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Best darn driver I've ever used

Best darn driver I've ever used

02-03-2008 02:49 AM by Jim | 6 comments »

How many tools evoke real pleasure each time you use them? This Makita will do that. I was replacing a patio cover while doing a “Paint the Town” project a couple of years ago. The cover was composed of dozens of 16’ long 2×4’s that needed to be screwed into the crossmembers. A guy that fixed my garage door recommended I buy this Makita for the job. Boy, was he right. Now I typically reach for the Makita before I consider any other drill/driver. The impact takes ...

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JessEm Mite-R-Excel™ Precision Miter Gauge

JessEm Mite-R-Excel™ Precision Miter Gauge

06-10-2008 07:43 AM by WayneC | 9 comments »

This is from an post originally in my blog. This is one sweet miter gauge and is highly recommended. It is a bit spendy and if I had thought things out more in advance I think I would have probably saved my money and gotten their sliding table. It is accurate, easy to set up and built like a tank. It has a 24” fence and can extend to 36”. The gauge has a Dual-Indexing Angle Location System that provides precise “positive stop” angle locating to every ½ degree an...

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Freud 2 1/4 HP Variable Speed Router Model FT1700VCE

Freud 2 1/4 HP Variable Speed Router Model FT1700VCE

02-21-2009 03:23 AM by Straightpiped | 13 comments »

Just got this in the mail. Haven’t had a chance to use it yet. I wanted to get this up before the Woodcraft sale went away. $99 with free shipping. This is my second router, my first is a Black and Decker plunge router. This router appears to be quality built. Smooth base adjustment with two different style adjustment knobs that can be switched. Both 1/4” and 1/2” collets. Adjustable speed from 10,000-23,000 RPM. Also comes with a nice case, which is a huge bonus to...

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What is wrong with Bostitch?

What is wrong with Bostitch?

07-31-2009 04:36 AM by sboyle | 33 comments »

I bought a compressor not too long ago. It ran good for a while and now the pressure doesn’t build up. From what I read it is the valve assembly. I don’t know if I should replace it or just buy another brand. I thought Bostitch made good tools but this just changed my opinion. I read that one person actually replaced it 3 times. Am I wasting my time with this one? Should I toss it and buy another brand? Any opinions would be appreciated. I think I will be staying away from Bostitc...

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One Year Later...

One Year Later...

01-03-2010 05:14 PM by Xett | 8 comments »

I’ve owned this saw a little over a year now, figured it was about time to write a review. FYI; the orange box store is now stocking an updated version of this saw with a riving knife and various other updates. My saw is the older version, but from what I can tell, not much different, save some cosmetic updates and the riving knife. Out of the box, it came reasonably well tuned, though needed fixing. Aligning the blade to the slots is a matter of three allen screws and a small hammer...

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Great planer for what it is, and what it costs, lacking finer features.

Great planer for what it is, and what it costs, lacking finer features.

09-17-2010 05:21 PM by dbhost | 12 comments »

Well, after 2 and a half years of trouble free service, I figured I should write up a review of my Ryobi AP1301 planer for you folks. Like many other owners of these planers, I have found the lack of infeed and outfeed support annoying, at least at first, and it DOES snipe if you just shove wood through it, and let it just dangle out the back end. I have found that supporting your lumber by hand as you feed it in, and take it out of the planer takes care of the snipe issue almost completel...

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Swedish Sloyd Knife

Swedish Sloyd Knife

02-29-2012 12:49 AM by jjw5858 | 5 comments »

Just a few weeks back I received this little treat I picked up for myself from the Lee Valley Tools website, a Swedish Sloyd Knife! This retails for $15.50 and I was plesantly surprised that for a cheaper costing carver knife that this is a very handy shop knife to have around. I would have preferred wood to the hard plastic handle (AHHH Its 16 bucks..lol)...but it fits nicely to the contours of the hand, has a sharp blade, and cuts nice for a Sunday afternoon of whittling…...(See...

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A good product for a craftsman .113

A good product for a craftsman .113

08-05-2012 12:35 AM by Tedstor | 6 comments »

A won’t go too in-deepth here. Its a pretty simple product and it works well. The insert has 4 leveling screws to adjust flush with the table top. It also has adjustable screws in the top/side to prevent any lateral movement (see pic). The insert actually fit pretty well out of the box. After about 2 minutes worth of adjustments, it was dead-on. Seems to be good quality and I have no reason to think it won’t last for years. I’ll probably buy two more for dado and thicker, cr...

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The Best Framing Chisel I've Ever Used

The Best Framing Chisel I've Ever Used

04-21-2010 05:40 AM by VanLewis | 4 comments »

I’ve been using an ancient hand-forged framing chisel, about 2” wide, since I inherited it with a bunch of rusty saws maybe 25 years ago. Other carpenters admire it, mostly I think because you can see the skill of the maker in its hammer dents. It sharpens beautifully, holds an edge farily well, and can cut cleanly while the edge is new. It does have one major drawback, though: the socket was forged around a too-small form, about the diameter of a pencil, so I have to replace t...

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Low hit to the budget and shop footprint, not the best capacity.

Low hit to the budget and shop footprint, not the best capacity.

09-17-2010 06:01 PM by dbhost | 10 comments »

Specs are pretty straight forward… Max working pressure 115PSI.Air delivery: 5 SCFM at 90 PSI, 6 SCFM at 40 PSI. Simply put, I have had it for over a year now, and run the snot out of this thing. It sufficiently runs all of my nailers, impact wrench, air ratchet, etc… As long as I keep in mind it has an 8 gallon tank, and don’t expect to not have to wait for the compressor to catch up with me it’s fine. This is not my first compressor, so I can compare it to 2...

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