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Handy tools everyone should have.

Handy tools everyone should have.

12-15-2013 08:28 PM by Stormy | 10 comments »

I finally had a real need to use the Dremel Saw-Max I recieved for Christmas last year. Had an entertainment center to cut down for a smaller area. I wanted to make the simplest cuts to remove height from the cabinet. A straight edge and my Saw-Max did the trick. I was concerned that the abrasive type blades would not be able to cut cleanly without tearout, and may cause burning. Not to worry. This little guy is the best. I am more than pleased with the performance. I have now used ...

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New worksharp for old chisels

New worksharp for old chisels

01-04-2009 02:48 AM by Craftsman on the lake | 18 comments »

In reviving my shop after many years I got a workshart 3000. I used to sharpen my chisels by hand on sandpaper and stones and got marginal results because you really have to work at it to get them the way you want. This worksharp really makes it easy. I mean really easy. Old dull chipped chisels took maybe 15 minutes each and I’ll be able to touch them up in a few seconds anytime I want to now.The unit is not cheap but not as expensive as some units. I got mine from Sears for $189 but y...

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Poorly Finished Saw

Poorly Finished Saw

10-18-2015 08:22 PM by kd_walmsley | 4 comments »

Summary: Poor workmanship, poor communication, high price. Pros: The saw was in stock and shipped quickly. Very well packaged for shipping via FedEx. Cons: The saw blade was finished worse than one from Home Depot. No exaggeration or sarcasm. Refer to the posted pictures. The finish of the blade is poor with patches of dark, deep, coarse gouges, oblique to the rest of the finish, like those from a belt sander. There are numerous smaller scratches from apparent poor handling that r...

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Snap-Check delivers accuracy and ease of use

Snap-Check delivers accuracy and ease of use

11-23-2015 08:09 PM by pintodeluxe | 16 comments »

This type of tool has been available for a long time now. Usually they are cast iron and nearly $200. They are available from chipsfly.com for $20, which includes 3 batteries. I think 3 batteries might be worth the asking price. This is an accurate tool. Once zeroed, it reads zero each time the plunger returns to the reference surface. Great for setting jointer knives. Magnets in the base attach the snap-check to any cast iron tool surface for hands-free measurements. I don’...

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Combination Hex Drill\Tap Bits: Easy Installation of Threaded Knobs and Rod

Combination Hex Drill\Tap Bits: Easy Installation of Threaded Knobs and Rod

08-13-2013 08:26 AM by DeLayne Peck | 13 comments »

Maybe I just fell off the lumber truck, but I didn’t know about combination hex drill\tap bits. You don’t have to install a brass insert! Or, drill and then tap threads?! Do it all in one easy operation! Directly into wood with a low voltage driver!! I have threaded a lot of brass inserts for the jigs I’ve built, like my Rip Snorter Push Block , and thought they were a pain. And, I have read about and used various methods for installing inserts. They work, but they a...

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The Complete Woodworker

The Complete Woodworker

09-05-2011 08:44 AM by mafe | 23 comments »

The Complete WoodworkerAnd he was telling the truth! Book title: The Complete WoodworkerBy: Bernard E JonesEdition: 1935 (first edition: 1917).Bought via E-bay:Price 35AU$ Shipping 30AU$Highgate, South Australia, Australia New print:ISBN-10: 0898150221 ISBN-13: 978-0898150223 I was recommended this book from a fellow LJ David when I made my not so positive review of Schwarz Anarchist book, he wrote me this: “The Complete Woodworker.” ‘The book is an apprentice’s instructiona...

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Light, strong and well balanced

Light, strong and well balanced

02-29-2008 10:16 PM by FritzM | 0 comments »

I’ve been using the 12V Rigid cordless you can see in the photo for quite some time. I figured a cordless drill is a cordless drill, but once I held this Makita in my hand, I was forever changed. Pros: Power: This little guy is loaded with torque. Trigger speed control: The range from just barely turning to fully wound up is all accessible. The trigger has good resistance and feedback. Once you’ve found the sweet spot for the task at hand, it’s easy to repeat....

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Almost Perfect

Almost Perfect

02-26-2015 05:49 PM by mramseyISU | 5 comments »

This is a really preliminary review on this plane. I haven’t gotten a ton of time with it but I’ve taken a few passes with it just to try things out. I’ve been wanting a No 7 for quite a while and I’ve been on the hunt at every antique store I drive by and on Craigslist. I know you can get one on eBay but I’ve been screwed over in the past there so I’m pretty leery of buying on there. I also just for the heck of it threw this Lie-Nielson on my amazon wish l...

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Furniture Building & Lutherie Classes

Furniture Building & Lutherie Classes

09-13-2011 06:18 PM by cellophane | 2 comments »

I stumbled onto Ted’s studio while looking for woodworking classes here in Louisville and have been immensely satisfied with everything I’ve done in the classes. I have taken a class or two at Woodcraft and they were good but there was just something missing for me. After sending an email and visiting the shop I signed up for a relatively intro level class making a shaker style coffee table. The course was in 3 hour sessions and lasted roughly 2 months, meeting once a week. ...

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A Mobile Base for the Table Saw and Jointer Woodriver Universal Mobile Base

A Mobile Base for the Table Saw and Jointer Woodriver Universal Mobile Base

06-19-2012 07:22 PM by Schimmel | 4 comments »

Here is my video review of the Mobile Base. I did one for my Jet table saw and one for my craftsman jointer. http://youtu.be/VFJNnUzlt_c

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