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These Clamps Are Terrible

These Clamps Are Terrible

12-09-2014 02:59 PM by Patrick | 40 comments »

It’s right there in the picture. The clamping pads are not parallel. The tops are touching and the bottoms have a gap. I got these the other day and they simply don’t work. You can’t get even clamping pressure with pads that are out of whack like this. I mean it’s in the picture that they have posted on Amazon. Ahhh. I have Dewalt quick clamps like these and they are awesome. I also have Irwin F style clamps that are awesome. What happened to these?

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Router Table

Router Table

01-21-2011 03:06 AM by Bill St.Pierre | 16 comments »

I purchased a Freud router table and router 2 years ago and liked it so much I bought another one last year so I had 2 when making rails and stiles.I have been having trouble with the stiles because it was as if the lumber was not straight when I would run it so the profile was uneven across the piece. I finally realized that the table top had bowed from the weight of the router so the center of the table was off about an 1/8”. I brought it to the attention of my local Woodcraft store ...

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comparison with Rockwell

comparison with Rockwell

09-24-2009 04:40 AM by Sawdust2 | 10 comments »

The task was to lower a bar stool 2 1/4”.And not have the usual problem with not level legs when we got done. We also had a Fein Multimaster and the new Porter Cable SoniCrafter To ensure the same length was cut off each leg we cut a piece of PVC to 2 1/4”.The Fein and the PC each had a couple of blades that could be used but we took the round serrated blades as they were the same thickness.We just ran the blades around the leg resting them on the PVC. That gave us a uniform...

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It's made of plastic !

It's made of plastic !

06-03-2011 03:49 PM by richgreer | 18 comments »

I use my digital calipers a lot and I tend to be hard on them. I’ve dropped them and poured stuff on them and it seems like I am buying new ones often. I saw this particular caliper on sale for half price – only $14.99. I didn’t need one at the time, but I know that I will eventually need another one so “why not?”. I never imagined that it would be made of plastic. It has a very cheap, flimsy feel to it and it does not have the normal little turn whe...

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RIDGID R9651 18-Volt Hyper-Lithium 5-Tool Combo Kit  Great buy!

RIDGID R9651 18-Volt Hyper-Lithium 5-Tool Combo Kit Great buy!

10-17-2011 04:40 PM by agallant | 2 comments »

I have had this kit for about 4 years now. It has been great. This is why I like this kit. 1. Only one battery has stopped holding a charge2. I have left this in the bed of my truck not in the bag for a week, it rained and the tools still work fine,3. I have dropped them off of the roof, counter you name it and nothing ever borke.,4. 18 vold is powerfull enough for everything I need to do.5. The sawzall has had some searous abuse and has never stopped working There are only two things ...

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Solid on the outside, issues with accuracy and precision

Solid on the outside, issues with accuracy and precision

04-14-2015 03:50 AM by Rick M | 14 comments »

From the outside in … The packaging was attractive and consistent with other products sold by iGaging (makes no difference but shows the company takes some pride in their products). Inside the retail box was a sturdy white cardboard box that contained the inclinometer, a nice storage pouch, the instructions, a 9V battery, and a tiny screwdriver. I expected the AccuRemote to be made of plastic but it’s actually a cast metal, possibly zinc, quite sturdy and heavier than expected. Th...

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Ceiling Shop Lights

Ceiling Shop Lights

01-11-2016 12:09 AM by Roger | 36 comments »

I’ve been picking a few of these up from Rural King for the past few months, because they were originally 40 bux, and they’ll be on sale until the 23rd of this month, Jan, 2016, for 20bux. A “few” amounts to 24, which is a bunch o greenbacks, but, like I said, I’ve been getting them a little at a time. Anyhoo, I know these pictures will not do justice of how fricking bright these units are. While in the store, Rural King, they had them on an endcap with 2 of t...

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Einhell bt-ts 1500 U

Einhell bt-ts 1500 U

10-20-2015 09:21 AM by tamtum | 7 comments »

I had this table saw. The manufacturer specifications are good but it worked for two years before burned !!!! It is not stable and never accurate.Finally it has burned and I find the space to put my new dewalt dw745.

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Video comments on working with the plane

Video comments on working with the plane

10-25-2014 11:35 PM by Loren | 9 comments »

Plane works well if I an attentive to my methods and iron sharpness.

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Great video on saw sharpening

Great video on saw sharpening

11-14-2012 01:59 AM by Kreegan | 7 comments »

This afternoon I finished watching “Sharpening your handsaws with Ron Herman” on Shop Class on Demand from Popular Woodworking. It’s an online streaming version of the DVD of the same name. I enjoyed it so much and feel like I learned so much from it that I’m going to order a copy of the DVD to keep when my subscription runs out. Ron Herman is a traditional housewright in Columbus, OH, and the owner of Antiquity Builders. They specialize in period accurate home buil...

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