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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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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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Simple & Well Made

Simple & Well Made

05-07-2012 06:04 PM by ShipWreck | 5 comments »

I stopped by WoodCraft this morning to see what they had in stock for marking gauges. They had the Veritas dual marking gauge and the Cosman. Both were very well made and sold for the same price. I would have been happy with either one. I decided on the Cosman because the head/face has a nice flat area to prevent the tool from rolling off the bench. I got it home and marked about 10-12 lines along some red oak. I started at the 1/2” range all the way out to 5” in 1/2” incre...

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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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Bell Forest Products

Bell Forest Products

11-02-2012 03:28 PM by Woodbum | 5 comments »

I recently made my first on-line lumber purchase. I chose Bell Forest Products because they are a sponsor of The Woodwhisperers Guild and I had heard good things about them through Marc’s site. I ordered a 20 bf lumber pack of African Mahogany, two additional “pick your own” AM boards and some Ebony turning squares. First let me say that I normally like to buy locally whenever I can, but my local supplier’s inventory was very sparse, and a little pricey. I received...

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Where has this thing been my entire woodworking career?

Where has this thing been my entire woodworking career?

01-12-2015 08:06 PM by paxorion | 5 comments »

The recent announcement of the Wood Peckers precision framing square sent me down a dangerous path of wondering where I can pull a few hundred bucks out of my budget for an impulse buy. After sanity checking myself, I decided that I need to bring myself back to reality and ask if there was an alternative to consider. Enter the Veritas Square Fence. If a framing square were Tom Cruise, it would say “you complete me” to this Veritas innovation. I spotted this innovation in the...

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Highly recommended

Highly recommended

11-14-2008 06:13 AM by Tim Dorcas | 5 comments »

About a month ago, I decided I wanted another lathe. I was getting frustrated with my King Mini Lathe in regards to vibration and having to constantly switch the belt to change speeds. I had about $1000-$1200 which put me in the category of mid level lathe. It came down to a Craftex CT128 which is a copy of the Laguna 18/47 and the Nova 1624-44. The Craftex is bigger, has a bit more horse power, includes variable speed and an incredibly sturdy stand. The biggest negatives were that it was 2...

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