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Great TS Upgrade For A Very Reasonable Price

Great TS Upgrade For A Very Reasonable Price

09-30-2009 02:18 AM by dfarr | 13 comments »

I’ve always struggled with the cheap blade adjustment cranks (pictured right) on my 70s vintage table saw. I found these cast iron handwheels (H3189 – Cast Iron Handwheel – 6”) and chromed handles (H3205 – 4” x 3/8”-16) on the Grizzly web site. The handwheels were only $8.50 and the handles were $2.95. This was a great deal compared to other places I’ve looked at similar handwheels. The wheels come with a small center hole that I had to bore ou...

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It's got rough spots but it works well.

It's got rough spots but it works well.

02-12-2009 04:33 AM by Tim Dorcas | 5 comments »

For the past 5 months I have been looking for a new jointer. When I first started woodworking 4 years ago (has it really been long?), I purchased a Mastercraft 6” Bench Jointer. While it has served me well, it only worked for shorter pieces and it seemed to tear out everything except soft wood. Given that I am now a commited woodworker for life, I decided I really needed to get a “real jointer”. I went to all of the woodworking shops in my area but I couldn’t really fi...

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Outstanding.

Outstanding.

06-20-2008 01:35 PM by pashley | 10 comments »

I was smitten with this little baby the first minute using it. I have gone thru three finish sanders; a cheapy from Harbor Freight, a Porter Cable, and most recently, a Craftsman, after only about a year. My wife said, “Why don’t you buy the best one, since you do so much sanding?” – which made sense. So, I did some research, including a recent FWW article, and decided on this Bosch. I paid about $70 at Lowe’s. As I said, right after starting ‘er up, ...

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If on a Desert Island...

If on a Desert Island...

08-22-2012 03:46 AM by davidroberts | 16 comments »

Over the years, like most of you, I have collected a variety of clamps, different brand, styles, sizes. Before wood consumed my thoughts, I didn’t know a bar clamp from a parallel clamp, much less they even existed. I credit Norm for my introduction. As a pup, ol’ Daddy taught me to weld so I know C-clamps. My bar clamp collection started and grew each year as Rockler and Woodcraft held their Black Friday sales. Various sizes of Jet and Rockler brand, light to medium duty bar...

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Big, sturdy and functional

Big, sturdy and functional

12-10-2009 12:06 AM by ChunkyC | 10 comments »

Where Purchased: Amazon.comPrice: $29.95 From the ManufacturerThis convenient, mechanical push button switch features a large paddle “stop”, to allow you to quickly shut off power to your 120-Volt ac machinery. Placing the switch where you can use your hip or knee to bump it into the “off” position gives you the freedom to never take your hands off the work-Piece to turn off the machine. Surface mounts quickly and easily. Maximum 20-Amps. This is a nice big On/Of...

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HF 6" ratchet clamp... why do I do this to myself?!?

HF 6" ratchet clamp... why do I do this to myself?!?

06-26-2012 06:33 AM by harvey4804 | 35 comments »

So I picked up 2 Harbor Freight 6” ratchet clamps a while back and they worked just fine… for 1.99 clamps. The holding pressure wasn’t a whole lot but for little jobs it was fine. The alignment/parallelism of the actual clamp pads are off by several degrees no matter how much you clamp it down. But again… 1.99 clamps. This past weekend I was using it to help me assemble a decorative fence around my wife’s garden. After a short period in the sun the plastic got...

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Flexcut Micro Carving Tools

Flexcut Micro Carving Tools

10-18-2014 07:02 AM by Druid | 3 comments »

For those LJ members who (like me) have wanted to add some finer carving tools to their collection, the attached photo shows the newly introduced Micro Tools from Flexcut. Mine just arrived this week, and my initial impression is that they certainly match the high quality that I have always experienced from this manufacturer.They come fully honed and ready to use . . . read that as “razor sharp”. I have been looking for smaller scale carving tools for some time now, but have not...

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Not Bad

Not Bad

10-24-2014 12:59 PM by Purrmaster | 5 comments »

My Home Depot has recently changed their sandpaper line from Norton to 3M. Previously they had Norton 3X papers. Now there is this stuff. I haven’t seen this particular “model” of sandpaper before and I think it’s exclusive to Home Depot. These papers are stearated and has adhesive on the backing paper. I’ve used the following grits of it: 60, 80, 100, 150, 220. My overall impression is: Pretty good. My main basis for comparison would be Norton 3X...

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Pictures for Alba

Pictures for Alba

11-25-2010 07:15 PM by Bluepine38 | 10 comments »

I mentioned a cross slide rest to Alba thinking it might help him and his “Jolly Rogues” in some way. He askedme to show some pictures, so here are the pictures and my review, I will do a blog on the rebuild of this wonderful old machine later. The Cross Slide Rest was originally made by Delta to enable people to do metalwork on a lathe. I am a 71 year young craftsman with a slightly hard used body, I just did not think my parts would wear out this quick, so I have a little pro...

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A great buy!

A great buy!

10-26-2011 03:10 PM by slickSqueegie | 13 comments »

I have never used a lathe before this one so I have nothing to comppare it to! But I absolutely love this thing.I have only great things to say about it! If you are looking for a mid size lathe this is the one to buy!

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