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Surprisingly Good

Surprisingly Good

02-10-2008 02:21 PM by Tomcat1066 | 17 comments »

Black & Decker tools suck. That’s the general consensus from woodworkers the world over. After my Firestorm circular saw couldn’t rip a piece of 4/4 pine, I tend to agree. However, the Workmate is the exception. This sweet little puppy is just the ticket for a new woodworker. In one little package, you get a workbench, a vise, and even saw horses. It’s fairly easy to assemble, but the instructions could be better. In an effort to put as few steps as possible on ...

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Expected more, but They are good enough.

Expected more, but They are good enough.

06-16-2008 02:29 AM by PurpLev | 3 comments »

I got the MHG 6 Bench Chisels set. For the market price of $110 I expected these to be of somewhat higher quality than the “big store” economy sets. The FeelThey actually feel lighter then the (english) rubber handle Marples I have, and the blade seems slightly thinner. other then that, they do feel very comfortable to hold, and work with. the handle is round, but flattened out on both sides, which keeps it from rolling around the workbench, and falling off the floor… ...

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Grizzly G0462 Wood Lathe with digital readout

Grizzly G0462 Wood Lathe with digital readout

03-01-2009 06:20 AM by trifern | 32 comments »

The Grizzly G0462 Wood Lathe is an enticing machine based on it’s price point, horse power, and features. I would not recommend it. Don’t get me wrong, I have made some fairly nice pieces on it. However, I wish I had never purchased it. In one year I have replaced the belt around 10 times, replaced all bearings, replaced the tool rest, and replaced the tail stock hand wheel twice. The tail stock and head stock do not align, it vibrates, and is noisy.

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Bosch 5412L/T4B Combo Makes The Cut

Bosch 5412L/T4B Combo Makes The Cut

08-07-2009 01:31 AM by CanuckGal | 14 comments »

It might not seem right for a person such as myself to be reviewing and rating a compound miter saw because I don’t have a lot of experience with them or many different models. But I think it’s suffice to say if a novice can buy and assemble one of these and use it within minutes of setup AND make dead on accurate cuts and miters then the saw almost speaks for itself. This is true of the Bosch 5412L 12” Sliding Dual Compound Miter Saw and Bosch T4B Gravity Rise Miter Saw ...

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an excellent design book for intermediate woodworkers

an excellent design book for intermediate woodworkers

01-07-2010 05:26 PM by bent | 3 comments »

being that i’m a self taught woodworker, i love reading woodworking books. this one is to date, by far the best one i’ve come across. i picked it up at the local library, but i’m buying my own copy as soon as i take it back. there seem to be two types of books out there: step by step instructions/tutorials, and picture/gallery books. this book is the perfect balance for someone like myself that doesn’t build from plans and already has a grasp on the techniques invo...

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Classic joints with power tools

Classic joints with power tools

09-22-2010 02:35 PM by mafe | 19 comments »

Classic joints with power tools. By: Yeung Chan 2002 ISBN-13: 9781579902797ISBN-10: 15799027908 This guy is an inspiration!The book are excellent, really good illustrated in pictures and drawing, good explanations.And the work of Chan are so delicate and with so simple jigs, that I have to bend in the sawdust for this guy. A book for the all! No matter what level of woodworking you are, I’m sure this book can inspire.- to see his works in the back of the book, makes you los...

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Senco quality

Senco quality

02-04-2011 02:10 AM by SchotterWoodworking | 3 comments »

I heard a while back that Senco went through some kind of financial troubles, so I was leery to buy this gun. That said, I’ve been using Senco nailers and staplers at work for years and I have been consistently impressed with the quality of their guns as well as the user-friendly direction the guns have gone to in the last 5 years. I nabbed this one on sale for $200 bucks at CPO brand new. I wanted a framer for the same reason anyone in their right mind wants a framing nailer, to build ...

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A Quality Square

A Quality Square

06-09-2011 09:57 PM by brtech | 7 comments »

I’ve been trying to score a Starrett 4” double square on Ebay for a couple of months. I use a snipe service and have bid around $35 on any reasonable item, adjusting based on shipping charges and condition. Lost out on at least a dozen. The going rate is $45+. I scored a 12” combo square with the protractor head and the regular head for $39, but couldn’t get a plain double square. This one is $36.50 new. It’s a bit much, but not bad. It’s very nice...

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Festool RO 125 FEQ

Festool RO 125 FEQ

03-07-2012 03:24 PM by Kent Shepherd | 22 comments »

Whenever Festool is mentioned, there are always two totally different responses. One is–I absolutely love it and can’t wait until I can buy more of their products, and two–it is way overpriced and there is no way I’ll ever spend that much on a power tool! Maybe, just maybe, both answers are actually very valid, depending on your needs. I do ask though, have you actually used the tool? If your opinion is based only on price, you may not be quite fair. Being a professional woodworker for ...

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Kelton - McNaughton M8 Center Saver - AWESOME CUSTOMER SERVICE TOO!!!!!!!

Kelton - McNaughton M8 Center Saver - AWESOME CUSTOMER SERVICE TOO!!!!!!!

08-14-2012 03:12 PM by los | 5 comments »

Fellow Jocks, Most of you probably have heard of the Center Saver system. For those of you who have not, its a great tool system for bowl/platter turning that lets you “save” or core out the inside of your bowl blanks to make smaller blanks from the same blank of wood instead of just creating tons of shavings. I recently found some “free” wood on craigslist and it turned out to be a huge norway maple tree that someone had taken down and saved the 8 ft trunk secti...

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