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Great idea - does not execute well

Great idea - does not execute well

876 days ago by GrandsonOfRue | 9 comments »

(note: In response to some of the comments…. I do realize that for some these will work quite well. I too have seen reviews of items I was very pleased with though the reviewer was not. For those of you who these work well for, I would love for you to demonstrate because I really hoped they would work. I appreciate your positive findings. I also want to be clear that I in no way am dissing Rockler. I continue to buy many things from them. My decision not to return them had nothing...

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Hollow Fast Articulating Arm with Laser

Hollow Fast Articulating Arm with Laser

575 days ago by Tom Coster | 5 comments »

Up front I want to be clear: I have no prior experience with any hollowing system except with handheld style tools. After using an articulating arm my other hollowing tools have become wall art. The hollow fast system with laser cost $399.00 from Amazon. I chose the system that mounts to the tailstock via a normal morse taper on my Jet 1236 lathe. A small chain wraps around the tailstock. When you crank out the tail stock the chain pulls the taper back tightly into the tailstock. A bracket ex...

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A Solid General Purpose Workhorse At An Affordable Price

A Solid General Purpose Workhorse At An Affordable Price

1731 days ago by knotscott | 7 comments »

This is a very good blade at a fair price (~ $42). Freud’s Industrial series (denoted by an “L” in the prefix) offers a step up from their entry level Diablo and former TK/Avanti series. The larger teeth are C4 micrograin carbide and are very sharp. They feature an alternating top bevel grind (ATB) and a fairly steep 15 degree hook angle that helps it rip reasonably well. The blade has anti-vibration slots and a Permashield coating. I bought the LU86 as a back up to my Fo...

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Fun and affordable

Fun and affordable

106 days ago by siavosh | 4 comments »

I’ve recently acquired a full blown case of sharpening OCD, and having been inclined towards Japanese tools, I’ve started pining for natural water stones. I’m strictly a newbie, but apparently there are some advantages to using high quality “naturals” especially at the higher grits. The issue is that to get a descent one you need to fork over hundreds if not thousands of dollars because they are limited in supply. All this while synthetics are more consistent, ch...

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Studio Furniture: Today’s Leading Woodworkers

Studio Furniture: Today’s Leading Woodworkers

1696 days ago by ATWilliams | 7 comments »

Description: Meet more than 50 master wood craftsmen who reveal new designs in this book dedicated exclusively to the emerging studio furniture movement. Furniture ranges from footstools to elaborate entertainment and office centers, each exquisite and unique in its execution. Featured are craftsmen who work in local lumber they mill on their private lots alongside artists who inlay precious, exotic woods from far corners of the earth. Some celebrate the natural art in the edges and grain of ...

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Yet another time wasted disappointment.

Yet another time wasted disappointment.

1366 days ago by Routerisstillmyname | 15 comments »

Here we go again. This 6 inch capacity SO CALLED self-centering jig from TASK-USA or Telco tools is another example of lousy workmanship.Another so called made in the USA centering jig that’s off by unacceptable tolerances.If I wanted this kind of inaccuracy, I would use the drill press witout my glasses.They claim their jig is within 10000 –5000 tolerance, I guess they need to get back to school or learn to use a calculator. 10000 is = 0.0001 and 5000 = 0.0002.My measurement shows 1/100 =0...

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DVD - The Last Word On Sharpening  -  Review

DVD - The Last Word On Sharpening - Review

967 days ago by Nazair | 2 comments »

In his opening comments Christopher Schwarz states how confusing the subject of sharpening is to new woodworkers, and that so many different methods, products and options on the market make it worse. This was exactly how I felt. The ninety minutes he spends talking while hands on in this DVD have been a great addition to my other research. I’ve spent many an hour online and browsing different books on this subject. He doesn’t single out any one method, but comments on the good...

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This square is the squariest, i mean it.

This square is the squariest, i mean it.

740 days ago by CplSteel | 15 comments »

I went ahead and tested all of my squares for square (I lined them up against a very flat surface, drew a line , flipped them and drew another line; I measured for any difference between the distance between the lines over their length). The results: surprise, this one actually was square. Over the 7 inches I could not detect any variance. Other squares were longer, other squares were metal, and all but one (which I tossed) was close enough, but only one was actually square. There are ...

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Festool Cabinet Construction-Lebanon, IN

Festool Cabinet Construction-Lebanon, IN

222 days ago by tturner | 6 comments »

I recently attended the Festool Cabinet Construction training in Lebanon, IN. It was fantastic! We weren’t given a sales pitch on all the tools they make and sell, but were genuinely guided and coached on how to make frame and frameless cabinets using all Festool equipment. Ive never been in a shop that didn’t have a table saw or jointer or floor planer. Didn’t need it. Unbelievable. I own almost all the Festool stuff and have for about 5 years now and learned how to get mor...

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Riser Block

Riser Block

2231 days ago by khop | 5 comments »

The riser block made for the Grizzly G0555 14” bandsaw also works on the older Jet 14” saw. I compared the cost and it was a no brainer. The Grizzly H3051 Extension kit does the job for only $59.00 . This kit comes complete including a new 105” blade. The blade isn’t the best, so maybe order a good one for resawing. I also equiped this saw with new tires from Rockler. Most reviews say they are the ones to get. The cost of the tires are most resonable at rockler (HUH). ...

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