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What can you expect from a 120$ table saw?

What can you expect from a 120$ table saw?

877 days ago by lumberjoe | 28 comments »

Some call it cheap crap, I say “challenge accepted” After many years of refinishing old tag sale furniture, I decided I’d like to do woodworking. I got some books, then got some tools. I wasn’t sold on the idea that I would be good at it or even like it, so I wanted my initial investment to be fairly small. Around Christmas time, Home Depot had this bad larry on sale for a little over 100$. I could have picked up something used and much nicer for short dough, but s...

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Ridgid Magnetic (MagSwitch) Featherboard

Ridgid Magnetic (MagSwitch) Featherboard

705 days ago by ProDrawerCom | 8 comments »

9-21-2012: Other reviews on LumberJocks convinced me that the far less expensive version at Home Depot (the Ridgid brand) was the same product as the yellow MagSwitch. I’m in the middle of rough cutting plywood to build cabinets for my kitchen. Always wanted to try one of these because I believe in feather boards but just never get around to cutting some from wood. I really need them now. And I really need two because I’m cutting big stuff. I usually don’t ask clerks if they have a certain pr...

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So-So Entry-Level Bandsaw

So-So Entry-Level Bandsaw

2372 days ago by Hawgnutz | 6 comments »

This bandsaw looked really good on paper with bearing guides, 7” resaw capability, and “adjustable” fence. Well, after all that hype dissapeared, it turned out to be only a so-so machine! I am dissapointed and wished i had saved my money and bought a Jet, Rikkon, or even a Grizzly! Within 4 months of very sporadic use, one of the bearings siezed on me. (Thank God I bought the extended warranty!) The service tech ordered set for me, but it still has a funny sound when ...

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Maybe I got a bad one, but I'm getting a Grex.  This P-C is a loser

Maybe I got a bad one, but I'm getting a Grex. This P-C is a loser

1974 days ago by RalphB | 34 comments »

I bought one of these and have been thoroughly disappointed with it. No matter what the air pressure or length of the pin it only sinks them to flush at best. And of course you can’t adjust the depth. If I sand one bit you get a nice shiny (until it rusts later) little 23 gauge nailhead looking at you. I also do not like the fact that it lacks a soft nose. So if you try and hold it a little tight to get the pin sunk as far as possible you get a dent in the wood that is a lot worse ...

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Craftsman 10" SCMS....A DO NOT buy

Craftsman 10" SCMS....A DO NOT buy

1798 days ago by MedicKen | 18 comments »

I purchased this saw brand new a couple of years ago. I wanted to give it a good run before doing a review. My first overall impression when I was looking for a saw was this would fit the bill and work nicely for my needs. I looked at some of the major brands when I decided I need a SCMS. My first choice was Bosch, but the price drove me away. Then I went to DeWalt but I couldnt find the model I wanted locally and I wasnt gonna pay for shipping. So I guess I kinda settled on this one. I sh...

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"Unlocking the Secrets of Traditional Design"

"Unlocking the Secrets of Traditional Design"

1679 days ago by thewoodwhisperer | 5 comments »

When it comes to woodworking, I often feel like I am working my way backwards. I was proficient with a tablesaw before I picked up my first handsaw. I knew my way around a drum sander before learning how to use a smoothing plane. And perhaps most disturbingly, I was creating and building my own furniture before I knew anything about design. Heck, who am I kidding? I still know nothing about design! I know what I think looks good and I follow a few basic rules, but more often than not I ...

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Easy Lift System for the DeWalt DW788

Easy Lift System for the DeWalt DW788

1558 days ago by cmckerliesr | 4 comments »

I recently purchased the Easy Lift System for the DeWalt DW788 Scrollsaw from wildwooddesigns.com. The Easy Lift System that will hold the upper arm in an open position making it easier to change blades or thread a blade through a work piece. The design is very simple and you get all the hardware needed to install the lift system. I do have a slight problem with the instructions, but part of that comes from being a technical writer. If you read the instructions and follow them word for wor...

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Rite in the Rain Note Pad

Rite in the Rain Note Pad

1280 days ago by christopheralan | 3 comments »

A notepad? This isn’t just any note pad. This is the All-Weather Notebook from Rite in the Rain. If you are not familiar with Rite in the Rain products, prepare to be amazed. This is the ultimate in weather-proof writing and note taking. Does it work while damp? Yes. Does it work while wet? Yes. Does it work underwater…? Yes. This paper will work in the desert, the cold, the tropical, and yes, in your shop and job site. They have large selection of paper, notebooks and page pa...

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What a value

What a value

1140 days ago by BentheViking | 2 comments »

So I had wanted an air compressor, but didn’t really feel that I had the space and money for one. I felt that a table saw would be a much more worthy purchase. At the same point I am always looking into what new tools I can buy and poking on homedepot.com I found this guy. Originally $60 but they had it down for $40. I had some credit card rewards so after shipping and tax it only cost me like $13. This is a reconditioned kit and while it certainly looks it (some small scratches and ...

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Makita & Ridgid  - Looking back to the precursor of the modern age.

Makita & Ridgid - Looking back to the precursor of the modern age.

390 days ago by vipond33 | 16 comments »

In 1983 Makita came out with the model 6010D cordless drill.I bought one. While it was not the first to market, it was the real beginning of what we enjoy today. But what a contrast that would turn out to be. The feature set of 83 included: A single speed – 600 rpm.A real long charge time with a real short run time.A small cheap keyed chuck.One 7.2 volt Ni-Cad battery packLow torque with no clutch.A dumb charger and a real limited warranty,A sickly blue colour andthe ongoin...

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