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Solid Jointer

Solid Jointer

11-12-2010 06:43 PM by Manitario | 7 comments »

After several weeks of debate, I decided to go with General International for my jointer. I seriously considered going with Grizzly for a jointer, most of the reviews I’ve read about them are very positive, and it sounds like their customer service is second to none. The deciding factor though was having a General dealer in town, so if anything goes wrong or if I have questions it would be easy to get help. The jointer was a display model, so it was already assembled and cleaned. The ...

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Nice Left-Blade Saw

Nice Left-Blade Saw

07-31-2011 07:41 AM by pintodeluxe | 2 comments »

I have really enjoyed my new circular saw since my skil saw bit the dust. I have remodeled a commercial office, and built some wainscoting with it and can now give it favorable reviews. I like the left blade for better sight of your cut line. I has plenty of power, and is easy to use. It follows a clamp-and-cut straight edge well, and easily breaks down sheet goods for cutting at the tablesaw. It doesn’t have a safety switch on the trigger, but I always use the blade guard so it wo...

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Onyx 2000

Onyx 2000

04-19-2012 11:20 PM by onninn2 | 7 comments »

After looking around for the last year at all the major brands all I kept hearing from the salesmen was it’s almost as a good as a powermatic and you can save a few bucks. The sawstop is a great safty feature but the saw itself in my opinionj is only fair. So I splurged and got the black onyx single phase 3 hp. I do have one complaint and that is the wood extension table. I understand the need for a lite table as when you lift the saw thye extension table cantilivers out there. They cou...

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Not recommended for shellac

Not recommended for shellac

10-11-2012 08:08 AM by Purrmaster | 31 comments »

I got this stuff after I saw that the finishing test counter at Rockler had a bottle of this. I was using shellac for the first time so I got this denatured alcohol instead of the “regular” denatured alcohol. I was hoping it might have a bit less toxicity. After sticking my shellac flakes in (2 oz of shellac) and measuring out 6 ounces of alcohol I let the jar sit overnight. And basically nothing happened. So I shake and stir and it makes no difference. I even put the jar ...

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Can't go wrong with Felder

Can't go wrong with Felder

02-21-2013 05:28 AM by Dustin | 32 comments »

Don’t see too many people around with sliders so I wanted to talk about mine for a bit. The outrigger table holds your work while it slides past the blade so cutting panels is a breeze. It’s harder to rip solid wood down but I do that as well. This model has a 5.5 hp 3 phase motor so it doesn’t break a sweat cross cutting 2” hickory. The outrigger has an adjustable stop and stays at 90 degrees exactly. I can easily move it to whatever angle down to 45 degrees. ...

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A little rough around the edges but a great tool

A little rough around the edges but a great tool

02-20-2014 01:31 AM by ic3ss | 6 comments »

I must start this of by saying that I really would like to give this 4.5 stars but that’s not available here. I set this up on my old grinder and this week I bought a new Rikon grinder from Woodcraft so I mounted that to my base. It does take some time to set these bases up but it’s not hard at all. The two tool rests are made from heavy welded steel and the two bases are an extruded aluminum and is nothing if not stout. The only issue that I had with it is the flat grinding rest,...

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Moffatt Task Lamp for Laguna 1412

Moffatt Task Lamp for Laguna 1412

10-17-2014 04:15 AM by smitty22 | 8 comments »

Moffatt 95050 Task Lamp, Incandescent/Halogen Lamp Type, Direct Mount Base Type, 24” Arm Length, 100 Watts, 1690 Raw Lumens. About $52 on Amazon. Here’s the Moffat task light mounted on the Laguna 1412 bandsaw, really works well. It’s very heavy duty, has a nice toggle on/off switch, takes a standard base 110v bulb, and made in USA. I used a Phillips 60-watt halogen flood bulb, nice ‘warm’ light which is kind to my old eyes! Best of all, it’s almost infinitely positionable to where ...

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Sometimes, Smaller is Better!

Sometimes, Smaller is Better!

02-29-2008 09:09 PM by Hawgnutz | 4 comments »

I don’t cut crown molding or much of anything with my miter saw except picture frames. I also have to use a crutch to walk, so any tool I can carry with one hand is attractive to me. I do most of my cutting outside, so this “little” miter saw, that can be easily carried with one hand, is great! I sold my 10” miter saw because it was so hard for me to carry that I just got tired of using it. This Craftsman only weighs about 16 pounds and has a carrying handle unde...

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2HP Dusty - Great Value

2HP Dusty - Great Value

11-13-2010 02:12 AM by DoctorDan | 5 comments »

I’ve upgraded from the Carbatec 1HP FM 320 to the Carbatec 2HP CT-2042 1PH. This machine offers 1500cfm and is fitted with an optional 3 micron pleated cartridge. It has a 6” inlet reduced to two 4” inlets. It’s noise level is acceptable. I have tested it out jointing a few boards not only did it collect the chips very well you could also see the dust from 2” away from the jointer blades getting sucked back in. I believe it offers great value for money.

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A "cliff's notes" for hand and power tool maintenance

A "cliff's notes" for hand and power tool maintenance

07-31-2011 05:08 PM by Tedstor | 5 comments »

Out of impulse, I bought this FWW magazine. Its not actually one of their usually monthly editions, but an extra volume which gives a nice overview on maintaining and improving all sorts of hand and power tools. A few examples from the table of contents include (very non-exhaustive): - Tool Kit for Tune-Ups Explaining the tools needed for measuring table saw run-out, jointer blade height, etc. And explains how to use them effectively. Anyone that doesn’t know how to do this should ru...

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