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Upgrade your pen turning

Upgrade your pen turning

06-23-2010 05:39 AM by Sawdust2 | 7 comments »

There are a number of pen turners like me on LJ. Actually, most are better.But I’ve lately noticed that the edges of my blanks are just not quite good enough. So I searched around and found John Goodiin. http://www.penturnersproducts.com/ John engineers his bushings to a greater tolerance than those we get from Rockler, Woodcraft, PSI, etc. Plus you will be turning between centers and not on a mandrel. That’s going to be the biggest leap in your quality. So if your ski...

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Shelix Head Ugrades the 735 Planer

Shelix Head Ugrades the 735 Planer

01-13-2015 12:52 AM by pintodeluxe | 17 comments »

I installed a Shelix cutterhead in my Dewalt 735 planer. It is a segmented cutterhead that has a helical shape, and uses individual carbide inserts. OLD THREE KNIFE CUTTERHEAD: With the old cutterhead I was losing about 10% of my stock to severe tearout. Even switching to the slower finishing speed, and skewing the board at an angle did not correct the problem. Walnut and maple seemed to plane okay, but the figured QSWO I usually mill was a problem for the factory cutterhead. I was chan...

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Great introduction to Japanese hand tools!

Great introduction to Japanese hand tools!

08-30-2014 02:40 PM by StumpyNubs | 3 comments »

Who doesn’t like pine? It’s inexpensive, abundant, it looks great and the smell reminds me of the air freshener in my car. But the best thing about pine is how easy it is to work with hand tools, making it the ideal material for a project done in the old-timey style. And that’s just what you’ll see in the new video series from Fine Woodworking: “Country Pine Hutch with Andrew Hunter”. ( For more articles, videos and woodworking goodness check out our new website at Stumpynubs.com! ) And...

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Exceptionally smooth countersinks

Exceptionally smooth countersinks

10-02-2009 03:42 AM by sry | 10 comments »

Woodcraft product page I had always heard that this style produces a very smooth cut, so I decided to pick some up when I was at Woodcraft. I bought the #6, #8, and #10. It really is amazing how smoothly and effortlessly they cut. The second picture I uploaded shows just how smooth these things cut (#10 is shown, but the results are typical). On the far left is the Wood River single flute countersink, middle is one from HD (can’t remember the brand), and right is from a Ryobi c...

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Great 115 Volt Saw

Great 115 Volt Saw

09-01-2009 04:11 AM by Ben | 11 comments »

I finally received my supersaw after two months on backorder. It was worth the wait. Jet ran a Fathers day deal in June and I got it cheap. Assembly I spent the better part of a Saturday putting the whole machine together. Everything was packaged well and there was no damage. I would rate the manual a 7 out of 10. I did spend 20 minutes looking for one package of bolts that they had packed inside one of the fence rails with the cap on it. I finally read the manual very closely to ...

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Nice little Benchtop for what it is

Nice little Benchtop for what it is

11-07-2010 11:33 PM by patcollins | 12 comments »

Ok I know many of you would never even consider a tool made by Skil because they are low end but I have been happy with a couple of their products. I am by no means an experienced woodworker but just a guy starting out and that likes to make things. First off the saw has a large amount of plastic in it but I really don’t see where metal would be superior except if you bang it around alot. The motor bogs down a little bit when cutting curves in 1/2” oak with a 3/8” blade...

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Aggressive sander has great dust collection at a price.

Aggressive sander has great dust collection at a price.

12-22-2012 06:21 AM by mbs | 8 comments »

I haven’t seen any LJ reviews of the RAS. I don’t have a lot of experience with it yet but I’ll share my initial thoughts and update the review later. I bought this sander to hog out rocking chair seats, legs … I used standard 4.5” grinders with abrasive disks or donuts before I got the RAS115. The units without dust collection ports make a big mess very fast. I was looking for an aggressive sander with good dust collection. The RAS is comfortable to ho...

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3 Blade Pack - Curve/Ripping/Resawing

3 Blade Pack - Curve/Ripping/Resawing

03-08-2015 11:38 AM by Alongiron | 24 comments »

I have been a long time user of Woodslicer band saw blades from Highland woodworking but a friend of mine told me that Timber Wolf blades cut better and are less expensive, so it was time for new blades and I went to www.timberwolfblades.com and ordered the 3 blade assortment pack: One each blade for Curve, Ripping and Resawing (14” with riser & 16” saws) 105”. With Shipping thee blades came to only $70. I liked the description of the blades: “Our exclusive use of low tensi...

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easy and effective way to clean saw blades

easy and effective way to clean saw blades

05-11-2012 01:17 AM by Mainiac Matt | 10 comments »

I’ve used the foamy stuff in the brown spray cans (see my second picture) both at home and at work and it’s horrible…. toxic smell, harsh on your skin, spatters, puts a caustic mist in the air, and supposedly eats away at the brazing that attaches the carbide tips to the saw blade. I used it a month ago to clean some burned router bits at work and a coworker accross the room started coughing and had to step outside to get some air. I also had some of it spatter into my mo...

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Rockler Shelf Pin Drilling Jig (Review)

Rockler Shelf Pin Drilling Jig (Review)

02-03-2014 07:56 PM by Brett | 9 comments »

Have you ever noticed holes , neatly in a row, on the inside of many book cases and cabinets? Have you ever wondered how they might have gotten them so straight, and evenly spaced? Maybe you have, maybe you haven’t. I never really gave it much thought until I decided that I may want to attempt to build something that needed some adjustable shelving. This jig is one way that a do-it-yourselfer may be able to add those adjustable shelves to your project! It is a shelf pin drillin...

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