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Small gripe about the grip.

Small gripe about the grip.

07-06-2011 11:21 PM by cam1297 | 8 comments »

I held out for a long time before I dropped the $50 to buy the Gorilla Gripper. It says it will grip and carry sheet goods from 3/8 to 1 1/8 inch thick. I could not get it to hold and carry 1/2 inch thick drywall without it sliding off. It was also difficult to adjust the gripping faces to hold the sheets. I was trying to carry the new ultra light drywall. It was easier to carry the panels myself than it was with the gorilla gripper. On the website, it shows the gripper being used to ca...

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Makes Drilling Pocket Holes a Walk in the Park

Makes Drilling Pocket Holes a Walk in the Park

11-09-2011 11:22 PM by Kelen | 11 comments »

I’m sure some may argue, but this has got to be one of the coolest little gadgets I have in my shop. I opted for the mini version 1) for the attractive price tag compared to their pricier systems, and 2) I never really thought I would use that many pocket holes in my projects. Several hundred pocket holes later, I find myself wishing I had paid the extra amount and purchased their more complete system that retails for around $99. The Kreg-Jig mini will do the same job just as good as its m...

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The big little lathe that couldn't...

The big little lathe that couldn't...

03-30-2012 02:48 PM by dpoisson | 12 comments »

In this review, I do a lot of comparing with the Mastercraft 12” lathe, because that’s the only other lathe I’ve ever used and that’s the one I was looking at replacing. I went to my local Rona (hardware store in Quebec City) during my lunch break and saw a lathe. Hmm, I thought. Interesting. It seemed well build (very well build actually: solid and uses an MT2 instead of MT1 like my mastercraft lathe, which, as I start buying accessories for my lathe, seems to now ...

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Buck Bros. 14" jack Plane

Buck Bros. 14" jack Plane

09-17-2012 04:54 PM by woodmaker | 27 comments »

This week-end my Porter-Cable 6” portable jointer burned up (sparks flying from the motor and tripped the circuit breaker) and I was in desperate need of something to flatten some boards. I have an old Stanely 4” smoother, but the boards are cupped and twisted, too much work for that one. So the wife and I had to go to Home Depot anyway for some stuff and while there I asked one of the salesmen if they had any wood planes and he directed me to the aisle where they were. I...

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Compact size works well on smaller lathe *updated*

Compact size works well on smaller lathe *updated*

01-31-2013 06:23 PM by Rick M. | 16 comments »

Easy Start tools are the entry level carbide lathe tools by Easy Wood Tools. With a 9” maple handle and 3/8” cutter the Easy Start are 3-1/2” shorter than the Mini series. The rougher comes with the Ci2 square cutter while the finisher comes with the Ci3 round carbide. Cost was $59 each + tax. I debated which tools to buy for a long time, in the end two things swung my decision: 1) I wouldn’t have to sharpen another tool. I already have planes, chisels, knives, etc....

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Rikon 10-325-14" Band saw

Rikon 10-325-14" Band saw

07-25-2013 05:10 PM by Mark | 12 comments »

I bought this saw back in March from Canadian woodworker in Surrey. The prices at the Grizzly plant are very attractive, but these folks are about 10 min from my place. Doug and his crew are a great bunch of guys. It was on sale for $850 and then I drew a card from a hat and that had a further discount of between $25 – $500. I pulled a $50 card. I got the saw home with no problems, a bit heavy but manageable. Lots and Lots of packaging and styrofoam. There was a good coating of g...

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Plastic Super Dust deputy

Plastic Super Dust deputy

01-31-2014 01:14 AM by Alan72 | 6 comments »

I replaced my rockler dust seperator with the Super Dust Deputy. I just finished setting it up to what I think is the most efficent way. I had it for over a month and I couldn’t figure away to set it up, I ended up seperating the Dust collector motor and hanging it from the wall over the 6” dust port of the SDD. I ordered a 5” hose from Penn State cut it in half ran one from the SDD to my main PVC ducting and the other to the dust collector. I’m using a HF dust collec...

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Not sure what to think of these, but felt misled by Lee Valley

Not sure what to think of these, but felt misled by Lee Valley

01-20-2010 04:07 AM by funchuck | 14 comments »

I have mostly seen high praise of Lee Valley, but I bought these 2 items and felt that their website was misleading. The 2 pictures above are from their website. They are: 1. Pocket Folding Squares – they have a 45 deg, 90 deg and 135 deg setting. They are supposed to be accurate to within 0.06 deg. I bought the 6” version. 2. Engineer’s Squares – they are machined to 0.001” deviation per inch. I bought the 2” and 4” versions. If you l...

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Lie-Nielsen Shoulder Plane

Lie-Nielsen Shoulder Plane

05-20-2010 02:12 AM by HighRockWoodworking | 13 comments »

Some tools are just hard to write a review about because there is just not much you can say negatively about them, that is the way it is with the Lie-Nielsen Shoulder Plane. Many might think that a shoulder plane in not a necessity in the shop but I have to say I use mine all the time. The most common use for myself is trimming tenons. With the blade set flush with the outside edge I can clean out right to the shoulder. The plane also excels at cleaning out dados and rabbits. I have ev...

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General Finishes Gel Stain, a good deal

General Finishes Gel Stain, a good deal

10-24-2010 12:33 AM by Andrew | 6 comments »

I bought some of this because I am refinishing a dresser ( saddly store bought). The dresser has been replaced by one I built. While it sat in my garage, it was noticed by a friend that wanted to relocate it to their home, but they wanted to have it refinished. So I sanded and sanded, then I dyed the unknown Malaysian wood to find out some sections did not take any dye at all, if I hadn’t sanded it myself, I would have thought there was excess glue in those places. So I put on a coa...

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