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Great Small Plane - Like a #3

Great Small Plane - Like a #3

02-24-2008 02:44 AM by RickH | 10 comments »

The tool I have owned for about a month is the Lee Valley-Veritas Low Angle Block plane, with optional rear vertical tote and wooden front knob. I originally bought in order to have a really high quality block plane, and decided to order the optional rear handle and front wooden knob in case I wanted to use this plane that way. On it’s own this LA plane is a fantastic tool:> Has adjustable front mouth to fine tune / optimize shaving control in difficult woods.> Very comfortable to...

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The good and bad. . .

The good and bad. . .

07-05-2008 05:16 AM by USCJeff | 16 comments »

I have not been giving much praise to HF tools that have a motor or battery in the past. There are the occasional decent values though (The Dust Collecter is nice for a small setting, for example). This router has a ton of negatives. The adjustments are sloppy and the collet seems less secure than a Dewalt and Bosch router that I use as well. The attacthments such as the edge guide, aren’t very precise either. That said, I still am glad I purchased it. I got it for under $20. I o...

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Rock Solid Jointer!

Rock Solid Jointer!

05-05-2010 05:44 PM by CryptKeeper | 10 comments »

I purchased this jointer this past weekend and I have already run a few feet of white oak without any problems. Pros:The manual was easy to follow and assembly was a snap. Plenty of power. Faced 6” white oak removing a 1/16 of inch no problem Reasonable foot print for small shop. I actually went to order the 8” Jet but after talking with my dealer I realized there was no way I could handle that unit by myself (unloading and assembly) and it would take up too much floor ...

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Dewalt homerun

Dewalt homerun

08-28-2012 08:42 PM by Oldelm | 7 comments »

I purchased this router because I needed something lighter than my 691 plunge base in order to keep being able to do some woodworking. I bought the router andmost of the accessories for it, the fence(the inexpensive one), the round base to use with bushings, the vacuum adaptors for both bases. I used it for the first time to let in some banding and do some round over work on my current project. I am impressed with the the tool. It is easy to handle with either base. The plunge base is easy to...

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Ridgid T1300 Planer Blade Replacements

Ridgid T1300 Planer Blade Replacements

07-02-2013 08:41 PM by OakHill | 18 comments »

As an owner of the Ridgid T1300, buying new blades from Home Depot orRidgid is darn near impossible. While searching the internet for replacementsI found the Powertec 128070 blades. Advertised as “Replacement blades forthe T1300” Two sets were purchased through Amazon for $25.19 per set. A few dollarsless than the price at Home Depot, when they were available. Upon receiving the blades the first thing I did was inspect the blades using aMicrometer. The thickness was .073, the same as...

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Ryobi 18-Volt One+ Lithium-Ion- Drill Driver and Circular Saw Kit +charger

Ryobi 18-Volt One+ Lithium-Ion- Drill Driver and Circular Saw Kit +charger

08-14-2014 12:54 AM by Routerisstillmyname | 19 comments »

Since home depot doesn’t like publishing a negative reviews that points out the obvious, I might as well review it here.So what we have here is a definite value. Drill with clutch, 5 1/2 inch saw not one but two entry level +1 lithium ion 18v batteries and a charger and all for just 79.00You can’t beat that.Batteries (although entry level) and charger alone cost more than that individually. The drill is nice with 24 position clutch setting and runs true no wobble like the yellow D drills.An...

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Open Up a New World on Woodworking

Open Up a New World on Woodworking

07-08-2008 09:12 PM by Sawdustonmyshoulder | 11 comments »

I took a sharpening class at the Birmingham Woodcraft store a while back. I really didn’t know it then, but that class really has opened up my woodworking world. My projects are getting more involved and really more fun because I now have very sharp tools. If you have never had a sharpening class, you should make it your priority. I would have gotten into the woodturning world and stayed there about 10 minutes without sharp tools. Plane irons and chisels just about cut through ...

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Why I didn't end up getting this one

Why I didn't end up getting this one

03-16-2009 03:33 PM by PurpLev | 30 comments »

For lack of current online info on this saw, I thought someone might be of use to the bits of info I’ve been able to get on this saw after contacting SteelCity (which knows no details on this saw yet) and going to Woodcraft and seeing it live – which was very dissapointing. The first disappointment was when I saw the photo that woodcraft posted of this new saw which was completely different then what Steelcity had posted in their ‘upcoming new products’ flyer. I had...

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Footprint 247H Block Plane - A review from a beginner's perspective

Footprint 247H Block Plane - A review from a beginner's perspective

08-26-2009 01:57 PM by KellyS | 3 comments »

My opinion and review of a 247H Block Plane from Footprint tools:This is my personal opinion; we all know what opinions are like. If I hurt anyone’s feelings, I apologize. Rockler recently advertised these block planes on sale for $9.99. My wife talked me into buying one. (My first rule, if the wife offers to let me buy a tool, I never turn her down…That’s just bad form!) So I decided to buy it. It’s a very basic, no frills block plane, the mouth is non-adjustable, the blade has to be posi...

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Gunhead CnC 7x lathe.

Gunhead CnC 7x lathe.

05-06-2010 01:13 AM by Mortemer | 1 comment »

I found this cnc lathe from Gunhead. http://gunhead.com/GMW/index.html I’m a small parts builder/hobbyist, and originally I was using a Sherline, but found it to be a bit inadequate. There just wasn’t a small lathe that was tough enough to do what I needed in steel,aluminum and various woods. That is what I thought until I found the Gunhead 7x lathe. I bought it,abused it and it does the job. It’s made of steel and iron, unlike it’s aluminum rivals. Best tool I ever...

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