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Not perfect, but FAR better than the 3M rubber block!

Not perfect, but FAR better than the 3M rubber block!

04-20-2012 02:12 PM by dbhost | 5 comments »

A little disclaimer here. I hate sanding, anything that slows the process down, or fails in the process that I do not want to be doing in the first place earns instant hatred from me, which was what got me looking for a new sanding block in the first place. I started out with a 3M rubber sanding block which is basically the same design as this Norton, just different materials. And it’s the choice in materials that makes all the difference in the world. Simply put, the Norton is a nic...

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Accurate, Quick & Easy

Accurate, Quick & Easy

03-08-2008 11:45 PM by Jim Crockett (USN Retired) | 12 comments »

For years, I have had difficulty cutting a straight, perpendicular line with a handsaw. No matter what method I tried, the cut was neither straight nor perpendicular to the stock, most often both. I had got to the point where I would pull out my circsaw, jigsaw, or fire up the table saw for all cuts, a real pain. Then, a couple of months ago, I purchased the Irwin #213104 Dovetail/Detail Saw. I feel pretty certain that I didn’t suddenly develop the talent to saw a straight line, so I mu...

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Carba-Tec Radial Arm Drill review

Carba-Tec Radial Arm Drill review

03-03-2015 10:30 AM by robscastle | 14 comments »

My Radial Arm Drill review RDP-116 TypeCarba-Tec branded 5 Speed Radial Arm Drill Press. Motor is ½ hp5 speed pulley system 500 to 2450 RPMReported Keyed Chuck capacity 1mm to 13mm (see Note) Note: May 2016 I find the chuck will not hold a drill bit smaller than 2mm. Taper MT2Chuck travel 80mmChuck to base 1225mmCast iron table round 300mm diameterTilting head 45 deg L 90 deg RTable tilt 360 degDrill to column cetner 130 to 420mm Chuck to table Max 700mmNo lightBase footprint 240...

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First New Marking Tools / Love Them

First New Marking Tools / Love Them

09-07-2013 09:42 PM by 69BBNova | 4 comments »

I ordered these from The Best Things Thursday, they arrived today (Saturday) well packed, no damage… Except for my vintage Stanley No. 98 these are the only woodworking only marking tools I own that are really quality as I expected (hoped)... They have a nice heft to them which is good because I have always like knowing they are in my hand. Light tools never feel right to me… They have a nice balance to them, I don’t know any other way to describe it they just felt ...

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Nice job but it takes time

Nice job but it takes time

07-12-2011 10:54 PM by RexMcKinnon | 12 comments »

I bought this product because I thought it would improve the look of the pool deck I am building and although I am not finished yet I think it has. The whole purpose of the jig is too allow the user to screw down decking without showing the screw and that’s exactly what it did. My decking is made from 5/4 pressure treated boards. There are 10 joists each spaced 16 on centers and there are 2 screws per joist which gives 20 screws per board. To boards feel as if the are held down well. I ...

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These Ridge Carbide blades are awesome

These Ridge Carbide blades are awesome

02-24-2015 11:18 PM by EdVE | 9 comments »

I just purchased the 8” dado set and the TS2000 blades at the Novi, MI Woodworking show (great discount if you buy both). I was a little leary as I had not seen these before. I quickly googled reviews and they were quite positive. These things cut like butter and are SMOOTH. The dado is clean with no tear out and the bottom of the dado is very smooth. The saw blade cuts to a smooth—dare I say—shiny surface. Definitely could be joined immediately. I use Forrest blade, so that...

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Why did I wait so long??

Why did I wait so long??

12-06-2011 05:24 AM by Tedstor | 11 comments »

Easily accessible power is priceless in the shop. While installing new outlets would have been the preferable remedy, it wasn’t particularly practical in my case. This cord reel has solved a lot of problems for me. At 30 ft, its long enough to reach any point in my workshop/garage, and can even reach onto my driveway if necessary. And being mounted on the ceiling makes it easy to manage the cord, keeping it off the floor and away from my feet. The reel includes all the needed hardware t...

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Poor Communication

Poor Communication

04-27-2012 12:07 PM by Bertha | 30 comments »

I ordered two woodscrews and two garters on April 3, 2012 for $320.00. I sent a total of 8 messages to check on the status of my order. I said, “I’m not asking for the World, just a bit of communication” (both on the site form and via e-mail). Without a single word, my payment was refunded on April 25, 2012. The credit hasn’t posted yet but I have every reason to believe it will. The right thing to do would have been to simply tell me he couldn’t fill the order. ...

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Nice Intro to Arts & Crafts Furniture Making

Nice Intro to Arts & Crafts Furniture Making

11-11-2012 03:22 AM by 47phord | 5 comments »

My wife and I both love Arts and Crafts furniture and as we get the funds to replace our old, kid-destroyed furniture we have pretty much decided that this is the style we want go with. So, I bought this DVD (actually a DVD-ROM for your computer) to get started. The whole thing is in PDF format and when you first open it on your computer you are greeted with an interactive menu organized by room; living room, dining room, bedroom along with other links to finishing, joinery (7 different art...

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I hope this circular saw will be the last I ever need?

I hope this circular saw will be the last I ever need?

11-30-2014 01:37 AM by paxorion | 4 comments »

If anyone were to ask me what to look for in a circular saw, I would say my must-haves are: A cast shoe Lever-locks for adjustments for easier Arbor lock for blade changes A good feel in your hands A decent price at or below $100 (at today’s prices) This Porter Cable met all of the criteria in a very bare bones way. After about 6 months of use, it has not disappointed me. I’d consider this to be an example of the perfect non-track circular saw for me. The Goo...

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