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Earlex Spray Station 5000

Earlex Spray Station 5000

2217 days ago by thewoodwhisperer | 43 comments »

To sum up, I thought the Earlex did a darn good job spraying pretty much everything I put in it, including oil-based poly, water-based finishes, lacquer, and latex paint. I would probably recommend purchasing some of the smaller tip sets though, since they will increase performance on the water-based stuff. The 5000 does lack some of the spray controls typically found in higher-priced 3 and 4-stage units, but sometimes those extra features are just unnecessary. I found the simplicity of the u...

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DeWalt DW735 Heavy-Duty 13" Three Knife, Two Speed Thickness Planer

DeWalt DW735 Heavy-Duty 13" Three Knife, Two Speed Thickness Planer

2205 days ago by tooldad | 44 comments »

I have had the opportunity to use about 4 different planers. I owned a Ryobi 12.5” for about a year and returned it because rollers wouldn’t work, They bought a Ridgid and it lasted about 3 months, same problem (Ryobi, Ridgid, and Milwaukee are same corp) Finally I bucked up and bought Dewalt after seeing this at the wood show. However I am not the average weekend woodworker being a shop teacher so minimum duty tools just dont’ cut it for me. I also had a Delta 12.5”...

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The best table saw (and shop) accessory I have ever owned

The best table saw (and shop) accessory I have ever owned

2248 days ago by RickH | 17 comments »

At the first woodworking show I attended years ago I became aware of the Incra table saw fence systems, and bought their first version almost 10 years ago. I upgraded to their LS system (lead-screw) about 4 years ago by purchasing a new postioner w/machined fence, which is even easier to use. What the Incra fence does is allow for precise and repeatable fence alignment on your table saw: > Precision – allows adjustments as fine as .001”, though their standard measuring meth...

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Makita MLT 100 not much good about it

Makita MLT 100 not much good about it

831 days ago by anobium | 16 comments »

The Makita MLT 100 is the smaller sister of the 2705. Here are the specs Makita provides. Main table 610×590 mm with Sub table 760×790 mm Bore mm 30 mm (1 ¼ inch) Depth of Cut @ 90° 93 mm (3 ¾ inch) Blade Diameter 260 mm (10 inch) Depth of Cut @ 45º 64 mm No load speed 4500 rpm Net weight 38 kg (80 lbs) Wattage 1500 w Voltage 220 V 50/60 Hz Price: 410€ – 720€ (530$ – 950$) E...

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My Review of,  Rikon 10-325 14" Deluxe Bandsaw

My Review of, Rikon 10-325 14" Deluxe Bandsaw

2291 days ago by Dick, & Barb Cain | 59 comments »

Second photo from Rikon~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Reason for buying:I’ve had an old 14” Taiwanese saw for quite a few years, so I looked at some reviews on Band saws, & decided this would be the one for me. I shopped around the internet, & decided to buy it from Woodcraft. It was $750, & free shipping, so I saved $75, enough for a few gallons of gas.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Pros: The price f...

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My Largest Band Saw, The Wood-Mizer LT40 HD Portable

My Largest Band Saw, The Wood-Mizer LT40 HD Portable

2292 days ago by TreeBones | 13 comments »

After twelve years of use I can say this is a first class band saw. I have put mine through the test. The largest log I put on it was a 48” diameter, 26’ long Redwood that weighed over 17,000 pounds. Wish I took photos of this one. I cut over 80,000 bdft on that one job. The throat is 28” and with logs placed perfectly it can cut slabs this wide. Breakdowns have been essentially non existent and maintenance requirements are minimal, blades, roller guides and belts are the ...

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Ridgid MS1290LZ Sliding Compound Miter Saw

Ridgid MS1290LZ Sliding Compound Miter Saw

2019 days ago 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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Grizzly G0462 Wood Lathe with digital readout

Grizzly G0462 Wood Lathe with digital readout

1880 days ago by trifern | 30 comments »

The Grizzly G0462 Wood Lathe is an enticing machine based on it’s price point, horse power, and features. I would not recommend it. Don’t get me wrong, I have made some fairly nice pieces on it. However, I wish I had never purchased it. In one year I have replaced the belt around 10 times, replaced all bearings, replaced the tool rest, and replaced the tail stock hand wheel twice. The tail stock and head stock do not align, it vibrates, and is noisy.

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Porter-Cable 10" Job Site table saw

Porter-Cable 10" Job Site table saw

1516 days ago by LafayetteJack | 9 comments »

Review of the PorterCable PCB220 Job site saw. I am a relative newcomer to woodworking and the only comparison I have for this saw is my old Delta Shopmaster TS200. So as they say…your mileage may vary. Specs from the Lowes website (I have not been able to find this saw on the PorterCable site):UL Safety Listing No CSA Safety Listing Yes ETL Safety Listing No Blade Size (Inches) 10.0 Arbor Size (Inches) 0.625 Drive Motor System Direct Amps 15.0 Bevel Capacity (Degrees) 45.0 Aluminum...

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Lathe Duplicator for Mini Lathes

Lathe Duplicator for Mini Lathes

1978 days ago by Karson | 16 comments »

I’ve got this Penn State Lathe Duplicator I have mine mounted on a Ryobi Mini Lathe. I believe that it works for many brands. It’s not an all inclusive duplicator like the Vega. If you can make a pattern in something about 1/16” thick then you can fit it into the holding mechanism. Here are the Penn State templates This is a brass pattern of a small spindle that I’m making. The spindles are for a Vintage Sleigh I’m making. You mount your blank in the...

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