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Great spray system

Great spray system

09-08-2008 05:01 AM by Toolman61 | 18 comments »

I purchased an Earlex 5000 when Woodcraft had them on sale. I have been frustrated with the newer fast drying brush type varnishes and enamels, so I broke down and bought a spray system. Best money I have spent in a long time. The first spray job was with Ben Moore semi gloss Aura which is a high end latex paint. I had to use bm 518 extender at the rate of 10 to 12 ounces per quart of paint, but the look is like glass. I sprayed 2 textured interior doors and the base and casing in a new ...

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MASTERFORCE 18" Scroll Saw with Rotary Attachment

MASTERFORCE 18" Scroll Saw with Rotary Attachment

10-06-2009 04:27 AM by Raymond | 12 comments »

The other day I went to use my trusty Wilton Scroll Saw, went to turn it on and nothing…After checking the usual. Yes it was plugged iin. My nose told me something was wrong. There was that smell we all know, the smell of a burnt controller board. And yes it was toast. So off to Menards to get a replacement one. When what do I see but this Masterforce 18” Scroll Saw. So after poking and prodding it I load up my cart and off to home I go. The saw seams built very rugged it’s ...

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Good for short term use. Lousy materials.

Good for short term use. Lousy materials.

01-30-2010 05:42 AM by dbhost | 10 comments »

My Grizzly H7827 Drill Press Table is a little over a year old now, and it is useless. Well not exactly…There ARE some useful parts on it, knobs, thread inserts, T track and suck, but the main material, the melamine coated, well I guess it is supposed to be MDF, but this stuff seems more like compressed cardboard than MDF… The thread inserts that hold it down to the cast iron DP table simply fall out of the pressboard given any longish term exposure to humid environments, like,...

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Nice little Benchtop for what it is

Nice little Benchtop for what it is

11-07-2010 11:33 PM by patcollins | 12 comments »

Ok I know many of you would never even consider a tool made by Skil because they are low end but I have been happy with a couple of their products. I am by no means an experienced woodworker but just a guy starting out and that likes to make things. First off the saw has a large amount of plastic in it but I really don’t see where metal would be superior except if you bang it around alot. The motor bogs down a little bit when cutting curves in 1/2” oak with a 3/8” blade...

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Kelton ER Collet Handles

Kelton ER Collet Handles

03-07-2011 02:36 AM by Barbara Gill | 2 comments »

I have not bought any new woodturning tools in over a year. After hearing about the Kelton ER collet handles I decided they would be just the system I needed. Today I have been using them and they are even better than I had been told. Not only are the handles very easy on the hands, including not being cold to the touch but they also have helped me solve several problems. One of those problems was space; I simply had more tools than room. I have removed the wood handles from all of the mos...

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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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Grip Tite Guide/Magnetic Featherboard

Grip Tite Guide/Magnetic Featherboard

10-05-2014 10:50 PM by HillbillyShooter | 9 comments »

Earlier, I posted my Auxiliary TS/Router Fence and Feather Board Rail system ( http://lumberjocks.com/projects/106533 ), but it doesn’t do anything for my joiner. So, I purchased the Grip Tite Guide, which has a magnetic base, to try with some thin strips of 5/16” White Oak molding I cut with my Magic Molder and trimmed to size, leaving a rough bottom. These actually work very well and permit use both vertically on the joiner beds and horizontally on the joiner fence. Two are required, o...

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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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