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Pretty good deal

Pretty good deal

01-25-2009 06:36 AM by peabody | 16 comments »

I want to start off by saying that for all spindle or pen work, this lathe is perfect, the adjustment speeds are great and it is a breeze to operate. The problem is that when you try to turn anything larger than about 3” the whole machine goes to crap. I broke my shop’s midi while turning a 3.5” bowl and I bent the shaft, meaning that nothing can be turned on it ever again. As long as you use this for smaller objects it will serve you well although if you plan on using it...

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Plenty of power, good chuck, a little noisy.

Plenty of power, good chuck, a little noisy.

07-22-2009 04:17 PM by dbhost | 2 comments »

It’s been nearly two years since I purchased my Ryobi D46CK driver drill to replace an old Craftsman drill that had been on long term loan a little too long… The features I liked about this particular drill were the fact that it had a keyless chuck, with a good, predictable chuck. The blow molded case helps with storage and at least TRYING to keep my shop tidy. Power from this drill has been great, after Hurricane Ike I used it with a 1.5” long shaft (18”) spade ...

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Craftsman 12" Sliding Miter

Craftsman 12" Sliding Miter

12-25-2009 08:55 AM by Bob Kollman | 7 comments »

This miter saw has been very good purchase, I made some compromises in order to have a sliding compound miter sooner rather than later. I choose this one because of price $230.00 (I think the regular price is like $330.00), and durability. When I looked at the display model, it was firm and square. The saw has all the power I need, and most of the time I’m using it for cross cuts, and simple 45’s and 22.5’s . Out of the box everything was squared up, I had to make a slight...

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Wixie for The Griz

Wixie for The Griz

04-10-2010 12:00 AM by longgone | 1 comment »

I recently bought a wixey digital/fractional readout for my big old floor model planer. These are supposed to be for a desktop planer but I have seen others adapt them to fit a floor model planer. I have several other wixey products and have been quite happy with them so I decided to make one adaptable to my Grizzly 15” planer. I used a 2” wide piece of aluminum flat bar and a piece of 1 1/2” aluminum angle iron… and after a little trial and error of lining up the l...

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A useful tool for the small shop

A useful tool for the small shop

09-04-2010 08:54 AM by grosa | 13 comments »

Inverted pin routers. This machine is amazing. You can use bits from 3/16” diameter all the way through 3/4” diameter. You can use router bits on it and you can cut in three different depth settings. You can change the rpm’s and you can cut a variety of different thicknesses. It is a machine that is all steel with superb welds. You do not need to be a rocket scientist to run it and you can start making money with it the first day. It has a 36” throat capacity and a 1...

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My first lathe.

My first lathe.

10-04-2011 03:42 PM by joey bealis | 1 comment »

To start this off i want everyone to know that this is my first lathe and the only one i have ever turned on. Also its the only one i have seen in person. I left the lathe with dust on it so i would not get ragged for having a unused shop. As per request from a patron on this LJ’S i waited a few months after receiving lathe before doing a review. I have turned close to one hundred projects on this lathe so far. Now for the review lets start with a little information on the lathe. Mot...

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dust cover for nail gun

dust cover for nail gun

02-17-2012 03:38 AM by eddie | 5 comments »

moving into a new shop and don’t have all the dust collection set up yet so i use a lot of these mask they make good caps for air tools that i seem to always lose

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Danish Oil vs. Danish Oil: Deftoil vs. Watco Brand

Danish Oil vs. Danish Oil: Deftoil vs. Watco Brand

07-19-2012 12:17 AM by Manitario | 10 comments »

Most of the finish on my projects involves Danish oil; it is a simple, easy to apply finish and wipe on Poly can be applied if further protection is needed beyond what the poly content of the DO provides. Most of the big box stores carried “Watco” brand, so growing up it is what I watched my father use, and then what I used when I started into woodworking. Over the last 6 months though I’ve found it increasingly difficult to find DO in big box stores, maybe the crackdown on ...

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Easy and works

Easy and works

12-18-2013 09:45 PM by Woodknack | 5 comments »

Disclaimer, this was a free sample I received many months ago. Odie’s Oil is a mix of wax(es) and oil(s) that works like a friction polish but can also be applied to flat work. I don’t know exactly what is in it and it has a very distinct smell that I find pleasing. The claim is a little bit will go a long way and initially I tried applying with a paper towel and was disappointed, not only does the towel absorb too much of the finish but the paper sticks and leaves little fuzzb...

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A leg up on the work bench

A leg up on the work bench

01-27-2009 12:32 AM by Chris Wright | 10 comments »

I had first read about this bench in the September ‘07 issue of American Woodworker. Earlier this month I met the inventor and got to try out the system. The system allows you to have a work surface at a height that you need. I ordered the leg set, the caster set and their “one rail” system. Here’s what they all looked like when the packages arrived. Here’s the legs. They are made from 11 gauge powder coated steal. Here’s the whole ba...

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