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Kerfmaker uses

Kerfmaker uses

06-15-2010 05:09 PM 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!

03-04-2014 11:22 PM 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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Everything you need to know to build quality shop cabinets

Everything you need to know to build quality shop cabinets

08-30-2011 08:27 PM 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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Hand cut dovetails--faster, cleaner, more precise.  What's not to like?

Hand cut dovetails--faster, cleaner, more precise. What's not to like?

03-25-2014 03:54 PM by JayT | 34 comments »

Like many woodworkers, I wanted to learn to make hand cut dovetails, but struggled with getting a precise joint. After some disappointing early results, I was ready to either quit or get some help. Somewhere along the line I had seen a blog post that linked a David Barron video where he used a magnetic saw guide. I decided to bite the bullet and purchase one of the 1:5 guides and hope that helped my joinery. I know that traditionally dovetails are 1:8 or 1:6, but since the ratio is fa...

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Fine, highly accurate dovetail saw

Fine, highly accurate dovetail saw

08-21-2010 05:59 AM by swirt | 8 comments »

This saw was recommended as a top tool for under $10 by Fine Woodworking Magazine, and is highly regarded by Christopher Schwarz from Popular Woodworking. Yes that was not a typo, this saw really costs less than $10 and it is Made in the USA.The blade is only 0.01” thick so it feels pretty flimsy, but it also cuts the thinest of kerfs. With this saw you can actually split the pencil line with room to spare. The teeth cut on the pull stroke, the blade is 6.5” long and this delux...

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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

05-29-2011 06:56 PM 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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Inexpensive Remote

Inexpensive Remote

09-23-2012 02:24 AM 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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Volt Man Batteries....

Volt Man Batteries....

04-09-2012 01:54 AM by Mainiac Matt | 14 comments »

I wanted to share with the LJ crew a neat little outfit I came accross a couple of years back that re-habs cordless tool battery packs. You send them your battery pack, and they swap out the cells, spot welding the connections just like the OEM does. They can even replace the smart chips that feed the charger temperature info. etc… I used them to replace the battery packs on my favorite Porter Cable 12 volt drill/driver and they were as good as new when I got them back. Two year...

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Inexpensive great task light

Inexpensive great task light

02-28-2014 02:11 AM by EBpenguy | 7 comments »

I went to the recent Woodworking Show in Somerset, NJ and saw a really nice, goose necked LED task light at one of the booths. It was pretty slick, but almost $70 to buy. I had already overspent my budget and was not happy to pass on this! I told one of my woodturning buddies about it and he suggested I look instead at a similar light he had used from IKEA for $9.99. And I am glad I listened to him. IKEA sells this as the Jansjo desk lamp number 201.696.58 in black. It also comes in white...

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A great accessory for your router

A great accessory for your router

05-14-2009 06:04 PM by GaryK | 28 comments »

Using either one of two wrenches for replace a router bit can be a real pain. Especially if it’s in a router table. This nifty little thing will allow you to replace your router with an allen wrench. This “Eliminator RC Quick Change Chuck” is a combination bit extension and one-tool chuck.Unlike other extensions, it replaces the nut and collet on your router thus minimizing run-out which can occur with some extensions. I hesitated getting one of these things for a l...

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