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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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Great Value

Great Value

10-14-2011 03:30 AM by DylanC | 5 comments »

I picked up this digital caliper for around $30 at a local Rockler. So far I couldn’t be happier. I compared it to a $100+ Mitutoyo at work and they were within a half a thousandth at full scale (5-6 inches). It also has a larger battery, so I’m hoping that it will last longer than the smaller watch battery types. Whats in the box: 6” digital caliper, case, 2 batteries (one installed, one spare). http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=24524

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General Int. 50-050 Tenoning Jig

General Int. 50-050 Tenoning Jig

07-08-2014 08:59 PM by Crickett | 10 comments »

I keep harping on efficiency being a major consideration in any tool I consider buying, and with the handful of tenoning jigs out there, I didn’t know where to turn. What I found blatantly obvious were the various brands (Delta, WoodTek, Shop Fox, Grizzly, Rockler, etc.) are all the same tool with different paint/logos. So that left the General and Jet as the top two contenders. I’m talking about “new” tenoning jigs here, but I suspect a few comments on older jigs. I c...

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Delta 50-760 best dust collector of its class

Delta 50-760 best dust collector of its class

06-11-2008 08:24 AM by Woodshopfreak | 11 comments »

Wow, is all I have to say. This was a part graduation part birthday present and I have to say I love this thing. It has made my woodworking experience a whole lot better. I bought about fifty feet of PVC and ran it along all the walls in my shop connecting it to my jointer, table saw, bandsaw, router table, and put in a handy floor sweep. I even put in a shop vac port that can hook right up to a shop vac hose and I can use it for my miter saw or for sanding or routing. I installed blast gates...

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An Excellent DC!

An Excellent DC!

08-01-2009 09:07 PM by Dustmite97 | 10 comments »

Update: At christmas time I upgraded to a 2 micron filter bag. I noticed a big difference and I am very happy now. Because of the upgrade I decided to edit my review. With the 2 micron bag it is exactly the same as the 10-105M model, so I can pretty much call it that one now. in conclusion, I now rate it 5 stars. I have been woodworking since grade five and always had a big problem with dust in the shop. I started reading up on dust collectors and got very interested in them. just this yea...

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Solid jointer

Solid jointer

09-17-2010 09:34 PM by bunkie | 10 comments »

I lucked into the closeout deal at Woodcraft where it was being sold for $150. Shipping was $75. As I live in an apartment in NYC, I had it delivered to my sister’s house as she has both a garage and an SUV I could borrow to get it to my shop which is in Pennsylvania. It was shipped the same day and it arrived in three business days. I was concerned about how I would get it out of the truck, but the shipper had a liftgate and it was no problem. The best news was that it fit in my car: ...

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