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New Saw

New Saw

02-14-2013 01:44 PM by canoe911 | 17 comments »

Let me start by saying that I only got this saw three days ago. I also had to buy it without looking at a demo model in a showroom as I have none near my home. And my last tablesaw was the Skil 10” Tablesaw w/Stand #3310. Which while worked for me for some time had reached a point that I could not get anything more from it. First I will speak of the Laguna sales department. I would give them 5 as well. I chatted online with someone and when I asked him some questions that he was not ...

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Quick Release Clamps:  Jorgensen vs. Harbor Freight

Quick Release Clamps: Jorgensen vs. Harbor Freight

08-25-2013 09:34 PM by SirFatty | 44 comments »

I recently purchased some Harbor Freight clamps that are still on sale, “12 clamps, “18 clamps and “36 clamps (the picture shows the 36” as yellow, but they are blue in the store). Decided to go with these because, quite honestly, they look almost exactly like Jorgensen clamps. The main difference, besides the cost, is the plastic/rubberized grip versus the Jorgensen’s hardwood. Although the castings are a bit rough, there’s no doubt where the Harbor F...

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Great Assortment

Great Assortment

02-29-2008 07:07 PM by Chris | 0 comments »

This arrived as a surprise Christmas gift along with my Festool drill. It has a great assortment of the different bits in a easy to use and organize container. It even has multiples of the bits you would use most often. The biggest drawback to the assortment was that it was only available for a very limited time. If you add it up you do save a fair amount on the per accessory cost. Photo from the Festool Website

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Easy drilling of shelf-pin holes, but a bit of a hassel

Easy drilling of shelf-pin holes, but a bit of a hassel

02-01-2010 09:09 PM by mnorusis | 5 comments »

I needed to drill shelf pin holes for my closet remodel project. To save time I decided to purchase the woodhaven shelf pin jig and a self-centering shelf pin bit. At the local woodcraft, the only 1/4” option was this Snappy bit. It got the job done, but was a bit of a pain. The first side I drilled went rather smoothly, and I ran down the two lines in decent time. However, when I got to the second side of the shelf unit, the shavings kept getting clogged in the retracting self-...

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Makita BO5030K

Makita BO5030K

06-03-2010 06:34 AM by Steven H | 4 comments »

UPDATE: I end up returning it, due to manufacture’s defect . The sander pad was scratched and had dents in it. The second is way worse.More vibration than the first one, and way louder. I shouldn’t even return it in the first place. ——————————————————————————————————&#...

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Shop Fox midi lathe, Seems to be a winner

Shop Fox midi lathe, Seems to be a winner

11-09-2010 05:06 PM by jred | 5 comments »

My wife spoke words to me recently that I thought I’d never hear (at least not on her own volition). She told me that I should get a lathe! What a woman! I have been looking at “midi” sized lathes for a long time and really like the jet 12×20 I used at a woodcraft class. Two problems: There has not been a reasonably priced used Jet lathe go up for sale in the entire state in over six months (I’ve checked Craigslist and Ebay regularly). Second problem: new lathe...

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Keeping it clean - aprons in the shop

Keeping it clean - aprons in the shop

07-26-2011 06:05 AM by coloradoclimber | 3 comments »

Like most of you guys and gals, when I get a chance to run out into the shop off I skedaddle. If I do think ahead I change into my grubby jeans and tee shirt, if I don’t think ahead I start working in whatever good clothes I’m wearing. And probably like most of you when my hands get dirty, or if I get glue on my fingers, or finish, or whatever, I just wipe them on my jeans, or shirt tail, whatever piece of cloth that is handy. Not Anymore !!! No more tracking glue and shavin...

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excellent wood supplier around suffolk va

excellent wood supplier around suffolk va

08-26-2013 11:46 AM by yrob | 3 comments »

Last weekend i found there was a sawmill right in my backyard, literally a few miles away. i went to check it out and somehow returned with over a 100 bf of cherry, poplar and maple. mostly skip planed on one side and one edge jointed. The owner chris was very friendly and took care of me letting me choose my wood.they are a small operation but have high quality wood at good prices. They carry cherry, walnut, maple, poplar,cypress and a lot more. apparently what chriscan not get locally h...

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Review of the Woodcraft Anti Kickback Safety Rollers

Review of the Woodcraft Anti Kickback Safety Rollers

02-11-2014 01:33 PM by steve_in_ohio | 16 comments »

I bought these rollers a couple of days ago because my table saw is old and it doesn’t have a riving knife and I don’t like to use the blade guard. Also I had problems when running long boards thru the table saw that they would try to move away from the fence, so I bought these rollers. I mounted these on my fence with a t-track instead of the rail that it is sold for these. After some simple assembly I started using these and I love them. They hold the wood down to the table and ...

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Harbor Freight 23 Ga. Air Pinner

Harbor Freight 23 Ga. Air Pinner

04-25-2009 05:41 PM by Tim Scoville | 22 comments »

I have become rather pragmatic in the purchasing of some tools for my shop. Harbor Freight is very accessible for me and the cost of air tools from the big box stores seems out of proportion to what they do and what I can buy them for at HF. I am not not a power user of air nailers but expect I will use them more and more over time. Although the normal price for this is $24.99, I think I picked mine up on sale for $16.99. The pins I buy in packages of 6000 for about $4. I love these pinners s...

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