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3 styles of folding sawhorse

3 styles of folding sawhorse

3 days ago by Loren | 8 comments »

I get sent products to review sometimes. I’m an amazon vine reviewer. If you review a lot of stuff they’ll probably invite you to be one too. I reviewed a lot of books to start with. I haven’t reviewed many books lately due to the time required to read them. Once in awhile something I can really use becomes available. Here’s my comments on the Portamate folding sawhorses (about $100 a pair) compared to other styles (about $60 a pair) I use as well.

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Purple nitrile gloves protect your fingers, don't melt, look jazzy!

Purple nitrile gloves protect your fingers, don't melt, look jazzy!

2377 days ago by Nils | 11 comments »

I needed a clean, dust-free pair of gloves to assemble a turned kaleidescope egg I made for my wife for Valentine’s Day. I wondered where I could find a cheap pair of gloves for this purpose. I thought immediately of the drug store, where I’d gotten latex gloves before. As I was shopping, I saw these purple nitrile gloves, and though to myself, “Self, isn’t nitrile that stuff that’s impervious to oil?” I’ve had the experience with latex gloves that oi...

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Grizzly G0478 2 HP Hybrid Cabinet Saw Review

Grizzly G0478 2 HP Hybrid Cabinet Saw Review

2236 days ago by Timber4fun | 17 comments »

Introduction – After 16 years of using a Craftsman contractor-style table saw, I decided to investigate and upgrade to a cabinet saw. My priorities included dust collection, accurate fence, performance, accurate/efficient cuts, quality components, functionality, size, and price. I am a no nonsense type of person. I really don’t want a bunch of fancy marketing features that tend to break in the first 5 years. Give me a good solid tool and I am happy. The Grizzly G0478 2 HP Hybrid Cabinet ...

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The KRs baby sibling

The KRs baby sibling

1991 days ago by Tony | 1 comment »

I recently purchased quite a few of these clamps – see my blog http://lumberjocks.com/topics/5240. These clamps are a lower grade parallel clamp than the K or the KR versions from Bessey and are available in 300 mm (12”) and 600mm (24”), with a 80mm (3”) jaw length. I found the clamps to be more than adequate for light clamping, but do not expect the same performance as the KR. The clamping pads stay relatively square and parallel even when full torqued, there are ...

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Yardstick style measuring compass

Yardstick style measuring compass

1822 days ago by Bob #2 | 12 comments »

I saw this item during a small ordering spree with woodcraft and added it to my order givng it little thought as it was quite simple and what could go wrong? First thing is it was back ordered and shipped separately at a later date.That would be fine if I had been advised but there was nothing mentioned on the invoice so I assumed it had been overlooked and proceeded to buy another one locally ( different style but same application.) When this one arrived I at first tried it on the y...

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Benjamin's Best Bowl Gouges

Benjamin's Best Bowl Gouges

1414 days ago by Lochlainn1066 | 2 comments »

I have the 3/8 and 1/2 inch gouges from Penn State. As of the current catalog (got it today), they are $15.95 and $19.95. I am a self taught turner (about 5yrs experience), so my only comparison in edge retention is from a cheapo Harbor Freight set and an older Buck Brothers set. The BB gouges hold an edge as long or longer than any of these tools, which makes them about average for HSS. I have a high carbon scraper I made myself which doesn’t hold an edge very long at all, for co...

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Replacing an old benchtop planer

Replacing an old benchtop planer

1296 days ago by Ian_S | 7 comments »

I recently purchased ($1390.00) this planer from my local woodworking store Warren Cutlery in Rhinebeck New York. The planer was on display in the store, so all I had to do set up wise was bolt on the cast iron bed extensions, connect the dust collection hood and install a plug. Set up time under two hours. The adjustment screws on the bed extensions were easy to use when leveling the beds, though the screws on each end had limited room for turning the allen key. This planer appears to b...

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ShopSmith Vs. Gator 3 X 21, 80 grit sanding belts. Price comparison.

ShopSmith Vs. Gator 3 X 21, 80 grit sanding belts. Price comparison.

581 days ago by MarkTheFiddler | 12 comments »

ShopSmith sells 4 3X21 Sanding Belts for $17.98 at LowesGator sells 5 3X21 Sanding Belts for $5.98 at Lowes Figure $4.50 for each ShopSmith Vs. $1.20 per Gator I used both belts to sand the aluminum oxide finish off hardwood flooring for use in a project. That is some very tough finish. I sanded until I had to apply downward pressure on the belt sander to get a bite. I stopped there. Mind you the flooring finish dulls out the sand paper very quickly. Take a look at this picture: ...

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Nice small curved adze from Bulgaria

Nice small curved adze from Bulgaria

222 days ago by jdh122 | 4 comments »

I’ve had this small bowl adze for about two months now, and used it to carve four bowls, all in poplar (not tulip poplar, quaking aspen, which we call poplar around here). So a very soft wood, and green. When I was looking for a small curved adze to use for bowls and also possibly chair seats, I hunted quite hard, and was unwilling to pay the price that the Swedish and Swiss companies want. On ebay I found this adze sold by the ebay seller mapsyst (currently at http://www.ebay.com/itm/CURV...

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Better drill than I expected, serviceable impact driver, so-so radio

Better drill than I expected, serviceable impact driver, so-so radio

3 days ago by Dan Lyke | 5 comments »

This is not a brand I would have ever expected to have in my shop, but… From my Twitter stream, on April 30th 2014 I got a follow from @RIDGIDPower, and said I’d be an unlikely customer. Surprising me, they engaged! We sent email back and forth, their rep offered to send me a battery powered tool combo kit with a drill, impact driver, and radio. I actually declined, on the basis that I didn’t need another set of chargers and batteries in my shop, but by that point the box wa...

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