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Another 5 star gem from HF

Another 5 star gem from HF

09-21-2010 09:52 PM by Routerisstillmyname | 7 comments »

Last week I purchased a 10 Feet Long 4” clear hose from Rockwell, ( the one on the left) I spent the better part of the afternoon stretching it to fit the standard connections on my jointer, planer, TS and vacuum. Not a big deal. But since it wasn’t long enough to reach across the shop and I needed to order few things online from good ol Harbor Freight as in (Dust Collector Separator Lid) I decided to add one of their 10 feet hoses to the order.Let me tell ya, this thing fits perfect the fi...

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Not Ridgid Quality

Not Ridgid Quality

10-14-2012 08:50 PM by Dan Corbin | 32 comments »

I’ve heard a lot of good things about Ridgid brand, especially their table saws. I had been looking at a bandsaw from Harbor Freight, but with the Ridgid band saw only $50 more, I thought it was a no-brainer. I really should’ve saved my money for something better…. I was excited to get my new bandsaw home and start cutting up some wood. But from the get-go, this was a bad experience. When the unit finally arrived, the box was in very poor shape. Fortunately, there was e...

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Good drill, very affordable, typical poor quality control

Good drill, very affordable, typical poor quality control

05-09-2009 08:16 AM by tmiller | 8 comments »

OK here are most of the features of this drill:-Smooth-running ball-bearing motor is designed for a long service life-Variable speed: 0-3000 RPM-Reversible-Keyless chuck-Built-in level-Heat treated gears-120V, 3.1 amps-Chuck capacity: 3/64’’ to 3/8’‘-Belt clip -Overall dimensions: 9-1/2’’ L x 2-1/2’’ W x 7’’ H-Weight: 3.3 lbs. The Pro’s: Whats bolded above and the price. These are going for $12.99 online and I believe they a...

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Rockler's remarkable red rubber sanding block

Rockler's remarkable red rubber sanding block

03-13-2012 06:37 AM by DHS | 6 comments »

I purchased a sanding block for the first time yesterday. I had taken my mother to lunch on Sunday afternoon and then to reward myself for this good deed I visited the local Rockler Woodworking store and browsed the discount racks. I bought some sanding disks, a quart of Titebond III, some space balls, and then just for the heck of it, I purchased a rubber sanding block for $3.99. What a wonderful device. I don’t know why I’ve never used one before. Perhaps it was my abrasive high-school...

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Simplicity with Perfection

Simplicity with Perfection

01-20-2008 03:02 AM by YooperCasey | 11 comments »

One of the first purchases I made was a Veritas sharpening jig. I had been researching woodworking for several years before buying a single tool while I attended MTU. One thing I noticed time and time again was the fact that tools must be sharp. Beyond sharp they must be properly sharp, with a proper angle, back bevel and micro bevel! After much intimidation about the whole process I decided to pick up the Veritas jig. I purchased it in the full kit with an included waterstone to get me go...

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Rolling Trades PCW

Rolling Trades PCW

01-19-2010 07:59 PM by saxophone | 5 comments »

“This is awesome,” said host John Palanca, on an episode of DIY Network’s “Under Construction.” “It’s a great concept, great idea that is well thought out by a carpenter. Half the job on a jobsite is setting up and this is already set up for you.”

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I aint fraid of ladders no more

I aint fraid of ladders no more

06-26-2009 12:57 AM by Zuki | 9 comments »

I hate ladders, especially extension ladders. The height does not bother me . . . it’s the sudden stop at the end of a fall that does. When I decided to start our rear deck I became a little apprehensive as it is 11 feet off the ground over the stairwell going into the basement (another 8 ft). But then I found Stand-off arms by LITE. I picked them up at Canadian Tire for $25. There is nothing bad that I can say. The ladder is super stable and offers extra mobility to work agains...

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Nice job but it takes time

Nice job but it takes time

07-12-2011 10:54 PM by RexMcKinnon | 12 comments »

I bought this product because I thought it would improve the look of the pool deck I am building and although I am not finished yet I think it has. The whole purpose of the jig is too allow the user to screw down decking without showing the screw and that’s exactly what it did. My decking is made from 5/4 pressure treated boards. There are 10 joists each spaced 16 on centers and there are 2 screws per joist which gives 20 screws per board. To boards feel as if the are held down well. I ...

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Good little dust collector.

Good little dust collector.

03-02-2013 08:34 AM by Addicted | 6 comments »

I was looking for a dust collector for the Ridgid R4512 table saw I just purchased. My previous saw wasn’t set up for any dust collection, so I have been fighting table saw dust for years. Don’t laugh too hard yet, because I also purchased a DELTA 50-760 to actually do my dust collection with. I saw this little PSI DC660P when I was doing my online shopping, and decided to pick one of these up. Online shopping can be dangerous to the budget. The PSI unit arived first, so ...

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eBay Customer Protection greatly improved in last 5 yrs

eBay Customer Protection greatly improved in last 5 yrs

12-04-2010 08:44 AM by TopamaxSurvivor | 18 comments »

I made the mistake of not looking closely enough at an old Stanley 39 plough plane. The title said “Plane” and “wood cutter”. It looked just another old well used plane that would need bit of cleaning up but would make a user. A lot of finish still on it and a little rust. I had seen a lot of them selling for $25-40. The seller had 100% positive feed back, so I didn’t spend a lot of time studying the pictures looking for a scam or what they were trying to pull over on someone. The blad...

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