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10 years and still going

10 years and still going

10-25-2014 03:06 PM by Canadianteacher | 12 comments »

I am a shop teacher at a middle school in Abbotsford BC. We purchased 8 of these Dewalt scroll saws 10 years ago and have have only had to replace 1 of them (the motor went after 9 years). One more saw is making some funny sounds in its upper arm and will most likely be done soon (I will take the motor and place it in my other saw). The saws get used by grade 6-8 students cutting from 3/4” alder to 1 and 3/4” basswood. I must say that my students are not easy on the saws and I hav...

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My bench is screwy...

My bench is screwy...

10-28-2013 01:14 AM by rhett | 8 comments »

This is a 24” wooden screw, from Evans Wooden Screw Co. This one is cherry, with a funky vice hub, perfect for using it without a handle. Matt Evans site, has free sketch-up plans and instructions for just about every imaginable configuration of these screws. He also sells Moxon kits and smaller wooden screws. This particular set-up cost $160, it included the screw, the nut and the collar. A deal, considering each is handmade in his Indiana shop. Only issue I had, was the collar...

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Miterset Standard

Miterset Standard

06-16-2009 11:19 PM by Jim | 9 comments »

I saw a review of this and decided to order and give it a try. It’s a fine product—accurate and simple to use. My kind of tool! What is it? It’s a jig that “sets any miter gauge to precise angles”. It’s pretty self explanatory in its use but the extra cool feature is the aluminum “step bar” that’s provided that allows the jig to set any 1/2° angle between 0° and 55°. Simple and time saving. The inventor also has a miter setting jig for segmented c...

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Should last longer than 35 days.  Right?

Should last longer than 35 days. Right?

05-12-2012 03:51 AM by Todd McDonald "2 Bored Saws" | 24 comments »

I loved the design of this sander! It is very light, handles are in perfect positions, BUT not impressed with the life of the one I bought. I used it only a few times and it started smoking. It seems to get hot quickly. I have not returned it yet, but I will be very soon. I know I didn’t apply to much pressure because I was just knocking a rough edge down on a 5” corner board. Anyone else have any luck with this sander? I would like to get another but kinda gun shy now̷...

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Incra miter gauge very good, but it takes a bit of work

Incra miter gauge very good, but it takes a bit of work

10-13-2014 04:51 AM by ic3ss | 23 comments »

So I finally took the plunge and ditched my miter gauge that came with my old Unisaw. I never really used it, it just sat there if needed. Well, I knew from experience that it was crap so it has gone away. Bought the 1000HD a while back and have been using it for a few weeks and man am I impressed. This is what Made in USA is all about. I’ve been loving everything about it, but it took a bit of work. I picked it up at Rockler on sale for $119. First off, the thing is packaged ver...

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after 7 years of use my festool ts75 is still a work horse money maker.

after 7 years of use my festool ts75 is still a work horse money maker.

03-18-2015 03:23 AM by vonhagen | 31 comments »

when i first used my new festool saw i didn’t really realize it’s full potential but after 7 years of heavy use i have made very difficult cuts that would require jigs and or special table saw setups and router setups a thing of the past.i have made very long compound angle cuts upside down,vertical and horizontal,stack cut whole bundles of exotic veneers and stitch them up with no blow out and with perfect seams. the plunge feature and its stop give you the ability to cut out sla...

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my last sander

my last sander

09-11-2012 08:11 PM by eddy | 17 comments »

i recently posted a question as to what ros sander i should get for a$200.00 well shot the budget all to hell. i demoed the unit at my local woodcraft and after sanding a endgrain cuttingboard in less than 4 min. i was sold this is a very agressing sander not a finish sander by any means. i can now flaten my boards on drum sander at 80 grit and go to festoll and have it ready for finishing in no time at all. best part is a do a lot of boards and i can sand boards next to boards with finish ...

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Grinding wheel dresser

Grinding wheel dresser

05-13-2010 03:21 AM by hairy | 11 comments »

Did you ever do something dumb, then follow up with something stupid? OK, I’m the only one. Anyway,I wore a big groove down the center of my grinder that I sharpen lathe tools on. Then I went to Sears and got this. This is a good idea, it just doesn’t do a good job. The wheel I was dressing is 120 grit aluminum oxide. I assumed this would be a harder material. I quickly wore this out and still had a groove. The instructions did say the plastic would wear down as you use it. Th...

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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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Gramercy Holdfast works well after tuning

Gramercy Holdfast works well after tuning

04-26-2015 11:42 PM by ic3ss | 13 comments »

I recently completed my Roubo bench and a set of holdfasts were the last item. Between the hand forged really nice and expensive ones and the cast iron made in china break on the first use cheap ones, there were these. They are not cast, so they have flexibility to not break under normal use. The cheap ones at woodcraft and rocker are cast, and they will break because they are cast. Nor are they hand wrought by a blacksmith. These are the best ones because they have the texture on the shan...

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