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If you were only going to own one sander, this is it!

If you were only going to own one sander, this is it!

06-21-2008 02:19 AM by Chris | 14 comments »

Over the last couple of months both my palm sander and ROS have bit the dust; of course they were about 8 or nine years old. I received this as a fathers day gift and boy am I glad I did. I decided to try out the claims I’ve heard regarding the efficient dust collection and life of the paper, not to mention the speed that it smooths a rough surface. A couple of months back I picked up a Big Leaf Maple slab and had done nothing with it; You can see the rough saw marks in the first pi...

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Powermatic PM1000 one year in

Powermatic PM1000 one year in

01-17-2016 06:08 AM by rizzo | 14 comments »

I’m writing this on the one year anniversary, to the day actually, of my tablesaw…. This was not intended, but as I am currently sitting at the Atlanta airport waiting for my flight home, I thought it a good opportunity to write my follow-up review. One year ago today, I wrote an initial review of my saw, the review I wrote was solely about the purchase choice, delivery and setup. Here is the link to that review Initial Review The setup went great, with a very, very minor hiccup dea...

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The Guide To End All

The Guide To End All

12-29-2015 04:41 AM by BigRedKnothead | 31 comments »

Ever used one of those eclipse style sharpening guides? Usually they’re cheesy imports that require serious fine-tuning and modification to be effective. What if a fine tool company like Starrett or the like were to make a honing guide? Well, that’s basically what you have here. I’ve used a couple different honing guides in my day. The eclipse was a waste. Good luck setting various blades and chisels straight in that one. The Veritas MKII is a very nice guide, but eventually I set...

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Review of the Makita Drill/Driver BHP452

Review of the Makita Drill/Driver BHP452

01-05-2009 04:58 PM by toolman | 3 comments »

We just got done testing this Makita drill and love it. Anyone who has worked with or owned one of these drills knows what we are talking about. Lots of power provided by the 3.0amp Lithium Ion battery, which also helps reduce the weight. We ran it trhough some test and took some video, quit impressive. Overall this drill has great balance and lots of power

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A worth while track saw consideration

A worth while track saw consideration

11-30-2015 06:32 AM by Holbs | 10 comments »

There are track saws, and there are track saws. For a $200 estimated price tag, this Grizzly T10687 does it’s job wonderfully. This is similar to Sheppach and other European clones of this economical track saw type, but is Grizzly :) It has a riving knife, it plunges, 9 amp motor, dust port, has a 100% functional depth knob, no wobble in the track. All knobs are plastic, but that hard plastic, not the flimsy type. I can easily plunge it with one hand reaching across 4’ plywoo...

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Cheapest no-tip track upgrade I can find

Cheapest no-tip track upgrade I can find

05-15-2015 02:35 PM by paxorion | 7 comments »

Ever since the IWF 2014, I have been dying to pick up the new BORA guide systems. After months of hunting and phone calls to BORA, I finally managed to get my hands on the BORA saw plate. The short story is…it’s awesome. Paired with the BORA WTX, this answers the mail on a track system upgrade for my Porter Cable PC15TCSMK. The Good: Works as advertised. The saw guide is (supposedly) compatible with any straight edge guide in the market. I’ve tested it with both t...

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Traditional Woodworking Tools

Traditional Woodworking Tools

03-16-2009 05:55 AM by Cam | 0 comments »

At a recent Wood Show I met a gentlemen by the name of Graham Blackburn, an Englishman that was the Hand Tool Rodeo expert giving presentations. I sat through all of his seminars and learned more in those hours that I ever had. I’ve gone after every book and web site I could get my hands on and all of those fall in the shadow of his book, Traditional Woodworking Hand Tools. This hardcover book is written like good books used to be, with thick rich pages and beautiful headings and tit...

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Pretty Nice Carving Gouges

Pretty Nice Carving Gouges

10-29-2010 12:23 AM by Woodwrecker | 4 comments »

I wanted a set of carving gouges , but I couldn’t afford to spend an arm and a leg.I was pretty surprised when these arrived and turned out to be nicer then I thought they would be.Given the price of around $11.00 a gouge, these are nice.They range from 1/4” to 1” and were sharp enough to use right out of the box, but I’ll hone them up real good and give a report a little down the road on how they work out.I gave four stars based on my initial impression, but we’...

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General International 10" Helical head jointer.

General International 10" Helical head jointer.

07-09-2015 04:51 AM by Steve | 3 comments »

Tried my jointer for the first time, everything good except one bolt and washer was loose holding the pulley onto the shaft driving the head. It actually fell out and after 5 minutes of looking where it came from, replaced it and continued jointing. The safety guard over the head has a spring on a shaft that should return the guard after the wood has passed through, it did not really work so good so I preloaded the spring a little and sprayed a little WD-40 on the pin and everything worke...

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Great hinge for cedar chest

Great hinge for cedar chest

12-27-2013 09:28 PM by CharlesA | 2 comments »

I forgot to take a photo of this hinge installed in a cedar chest before I gave it to it’s intended recipient. This is a stock photo. This is a well engineered solution when you want a hinge that will hold the lid open and you want a soft close. It comes with directions for a 70 and 105 degree openings, but you can adjust for other size openings with trial and error or good math skills. I followed advice from the forum and used a piano hinge coupled with two of these. I had trim a...

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