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Almost got it right.

Almost got it right.

03-23-2011 09:43 PM by Routerisstillmyname | 3 comments »

Well, even though I‘ve had a Wixey Protractor( http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/549 ) that is dead on 100% accurate, measured against all my engineering squares and then some, At only $15 on sale, I could not resist picking one of these up.Why you might ask. Well, The Wixey even though is accurate; it has two main shortcomings. One, it is impossible to lock it in place. Second, it does not have the hold function, which should have been incorporated since it will not lock tight.On the other hand...

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Primary Bevel Grinding

Primary Bevel Grinding

10-27-2014 10:03 PM by OSU55 | 3 comments »

I have a 10” wet grinder (not Tormek) that I use all of the listed Tormek jigs on. I sharpen both turning tools and plane blades. The wet grinder does ok with reshaping HSS turning tools, but is slow and the wheel gets furrowed. The wet grinder does ok with O1 plane blades, and does fine with thin OEM Stanley blades. But, when it comes to thick A2 or HSS plane blades, it can take forever to regrind a primary bevel. In hopes of speeding things up a purchased the Tormek BGM-100 bench g...

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Artistic pen blanks

Artistic pen blanks

02-14-2010 11:05 PM by Sawdust2 | 3 comments »

Friday I had the opportunity to visit the shop of Constant Laubscher who runs a niche business of creating custom pen blanks. www.lazerlinez.com Constant showed me the process from root ball to finished product. He had one huge root burl that had to have been 4 foot in diameter. After the burl is cut to rough size (1×1 x 6-8) he dries it (them) in a large cabinet about 2×8 x 8. Then they get stabilized in a pressure pot you won’t believe. I could be wrong but I believe that...

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Wooden Boxes by Dennis Zongker

Wooden Boxes by Dennis Zongker

03-04-2014 08:25 PM by BritBoxmaker | 3 comments »

A nicely varied choice of boxes, with a thorough and detailed explanation of construction techniques and excellent presentation make this one of those best buys amongst books on the subject of boxmaking. Easy to follow and not in the slightest verbose. You could do worse than treat it as a reference book for the many useful techniques it describes. Pound for pound it is one of the most valuable books on box making in my collection. Well done sir.

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Sandpaper Holder - for hand sanding

Sandpaper Holder - for hand sanding

03-29-2011 07:17 PM by Don Johnson | 3 comments »

Although I now cannot find it, I’m sure I recently saw a Project for making sandpaper holders to ease the task of hand sanding, so the subject was on my mind when I received my latest ‘Current Special Bargains’ e-mail from Lidl. (This is a cut-price supermarket company, similar to Aldi – both of which sell in the UK although they are based in Germany. Besides food, etc., they usually offer a variety of DIY products, but none could be called ‘top-of-the-range&...

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Great Earmuffs

Great Earmuffs

12-24-2011 04:36 PM by Vaborn7795 | 3 comments »

This is my first review and most all my tools already have a ton of reviews already, so i thought i would review my earmuffs. These things were only $23 on amazon and plug right up with my iphone. The sound quality is outstanding and the ear protection is great as well. With machines running and volume only half to 3/4 the way on, I could easily hear the music i was listening to. Most will probably not even need it turned up that high. I am already starting to loose my hearing, so I prob...

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General Maxi-Lathe 25-100

General Maxi-Lathe 25-100

11-14-2008 09:24 PM by Chris Wright | 3 comments »

General makes two mid size lathes, the 25-100 and the 25-200. They are almost identical except that the 25-100 has a 1/2 HP motor with 6 speed stacked pulley, compared to the 25-200 having a 3/4 HP variable speed motor and the headstock assemble is capable of rotating for outbound turning. I was lucky enough to have a 25-100 donated to the shop and I’ve enjoyed using it now for the past few months. It is capable of turning small bowls, pens and spindles. I did notice when turning a ...

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Old Masters Gel Polyurethane Finish

Old Masters Gel Polyurethane Finish

09-29-2013 04:00 AM by Purrmaster | 3 comments »

I got this stuff last summer and have used it on several projects since. Primarily on woods that are prone to blotching. I tried it after I read about it in a Bob Flexner book. I like it very much. It goes on and comes off with great ease. All you need to do is put some on a cloth and wipe it onto your wood. Wait a few minutes and then wipe off the excess. It will dry to the touch in a few hours. It’s not particularly smelly nor messy. It’s as easy to apply as boiled li...

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Cosman Dovetail Saw a cut above

Cosman Dovetail Saw a cut above

12-25-2011 12:17 AM by Steve Rathke | 3 comments »

I recently purchased a Rob Cosman dovetail saw at my local Woodcraft, I had the choice between an English import, Lee valley and the Cosman saws. The Lee valley was very lightweight and didn’t seem balanced. The English import was heavier than the Lee Valley and had the 2 tooth pattern ( a start zone is 20 tpi at tip followed by 15 tpi the remaining length) nice saw. The Cosman Saw was as heavy but very well balanced – A real cut above the other saws I had seen. The Cosman also...

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Worth Every Penney

Worth Every Penney

03-13-2014 01:58 AM by mcase | 3 comments »

If your like me you have had screw down holdfasts that don’t hold fast at all. A hold fast that doesn’t hold the work firmly is IMO dangerous not only to your work but to your hands as well. Having had some real loser holdfasts over the years that let the work skitter around I always dreamt of a good screw down holdfast that would actually work. So when I came across the Sjoberg Scandi it really caught my attention. The Scandi looked like a winner – heavy solid steel r...

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