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Craftsman Bar clamps

Craftsman Bar clamps

12-29-2012 08:18 AM by Bob Kollman | 1 comment »

I have been using the craftsman bar clamps for several years now. I have about 16 of the 24” clamps, 4 of the 36” clamps and 4 18” clamps. They all have worked with out fail. Over the years these clamps have been subject to above average abuse, I use them frequently and do not clean them as I should. They are study as I have dropped them a lot…and the best thing to note is there plastic handles…yes plastic, they are over sized and easy to grip and easy to ove...

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Triton: Works and definitely worth the money - though can be hard to find.

Triton: Works and definitely worth the money - though can be hard to find.

09-11-2010 10:03 PM by Elizabeth | 13 comments »

I had read about various enclosed-air systems while setting up my shop. I knew I wanted one because I haven’t yet got a proper dust collection system in place and didn’t want to wait to do anything until I had one. I liked the look of the Triton Tools Power Respirator and read some positive reviews so I decided to get one. That was easier said than done. Many reviews are a few years old and the companies mentioned in them no longer sell the unit. One place I saw online has ...

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It works, and the price is right

It works, and the price is right

01-18-2012 05:29 AM by Vrtigo1 | 19 comments »

Not a whole lot to say about these remote switches. I base my opinion on the functionality and the price, and this one does well in both areas. It’s pretty simple – you plug the base unit into the wall and plug your DC into the base unit, then when you want to turn the DC on or off you press the button on the remote control. Took about 20 seconds to install it, and it worked right away, no settings to mess around with or anything like that. Very handy when you have a smaller...

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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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Bosch Pocket Driver Packs a Punch

Bosch Pocket Driver Packs a Punch

01-25-2008 08:50 PM by Blake | 11 comments »

I really like my new pocket driver. Bosch has reinvented the cordless driver, and it leaves nothing to be desired. The way it fits in your hand makes you feel like a cowboy. No kidding. It really makes it want to practice your quick-draw. Due to it’s Li Ion battery it only weighs 4.88 lbs but delivers 80 in.-lbs. of Torque with a variable speed trigger. The LED light is the icing on the cake. I like my heavy duty DeWalt 14v cordless drill for boring holes but sometimes I go back a...

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Ridgid 6 inch Orbital Sander and 4330 & 4331 Planer Woes...

Ridgid 6 inch Orbital Sander and 4330 & 4331 Planer Woes...

09-20-2012 01:02 AM by RibsBrisket4me | 14 comments »

Wow, I am stunned and ticked off all at the same time. I have owned a Ridgid band saw and drill press for almost 10 yrs. The DP has been stellar without a single issue. I actually have the much maligned Ridgid orange BS and I have it tuned up wonderfully and also love it. Due to these two tools I have added to my Ridgid collection. I have their combo shop vac/blower and also love it. Also, orange is my favorite color. :-) Now the sadness… I had a 4330 planer that I bought fr...

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1/4" Angle Die Grinder

1/4" Angle Die Grinder

08-03-2011 05:54 AM by Raymond | 1 comment »

Another good Harbor Freight find in my opinion was this little angle grinder. 1/4” 20000 RPM 3 CFM @ 90 PSI. The 1/8 collet from the other die grinder I purshased the last time I was at Harbor Freight fits this grinder. Pleanty of power, and does not bog down under a load. Like most HF air tools this one did not come with the fitting. I really wish they would include them. This is great for getting into hard to reach spaces. And it was on sale 14.99. Can’t go wrong. Like most of H...

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Close Enough for Woodworking

Close Enough for Woodworking

10-14-2011 03:46 AM by DylanC | 7 comments »

I picked this up at a local Woodcraft (Item #148454) for ~$32. Got it mostly to speed up set-ups on the router and table saw. As soon as I got it, I measured each block with my digital caliper. Each block measured within half a thousandth of spec, except for the 1/2” and the 1-2-3 block. The half inch block measures 0.502” by 0.506” and the 3” side of the 1-2-3 measures a few thousandths over, also. Maybe that’s too much for high precision machining, but it&...

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Discount code makes it well worth the price!

Discount code makes it well worth the price!

02-06-2013 11:53 PM by StumpyNubs | 14 comments »

I’ll keep this simple. Popular Woodworking is running a special deal on their online e-book subscriptions. For ten bucks a month (half off) you get full access to back issues of both Popular Woodworking and Woodworking magazines, plus tons of great books that usually cost a bundle. I subscribed because I learn a lot from reading stuff like this, and the price was too good to pass up. It’s a limited time thing, so if you’re interested, you’d better get on it! Here...

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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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