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initial impression very good

initial impression very good

03-31-2012 10:18 PM by John | 4 comments »

I am making the transition to more handwork and want to master (or come close to it) hand cut dovetails. Since I recently fell in love with my Japanese Ryoba that’s been collecting dust for years (here’s a great review on it http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/129 ), I unilaterally decided to turn Japanese … I mean pull it … the saw that is… errr, nevermind. Lee Valley has this saw for a lower price than replacement blades on their other saws, I thought it looked l...

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great finishing light

great finishing light

02-01-2013 05:06 PM by shelly_b | 21 comments »

I was at lowes lastnight during one of my weekly shopping trips there and decided i needed a light for my bench. The overhead lights are just not bright enough for detailed work and there are oo many shadows. It is esp hard when i am doing finish. I was just looking for a regular desk lamp when i found this one with some neatextras. It has an outlet on the base and a swivel base wih compartments for “pencils” or whatever wood working tools i want toput in it. Maybe it jas just bee...

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Great Drill Press for the Hobbiest

Great Drill Press for the Hobbiest

08-01-2013 05:56 PM by lab7654 | 9 comments »

After doing plenty of research, as usual, I decided that the Masterforce drill press sold by Menard’s would be the best for me. They went for $200 when I pulled the trigger just over a year ago, but the price has gone up to $230 in most stores. I got an 11% rebate on mine, and shortly after they went on sale for $180 (my luck). If you’re ready to buy a mid-sized drill press, don’t let the store-brand scare you away—Masterforce is on par with Home Depot’s Ridgid b...

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Who Knew.... it was there all along.

Who Knew.... it was there all along.

02-01-2014 02:20 AM by NaptownWood | 17 comments »

Little to no runout in a compact heavy duty vintage package. It buffs good at high speed. It also has been my primary wood drill press for about a year now. :-D

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Fantastic little workhorse!

Fantastic little workhorse!

02-29-2008 08:30 AM by Hawgnutz | 2 comments »

This has turned into my go-to sander for most of my initial or coarse sanding jobs. It uses inexpensive sandpaper that you can cut yourself. It has great power so you can complete a sometimes tedious job quicker and more efficiently! The built in dust collection works fantastic, too! It is very rare to find a sander that leaves so LITLE sawdust behind when it is hooked up to a 2 1/2” shop vacuum! It includes a punch plate so you can pierce your sandpaper if you wish to cut it yours...

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Final Bandsaw

Final Bandsaw

01-21-2010 05:38 AM by PhineasWhipsnake | 11 comments »

I’m retiring in 3 months, so I decided to upgrade to this saw from a Delta 10” I bought 10 years ago. I originally wanted the 17” Grizzly, but decided to buy from a local brick & mortar store (Sacrramento Machinery)for political reasons. This saw has pretty much all the features I wanted: 12” resaw capacity, roller guides, quick-disconnect detensioning, and, most importantly, local support in case of a problem. Like everyone else, I replaced the blade with a...

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One solution for making dowels

One solution for making dowels

05-21-2010 11:01 PM by mole | 4 comments »

I was looking for some solutions to make my own dowels so I can use them in some joineries and wood threading task. So far, some of the solutions that I found are.. wood turning, rotary plane (commercial or hand made). dowel/tenon cutters. I have tried a simple wood turning method (using electric power drill) which result in acceptable dowels (may be it will be perfect if I have a real (metal?) lathe. Anyway, using turning method, it takes quite some time for me, so here comes the Veritas d...

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Not What I Expected

Not What I Expected

10-27-2010 04:33 AM by TedAGTG | 37 comments »

I purchased this saw new at Lowe’s and was initially happy with the performance. The first saw had much lower vibration than my previous one. The table tilts 45 degrees left or right and has positive stops at the most popular angles. The blade clamps were not easy to work with and blade slippage (and consequently blade tension) was frustrating. I was doing some fairly intricate fretwork with hundreds of inside cuts requiring blade clamping and unclamping every 45 seconds to a minute for...

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Plumb It exendable level

Plumb It exendable level

02-23-2011 12:02 PM by devann | 2 comments »

This is a review about a level I’ve been using for the last 15 years or so. The manufacture, called PlumbIt makes several models of aluminum levels that are capable of extending from about four feet to nearly twenty two feet in lentgh. The model I have, closed measures 63” and will extend to 13’ 10”. These are some pretty unique levels because the length of the level can be set anywhere within their operating range with just a sqeeze of the handle. This makes this a l...

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Cuts Right Through Wood, Not Your Wallet

Cuts Right Through Wood, Not Your Wallet

08-01-2013 06:29 PM by lab7654 | 17 comments »

After I bought my R4512 (reviewed eventually…), I knew I needed a quality blade. I didn’t even bother trying the stock blade. After hearing only good things about the Irwin combo blade, I went out and got it. This blade truly lives up to all of the reviews. It crosscuts as good or better than my 60 tooth miter saw blade, even without a ZCI or sled. Ripping is a breeze, with glue-ready edges and no tearout. The one thing I have to force myself to remember is that the blade is a com...

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