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This baby really cuts

This baby really cuts

09-29-2009 02:55 AM by Rob Drown | 10 comments »

I have only done a little re-sawing but this bade cut 6” thick maple like butter. The finish was good but I am working to get it better. It went through the maple as fast as I could feed it.

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Japanese Woodworking Tools: Their Tradition, Spirit, and Use

Japanese Woodworking Tools: Their Tradition, Spirit, and Use

08-20-2011 04:22 PM by mafe | 17 comments »

Japanese Woodworking Tools: Their Tradition, Spirit, and UseBy: Toshio Odate ISBN-10: 0941936465 ISBN-13: 978-0941936460 This book is one of the most inspiring woodworking tools books I have read. Toshio Odate has a ability to tell what you want to know, what you need to know and still spice it with stories from his life, Japanese history and myths. This he do in the wonderful tone of a craftsman with a solid long apprenticeship under the wings of a master (his father) and a long lif...

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Maybe round isn't such a good idea...

Maybe round isn't such a good idea...

12-27-2011 05:46 AM by DylanC | 11 comments »

I just got this (for myself) for Christmas. Took it out of the package, took it to the shop, set it on the bench, turned away for something or other, and it rolled off the bench straight to the floor. Dinged up the marking wheel pretty good. It still makes a mark, but not as crisp as it should be. It’s my own fault for dropping it, but I’m thinking that the best designed tools shouldn’t roll, and that the brass body on this thing should have six or eight sides. It would...

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X-Horse ---They're BACK

X-Horse ---They're BACK

02-09-2010 04:17 AM by Scott Oldre | 5 comments »

I did a review on this indispensible tool a few months back. It appeared at the that these were unfortunately dropped from Home Depots inventory. That was a sad day even for someone that already has two of them. Well wandering through HD’s isles the other day, I found a whole stack of them. The ones I have use aluminum pillars, whereas the new ones are using heavy plastic. I doubt the difference has any effect on the sturdiness of the stand/bench but I do like the pretty alumin...

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Salad bowl finish

Salad bowl finish

12-21-2010 05:56 PM by jerset | 3 comments »

I read about Clapham’s salad bowl finish for turned bowls and started using it on several projects including my last boxes. It goes on fast and dries quickly, give wood a nice glow, food safe.

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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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Nice product, nice price.

Nice product, nice price.

04-25-2011 06:34 AM by Tedstor | 10 comments »

For the past couple years, I have been using a 12” Swanson combination square. Its a good sqaure, but far too often I find it too big for the given application. I was constantly grabbing a 40yo Companion Try Square in order to avoid the cumbersome 12” combo sqaure. Unfortunately, the try sqaure is only graduated in 1/8s, and lacks the functionality of a combo sqare. All that said, I went to Sears in search of a smaller tool. I often times buy tools via internet. However, measur...

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Bostitch CPACK270 / CAP1516

Bostitch CPACK270 / CAP1516

02-05-2010 01:34 AM by TheDane | 5 comments »

I bought the Bostitch CPACK270 ‘kit’ in June of 2007, and have found it to a great addition to my shop. It gets used a lot. The ‘kit’ included:—CAP1516 1.5HP (Peak) oil-free contractor compressor—SB-1664FN 16-gauge, 2-1/2in. finish nailer—SB-2IN1 combination brad nailer/finish stapler—3/8in. x 25ft. heavy duty airline with MPT fittings—Tire inflator chuck—Thread sealant tape The CAP1516 is a light-weight compressor (19-1/2 lb.)...

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Best mid sized portable for nail guns

Best mid sized portable for nail guns

09-11-2014 07:56 PM by CyberDyneSystems | 2 comments »

Makita MAC5200: A very well designed easy to use compressor! My shop used to run on a multi-thousand dollar Ingersoll rand 120 gallon 7 horse power 3 phase, 2 stage compressor circa 1969. We stopped using it for spray painting back in the late 1980’s so it’s been overkill for decades.It’s finally on it’s way out, and at the same time our portable Porter Cable Job Boss C3151 has died. Some of my review will directly compare the Makita MAC5200 and the PC Job Boss a...

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A Bit Better

A Bit Better

08-22-2012 05:50 PM by Roger Clark aka Rex | 17 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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