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For the money, not a bad saw.

For the money, not a bad saw.

01-20-2015 09:40 PM by Dave Rutan | 12 comments »

I bought this saw several years ago as my first table saw. I shopped around for what I could afford and decided that this was the one I wanted. In no way to I regret that decision. Coming into the hobby from the ground up I wanted a saw that had all its parts. I would have been pretty clueless about any Craigslist buy as to features, missing pieces, etc. Aside from the metal stand, there was no assembly necessary to get this saw up and running. Everything was aligned properly and has served...

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Craftex CX404 Damaged and DOA Out of the Box

Craftex CX404 Damaged and DOA Out of the Box

06-05-2017 05:33 AM by Shaun | 11 comments »

Thanks to everyone for the advice on dust collection a few months back. I decided to start with a decent dust collector that could pull off > 800 CFM. Being in Canada, we have limited options and sometimes it’s hard to choose a good piece of equipment. The equipment that everyone swears by might not be available in Canada or it might cost a mint to get it here. And it’s also noteworthy that even the most reputable company might produce a lemon from time to time. Having looke...

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Irwin Miter Saw Laser Guide -- works well so far

Irwin Miter Saw Laser Guide -- works well so far

05-29-2008 01:42 AM by Matt (Upper Cut) | 12 comments »

This weekend I bought and installed the Irwin Miter Saw Laser Guide onto my DeWalt Miter Saw. I’m very happy with it so far. It was easy to install It projects a crisp clean line to the left of the blade (unless your blade retaining nut is on the right of the blade) It is very helpful with complex cuts or cutting complex material It is less helpful with straight cuts on square material (it’s easier for you to know where the blade will be cutting in this regard) It was c...

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Hitachi CW 40 16" Scroll Saw

Hitachi CW 40 16" Scroll Saw

01-29-2009 04:22 AM by MrsN | 8 comments »

For Mother’s Day last year my husband asked what I wanted. I said a scroll saw. I didn’t know what I was going to do with it, but I didn’t have one and I wanted one. Since that is about the same logic that keeps my husband buying chain saws I knew my reasoning would work. (I think the chain saw count is up to 6, just yesterday he came home saying “but I don’t have this one, and it has a turbo, none of mine have a turbo)Not knowing exactly what I would do with the...

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Lasted <1 day

Lasted <1 day

07-23-2009 10:44 PM by PurpLev | 13 comments »

seems like I had my share of disappointing experiences with tools last couple of weeks, but I guess a bad review is more valuable than a good one as it can save the agony of others. so here goes: I had a dewalt cordless grinder for years, and although I have very limited use for it, I find it very valuable, since when the time comes – there’s nothing else that can do that job as good. unfortunately my 18v batteries all died on me, and currently there is no justification to spen...

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A better mouse trap.....

A better mouse trap.....

12-27-2009 12:18 AM by Chris | 3 comments »

I received the Sorby Sandmaster from my children as a Christmas present. On the surface you might think “Why do I need a tool for sanding a bowl?” I normally use regular sandpaper (Norton or 3M) for finishing my bowls; this however turned out to be a whole different story. I found that I am not seeing the wonderful concentric circles from the sandpaper scratches and I don’t believe I’m getting much if any heat buildup. I just completed a crotch maple bowl this mornin...

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Woodworking Magazine Survey

Woodworking Magazine Survey

02-20-2012 04:28 PM by duosonicdave | 49 comments »

Okay LJ’s – time to weigh in. . . I’ve searched around and can’t seem to find a survey/side-by-side comparison of the various woodworking magazines. I’m thinking about taking out my first subscription and find myself wondering, “So, what’s unique about “this” publication vs. “that” publication. I was wondering if those of you who have experience across a wide spectrum of woodworking magazines could describe how they stack ...

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Handy Shop Stools

Handy Shop Stools

07-20-2012 03:03 PM by AJswoodshop | 8 comments »

For christmas my Grampa came and as a big present upgraded my shop. He bought me a craftsman stool and a kreg pocket hole jig. The craftsman stool was the first thing I saw and I loved it. Its ajustible so you can raise and lower the stool. Its $49.99 regular but he said he got it on sale for $29.99! Its a great stool and highly recomend it. 5 Stars. AJ

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Good Drill Press for $70

Good Drill Press for $70

01-22-2015 12:03 AM by edwood1975 | 6 comments »

If your on a budget then this is the press for you here are some pros and cons… Pros:1. Light is a great feature especially when trying to position a brad point on your workpiece2 Small enough to fit under a bench at 23” high3 Cast iron base and shelf makes it extremely sturdy but a con appears when trying to move and position the 6×6” shelf it’s very heavy4. Overall I like it Cons:1. Hard to position wood on shelf as its too small( that’s why I buil...

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FESTOOL KAPEX - WOW! (BUT Not quite 5 Stars (4.5 STARS))

FESTOOL KAPEX - WOW! (BUT Not quite 5 Stars (4.5 STARS))

03-10-2015 03:54 PM by Rockne | 24 comments »

This will be a quick review and really somewhat of a comparison between the Festool Kapex and the Bosch Glide 12”. I replaced my Bosch Glide Saw with a Kapex. It made absolutely zero economical sense, especially given that I’m just a very occasional hobbyist, but when Festool had their “sale”, I jumped on one. My primary motivating factors were 1) the dust collection (not so much for my health, but my hatred for cleaning), 2) the promise that the Kapex would cut 45&...

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