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Lack of Control

Lack of Control

03-16-2012 12:52 AM by T. D. Reid | 15 comments »

I just finished a twin size bed out of quarter-saw white oak in the Arts and Crafts style. During the planing stage I had noticed that I was low on my usual finish supplies and needed to order more before I started. Before doing so I stopped by my favorite big box store and checked out what was on the shelves in the finishing section. Low and behold Minwax add a new color to their line of Polyshades called Mission oak in Satin or Gloss, so I gave it a shot. Here is the review;Pro’s – it was p...

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sthil ms 441

sthil ms 441

08-27-2012 04:08 PM by Bill1225 | 8 comments »

I have had this saw for about 4 months now and have dropped probably about 50 trees and cut avout 15 cords of wood. I bought it to replace a husky 266xp. Power- i run it with a 18” or 24” it has no trouble running either with a full comp sthil/ oregon full comp 3/8-.50 pro chain and has a good power band. i have buried the 24” bar in oak and it just goes. ergonomics- it is the smoothest running saw i have owned. you can definatly tell the vibrations transmited to the g...

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Great so far!

Great so far!

01-23-2013 03:18 PM by JJones98042 | 9 comments »

I just purchased one of these units last week. I haven’t mounted it to the ceiling yet, but I have running at table height for now just to check it out. I had been planning to build my own filter like this, but for the price it was hard to pass up. Building a similar unit from scratch would probably cost close to the same plus the time to round up the components and assemble it. I was pleased with how quiet the unit was for the amount of air it was moving. I have only used it duri...

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Great Small Plane - Like a #3

Great Small Plane - Like a #3

02-24-2008 02:44 AM by RickH | 10 comments »

The tool I have owned for about a month is the Lee Valley-Veritas Low Angle Block plane, with optional rear vertical tote and wooden front knob. I originally bought in order to have a really high quality block plane, and decided to order the optional rear handle and front wooden knob in case I wanted to use this plane that way. On it’s own this LA plane is a fantastic tool:> Has adjustable front mouth to fine tune / optimize shaving control in difficult woods.> Very comfortable to...

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The good and bad. . .

The good and bad. . .

07-05-2008 05:16 AM by USCJeff | 16 comments »

I have not been giving much praise to HF tools that have a motor or battery in the past. There are the occasional decent values though (The Dust Collecter is nice for a small setting, for example). This router has a ton of negatives. The adjustments are sloppy and the collet seems less secure than a Dewalt and Bosch router that I use as well. The attacthments such as the edge guide, aren’t very precise either. That said, I still am glad I purchased it. I got it for under $20. I o...

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Rock Solid Jointer!

Rock Solid Jointer!

05-05-2010 05:44 PM by CryptKeeper | 10 comments »

I purchased this jointer this past weekend and I have already run a few feet of white oak without any problems. Pros:The manual was easy to follow and assembly was a snap. Plenty of power. Faced 6” white oak removing a 1/16 of inch no problem Reasonable foot print for small shop. I actually went to order the 8” Jet but after talking with my dealer I realized there was no way I could handle that unit by myself (unloading and assembly) and it would take up too much floor ...

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Dewalt homerun

Dewalt homerun

08-28-2012 08:42 PM by Oldelm | 7 comments »

I purchased this router because I needed something lighter than my 691 plunge base in order to keep being able to do some woodworking. I bought the router andmost of the accessories for it, the fence(the inexpensive one), the round base to use with bushings, the vacuum adaptors for both bases. I used it for the first time to let in some banding and do some round over work on my current project. I am impressed with the the tool. It is easy to handle with either base. The plunge base is easy to...

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Ridgid T1300 Planer Blade Replacements

Ridgid T1300 Planer Blade Replacements

07-02-2013 08:41 PM by OakHill | 18 comments »

As an owner of the Ridgid T1300, buying new blades from Home Depot orRidgid is darn near impossible. While searching the internet for replacementsI found the Powertec 128070 blades. Advertised as “Replacement blades forthe T1300” Two sets were purchased through Amazon for $25.19 per set. A few dollarsless than the price at Home Depot, when they were available. Upon receiving the blades the first thing I did was inspect the blades using aMicrometer. The thickness was .073, the same as...

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Ryobi 18-Volt One+ Lithium-Ion- Drill Driver and Circular Saw Kit +charger

Ryobi 18-Volt One+ Lithium-Ion- Drill Driver and Circular Saw Kit +charger

08-14-2014 12:54 AM by Routerisstillmyname | 19 comments »

Since home depot doesn’t like publishing a negative reviews that points out the obvious, I might as well review it here.So what we have here is a definite value. Drill with clutch, 5 1/2 inch saw not one but two entry level +1 lithium ion 18v batteries and a charger and all for just 79.00You can’t beat that.Batteries (although entry level) and charger alone cost more than that individually. The drill is nice with 24 position clutch setting and runs true no wobble like the yellow D drills.An...

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Open Up a New World on Woodworking

Open Up a New World on Woodworking

07-08-2008 09:12 PM by Sawdustonmyshoulder | 11 comments »

I took a sharpening class at the Birmingham Woodcraft store a while back. I really didn’t know it then, but that class really has opened up my woodworking world. My projects are getting more involved and really more fun because I now have very sharp tools. If you have never had a sharpening class, you should make it your priority. I would have gotten into the woodturning world and stayed there about 10 minutes without sharp tools. Plane irons and chisels just about cut through ...

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