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One Year Later...

One Year Later...

01-03-2010 05:14 PM by Xett | 8 comments »

I’ve owned this saw a little over a year now, figured it was about time to write a review. FYI; the orange box store is now stocking an updated version of this saw with a riving knife and various other updates. My saw is the older version, but from what I can tell, not much different, save some cosmetic updates and the riving knife. Out of the box, it came reasonably well tuned, though needed fixing. Aligning the blade to the slots is a matter of three allen screws and a small hammer...

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Best tool money I've spent in a long time

Best tool money I've spent in a long time

02-06-2016 03:56 PM by dddddmorgan | 13 comments »

I will add my .02 and second the love for this air compressor. I’ve had several Porter Cable pancake compressors, mostly a special included with a nail gun purchase from the big box store. Like everyone else this has produced a love/hate relationship. Love the light weight and portability but hate the racket. Since we purchased the house were in I’ve been working on setting up shop in the garage and I was thrilled when my boss let me buy a big Porter Cable air compressor tha...

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Got router a week ago, these are my first impressions of it.

Got router a week ago, these are my first impressions of it.

03-26-2012 06:08 AM by SwainCustoms | 5 comments »

Received my porter cable 893 pk from amazon about a week ago, I also received a few router bits along with it. Setting up the router was a cinch, and the fine tuning and measurement adjustments are real easy to use. I don’t know If I like how the motor locks into the base, I had figured when purchasing it that the motor had attached the same way as the older porter cable model like a cork screw. I also don’t know if I like how there is now a spindle lock for tightening and loosen...

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Smoothes air flow. HUGE improvement for dust collection on smaller machines.

Smoothes air flow. HUGE improvement for dust collection on smaller machines.

12-15-2009 11:48 PM by dbhost | 11 comments »

To be blunt, I have never been truly happy with the dust collection on my Ryobi AP1301 13” planer. I mean it works and all, but it’s never worked well. Pulling from a shop vac fitted with a separator and a LOT of hose, I have always felt that the ribbed hose robbed me of too much air flow to be truly effective… I have used the square edge DC fittings the ones that step down at an almost 90 degree angle like the ones I got from Rockler, and was never pleased with the resul...

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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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Taper jig for us lazy folks

Taper jig for us lazy folks

02-25-2008 04:23 AM by sIKE | 16 comments »

Got this when I was in the Cambridge Rockler store. I had been thinking about making my own but this one is only $15 and I couldn’t pass. It works as designed, both sides of the fence. Some specs from the Rockler site: Cut tapers up to 3’’ per foot/15ยบ slope. Graduated metal scale makes it easy to cut tapers at desired angles. Easy to use and easy to adjust. Offers measurements in degrees and inches per foot of taper. I cut the the piece of red oak in the bottom of th...

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The best sanders you will ever use.

The best sanders you will ever use.

02-15-2008 09:09 PM by GaryK | 21 comments »

I first saw these at a woodworking in California about 8-9 years ago and bought a set that included threegrits. I was first attracted by the way they sanded endgrain. Using the coarse grit you can sand a 1/4” radius on the end of a 2×4 in about 30 seconds. They are incredible. They work best on the edges ofwood but can also be used on flat surfaces. They have a sanding surface made of tungsten carbide and will almost last you a lifetime. After 8-9 years thecenter of my fine grit...

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Good jig but the whole package could use a little polish. Also can be used as a doweling jig.

Good jig but the whole package could use a little polish. Also can be used as a doweling jig.

05-17-2013 07:00 AM by Rob | 10 comments »

I bought the Kreg Shelf Pin Jig not to drill evenly-spaced holes for shelf pins (though I do also plan to use it for that later), but rather as a jig to accurately drill holes for dowels. First I cut a shim to go between the alignment fence and the piece of wood that needed dowel holes. I clamped the shelf pin jig in place, drilled a couple holes, then moved it over and used the included alignment pin to set up the next hole to be drilled. If you want to use this as a doweling jig, you ...

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New Dust Collection System Just installed

New Dust Collection System Just installed

04-28-2008 04:52 AM by bbqking | 21 comments »

This is one of the most efficient dust collectors I have run across in quite some time. The manufacturers have managed to keep the noise levels down to almost unbelievable readings and kept electric costs down to nearly nothing. However, I have been notified that refrigeration costs have increased in some workshops. I am impressed as to how these items work together as a whole, with the Harper bench brush raking dust onto the floor so that the Publix broom can pull the sawdust away from prob...

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Inexpensive way to save a lot of time.

Inexpensive way to save a lot of time.

01-14-2014 04:21 PM by SirFatty | 24 comments »

I have to share my shop space with two cars in the winter. All that humidity from melting snow wreaks havoc on the cast iron table saw top and drill press table and post. I set out to find a good way to seal/protect the exposed steel so that come spring, I did not have to spend a day preparing surfaces for woodworking. I came across SLIPIT and after reading some reviews, decided to give it shot. One of the great things about this product is that it not only seals the surface, but makes th...

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