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The workbench book

The workbench book

09-09-2011 08:59 PM by mafe | 14 comments »

The workbench bookA craftsman’s guide to workbenches for every type of woodworking.by: Scott Landis ISBN-10: 1561582700 ISBN-13: 978-1561582709 A craftsman’s guide to workbenches for every type of woodworking. This part of the title is where this books really stands out. It is not just a how to build a fancy workbench and where to buy the hardware book, it is a real workbench book. What do I mean by this?Where some books are written for the hobbyist, then this book is a b...

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Grizzly G9955 Bench Top Dual Fan Dust Filter

Grizzly G9955 Bench Top Dual Fan Dust Filter

07-27-2009 06:03 PM by FrankLad | 1 comment »

When I decided to move my small woodworking operation indoors, I knew I would need some type of dust collection system. My projects are small – mostly wooden rings and the occasional ring box or other small item, but I still didn’t want even a small amount of fine dust particles floating around in our house. The good thing for me was I knew I wouldn’t require a full-fledged, expensive unit. After a bit of research (thanks to the guys in the LJ forums for suggestions!) I...

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Segmented Turning, A Good Beginning  by Bill Kandler

Segmented Turning, A Good Beginning by Bill Kandler

06-08-2011 04:17 PM by Bluepine38 | 2 comments »

8iowa mentioned Bill Kandler’s book in one of his posts, and since I was ready to start on segmentedturning and was trying to design a miter sled, I checked out his site. He not only had a miter sled, but hegave a free download of it’s design and how to build it. Naturally, like any woodworker, (we all seem to thinkwe can boil water better than the next guy syndrome) I am tweaking it to suit myself. Bill gives this awayin spite of the fact that he wants to sell you the complete...

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Ridgid 12-volt Drill/Driver

Ridgid 12-volt Drill/Driver

11-24-2008 08:31 PM by ferstler | 1 comment »

I already had a large and heavy 18-volt Ryobi drill/driver when I purchased this unit, and I wanted something lighter. I still have the Ryobi, which is a fine tool, but if the job is not too demanding I will pick up and use this smaller Ridgid model. Consequently I use this thing a lot around my shop and I must say that it has surprising power and handles very well. I rarely use the driver feature, mainly because I have three impact drivers on hand for that sort of thing (I recently review...

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The New Traditional Woodworker

The New Traditional Woodworker

05-10-2011 08:44 PM by gardentiger | 4 comments »

I fancy myself as a hand tool woodworker until I start to sweat. Theorizing and reading are much more friendly to the knuckles. Lots of tools techniques and individual shop projects in this book. I’m guessing if you work your way through the projects you’ll emerge on the other side as a good hand tool neanderthal. Cool projects consist of straight edge, winding sticks, several types of bench hooks, etc. Only lacking a mock up of the tower of babel. I’ll talk to Jim lat...

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Country Woodcraft - A handbook of traditional woodworking techniques and projects

Country Woodcraft - A handbook of traditional woodworking techniques and projects

09-14-2011 12:58 AM by WayneC | 15 comments »

I’ve had a copy of this book on my bookshelf for a very long time. I came a across a recommendation for this book when looking at carving information on the web and decided to re-read it. If you like Mad’s shave horse and your looking to work with rough lumber, this is the book for you. The books covers the following topics Tools Wood Sawbuck, shaving horse, clubs, mauls and mallets Bow Saws Tool Hancles Wedges Workbench Spring Pole Lathe He describes a...

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Woodworking Business Start Quickly And Operate Sucessfully

Woodworking Business Start Quickly And Operate Sucessfully

10-20-2010 09:10 PM by sawblade1 | 9 comments »

With the series of blogs on LJ’s about wanting to operate a woodworking business I felt obligated to do a review on this book. Last Friday I contacted fellow LJ Billb about his book Woodworking Business Start Quickly and Operate Successfully and he contacted me back and was very helpful about my concern of buying off the internet working to answer any questions about anything I had to throw at him, I received the book Monday and even a veteran woodworker and being in business for two...

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Absolutely the Most Useful, Inexpensive Marking Tool...

Absolutely the Most Useful, Inexpensive Marking Tool...

02-06-2014 04:37 PM by DeLayne Peck | 14 comments »

What is it? Ordinary old sticks of school chalk. I use it constantly all over my shop and on project-after-project. Chalk cuts down the chaos, bungling, confusion, memory lapses, searching, waste and mistakes that haunt every shop. My shop for sure. Here are some of my routine uses: Noting the arrival dates of lumber for drying and acclimation. Planning and marking the intended use of and dimensions of new lumber. Laying out initial cuts and dimensions on sheet goods. Noting dimensi...

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Bessey Customer Service - Credit where it is due

Bessey Customer Service - Credit where it is due

01-27-2011 06:56 AM by RobWoodCutter | 19 comments »

Customer Service Last year I bought a bunch of Bessey clamps from one of the big online retailers and several of the K-body’s came pourly package and thus several clamps came in damaged. I contacted them and they sent some replacement parts. About a month ago I purchased some of the longer Bessey’s K-Bodys from the same online retails and they too came with pour packaging and had some damage. The online retailer offered a small credit if I chose to keep them or I could send th...

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Maybe I got a bad one, but I'm getting a Grex.  This P-C is a loser

Maybe I got a bad one, but I'm getting a Grex. This P-C is a loser

04-02-2009 03:10 AM by RalphB | 34 comments »

I bought one of these and have been thoroughly disappointed with it. No matter what the air pressure or length of the pin it only sinks them to flush at best. And of course you can’t adjust the depth. If I sand one bit you get a nice shiny (until it rusts later) little 23 gauge nailhead looking at you. I also do not like the fact that it lacks a soft nose. So if you try and hold it a little tight to get the pin sunk as far as possible you get a dent in the wood that is a lot worse ...

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