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Woodworking Show Costa Mesa Ca.

Woodworking Show Costa Mesa Ca.

11-01-2009 01:18 AM by Ken90712 | 5 comments »

Well the Woodworking Show in Costa Mesa was nice! Ken and Pat, nice to meet you both! There was some great demonstrations and mini classes. I ended up spending four hundred w/o blinking an eye. My wife laughed when we got home and put all the stuff on the floor saying it’s like X-mas. Most impressive thing at the show was Sommerfelds Tools, Wow is all I can say. Their router kits and jigs are some of the most well thought out items I have every witnessed in use. I will be buying thei...

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Smooth saw!

Smooth saw!

04-29-2012 08:55 PM by AJswoodshop | 5 comments »

Before I was using a circular saw and my cuts were way off. I was sick of my projects looking off. And that when I relized that I need a miter saw. I went to lowes the next day and the had the porter cable miter saw on sale for 80$! I didnt have the $80 dollars so I went home next week praying that they would have another one next week. I knew the wouldnt have it next week. Christmas was comming around the corner. Christmas day I unrapped a huge box. And thats when I found out that my dad ...

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Fantastic and easy to use

Fantastic and easy to use

12-16-2011 07:10 PM by Elizabeth | 5 comments »

I’ve always struggled to find the studs in my drywalled shop. I’ve got a Little Wizard metal wand and an electronic stud finder but despite my best efforts it always seemed like my first pilot hole would miss the stud entirely – especially when working on the ceiling. I got this stud finder yesterday and my whole attitude toward mounting things on the walls has changed. While showing the new studfinder to my husband in the kitchen I casually brushed it against the wall ...

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solid digital gauge which requires user modification to properly function!

solid digital gauge which requires user modification to properly function!

10-28-2008 08:15 AM by Michael Hacker | 5 comments »

i was in the market for a miter gauge and found myself looking at this beauty in a recent email from Hartville Tool. i decided to give it a go and happily sent off my $59.99 + S&H and awaited its arrival. shortly the package arrived and upon initial inspection i was very happy, the gauge looked well made, hefty, and simple, exactly what i was expecting! then i decided to assemble it… and that is where the problems began! the handle wouldn’t thread into the guide rail sec...

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A nice, solid, big woodworking press with a LONG stroke.

A nice, solid, big woodworking press with a LONG stroke.

06-22-2010 06:40 AM by VanLewis | 5 comments »

I just moved my shop and got some more floor space, so I went shopping for a bigger drill press. I had basically two criteria: it had to be strong enough to handle timbers, and it had to have a long enough quill-stroke to get to the middle of those timbers. I do some timber framing and some very heavy furniture work, so the usual 14” press wouldn’t really work for me. I discovered that most presses, even 17” presses, have very short stroke, usually 3-4”. This means...

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Makes Glue-ups Much Easier

Makes Glue-ups Much Easier

11-02-2014 04:22 PM by CharlesA | 5 comments »

There are certain conveniences in life that once you get used to them, it’s very hard to go back to the way things used to be. I think Rockler was first on the scene with the silicone glue accessories, and I’m happy they did. A few notes on these and some others out there. The glue tray is probably the most irreplaceable. I used to squirt glue on a scrap of wood and then toss it when I was done. Now I reach for the glue tray, and I can clean it with water when I’m d...

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Colt Maxi-Cut Forstner vs. Porter-Cable bit

Colt Maxi-Cut Forstner vs. Porter-Cable bit

12-20-2011 04:34 AM by rweitz | 5 comments »

The drill bits you see are 2” Porter Cable, and a 1 7/8” Colt Maxi Cut. I used the Porter cable last year and it worked OK, but the Colt was amazing. This might be an over the top review, but if you want to buy a great Forstner bit they can’t be beat. Cuts like butter through even some tough old oak branches with knots and all. The Porter cable did the job but took at least 10 times longer for the same result.

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Fast and Easy.

Fast and Easy.

03-07-2013 01:05 AM by Odiferous | 5 comments »

I don’t recall if I saw this review first, or if I bought it based solely on the glowing reviews on Amazon, but I love this saw, and the ~$15 bucks I paid for it was well spent. To explain what it feels like every time I use this saw: I grew up in a house with mismatched kitchen knives that were in a drawer with all of the other cooking utensils, and they had never been sharpened. I was in my twenties the first time I used a new kitchen knife—I’d had no idea what I was mi...

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Good concept but made from poor materials

Good concept but made from poor materials

05-23-2009 03:48 AM by TNBodger | 5 comments »

I wouldn’t mind having a 6” x 48” belt sander, but like many weekend woodworkers, I don’t have the floor space for one. I have always managed fairly well with the smaller benchtop 4” x 36” machines so when it came time to buy a new one I looked at everything I could find out there and settled on the Ryobi BD4600 sold at Home Depot. I liked the easy way belts are changed by the flip of a lever. Aligning the belt is done by a quick turn of the thumb wheel. Bu...

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Half-Blind Dovetail Jig

Half-Blind Dovetail Jig

05-25-2009 02:53 AM by CanadaJeff | 5 comments »

I found this at Busy Bee Tools in Canada, during one of their sales. Normally it retails for $99 CND and at that price I would rather hold out and save a bit more for something of a better name, but for their sale price of $52 CND, I figured it was at a price point that was worth the risk. Overall, the jig is not too bad, it works pretty standard as similarly designed jigs, like Rockler’s, and has a removable aluminum plate that can be changed out for various other sizes. Clearly...

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