the years, when I have looked at a “framing square”, I have been put in mind of going to the beach and seeing a guy wearing a tiny, lime green Speedo. The connection may not seem apparent at first, but as to the inadequately clothed male, I shake my head and think, “There are 11 men in America who might qualify to look right in that miniscule patch of lycra or spandex . . . . unfortunately, he is not one of them.” When I have looked at a framing square with al...

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Adapter that will transform your HF lathe

Adapter that will transform your HF lathe

01-19-2010 05:55 AM by David Craig | 4 comments »

A friend of mine gave me a Harbor Freight last year to help support my interest in turning. It isn’t a bad beginner lathe and I am definitely not one to complain about such a thoughtful gift, but I did find the mounting and remounting of turned pieces on a faceplate frustrating over time. The lathe has a proprietary 3/4 inch x 10tpi spindle which makes purchasing 3rd party vendor chucks nearly impossible. I recently discovered, though, that Penn State Industries manufactures adapters fo...

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Ok base for price

Ok base for price

10-21-2010 10:20 PM by Manitario | 4 comments »

Bought this yesterday for my TS; was on sale for $65 at my local tool store, regular $95. It took me about 2 hours to assemble, and a lot of fiddling to get it to be the correct size. The instructions are fairly detailed, but neglect to mention to size the base 1/2” larger than the size of the tool you are mounting on it, due to the lip on the stand. So, needless to say, I had it assembled, and my TS precariously balanced to go on the stand when I realized that I had made it too small a...

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Light and Powerful, Great Battery Life

Light and Powerful, Great Battery Life

11-08-2011 11:34 PM by Kelen | 4 comments »

I have been debating on picking up an impact driver for quite some time. I have a nice 14.4v Dewalt cordless drill and figured why would I also need an impact driver? After doing some extensive research and reading reviews online, I landed on the Ridgid impact driver offered by Home Depot. With a current price tag of $169, it’s less expensive than some of the other brands which was appealing to me as this felt a little more like a “want” purchase instead of a “need&...

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skil 10 in compound miter saw

skil 10 in compound miter saw

03-23-2009 03:38 AM by kosta | 4 comments »

this miter saw is a very nice saw and has a lot of features you would find on a bigger saw. The bevel adjustment is a handle you turn and the saw becomes loose to turn to the left it is only a single bevel saw but it does go 49’ in each direction for miters. It also has the most common angles for crwn molding marked so they are easy to find. I bought my saw for $100 so it not cheap but aint $1300 like the kapex is I take it on jobs with me all the time so this saw can take a beating. Th...

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Good Value, Serves its Purpose

Good Value, Serves its Purpose

11-09-2011 03:50 AM by Kelen | 4 comments »

I’ve probably waited much longer than I should have to purchase a featherboard setup for my table saw. Reading more into the magnetic featherboards and some of their reviews, I knew this would be the most versatile option instead of those that function using the miter track. I stumbled upon the Ridgid one online and read many positive reviews about it. The price point was also attractive relative to other brands that were selling for $50+ for what seemed to be the same basic concept....

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Router table fence needs work to reach full potential

Router table fence needs work to reach full potential

11-09-2011 05:44 AM by GregD | 4 comments »

I have had the Woodpecker's Super Fence router table fence for a few years now. I got it as part of a router table/lift/fence/legs package, but I’m not going to review those other items here. My overall assessment is that the fence works very well, but only after what was for me a significant amount of tuning. For the price I thought it should have worked nearly flawlessly out of the box, so I’m only giving it two stars. As you can see from the picture, this is a split fen...

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Excellent accuracy for such a cheap saw. Not such a great blade.

Excellent accuracy for such a cheap saw. Not such a great blade.

09-16-2009 06:31 PM by dbhost | 4 comments »

The Black and Decker Firestorm line was a Lowes specific line of tools that was discontinued at the end of 2008. With some of the product offerings pulling them from the market was a good thing to do (I will post a review of the router later), but with some of their offerings, hobbyist woodworkers, and home improvement DIY’ers got left out in the cold. I purchased my FS1000L on sale in January of 2008, and it has seen extensive use since the purchase. The stand (not included, separat...

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Kreg Drawer Slide Jigs

Kreg Drawer Slide Jigs

03-30-2012 07:04 PM by Daris | 4 comments »

One of my favorite toys is my Kreg Drawer Slide Jig’s.  There are actually two jigs that you’ll want to use to help you install a drawer.  The first is the Kreg Universal Drawer Slide Mounting Jig.  This jig makes it extremely easy to take attach a drawer mount to your project. It has a magnent and a small lip on the bottom of the jig that allow it to hold your drawer slide for you.  All you do is put your drawer slide on it and then clamp the jig to the case or cabinent yo...

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initial impression very good

initial impression very good

03-31-2012 10:18 PM by John | 4 comments »

I am making the transition to more handwork and want to master (or come close to it) hand cut dovetails. Since I recently fell in love with my Japanese Ryoba that’s been collecting dust for years (here’s a great review on it http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/129 ), I unilaterally decided to turn Japanese … I mean pull it … the saw that is… errr, nevermind. Lee Valley has this saw for a lower price than replacement blades on their other saws, I thought it looked l...

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