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Free CAD/CAM Software for the Hobbyist and DIYer

Free CAD/CAM Software for the Hobbyist and DIYer

12-29-2014 01:08 AM by Dirk Van Essendelft | 15 comments »

I’ve been a woodworker and computer geek since I was a little kid. Now I have a shop of my own and some disposable income to spend on woodworking. As you may have seen if you follow my woodworking, I like to do CNC woodworking. Even before that I would use 3D CAD software to design my projects so that I would know how to cut my materials. It is definitely worth it to model and assemble your projects virtually before you do it in expensive woods. At any rate, I was looking for aff...

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LOVE this saw!

LOVE this saw!

03-10-2008 11:36 AM by etivancic | 10 comments »

I was in the middle of cutting stringers out of PT 2×12 when I realized it was time to upgrade to a real saw. The skill saw wasn’t “cutting it”. I called my brother who is in the home building business and he recomended this saw to me…I LOVE IT! What a difference. This saw was a dream to use. VERY powerful. I love the electric brake as well which is rare in these saws or so it seemed. Features: Rear pivot depth of cut adjustment allows your hand to remain...

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I hate cleaning up after turning !!

I hate cleaning up after turning !!

06-22-2014 07:51 PM by WildmanJack | 9 comments »

I posted this in the Blog section and don’t know if it is appropriate to post here but if not please delete it. Anyway, I hate sweeping up after doing a lot of turning. So I took a Floor sweep, you know one of those awkward black plastic things you hook to the bottom of you dust collector hose and push it around the floor? Anyway, I put a couple off screws in it and attached it under the lip of my bench at my bench top lathe. Hooked it up to the end of that dust collector hose and man ...

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Dissapointing Woodworking Class

Dissapointing Woodworking Class

10-21-2014 07:51 PM by gfernandez | 13 comments »

Two years ago I took a woodworking class here in NC with Gregory Paolini and built a bow arm Morris chair (see attached picture). Although there were a few bumps along the way, the main one being he was short an instructor and we all went home with unfinished pieces, it was still a great time and the 6 of us learned a ton of useful woodworking knowledge. Greg was also readily available via phone and email with the many questions I had after the class ended regarding getting my project complet...

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Angle Checker

Angle Checker

09-20-2011 06:18 PM by Don W | 10 comments »

I bought this angle checker being I was ordering a bunch of other stuff from Woodcraft. I’ve seen these almost everywhere so I figured it would be handy to have at my sharpening bench. Bottom line, it just doesn’t work. When you slide a plane blade in (even a thick iron) it goes into the hole cut at the end so the angle of the blade really doesn’t register. You can pull it back some and “eye ball” it, but if your going to eye ball it, you might as well just use a...

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Maybe round isn't such a good idea...

Maybe round isn't such a good idea...

12-27-2011 05:46 AM by DylanC | 11 comments »

I just got this (for myself) for Christmas. Took it out of the package, took it to the shop, set it on the bench, turned away for something or other, and it rolled off the bench straight to the floor. Dinged up the marking wheel pretty good. It still makes a mark, but not as crisp as it should be. It’s my own fault for dropping it, but I’m thinking that the best designed tools shouldn’t roll, and that the brass body on this thing should have six or eight sides. It would...

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Rockler Jig It Drill Guide - Video Review

Rockler Jig It Drill Guide - Video Review

07-05-2013 03:49 PM by Daris | 2 comments »

If you don’t have a drill press, (or even if you do) the Jig It Drill Guide by Rocker is a great little jig. For those who don’t have a drill press but want to use forstner bits; the drill guide helps keep your power drill steady allowing for more precise holes. For those who do have a drill press there are certain times when it’s just not possible to use it. I needed to drill some bench dog holes into my workbench. I wanted to use a forstner bit with my power drill. The Jig It Drill G...

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A HOME RUN FOR ROUTER TEMPLATES

A HOME RUN FOR ROUTER TEMPLATES

09-13-2013 12:32 AM by motthunter | 9 comments »

I used this tape and had to say WOW! It is an advance for the art of router templates like i have never seen. You tear off a piece of this tape and attach it to your router template. Peel off the backing paper and place the template on the wood you want to rout. The tape holds strong and when you are done, you pick off the template and it pops off with zero adhesive left on the wood.. No more scraping adhesive, no more lacquer thinner to remove the adhesive, no more crazy sanding. This...

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This baby really cuts

This baby really cuts

09-29-2009 02:55 AM by Rob Drown | 10 comments »

I have only done a little re-sawing but this bade cut 6” thick maple like butter. The finish was good but I am working to get it better. It went through the maple as fast as I could feed it.

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Cut calculator for ipad

Cut calculator for ipad

01-20-2014 04:41 AM by ic3ss | 4 comments »

I’ve been using this app on my ipad for a few weeks now so I guess I can review it. In a nutshell, it works as advertised. It’s pretty simple and fairly straightforward to use. You enter the X/Y dimensions for each piece of wood in your project, the dimensions of the wood you will cut from, and your saw kerf width. It lays out your pieces to be cut over the stock so you can visually estimate your materials. You have limited controls available, you can lay out the grain direction v...

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