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Woodfast jointer / thickness planer combination

Woodfast jointer / thickness planer combination

06-14-2011 05:02 AM by Boneski | 2 comments »

About a year ago, I decided to purchase a Woodfast 12” 3 HP 240V combination jointer / thickness planer. Most other gear available in Australia in this price range was only 10” capacity and didn’t seem to be put together very well. Woodfast is an Australian company that have been around for a long, long time. I grew up using their equipment at school and they are still major suppliers to the education department. Sadly, as is the case with a lot of companies these days, Woodfast as a company ...

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Christmas Carvers Resource

Christmas Carvers Resource

10-18-2011 04:59 PM by MsDebbieP | 2 comments »

This book review is from the September 2011 issue of our LumberJocks’ eMag Fox Chapel Publishing is donating another book for a free draw! (See below for details)Handcarved Christmas from the editors of Woodcarving Illustrated Looking at the cover image I first thought that this book would be for advanced carvers only but as I looked through the different projects, with the in-depth directions and step-by-step photos I changed my mind. Although the projects are from simple to complex, e...

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Cool little tape to have laying around

Cool little tape to have laying around

03-10-2012 02:23 AM by Wayne | 1 comment »

If you’ve done much framing, you know that tape measures are like pens, they will eventually go home with someone else. I saw a lady with one of these a while back, and finally had to pick one up. -The lock button is in a comfortable position- the hook doesn’t have too much play in it- tape is sturdy doesn’t twist as easily as others Ive had- and it has the quick read fractions and decimals (1/8” graduations). Pretty handy to have laying around. I got mine for ju...

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Jointer-Planer Heaven

Jointer-Planer Heaven

01-16-2013 01:30 AM by Beezle | 10 comments »

Or at least that was what I went looking for when I bought an FS-30 jointer-planer in early 2011. This review is after about eighteen months of use. Purchase: there was a chance to buy one at a good price in early 2011, so I went after it and placed an order in March. The machine arrived in good shape in late July. I didn’t expect that long of a delay, but wasn’t really bothered by that. The machine came very well packaged with lots of cardboard on a pallet. There was some d...

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A pleasant surprise from the Home Depot

A pleasant surprise from the Home Depot

06-16-2013 08:10 AM by Chris Hudak | 7 comments »

It all started when my father in law gave his Craftsman radial arm saw. I am am his favorite son in law after all (my wife is an only child.) Well I soon found out that life is too short to mess with with a Craftsman radial arm saw. When I finally got the thing aligned and running the blade would slow down and jam in the wood and it would be out of alignment all over again. Not wishing to inflict this pain on another human being I took the dang thing to the dump. The man working there seemed...

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So far, so good = Scary Sharp Chisels

So far, so good = Scary Sharp Chisels

01-08-2014 03:41 AM by kajunkraft | 13 comments »

Like many woodworkers I know, sharpening chisels is a hit-or-miss proposition, or you buy an expensive “system”. The Worksharp 3000 is about $200, which from what I have seen is a not too costly option. I am very much more a power tool woodworker than a hand tool woodworker. I rarely use chiselsso have not been too concerned about them. Recently have needed them and was really disappointed with the results and decided it was time to get them set up right. Although I’...

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Porter Cable 18 Volt Biscuit / Plate Joiner

Porter Cable 18 Volt Biscuit / Plate Joiner

07-19-2014 04:46 AM by ontheworkbench | 6 comments »

I know this might be a slightly odd tool review and if you are familiar with the Porter Cable 18 volt line up you are probably scratching your head wondering if you missed something. No you did not, and no you cannot buy this off the shelf at a big box store. But with a little bit of patience and ingenuity this is possible. This is my first biscuit joiner, and I wanted a cordless one. A while back I bought into the 18 volt porter cable lineup (if I knew then what I know now I might have we...

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Harbor Freight wetstone sharpener p/n: 95236

Harbor Freight wetstone sharpener p/n: 95236

03-03-2009 09:10 PM by dsb1829 | 12 comments »

I posted up a couple of reviews of this grinder on youtube shortly after purchase: I don’t find myself using this tool all that much, but when I need to use it the thing is very handy to have around. Depending on your definition of sharp this could be the only sharpener in your shop. I have taken chisels from the wheel to the strop and been back to work in a couple of minutes. Not as nice as a hand-honed edge, but if you are hacking mortises or rough work it is just fine. So ...

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Little green screwdriving man

Little green screwdriving man

02-05-2011 12:40 AM by Vrtigo1 | 3 comments »

I bought this to replace my 18v DeWalt hammer drill as my go-to screwdriver. I got the hex chuck version – it’s nice to be able to slip bits in and not have to deal with tightening the chuck. You can also get drill bits and countersinks in hex shank, so if you need to use it for those functions as well, you can. My primary objective with this purchase was to get something lighter, and therefore easier to get into tight spots and to reduce the strain on my arm when doing a lot...

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DeWalt DC515B 18V Cordless 1/2 Gallon Wet / Dry Vacuum

DeWalt DC515B 18V Cordless 1/2 Gallon Wet / Dry Vacuum

06-14-2011 11:49 PM by BlankMan | 3 comments »

Thought I’d post a review for this thing since I didn’t see one here. Let me start out by saying, I love it! I usually don’t get too passionate over my tools but this thing has met and exceeded my expectations by leaps and bounds. First a little history on how I came to buy it. I have been using B&D DustBusters around the house for years, was on my second one at the time I bought this. The problems with these DustBusters is that the batteries are not readily replaceab...

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