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The Workbench Design Book

The Workbench Design Book

08-20-2011 02:49 PM by mafe | 16 comments »

The Workbench Design BookBy: Christopher Schwartz ISBN-10: 1558708405 ISBN-13: 978-1558708402 This book is really a landmark in workbench books for me. The workbench design book is a book that takes you on a tour in workbenches; we get a little historical insight, some geographical insight and the chance to see what workbenches some of the top guides of the trade are using. My personal favorite are with no doubt the 21st-century Workbench, this bench is so rock solid and well tho...

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2Sand.com Where Price Meets Value!

2Sand.com Where Price Meets Value!

01-30-2011 01:53 AM by Crushgroovin | 4 comments »

I am always on the lookout for quality products at a low price. Since I started turning I have been looking for power sanding accessories that are a better value than what is available through Woodcraft. After quite a bit of searching and comparing I finally decided to give 2Sand.com a shot. After my 1st test drive of their Blue Micron Bowl Sanding Discs I am really impressed! Price When comparing price to Woodcraft there is not comparison. A 5 disc pack Hook & Loop discs from Woodc...

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Great Thin Kerf Bulk Ripper

Great Thin Kerf Bulk Ripper

06-13-2009 03:23 PM by knotscott | 5 comments »

The Freud LU87R010 is a 10” 24 tooth thin kerf (TK) ripping blade that features a red “Permashield” coating for reduced friction and corrosion resistance, laser cut anti-vibration/anti-noise expansion slots, flat top ground teeth (FTG) for efficient material removal, and an aggressive 20 degree hook angle for a fast feed rate. The LU87 is the TK counterpart to the LM72R010, and is part of Freud’s “Industrial” series. Rip blades are designed to make fast ...

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Great Value

Great Value

10-14-2011 03:30 AM by DylanC | 5 comments »

I picked up this digital caliper for around $30 at a local Rockler. So far I couldn’t be happier. I compared it to a $100+ Mitutoyo at work and they were within a half a thousandth at full scale (5-6 inches). It also has a larger battery, so I’m hoping that it will last longer than the smaller watch battery types. Whats in the box: 6” digital caliper, case, 2 batteries (one installed, one spare). http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=24524

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Rikon 70-220 VSR

Rikon 70-220 VSR

03-23-2015 05:30 PM by woodmaker | 2 comments »

After a couple of months of turning I think I can write a decent review of my new Midi Lathe. To date I’ve only been practicing turning some spindles and learning to work with the “Easy Lathe Tools”. I just purchased a pen kit and some bottle stoppers to make as soon as my fingers heal from the band saw incident. I stopped in my local Woodcraft store to look at lathes and when I saw this one I just fell in love with it. I was very surprised to see a Rikon lathe with virtuall...

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FINISHING NIGHTMARES/AVOIDING & FIXING

FINISHING NIGHTMARES/AVOIDING & FIXING

03-22-2012 03:28 AM by a1Jim | 12 comments »

I just finished watching the two disc DVD set by Charles Neil . I own almost all of Charles DVD sets and thought having viewed Charles finishing A-Z beyond the books, a ten disc set ,full of great finishing info, that there would not be that much new for me to learn ,but as usual just when I think I have picked up all the know information Charles has to offer he brings all new ideas and details to light. Of course there was some review of how finishing works but there were also things not tou...

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Shaper Story

Shaper Story

12-29-2013 12:53 AM by soapmaker | 9 comments »

To review my story so far, I acquired an older grizzly shaper with only the 1/2 inch spindle. I ordered the other two. When I installed them they both had runout like a bent drill bit. I I initially thought the spindle cartridge may have some sort of issue after I installed the first set of spindles. I borrowed a spindle off of my work shaper and it lined up good with a runout of .004” So I took the first set of spindles and checked them on my work machine where they still didn’t improve. So...

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disappointed in Veritas

disappointed in Veritas

01-22-2015 04:21 PM by libraryman | 13 comments »

My son presented with me with a Veritas low angle spokeshave for Christmas. We were going to use it for shaping an oak axe handle we had cut out. I initially tested it on Christmas day using some pine and cherry scraps around the shop. Worked great on this fairly soft wood. However when we later tried to shape the oak handle the problems began. The blade is held in place by two bolt heads which contact side bevels on the blade. The instructions for the shave say you need to sand the back of ...

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Riser Block

Riser Block

07-12-2008 11:05 PM 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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These should work as advertised

These should work as advertised

03-13-2011 07:46 PM by RandyMorter | 7 comments »

Just so you know, this is the first and only time I’ve ever used a Forstner bit. I’m working on a toy airplane project and believe I’ll have a need for these (I did in my first toy airplane – for the cockpit). Woodcraft has this set on sale right now for $12.49 (through 4/2/2011) so how can you go wrong? These bits come in a nice wood case. They are stamped with their size, “China”, and the max RPM on each bit. I made a couple of test cuts with the...

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