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Powerful corded drill for serious users

Powerful corded drill for serious users

11-24-2008 08:45 PM by ferstler | 0 comments »

I picked this drill up at Lowe’s for $119 quite some time ago when my wife decided I would build an extensive wooden walkway network out in our yard. Since such things are going to have to be built out of pressure-treated wood I knew I would need a powerful drill to push 1/2-inch bits through wet lumber. I had already drilled lumber like that for a deck job some years back, and I will say that the 3/4 amp drills I had on hand to do the work were stressed by the project considerably. ...

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Piece of junk

Piece of junk

10-08-2011 08:37 PM by twoblacklabs | 21 comments »

Not much of a review. Not knowing better, we purchased this years ago and I have used it every since. However, it wasn’t until today that I realized what a piece of crap it really is. I came to this conclusion after using it side by side with a Hitachi M12vc. How did I happen to use them side by side? The piece of crap died while I was using it so I opened the M12VC which I purchased last Christmas. I had never used it. Frankly, I had not used ANY router since last year. Whatever ...

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The Soul of a Tree: A Master Woodworker's Reflections

The Soul of a Tree: A Master Woodworker's Reflections

07-05-2009 09:17 AM by Durnik150 | 3 comments »

Author: George Nakashima$31.68 as of this writing at Amazon Given the price of this book I feel strongly that you should know that this is not a woodcrafting book with plans and designs. This book, written by Nakashima himself, is a great overview of a great career and a wonderful talent. The first half of the book is especially enlightening. It is a short biography of Nakashima’s early years and shows how these experiences directly influenced his works. When I first saw the book I t...

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Needs more refinement

Needs more refinement

08-06-2011 02:13 PM by funchuck | 7 comments »

I already have the Veritas wheel marking gauge w/ micro adjust, but I wanted another marking gauge because oftentimes, I wanted to save my settings, but with only 1 marking gauge, I couldn’t. I found this at Lee Valley for $20 and it was 2 marking gauges in 1, so I figured it was a good deal. One unexpectedly nice thing about this gauge is that it will not roll off your bench. I have had my large (and more expensive!) wheel marking roll off my bench before, and the cutter got damag...

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Don't Bother

Don't Bother

04-02-2011 03:20 AM by Routerisstillmyname | 16 comments »

Long story short. This is my second iGaging angle block. The first had a defective LCD on top of displaying constant error even with a fresh battery.This one the LCD is ok but even at a sale price of 20 it’s waste of money since you may have to spend at least half of that in gas returning and exchanging.Measured against all my engineering squares and then some and two other Wixey’s this thing is so off that’s not even funny. The problem is also inconsistency. It’s not always off by sam...

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Solid router, good value with lots of nice features

Solid router, good value with lots of nice features

10-26-2010 04:59 AM by Vrtigo1 | 9 comments »

Picked one of these guys up secondhand on Craigslist and am glad I did. This is my fourth router coming after a Hitachi M12V, PC 7518 and a cheapo Craftsman. Of these, this is my go-to router. It has enough power to do everything I’ve ever asked of it, and when using it I get the feel that it was well designed and built. It’s not too heavy, which helps a lot if you’re going to be using a router for an extended period of time. It has an extra long cord which has a power ...

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Freud Guide Bushing Adapter Ring installs different than most

Freud Guide Bushing Adapter Ring installs different than most

03-29-2013 08:18 PM by pintodeluxe | 5 comments »

This is an adapter ring for the Freud FT1700VCE router, and it also fits some other Freud routers. It is a brass ring that allows the stock baseplate to accept standard 1-3/16” P.C. style guide bushings. One of the pictures shows a guide bushing installed, however these are purchased separately. The strange thing about this adapter ring is it has no holes or threads to mount it. Instead, it snaps into a recess in the baseplate, and is retained with the heads of two screws. The scre...

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Dewalt DCD760KL

Dewalt DCD760KL

02-27-2011 01:26 AM by phtools | 2 comments »

Our crews use a lot of different makes of cordless drills and when they need one from the shop they used to grab one of the Makitas but now their first choice is the DeWalt DCD970 drill. The DeWalt deliver a lot more power over a longer period of time. Part of this is their having the biggest (and heaviest) lithium ion battery and part of it is the 3 speed gearbox. We use the Hole Pro adjustable hole cutters a lot and the low speed setting is perfect for good cutting speed and having enoug...

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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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It worked good three times.....just not in a row

It worked good three times.....just not in a row

02-11-2014 08:45 PM by jakeprater | 12 comments »

I bought this back in December, and it worked great right out of the box. It has a nice fit and finish, and doesn’t feel like cheap plastic. I like the rubber handgrip. The mail tray feels a little light weight, but it functions smoothly, so no real issue there. I also bought Bostich 1 inch nails to go with it – I tried not to skimp too much. So I opened it up, put a few drops of oil in the inlet, and a couple in the oil slot on the front, and hooked it up to my comp...

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