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Impulse purchase - seems ok but..

Impulse purchase - seems ok but..

01-02-2015 08:36 PM by philba | 6 comments »

So in the question feed my addiction, I swung by Rockler. The protractor was on sale for $10. The sales guy told me that they are going to be on sale in the new flyer for $15. I’m kind of a sucker for measuring tools so I bought it. First impression – it is well made. The ruler moves smoothly and the tightening knob works well. The display is easily readable. It shows .1 degree measurements. Probably the biggest drawback is how you calibrate it. As you can see in the pict...

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Harbor Freight Router good for the price.

Harbor Freight Router good for the price.

01-28-2015 12:08 PM by TheLorax | 8 comments »

What’s in the box: You get the 2 HP 11 AMP Fixed base router, a 1/4”,3/8”, and 1/2” collets, two wrenches for changing bits one to hold theshaft and one to loosen the bit, it comes with a 1/2” shank 1/2” straight cut bit and finally it has an edge guide that comes with it. So far I’ve used it to cut some dadoes and some mortises while mountedto a homemade table for it. It appears to have plenty of power I’vecut through maple and plywood with...

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Jet JJP-12 Planer/Jointer combo (Jointer mode)

Jet JJP-12 Planer/Jointer combo (Jointer mode)

07-14-2008 04:33 AM by GaryB | 7 comments »

Here are several pictures of the Jet JJP-12 jointer/planer combo machine in Jointer mode. I picked up the crated machine with a small flatbed trailer. 3 of us (myself, my 14 year old neighbor, and my 115 lb wife) were able to slide it off of the trailer, then off the palate and onto the mobile base easily, despite the machine weighing over 500 Lbs. It came almost fully assembled in the crate. Only had to install the portion of the guard over the blades, a plug on the end of the cord, and ...

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CMT 10" 40T Full Kerf Blade - No Joy

CMT 10" 40T Full Kerf Blade - No Joy

03-18-2009 01:50 PM by knotscott | 10 comments »

The CMT 213.040.10 is a full kerf premium 40 tooth ATB saw blade intended mainly for use on a TS. I really wanted to like this blade…the attention grabbing orange color is so cool, plus it gives a constant warning to keep hands away. This was to be my new daily user for my new Shop Fox cabinet saw, but ultimately I’m disappointed as it underperformed expectations. There are pronounced swirl marks on the edges of every cut that make glue-ups straight from the saw marginally acce...

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Useful, but disappointing.

Useful, but disappointing.

08-27-2009 09:21 PM by dbhost | 9 comments »

I was in need of a set of decent countersinks, and my local woodworking retailers BOTH were out of stock on the options they had when I looked, so I went to Amazon, and found this Mibro set. The price was certainly low enough, so I threw it in with a larger order and took advantage of the free shipping offer. Upon receiving my set, I took the digital calipers to them to verify sizes, and found them to be reasonably accurate within .001” which is certainly acceptable. And thus far wit...

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Video Review of Hitachi's 2" Brad Nailer

Video Review of Hitachi's 2" Brad Nailer

02-10-2011 05:14 AM by Sailor | 5 comments »

Here is my review of a great little brad nailer that I have owned for over two years. Since this is a video, I was wondering if I should post it as a “video” blog post also? I figured I would ask so people wouldn’t think I was spamming or something.

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Compact Air Die Grinder Kit

Compact Air Die Grinder Kit

06-26-2011 04:20 AM by Raymond | 0 comments »

I was looking for a die grinder, and came across this little one 1/4 and 1/8 collets. This is an outstanding little grinder for the money 14.99. Lots of torque. It did not bog down when using a power rasp to remove stock from a piece of oak. At 4 cfm at 90, and 21,000 rpm it has tons of power. Fits the hand well and does exactly what I want it to do. Fit and finish is great. Again no air fittings. Another Harbor Freight tool I would recommend.

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Do not have high expectations!

Do not have high expectations!

10-28-2011 02:04 PM by slickSqueegie | 38 comments »

I bought it, I guess it works but I am not happy with it. I still would rather “freehand” my blades! What do I expect for 13 bucks? Call me picky if ya want. When sharpening, I expect nothing less than perfection! And this little unit is far from it!

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wixey digital angle cube

wixey digital angle cube

03-18-2012 11:11 PM by jpatte | 29 comments »

I bought this product because I was tired of assuming that the bevel scale on my table saw was correct. I was shocked to see just how bad it really was. All in all I’m impressed with the product, it has one job and it does it well. The only thing I have found is that when it gets cold, for instance when it sits in an unheated shop, it doesn’t always read true. This is easily fixed by zeroing it out on the table and checking the blade bevel again.

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Johnson Carpenters Square Model CS-1

Johnson Carpenters Square Model CS-1

01-25-2013 03:20 PM by Dallas | 18 comments »

Yesterday I needed a carpenters square to lay out a large piece on some plywood. My old Empire square gave up the ghost about a year ago after being bent when something heavy, (My Boot with foot installed), landed on it. I went down to my trusty local True Value Hardware store to get a decent square. About the only choces they had were an Empire Drywall square, (Those aren’t even close to square), Empire Speed Squares and Steel 16X24” Johnsons Carpenters squares. I compar...

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