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Festool 2013 Tool Catalog

Festool 2013 Tool Catalog

10-25-2013 09:39 PM by libraryman | 22 comments »

Though not a tool in the strict sense, the Festool 2013 tool catalog has provided me with hours of interesting speculation and tool comparisons. I should state from the beginning that I do not own a Festool and will probably never be able to afford one. The power tools I have been able to afford are the reason I love looking at the Festools. Whilst my power tools do an adequate job, the lack of vision by their manufacturers provide a sad “what might have been” comparison with the Festools. T...

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Tuning up

Tuning up

05-08-2011 11:19 PM by boatlark | 1 comment »

Some months ago I was given a Veritas scraping plane as a present. As is almost always the case with Veritas this tool worked right from the box. As I’d no real project to test it on I spend some time trying to work out how to get it tuned and working really well. Despite the comprehensive intstructions I struggled to get it to cut cleanly until I did away with the ‘hook’ on the blade. With the back of the blade lapped and polished and a good finish to the 45 degree bevel...

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Armed work wear

Armed work wear

07-19-2011 05:35 AM by rimfire7891 | 2 comments »

Necessity is the mother of invention.Here’s a guy who couldn’t find what he was looking for so he made his own and is now selling them http://www.armedworkwear.com Great product great price great function.Have three pairs,son has two pair. If you spend time on your knee’s you will love these. Thanks jb The story, Like many new ideas and companies our story begins with a problem. The problem that plagued me and many others for years was that all of the work pan...

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DeWalt Sander Review

DeWalt Sander Review

06-01-2013 06:59 PM by bear2 | 13 comments »

I have recently replaced my Porter Cable 333VS random orbital sander with a DeWalt D26453 random orbital sander. If I could have stayed with the Porter Cable 333VS I would have. I have found three problems with the DeWalt.1. The dust bag is useless. It stops little dust and requires dragging a hose. The Porter Cable’s bag was superior and for most operations the supplied bag was fine. Seldom had to use a hose.2. The top of the DeWalt is domed and is hard to balance during sand paper ins...

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For Rob AKA socalwood..

For Rob AKA socalwood..

11-11-2009 09:39 PM by degoose | 14 comments »

I am reviewing the machine to give the info to Rob.. contact Keith Yarker on +61 7 54 727125This is the machine that you may have seen in my blog about the Melbourne Show..There really is not much more I can say about the machine that is not in the pics… great machine..Australian Made and very well designed.Obviously not for everyone… would not fit in my shed but for people who deal in large slabs and make slab furniture this is a real time saver..

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Very Easy Flutes

Very Easy Flutes

03-14-2011 11:49 PM by 747DRVR | 6 comments »

I needed to make 8 fluted columns for a small kitchen island I was making and remembered reading about a flute spacing jig here on LJs.The jig was delivered very quickly and I found it to be of the highest quality.It is made of THICK aluminum.What the jig does is help you set the fence on your router table for perfectly spaced flutes every time.You do not need to measure and there is no math involved.The instructions say to practice on a piece of scrap wood.The scrap piece and all 8 columns c...

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Knew Concepts 8" Fret Saw - Great for Dovetailing

Knew Concepts 8" Fret Saw - Great for Dovetailing

07-02-2013 01:04 PM by MoKC | 8 comments »

Rating: 4 out of 5 Bottom Line: Very good fret saw offers an extremely high degree of control which saves time when it comes to fine woodworking tasks. Comes up short when it comes to material selection for the handle. Otherwise generally positive but not a necessity in the workshop given the price. Pros: -Lightweight and extremely maneuverable.-Tightening the saw blade very easy thanks to a micro-adjuster and cam locking mechanism.-Saw blade can be swiveled to a preset +45 degre...

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Quality Control issues at Freud

Quality Control issues at Freud

04-27-2013 05:50 PM by colvinatch | 2 comments »

I recently purchased this dado set at Woodcraft and after making my first dado cut I noticed a ridge in the middle of the cut, as if the chippers were a fraction smaller that the outside blades, I took it back and exchanged it for another, which did exactly the same thing. When I returned to Woodcraft they put it on one of their table saws and got the same result, a noticeably higher ridge in the middle of the dado cut making the bottom uneven. They began pulling all these off their shelves...

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Smooth action, nice LJ sized grip, substantial body, large advancing eraser.

Smooth action, nice LJ sized grip, substantial body, large advancing eraser.

05-31-2011 11:02 PM by Jim Bertelson | 33 comments »

Pencils are one of those humble things in the shop, used constantly, abused, cursed, misplaced, and achieve no recognition. Bet they feel unloved. Well I have been using Pentel automatic pencils for probably 20 years or more. And it came time to replace my aged, goto, automatic pencils. They had been dropped once to many times on the concrete floor. There was one or two generations of the Pentels between my old beaters, and the new fangled ones I just bought. But nothing was very exciting ...

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Veritas Vietnamese style hand plane

Veritas Vietnamese style hand plane

06-25-2014 11:16 PM by cdaniels | 6 comments »

Just figured if post a couple pics of my Vietnamese style hand plane I got from veritas for 62$. It’s 245mm and comes hand tuned with a camber allready on the blade! Made from rosewood I believe and I’m very impressed so far.. Will update once it gets some abuse. Iron sides

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