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Hand Stitched Wood Rasps

Hand Stitched Wood Rasps

11-04-2015 07:43 PM by RogerBean | 15 comments »

For anyone doing much carving, gunstock work, period furniture, or the like will find numerous uses for wood rasps. For quickly shaping irregular shaped items like cabriole legs, ogee feet, Kentucky rifle stocks, or ball and claw feet, a good rasp can remove a lot of wood in a hurry. I have accumulated a number of them over the years, beginning with an old Nicholson rasp my father bought back in the early 1950’s for gunstock work. My only objection to the ones I have is that all ar...

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Power Carver

Power Carver

01-25-2012 03:31 AM by Raymond | 5 comments »

I was looking for a power carver the other day and much to my suprise they are rather expensive. I got to thinking about what tool could I adapt. I went to Menards and was looking around at different tools and came accorss the Tool Shop Engraver, variable strokes per minute from 4200 to 7200, for 9.99 how could I go wrong. I got it home and discovered the carbide cutter is held in with a set screw. I removed the cutter and began thinking what could I use for a chisels. I had purched from Flee...

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New worksharp for old chisels

New worksharp for old chisels

01-04-2009 02:48 AM by Craftsman on the lake | 18 comments »

In reviving my shop after many years I got a workshart 3000. I used to sharpen my chisels by hand on sandpaper and stones and got marginal results because you really have to work at it to get them the way you want. This worksharp really makes it easy. I mean really easy. Old dull chipped chisels took maybe 15 minutes each and I’ll be able to touch them up in a few seconds anytime I want to now.The unit is not cheap but not as expensive as some units. I got mine from Sears for $189 but y...

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Old soldier

Old soldier

09-07-2010 05:15 AM by sawblade1 | 11 comments »

This is why I trust Delta machinery :) I hope I am not coming off as a brand snob but this jointer is over 36 years old, AND STILL RUNNING ON THE ORIGINAL KNIVES TO BOOT!!!!!! I picked this up this spring from a guy at work who was getting rid of his shop and moving into a condo for $100 and with only the cord needing replaced from dry rot and rust from being in the basement it performs like it did coming out of the box :) Adding to this Parts are still available along with the Owners manual ...

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I finally made a decision on a saw.

I finally made a decision on a saw.

01-16-2016 05:00 PM by Ken90712 | 21 comments »

As a few of you know I have been on the fence so to speak on getting a new saw for some time now. I read and read and read on which one to get. I had it narrowed down to this and a Sawstop. We all know about the great safety features on the SS. They also build a great saw. However I finally made a decision on the Grizzly G0690 3hp 220 volt with the cast iron router table extension. I have a small shop so the router table is a no brainer for me. Money was somewhat a consideration although ...

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Best sander I have ever used

Best sander I have ever used

10-28-2013 07:36 PM by lumberjoe | 9 comments »

This is truly a 5 star sander (unfortunately with a 5 star price to boot). I’ve always been an ROS guy but never able to get a mirror smooth finish without some hand touch-up in certain areas. This sander delivers! The Good Overall Construction This sander is well built. It’s heavy, yet ergonomically pleasing. The front handle comes off if need be. It is solid, quiet, and vibration free. It comes with a dust port fitting, or a dust collection tube with a filter inside (that ...

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Quangsheng Stainless Steel Spoke Shave Pair

Quangsheng Stainless Steel Spoke Shave Pair

10-02-2013 04:16 PM by wingate_52 | 2 comments »

Just retired and I build guitars and ukuleles amongst other stuff. I love tools and the better the tool, the better and happier I work. I have had a pair of Record spoke shaves for 40 years and they chatter. The blades are thin, the mouths are big. I have fettled them and they work…quite well. I have noticed these Quangsheng shaves for a few months. I have some of their planes and they are excellent, as are their plane blades and back irons. They have really improved my collect...

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Excellent budget blade!

Excellent budget blade!

10-05-2009 02:33 PM by Mike Gager | 28 comments »

I just recently bought this blade after reading some of the reviews on the home depot website. I am very satisfied with it and think its an excellent choice for someone on a budget wanting a nice cutting blade. I havent used any of the high end blades such as the forrest woodworker2 but i would be mighty surprised if they cut that much better then this blade does. I tried it on red oak, pine, douglas fir, MDF, and particle board melamine and it left a super smooth cut in all of them with no t...

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Excellent performance at a decent price

Excellent performance at a decent price

07-04-2010 05:02 AM by PurpLev | 9 comments »

DISCLAIMER:This is the 1 and only spray system I’ve ever used/seen so take this with a grain of salt. this review is based on my expectations and experience from this unit. I have been brushing/wiping finish, but always wanted to spray for the benefits of:1. time (faster process, and faster drying time – also less contamination probability of the finish)2. ease and effort (less sanding, and less effort applying finish) I got this unit used off of craigslist for a bargain pr...

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Mixed Opinion About This Bandsaw...

Mixed Opinion About This Bandsaw...

05-21-2016 07:47 AM by Edwardnorton | 34 comments »

About 15 months ago I purchased my Grizzly GO555 bandsaw. After it arrived I unboxed it and put it together. I normally put the boxes of items I buy in a shed I built just to keep them in until the warranty expires, but one of my kids tossed the boxes out without my knowing it. As soon as had it all together I grabbed some scrap and fired the saw up with the anticipation of a 5 year old on Christmas day only to be a bit disappointed in how it operated. The blade lead was horrible to say th...

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