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Ridgid MS1290LZ Sliding Compound Miter Saw

Ridgid MS1290LZ Sliding Compound Miter Saw

10-12-2008 05:38 PM by ferstler | 14 comments »

I am reasonably new to woodworking, if one can call getting into it seriously only four years ago as “new.” I will also note that it was four years ago that I retired from a 35-year career at a university library. Once I retired I told my wife that I wanted to get a few tools so that it would be easier to do home-improvement projects. One thing led to another and now I have a workshop full of tools. My woodworking neophyte status notwithstanding, I am not new to reviewing produ...

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Tried a bunch of "multi tools" before buying the sonicrafter

Tried a bunch of "multi tools" before buying the sonicrafter

02-08-2010 11:30 PM by Wade | 20 comments »

Overall this tool is a must have. The product performs all the functions that the infomercial claims and is extremely heavy duty. There a few flaws that the designers of this tool did not take into consideration with heavy use. Problem 1. The hex head bolt that is used to hold on the blades/cutters/sanders/etc… came loose a few times causing the attachment to bounce around. Second thing with the bolt was that after repeated changes of the attachments the hex head bolt and hex head wr...

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If you've ever wanted to try a wheel marking gauge....

If you've ever wanted to try a wheel marking gauge....

03-18-2011 08:04 AM by Tedstor | 7 comments »

I always wanted to try a wheel marking gauge. However, I never wanted to spend $30+ for a tool that I wasn’t sure I’d even like. I mean, a pencil seemed to do a fine job marking workpieces, so I couldn’t really justify buying a tool that I didn’t actually need. However, a few weeks ago, Rockler had these marked down to $7.50 with free shipping. It appeared to be fairly well made and had most of the features found on the expensive gauges. So I pulled the trigger. My th...

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very handy

very handy

04-24-2012 09:36 PM by reggle | 6 comments »

normally i tend to avoid ratchet screwdrivers because they always break but there agian buying creap ones dont help.i dont how much this one was because it was a gift. the handle may look a bit uncomfortable but it feels very nice in the hand pros>lifetime warrantybit storagecome with five bit strong magnet cons none yet

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Must-Have Books for Plane Collectors!!!

Must-Have Books for Plane Collectors!!!

02-23-2013 05:09 PM by poopiekat | 20 comments »

Although this book has been mentioned a few times, I don’t know of a formal review here, so here goes: Volume I and II, “Patented Transitional & Metallic Planes in America” is an astounding body of research on the development of handplanes made since 1827. The research deals with planes from 1827 to 1927 in volume I and 1927 to the present in volume II. In it you will find data from the US Patent Office, as well as blueprints, logos, and advertising literature for th...

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New Sander

New Sander

09-09-2013 09:33 PM by RussellAP | 3 comments »

I’ve used my new sander on about 15 cutting boards so far. All hardwood. 6 position variable speed. 84.97$ at Amazon Grits, 60, 80, 120, 240. Pros:I like the way it feels in my hand. I like the way it feels on the wood. I love that it stops quickly so I can put it down. Cons:Has a hard time spinning though 60g. I guess the con isn’t fair of me, nothing really spins good with 60G on it. I only use 60G because my planer has a catch on one of the blades and iR...

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I wanted handsaw sharpening experience, and I got more (sharpening experience) than I expected

I wanted handsaw sharpening experience, and I got more (sharpening experience) than I expected

02-25-2014 08:40 PM by paxorion | 2 comments »

This past summer, I had to repair some molding along the exterior of a bay window. Given that it was a very small number of molding cuts to repair, I opted to get a plastic miter box and backsaw to do the work rather than pull out a power miter saw. I saw it not so much as an additional expense, but rather a chance to get some handsaw sharpening experience. My criteria was to find a cheap handsaw that I wouldn’t feel bad ruining by experimenting with sharpening. After playing with a few...

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worth it.

worth it.

10-20-2009 02:49 PM by andy1000 | 9 comments »

my dust deputy works great too. the shopvac is clean. i strapped my dd to the shopvac with a rachet strap. i had to cut 2 hourglass-shaped spacers (out of 2×4) to get a good and even ‘lock’ between the cylindrical bucket and the cylindrical shopvac. (trace the bottom of the 5 gal bucket for the bottom spacer, and the top of the bucket for the top spacer). i mostly just pick it up to move it, but it also rolls/drags ok.i also suck a small amount of water straight into the...

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Ridgid MS1290LZA & MS-UV Mobile base

Ridgid MS1290LZA & MS-UV Mobile base

06-12-2010 11:56 PM by lilredweldingrod | 15 comments »

I’ve had my Ridgid miter saw for two years now. At first I found it required more room in my shop than I had. After working around the large footprint, I bought the MS-UV mobile cart. I feel that I have the perfect combination now. The saw with a Freud D1296N blade is a dream to work with. And now that I have added the mobile base, my problem with the footprint is a thing of the past. Being in a wheelchair makes moving most shop equipment a dreaded chore. But the large wheels and the b...

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Shop Fox w1820

Shop Fox w1820

03-18-2011 08:18 PM by waldo | 5 comments »

I have had my new Shop Fox for about 2 weeks now and I’d like to think that I have put it through the paces by now. The saw is 230v and 3hp, comes with dado insert, push stick, blade, wrenchs, etc. It took roughly 2 hours or so to get this thing put together and ready to go. I looked at the Grizzly g0691, but didn’t like that I could be denied the liftgate by the trucker, I live at the end of a cul-de-sac, so I went with the Shop Fox, there is a dealer 30 miles from me. Movi...

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