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HTC Portamate HTC PBR-001 PortaMate Wood Rack

HTC Portamate HTC PBR-001 PortaMate Wood Rack

05-20-2011 07:14 AM by David Grimes | 8 comments »

I just added this to my still-going-together garage shop last week. I’m still moving in, but have already started a couple of projects. As usual, I’m left with some plywood drops that will be usable on future projects, but I needed a place to store them until that time. I had a spot that was not being used for anything else, so I ordered this wood rack. I paid $52.64 with free shipping. It arrived fully clothed and unbeaten by Fed-ex. Installation was twelve screws for the ...

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Fun and Quizzical

Fun and Quizzical

07-17-2012 10:14 AM by MsDebbieP | 4 comments »

This book review is from the July 2012 issue of our LumberJocks’ eMag Fox Chapel Publishing is donating another book for a free draw! (See below for details)Woodcarving Magic by Bjarne Jespersen This book has me scratching my head. Woodcarving Magic – while I think all woodworking projects are magical in themselves, this book focuses on creating those items that have free floating pieces inside of other pieces. There are the interlocking chains, of course, but what about a dode...

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Turn the corner when you see this one.

Turn the corner when you see this one.

05-16-2013 03:37 AM by vipond33 | 18 comments »

I am not normally inclined to write bad reviews, preferring to talk about tools that I really like, but if I can save one LJ from buying this problem drill then my work here is done. We were out on a job site, far, far from home – without our right angle drill.It was essential to what we were doing so our boss ran out and bought (to give him credit) probably the only choice available for miles. Nevertheless, it was Jack and the Beanstalk in reverse. We gave him a few beans, he cam...

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New Oliver 4230 8" Jointer

New Oliver 4230 8" Jointer

05-30-2014 05:00 PM by bons | 8 comments »

Just wanted to post some pictures of new Oliver 4230 jointer I recently set up in basement workshop. I looked at a lot of reviews before pulling tigger on Oliver. Really liked the weight at 655 lbs, long bed and overall look of machine. Took 4 of us to get it around and into to back walk out basement door. My two sons at 6’4 and 6’2 and son in law at 6’5. I helped but but at 63 and 5’9, not so much. Moral support. Removed bed and moved in two stages. The machine comes ...

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Jig saw replacment

Jig saw replacment

05-19-2008 03:25 PM by GMman | 4 comments »

Jig saw replacement….this specially for buddy rtb. Cut-out tool ,you can get the complete kit a Sears…Sears calls it the all in one cutting tool

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Leatherman Skeletool CX Multitool, It's what Batman would carry.

Leatherman Skeletool CX Multitool, It's what Batman would carry.

07-21-2009 06:00 AM by EricWrights | 3 comments »

I already have a multi-tool (Swiss Army Champion Plus), it’s a great tool to be sure, but for me out of the 30 tools in it I only ever use the small blade and once in a blue moon the scissors. It’s a “little of everything” tool but not particularly strong in any one of the particular tools. The allure of the Skeletool for me was:The simplicity, but being strong in what it gives you:1. On the CX model, the 154CM combo plain/serrated blade is beefy enough to do a job ...

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Rockler Mortise Machine Table And Fence

Rockler Mortise Machine Table And Fence

12-23-2009 07:33 PM by TheDane | 2 comments »

This table/fence solved a lot of problems, and really improved the performance of my Jet JBM-5 Mortising Machine. It provides a much larger work surface than the stock table, and comes with 2 of Rockler’s Rotary Guides that help secure the workpiece against the fence, but allow movements to the right or left so you can slide the workpiece as needed. I made one small modification when I installed the fence. I have never trusted wood screws in MDF for this type of fixture, so instea...

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E C Emmerich Dovetail Plane

E C Emmerich Dovetail Plane

01-23-2011 08:31 PM by TheGravedigger | 2 comments »

Most of us have something on our Christmas wish list that we didn’t get – the thing that you turn around and spend your cash gifts on. In my case, it was a dovetail plane. I like the idea of sliding dovetails for casework, but find fitting them to be a pain. Routing the socket is simple enough, but fine-tuning the router table fence for a perfect pin fit can drive me to distraction – all I have to do is breathe wrong to get it too loose. It seemed to me that ro...

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Not perfect, but good features

Not perfect, but good features

05-20-2011 10:20 AM by Tedstor | 1 comment »

I know most people tend to favor a combo square over a try square, but for whatever reason, I still find myself reaching for my try square for most 90 degree layout tasks. Up until yesterday, I used a Sears/Companion brand square that I inherited from my wife’s grandfather. However, it only has a 6” blade, is graduated in 1/8ths, and is generally worn out after 30+yrs of use. My intent was to replace it with a similar tool with a slightly larger blade and scale graduated in 16ths....

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HF Work Bench On Sale

HF Work Bench On Sale

10-03-2011 09:41 PM by SPHinTampa | 14 comments »

My homemade workbench top (my first big project) gave up a few weeks ago. I saw an advertizement for this and had a coupon for 20% off so net price for the work bench came out to $129 …. not a bad price. Pros:- Assembly is solid .. .I was worried it would be flimsy and it is not- Vice quality is acceptable Cons:- 1/2” bench dog holes that are spaced inconvienently far apart- Either I am bad at assembly or the mounting hardware is slightly off … i had trouble keepi...

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