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Inexpensive way to save a lot of time.

Inexpensive way to save a lot of time.

01-14-2014 04:21 PM by SirFatty | 24 comments »

I have to share my shop space with two cars in the winter. All that humidity from melting snow wreaks havoc on the cast iron table saw top and drill press table and post. I set out to find a good way to seal/protect the exposed steel so that come spring, I did not have to spend a day preparing surfaces for woodworking. I came across SLIPIT and after reading some reviews, decided to give it shot. One of the great things about this product is that it not only seals the surface, but makes th...

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Wood River #62 low angle Jack Plane

Wood River #62 low angle Jack Plane

08-09-2014 06:26 PM by Florida_Jim | 8 comments »

I’ve wanted a bevel up jack plane for a while. When Wood River brought out their #62, I agonized over paying extra for the lee valley. I have a V3, #4, #5, and a low angle block plane that I’m very happy with. I had a discount coupon so I bought the wood river #62. Out of the box, it was a beauty. The sole was flat, and the sides were dead on square. I bought an extra 25 degree blade, and the 40 degree blade. I polished, and sharpened the blades. I sharpened the 40, and one of the 25’s with a...

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Wow, talk about misleading ratings

Wow, talk about misleading ratings

01-02-2015 07:48 PM by philba | 18 comments »

I have yet to use this product but was struck by their labeling when I opened it up. The first picture shows the outside of the box clearly stating 15A current capacity. The second picture shows the inside where the device itself says 12A and the sticker says 9A. No where on the outside does it say 9 (or even 12) amps. While I get that ratings can change, having 3 different ratings is disturbing. I think it’s really bad when the outside says one thing but the inside says another. T...

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Fat Max backsaw must be the homeowner line

Fat Max backsaw must be the homeowner line

01-26-2015 10:39 PM by Pat83 | 2 comments »

I purchased this saw because I had misplaced my Buck Brothers el cheapo that works just fine. The price was very reasonable, about $20. The teeth feel sharp to the touch but I always feel like I’m cutting a pinched board when sawing. I’ve tried it on pine and ash, both were difficult to cut and I think the kerf is narrower than the rest of the blade. I will be replacing this saw very soon.

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Mini-Review

Mini-Review

02-23-2015 02:41 PM by Matt Tooley | 7 comments »

I bought a Craftsman 14” BAS350 bandsaw a couple of weeks ago. I wanted to get a 14” bandsaw for my workshop. I am basically an aspiring hobbyist that likes to make furniture and other woodcraft. I don’t own a table saw nor do I plan to, so a bandsaw seemed like the next logical tool to add to the suite of tools. So after doing the standard bandsaw research I settled on the Craftsman. I picked the Craftsman for a few reasons:1. They had one in stock at the local Sear...

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Great Shed

Great Shed

07-03-2008 10:11 PM by Zuki | 9 comments »

I know what you are thinking, why is a woodworker building a plastic shed. Three reasons: (1) to build one of the same size would be more expensive and (2) the marketing information says it takes 3 hours to install and (3) 5 year warranty. We have been needing a shed for a while and were eying these at Canadian Tire. When they finally went on sale we went for it. You definitely need either a trailer or pickup to bring this home. I tried to fit it in the back of my SUV but it was too bi...

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A Great Little Powerhouse

A Great Little Powerhouse

08-25-2009 03:28 AM by Cortland | 2 comments »

This is a great, comparatively light, little compressor that drives my Milwaukee stapler, brad driver, 15 and 16-gauge finish nailers with ease. I have high expectations for any Senco product, so I did notice one minor design flaw if you plan to use a filter at the compressor connection. The compressor female quick release is facing more toward the roll bar frame instead of being angled away from it. There isn’t enough physical space to clear a large in-line air filter, so instead of...

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Save your time and get the real thing

Save your time and get the real thing

05-05-2010 09:23 AM by wch | 9 comments »

On the Woodcraft website, this blade is branded Pinnacle, which is Woodcraft’s house brand, but it’s made by IBC and the blade has “IBC” printed on it. Apparently IBC used to make blades for Veritas, but they’ve recently started making planes under their own brand, and Woodcraft is making a marketing push for their new Pinnacle/IBC blades. This particular blade can be used in the Veritas bevel-up jointer, jack, and smoother. I bought this blade because I was a...

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Good value, but probably not the last block plane you will ever buy.

Good value, but probably not the last block plane you will ever buy.

10-26-2011 02:22 AM by DylanC | 4 comments »

From the Stanley Website: Ideal for planing end grain and plastic materials 12-920 block plane has a fully adjustable cutter resting at 21° Gray, cast-iron base with precision-ground sides and bottom Finger grips machined into sides make single-handed use easy Hardened, tempered steel gives precision-ground cutter edge durability Cutter adjusts for depth and alignment, offering precise control Durable epoxy coating for long-lasting protection Quick-release cam-lock m...

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For a cheap box store hand saw I was very surprised at how well it cut

For a cheap box store hand saw I was very surprised at how well it cut

03-14-2012 07:12 PM by Dan | 7 comments »

I recently picked up a truck full of reclaimed barn wood that needed to be cleaned up and planed. I had a lot of thick boards and some long 10ft boards that were just to big or long to cut comfortably with my RAS. I figured it would be quickest and easiest to cut them with a handsaw. I was using one of my vintage Disston handsaws to do this until I hit a nail which really messed up my saw. Not wanting to risk damaging another one of my vintage saws I decided to just buy one of those new cheap...

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