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French Polishing. Finishing and restoring using traditional techniques. By Derek Jones

French Polishing. Finishing and restoring using traditional techniques. By Derek Jones

464 days ago by Jorge G. | 3 comments »

While I have done French polishing in the past, I would like to become more accomplished with it. I thought this book, given it’s name would be the one that would gain me that knowledge. Sadly this is not the case, if you are considering this book, do not waste your money! There are more in depth, better explained sources in the internet. I should have bought a Charles Neil book instead of this one. First, I do not know if it is because this is written by a British person, but the te...

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Bigger isn't always better.

Bigger isn't always better.

2281 days ago by Loren | 3 comments »

I have 8 routers and this one is my favorite. I will confess that several of my routers are older orhave limited features and I’ll just leave them set up withthe same bit for a long time. Having a lot of routerslets you do that. An old Craftsman from a garagesale never got used for anything but trimming edge-banding. This Festool router is lightweight and it is easy to usewith one hand. It has variable speed, excellent dust collection and smooth plunging action. The plungedept...

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Great resaw blade

Great resaw blade

2405 days ago by johnjoiner | 3 comments »

Just after Christmas I got two new band saw blades from Iturra Design (no web site) in Florida. The blade I’m reviewing here is a 105” 3/4” woodslicer 3/4 TPI. (That means it’s variable, 3 teeth in one inch, 4 the next) for $21.20. Along with Mark Duginske and his Band Saw Handbook, the guys at Iturra are band saw gurus. I believed in them before, but I hadn’t bought into their recommendations on blades. I don’t know what I was thinking. My saw is a 3/4...

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Makita LS1013 10-Inch Dual Bevel Sliding Compound Miter

Makita LS1013 10-Inch Dual Bevel Sliding Compound Miter

2403 days ago by dataman | 3 comments »

Technical Details10-inch dual bevel sliding compound miter saw kit with laser; 15 amp motor Cuts 52 degrees right and 45 degrees left with 9 positive stops at 15, 22-1/2, 30, 45 degrees left or right and 0 degrees Machined aluminum base; dual steel rails; carbide tip blade Includes saw, vertical vise, blade, wrench, triangular rule, 2 extension wings 29-1/8 by 20-1/2 by 25-1/4 inches; 48-1/2 pounds; 1-year warranty The saw carriage slides on two precision-ground steel rails that are fitted...

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Affordable but top notch turning tool

Affordable but top notch turning tool

1448 days ago by mckenziedrums | 3 comments »

I’m a relative newbie to all things turning… and while I haven’t ventured very far out of the pen turning thing yet I know well enough to try and make sure I have the right tools around for the job. As with most folks I grabbed one of the cheapie kits of turning tools when I started and while those work well enough when you keep the sharp I wanted to get a more substantial skew that I could use for other projects and that would hold it’s edge better. I debated on wheth...

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Outdoor Furniture Protection

Outdoor Furniture Protection

1188 days ago by japanesewoodworker | 3 comments »

This products is an OIL BASED outdoor furniture protection finish. The can says it will stain seal and protect all in one coat. If you read the directions, a second coat can be applied 30 minutes after the first coat has been absorbed. I have redwood benches in my back yard. I sanded them all down with my NEW Festool sander and applied this finish. One quart allowed be to cover approximately 36 square feet of benches. The price was only $ 11.00 plus tax in Calfornia (yuk !). I used...

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Why did I wait so long?

Why did I wait so long?

1056 days ago by JohnGreco | 3 comments »

I order all of my pen supplies from Penn State and kept seeing this on their site. I don’t do a whole lot of acrylic work, but when I read reviews on their site saying it worked just as well on a CA finished pen as a final buff, I figured it was worth a try. The directions on the bottle say to sand to 400-600 grit. Wanting to err on the side of caution I went to 600 grit (as opposed to the normal 12,000 I typically use on acrylics) and turned off the lathe. My sanding marks at this p...

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Great table saw for the money

Great table saw for the money

757 days ago by chadgr | 3 comments »

I bought this saw as a replacement for another cheapo saw which packed up on me :( I only paid £170 for the saw and after putting it together it ran fin and everything was set up apart from the blade not being parlell to the miter slots, however a quick turn with a screw driver fixed this. My only suggestion would be is to buy another saw with because the that came with only lasts a few cuts before requiring sharpening or other operations. All in all a good buy. Chad Aged 14

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Another satisfied customer

Another satisfied customer

598 days ago by ITnerd | 3 comments »

I got the larger set of handles for a #7 in walnut. Without a doubt my favorite handles; I’ve purchased other custom sets, NOS, etc. The extra width just makes them feel right for my hands, and the quality is impeccable. You will not be disappointed.

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Ridgid R86006 drill only combo

Ridgid R86006 drill only combo

914 days ago by cliffton | 3 comments »

First this was an upgrade from my 15 year old Craftsman 14.4 volt cordless drill. I was unable to source batteries for it and it finally died. That being said I got this at my local HD with a 20% Harbor freight coupon and 10% veteran discount. Taking it out of the box, my first impression was that it was very light and didn’t seem “hefty” enough. That being said, I noticed right away that the batteries had charge indicators on them and they both were at 2 lights out of 4...

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