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Grizzly T27417 Oscillating Belt/Spindle Sander - Part 1

Grizzly T27417 Oscillating Belt/Spindle Sander - Part 1

03-18-2017 06:59 PM by EEngineer | 12 comments »

I have wanted a spindle sander in my shop for some time now. For the last year or two, I had my eye on the Ridgid EB4424 belt/spindle sander but reviews just haven’t been kind to this product. Yes, there are many magazine reviews praising this product and positive reviews by satisfied users but there are also lots and lots of sad tales (including right here on LJ here and here ) that seemed to point to severe quality control issues. In addition, like many other companies, it seems that Ri...

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A Bit Better

A Bit Better

08-22-2012 05:50 PM by Roger Clark aka Rex | 18 comments »

I had some brad point wood drill bits that were not drilling a decent hole which I was about to replace. The I remembered everyone’s advice about getting the best tools you can (within budget restraints) if you want and expect quality and long lasting performance. Well after looking and reading for some time about different bit manufacturers and user’s reports on their performance, I decided to purchase a 7 piece set of Colts for about $18.00.My God was I blown away by their pe...

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Traditional Woodworking Tools

Traditional Woodworking Tools

03-16-2009 05:55 AM by Cam | 0 comments »

At a recent Wood Show I met a gentlemen by the name of Graham Blackburn, an Englishman that was the Hand Tool Rodeo expert giving presentations. I sat through all of his seminars and learned more in those hours that I ever had. I’ve gone after every book and web site I could get my hands on and all of those fall in the shadow of his book, Traditional Woodworking Hand Tools. This hardcover book is written like good books used to be, with thick rich pages and beautiful headings and tit...

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Belt failure resulting in expensive repair

Belt failure resulting in expensive repair

06-20-2010 03:12 PM by MitchSaginaw | 15 comments »

I am writing to warn the readers that I had to replace the drive belt internal to my Porter Cable 371 belt sander after only 4 months of use. This is a great tool for the shop for its compact size and ability to remove material fast with good control. The problem is that the unit appeared to overheat and the belt came apart. I took it to a warranty center expecting to have it repaired under warranty but found out it was not covered and the repair cost $49.92. ($11 for the belt and the...

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2Sand.com Where Price Meets Value!

2Sand.com Where Price Meets Value!

01-30-2011 01:53 AM by Crushgroovin | 4 comments »

I am always on the lookout for quality products at a low price. Since I started turning I have been looking for power sanding accessories that are a better value than what is available through Woodcraft. After quite a bit of searching and comparing I finally decided to give 2Sand.com a shot. After my 1st test drive of their Blue Micron Bowl Sanding Discs I am really impressed! Price When comparing price to Woodcraft there is not comparison. A 5 disc pack Hook & Loop discs from Woodc...

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Shapton GlassStones Are All You Need

Shapton GlassStones Are All You Need

01-04-2013 11:44 AM by BigDawg | 15 comments »

I owned a series of Norton waterstones previously, and while they worked well, they didn’t perform as well as I would’ve liked. Plus you have to make sure they get a good soaking well before your sharpening session, which creates a wet mess. I took Bob Van Dyke’s sharpening class at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking in November. I had looked at the Shapton stones many times before, but I have always hesitated due to the high price tag. After the class I bought a set of 1000 and...

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Excellent dovetail saw w/ unique design

Excellent dovetail saw w/ unique design

02-13-2011 06:34 AM by PflugervilleSteve | 2 comments »

Kevin Drake of Glen-Drake Toolworks has been touring with the Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool events. They visited Austin in January 2011 and after lurking and listening then finally trying one of their dovetail saw I decided to get one. REALLY GOOD DECISION. From their web site: “There are no teeth at the front of the blade and no teeth at the back of the blade. This means the saw works more like a power saw works, it moves before and after each cut. You accelerate into each cut and relax...

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FN Bandana by Blu Dragon Enterprises

FN Bandana by Blu Dragon Enterprises

11-02-2012 07:18 PM by AAWW2005 | 7 comments »

Hey all, just want to show off my new “FN Banadana”!(Patent Pending) I know what you’re thinking and the “FN” doesn’t stand for what you think it does! It’s a Fitted Nose Banadana. Much like your dust masks in the shop, this bandana has a metal strip sewn in the center that you can form around your nose to keep from breathing the dust in. Designed by a motorcycle rider to keep from fogging up her glasses, the FN Bandana has many other uses as well:...

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Great so far!

Great so far!

01-23-2013 03:18 PM by JJones98042 | 9 comments »

I just purchased one of these units last week. I haven’t mounted it to the ceiling yet, but I have running at table height for now just to check it out. I had been planning to build my own filter like this, but for the price it was hard to pass up. Building a similar unit from scratch would probably cost close to the same plus the time to round up the components and assemble it. I was pleased with how quiet the unit was for the amount of air it was moving. I have only used it duri...

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Very handy workbench accessory

Very handy workbench accessory

10-05-2012 06:23 PM by Kreegan | 11 comments »

I purchased the Veritas Planing Stop from Lee Valley (http://www.leevalley.com/US/wood/page.aspx?p=69837&cat=1,41637) about a month ago. I’d had a planing stop I made myself, but I managed to crack it, so I decided to give this one a try. The stop is about 10 in wide and a little over 1 in deep. It has 2 metal posts that fit into standard 3/4 in dog holes on your workbench. The posts slide along the bottom of the stop in a T track. I have dog holes in 2 patterns on my bench: para...

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