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Very handy plane to have

Very handy plane to have

08-02-2011 02:40 PM by funchuck | 2 comments »

I love this plane. I use it all the time. It is a very small plane that fits into the palm of your hand. I bought it from Lee Valley and the picture at Lee Valley makes it seem larger than it really is. I think the person holding it in that picture must have smaller hands because it is a really small plane. When I first bought it, I also bought other things and I had trouble finding it in the box when the parcel came. The iron in it also keeps an edge for a long time. I was very surp...

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Dewalt DC845KA Impact Driver

Dewalt DC845KA Impact Driver

10-11-2008 04:11 AM by Will Mego | 2 comments »

Thus far, I love everything about this driver! Faced with a roof job on my folks terribly rotten roof, and recalling the last time I was driving screws through simple plain old pine and how I couldn’t get screw in without stripping it, I decided to bite the bullet, and buy an impact driver. I looked at a few, but decided to splurge and get the 18V dewalt (in a kit, which included the 2 batteries). I’m glad I did. So far, it drives pretty much ANYTHING through ANYTHING. It’...

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I wanted handsaw sharpening experience, and I got more (sharpening experience) than I expected

I wanted handsaw sharpening experience, and I got more (sharpening experience) than I expected

02-25-2014 08:40 PM by paxorion | 2 comments »

This past summer, I had to repair some molding along the exterior of a bay window. Given that it was a very small number of molding cuts to repair, I opted to get a plastic miter box and backsaw to do the work rather than pull out a power miter saw. I saw it not so much as an additional expense, but rather a chance to get some handsaw sharpening experience. My criteria was to find a cheap handsaw that I wouldn’t feel bad ruining by experimenting with sharpening. After playing with a few...

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Don't buy forstner bits individually.

Don't buy forstner bits individually.

02-29-2008 11:15 PM by kshipp | 2 comments »

Got this twelve piece set about a year ago and they are great bits. To be fair I have never used other forstner bits but I have not complaints about these. The hex-shaped shank is very nice for a no-slip fit in the chuck. I can imagine there is a lot of torque on a 2” forstner bit so that hex-shape will help tremendously. They cut a very clean hole with a flat bottom except for the small point in the center. I would estimate is about a 1/16” of an inch. I have even used t...

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Porter Cable 4.5" Cordless Angle Grinder: Revised

Porter Cable 4.5" Cordless Angle Grinder: Revised

10-23-2014 02:19 AM by Dirk Van Essendelft | 2 comments »

Had a break in the middle of my project because I’m waiting on some parts, so I decided to review one of my recent tool purchases. I bought it at Lowes for $35. Tool buying tip: go find a sale online and ask the cashiers to price match. Lowes has a price +10% guarantee. Then you get another 5% if you put it on your Lowes credit card. See my video review:

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Howard Paste Wax (Walnut Color) Leaves a Nice Satin Finish

Howard Paste Wax (Walnut Color) Leaves a Nice Satin Finish

12-14-2011 10:44 PM by pintodeluxe | 2 comments »

I was looking for a paste wax that was…1. Easy to apply2. Wouldn’t leave swirl marks3. Dark enough to avoid white wax marks on brown finishes4. Not so dark that it would change the color of my furniture5. Thick enough to fill fine scratches in the lacquer6. Most importantly would leave a satin sheen (I didn’t want a high gloss wax) Well on a recent mission style dining table, I found that Howard’s Citrus paste wax met all of my requirements. I started with a w...

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Great workhorse Compressor

Great workhorse Compressor

04-28-2012 01:28 PM by Martyroc | 2 comments »

After 15 years with my Craftsman 3 Gallon 125 PSI compressor, the brushes finally went. I looked about replacing the brushes which cost 1/2 the price of a new unit, since I have had many years of good service from this unit, I entertained the idea of buying new brushes. That was months ago and still no compressor, (WHAT?!?, Ive been busy!). This all changed when I needed to replace the brake pads on my van, it had been so long that I had taken the tires off with a crossbar, I forgot how much ...

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“Carving Woodspirits: Beyond the Basics”  By Susan L. Hendrix and Paul “PJ” Peery

“Carving Woodspirits: Beyond the Basics” By Susan L. Hendrix and Paul “PJ” Peery

09-12-2013 01:29 PM by philphoto | 2 comments »

If you are interested in carving Woodspirits, and do not want to buy an entire library on the subject or you are looking for your first book on the subject—buy this book. “Carving Woodspirits: Beyond the Basics” is the most comprehensive book I have read or own, on the subject. I have all sorts of Woodspirit books, from a variety of publishers, and authors. It seems to me that no book ever has all the information I need – until now. “Carving Woodspirits: Beyond the Basics” is the abs...

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Super book filled with plans & tips!

Super book filled with plans & tips!

12-15-2011 11:59 AM by MsDebbieP | 2 comments »

This book review is from the December 2011 issue of our LumberJocks’ eMagFox Chapel Publishing is donating another book for a free draw! (See below for details) http://www.foxchapelpublishing.com/product_p/5953.htm How to Make Workbenches & Shop Storage SolutionsAmerican Woodworker We all know that better tools make it easier to create better projects – and the same goes for our work spaces. If they are organized, convenient, and help us with our woodworking tasks then ...

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