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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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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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Great Oscillating Spindle Sander option

Great Oscillating Spindle Sander option

01-03-2010 11:22 PM by richgreer | 14 comments »

I wanted an oscillating spindle sander but I was not willing to give up any floor space to accommodate one. I considered some bench top options but I felt the work surface on most of them was too small. I found the ideal answer with the Porter-Cable PC121 sander and a special insert plate for my router table from Woodpecker. Now I can lift my router out of the router table and set the sander in. I then have the entire router table as a work surface for my sander and I am not taking ...

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Sharpen your throwaway planer knives

Sharpen your throwaway planer knives

10-09-2010 04:28 PM by Deulen | 28 comments »

If you are going to throwaway your planer knives then please send them to me and keep it “Green”. The new “Deulen” Jointer/Planer Knife Sharpener will remove nicks, sharpen, and hone a razor sharp edge in minutes. They come in 6” and 12” lengths or can be fastened end to end for up to 26” knives. You can see a demo video and purchase yours at: http://exoticwoodveneerplus.com/.Handsomely made of Exotic Hardwood, Machined Brass, and Stainless Steel. ...

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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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 Flexible and accurate dowel work.

Flexible and accurate dowel work.

02-18-2013 10:17 PM by vipond33 | 10 comments »

I’m quite enamored of dowels as joinery, especially in cabinet construction. Fast, accurate and plenty strong enough if used with good technique, tooling and materials, they also allow me flexibility in appearance of the finished case without too much fuss. However, I do not own a doweling jig. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to have a Dowel Max, but with all its accessories to be more costly than the price of a used motorcycle, well, no thanks. Besides, all doweling jigs ar...

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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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Incra LS - TS on ridgid 4512

Incra LS - TS on ridgid 4512

09-22-2013 03:35 AM by EMC | 17 comments »

About a month ago I purchased a Ridgid 4512 to replace my dw744. Although this is not intended to be a review of the 4512, I will say that I am quite pleased with it. Once I had it assembled and set up I went through it carefully and set up the blade, fence and miter slots to all be parallel and was able to achieve great accuracy (within a few hundredths) without a lot of trouble. I have read about the issue many have had with the blade shifting position as it goes up and down, but I h...

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Ancorayachtservice.com Chain Vise

Ancorayachtservice.com Chain Vise

03-13-2013 03:27 AM by lysdexic | 15 comments »

Chain Vise Kit As I was blogging about my split Roubo bench build using BenchCrafted hardware, Jim (Boatman53) offered me a prototype of his chain drive for the leg vise. This is a chain that goes from the chop, through the front leg and then down to the parallel beam. It is really clever idea that eliminates the need for the parallel pin. I’ve been using the chain vise for several months now and here are my thoughts. Materials: Obviously the kit comes with everything needed. I ju...

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