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Not Bad Afterall

Not Bad Afterall

10-19-2011 09:55 PM by pintodeluxe | 27 comments »

Had blade marks after ripping 1.5” white oak. Even after taking a skim cut with featherboard and zero clearance insert with thin kerf splitter I still had blade marks. Not burning, just the sort of cut that reveals its imperfections when you hold it up to the light. My industrial full kerf combination blade sure makes glassy smooth cuts compared to this one. In fact I had to switch back to the Freud combination blade to make skim cuts on all boards. Too much work. This one is goi...

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I don't usually care much for Chris Schwartz videos...

I don't usually care much for Chris Schwartz videos...

06-16-2013 07:44 PM by jusfine | 11 comments »

This DVD impressed me, where some of his others have not. I learned that I have been wasting time by failing to follow these methods, and I am eager to try them out to see what difference it will make. The 65 minutes covers hand planing, mortise and tenons, rabbets and fillisters, joinery and curved work, all employing the Coarse, Medium and Fine methods. From the DVD back cover: ”Most woodworking projects involve roughing, refining and finishing operations. In this DVD, Chr...

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Should last longer than 35 days.  Right?

Should last longer than 35 days. Right?

05-12-2012 03:51 AM by Todd McDonald "2 Bored Saws" | 24 comments »

I loved the design of this sander! It is very light, handles are in perfect positions, BUT not impressed with the life of the one I bought. I used it only a few times and it started smoking. It seems to get hot quickly. I have not returned it yet, but I will be very soon. I know I didn’t apply to much pressure because I was just knocking a rough edge down on a 5” corner board. Anyone else have any luck with this sander? I would like to get another but kinda gun shy now̷...

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Fun and affordable

Fun and affordable

05-07-2014 05:58 AM by siavosh | 4 comments »

I’ve recently acquired a full blown case of sharpening OCD, and having been inclined towards Japanese tools, I’ve started pining for natural water stones. I’m strictly a newbie, but apparently there are some advantages to using high quality “naturals” especially at the higher grits. The issue is that to get a descent one you need to fork over hundreds if not thousands of dollars because they are limited in supply. All this while synthetics are more consistent, ch...

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General Internationl cyclone dust collector

General Internationl cyclone dust collector

07-09-2015 05:08 AM by Steve | 5 comments »

Used my cyclone dust collector today for the first time and does that sucker ever suck the shavings. I reduced the 6” dust outlet to 4” and had no issues at all except the noise, oh well it does say hearing protection required.

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Very Capable Budget 20V Impact Driver

Very Capable Budget 20V Impact Driver

06-01-2015 05:10 PM by CharlesA | 6 comments »

I just finished a putting new decking and railing on our deck (okay, so my son and his friend did a lot of the work). I have two Bosch 12v drivers that I really like for woodworking use, but I figured a more robust tool would come in handy for the deck. I found a pretty thorough review of 18/20v impact drivers at Toolguyd.com—While the Milwaukee, Makita, and DeWalt were all rated really highly, he suggested this Porter Cable was a good budget choice. The prices on the highly rated dr...

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Grinding wheel dresser

Grinding wheel dresser

05-13-2010 03:21 AM by hairy | 11 comments »

Did you ever do something dumb, then follow up with something stupid? OK, I’m the only one. Anyway,I wore a big groove down the center of my grinder that I sharpen lathe tools on. Then I went to Sears and got this. This is a good idea, it just doesn’t do a good job. The wheel I was dressing is 120 grit aluminum oxide. I assumed this would be a harder material. I quickly wore this out and still had a groove. The instructions did say the plastic would wear down as you use it. Th...

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Cheap and easy rust remover

Cheap and easy rust remover

08-17-2013 04:30 AM by Rick M. | 20 comments »

Cost: $1 for 24 oz. at The Dollar Store. Tried this on a few rusty nails that I kept for who knows what reason and on a shiny new zinc covered screw. Put them in a jar with just enough Works to cover and it started bubbling right away. I left the jar outside and went to dinner. About 5 hours later I remembered to check on them and they were rust and zinc free. I rinsed everything in water and dried with a paper towel. This stuff does create some nasty fumes and it’ll wash the pupils ...

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Craftsman BAS 350 "Special Edition" 14" Bandsaw

Craftsman BAS 350 "Special Edition" 14" Bandsaw

10-03-2015 07:16 AM by Marv88 | 9 comments »

This is the Rikon 1 HP 2 speed 10-321 clone with upgrades that include: All black knobs instead of red Magnetic safety switch Semi enclosed base with integrated dual port dust collection Integrated Delta style mobile base Aluminum rip fence with resaw guide Aluminum T bar miter gauge Battery powered LED work light Runs very smoothly/quietly, has plenty of power for me, comes with ball bearing guides that work well however are a little bit of a pain to adjust and the ra...

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K-body clamp extenders

K-body clamp extenders

11-03-2008 07:09 PM by dsb1829 | 7 comments »

I picked up a set of the K-body clamp extenders a couple months back from Woodcraft. I had a table project coming up and knew that clamping the long aprons would require clamps in excess of the 50 inchers that I had. I was initially impressed by the solid construction of these. Honestly I think you would get back near half of the price in scrap value on the billet. The bolts are massive. The extrusion is formed to match the contours of the steel rails of the K-body clamps. Well last n...

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