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Great bang for the buck, but DON'T leave it stock!

Great bang for the buck, but DON'T leave it stock!

1696 days ago by dbhost | 51 comments »

I felt it necessary to write a review of THIS specific dust collector. Many home hobby woodworkers use Harbor Freight 2HP Dust Collector to refer to the current model #97869 and the older model #45378 interchangeably. While they use a large number of the same components, and are most likely build on the same line, these are without a doubt NOT the same tool. Building on the success of the #45378, Harbor Freight had some improvements to put under the hood, and market as the #97869, many ...

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Kerfmaker uses

Kerfmaker uses

1404 days ago by tenonitis | 10 comments »

I broke down and bought one of these gadgets despite the high price since I planned to give it a lot of use. It works as advertised but I had a different application in mind than cutting half laps or kerfs. I wanted to use it for its opposite function, one not advertised, making tenons. I understand that Bridge City plans to introduce a new tool for this purpose, but I think they don’t understand that the Kerfmaker can already do this. The key is to invert your thinking and instead of u...

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ACCIDENTAL, (DEFINITELY OFF-LABEL), SANDPAPER DISC CLEANER!

ACCIDENTAL, (DEFINITELY OFF-LABEL), SANDPAPER DISC CLEANER!

45 days ago by jeffwedekind | 8 comments »

I discovered this little gem of a use completely by accident one day. I had been sanding a lot of pine on my disc sander and the disc was completely gummed up with resin. It was shot! Or so I thought. As fate would have it, I needed to sand some finer parts, and I didn’t have another disc on hand. The closest place to get a new 12’’ disc is over 100 miles away, so I tried to figure out a way to get the disc back in action. I tried my trusty gum block, nothing. I tr...

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Homemade veneer flattening solution

Homemade veneer flattening solution

1621 days ago by RBWoodworker | 7 comments »

I recently purchased a veneer pump, and got some veneer along with the deal.. but the veneer that I got, was rolled in a protective paper and left for who know’s how long.. it took the curve of the roll well and would not lay flat no matter what I did.. I put it between two platens and left it for 3 weeks and that did not do the trick…SO.. Lee Jesberger has this solution on his website prowoodworkingtips.com and it consist of 1 gallon of water..8 oz. of pure glycerin which is avai...

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Everything you need to know to build quality shop cabinets

Everything you need to know to build quality shop cabinets

962 days ago by LeeInAZ | 8 comments »

If you are at all interested in building useful, sturdy, and practical cabinets for your shop, this is the best $13.45 you can spend. Tom takes you through the process of building shop cabinets using practical techniques and basic materials. Don’t expect exact dimensioned plans, but rather an explanation of the process you need to follow to design and build cabinets that will fit your work space and your tools. He has plenty of photos and details the entire process so well that even ...

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One of the Best books I have read on Wood Finishing

One of the Best books I have read on Wood Finishing

1056 days ago by Ken90712 | 21 comments »

While I try to grow, and become a more experienced finisher I have ran into some roadblocks along the way. Like most of us have, I’m sure. A few Lumberjocks recommended this book by Bob Flexner. I must say I will always keep this book close. Another fellow LJ posted the words below as well and I agreed so I used his review as well. Thx, Jeff. Most everyone would benefit from this book. While this is not a tool, this book has earned its spot as one of my most useful assets in my shop....

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David Barron Tools Dovetail Guide

David Barron Tools Dovetail Guide

456 days ago by rdwile | 10 comments »

I bought the David Barron Dovetail Guide last summer when I ordered a couple other things from David. I played with the guide and watched David's YouTube video on how to use it. So then I figured I was ready to cut some dovetails! I tried it out to get the hang of it on some scrap and then moved right into cutting the dovetails on my Tommy Mac Tool Chest. The fact that this was my first dovetail project ever in carcase construction is a testament to how easy this guide its to get used t...

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Keen Dust Router Review.  Above and below table dust collection

Keen Dust Router Review. Above and below table dust collection

759 days ago by ardbeg | 12 comments »

This is a review for the Keen Products Company’s “Dust Router” http://www.keen-products.com/ This simple device really works wonders. I have a Bench Dog Cast Iron wing extension router table (the pic above is not my set up) and thought I was getting decent chip collection through the fence but this $40 gizmo makes DC’ing at the router table an art. DescriptionThe kit comes with:-a sheet of plastic that you need to attach between your router and plate. Easy enou...

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Inexpensive Remote

Inexpensive Remote

573 days ago by TheDane | 22 comments »

After repeated problems with the remote control on my dust collector, I hit on a less costly and (so far) more reliable solution. One day I was walking through the electrical department at the local big box and saw these … they sell for $11.99. For that, you get the wireless switch that plugs into the service outlet like a wall wart and a remote control that can manage three of these devices. I bought 3 of them … use one on my air cleaner, one on my dust collector, and one o...

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Great Sanding and Finishing Pad

Great Sanding and Finishing Pad

1003 days ago by TheDane | 12 comments »

I had been looking for a better solution for ‘scuffing’ project parts between finishing coats. Though sandpaper was an obvious choice, I seemed to be going through quite a bit and was leaving a lot of scratches between coats. #0000 steel wool works pretty well, but it is messy and (supposedly) doesn’t play well with water-based finishes. Enter Rhynosoft Pads (thanks to Charles Neil for the tip!). These are terrific. The pads are a good size (4-1/2” X 5-1/2”...

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