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A low cost alternative to the Milwaukee M12 driver

A low cost alternative to the Milwaukee M12 driver

10-22-2013 05:18 PM by Jofa | 12 comments »

One of my buddies at HD has a Milwaukee M12 driver and it’s awesome. Light, small and tons of torque. I just couldn’t swing the $100. So I was at WalMart and started looking around at the tool section. They had a little B&D 7.2V Lithium Ion drill driver displayed for $30 but it was out of stock. So I asked the kid working there if they would sell me the next one up for the same price. He asked the manager and we got “of course!”. Plus:- Excellent, accura...

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Porter Cable should be ashamed to have their name on these

Porter Cable should be ashamed to have their name on these

06-28-2013 04:48 PM by A Slice of Wood Workshop | 20 comments »

I bought these bits a year and a half ago. They were a “name brand” and in a price range I could afford at the time.This was a major mistake on my part. I bought an expensive sticker with crappy bits in the box. These bits are very cheap and not worth your time or money. I’ve seen reviews on these bits before usually stating that the person just bought them and they work great. That’s the truth. They work great during the “30 day satisfaction” period. These...

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The Drill Saw Test

The Drill Saw Test

10-25-2013 01:03 PM by Sailor | 7 comments »

Bought one of these drill saw bits I noticed at Lowe’s. Looked like a great idea to me so I ran home and gave it a shot. Check it out! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjQuewOtNOs

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It works great and won't bug anyone upstairs

It works great and won't bug anyone upstairs

01-22-2014 08:54 AM by nerdkraft | 9 comments »

TL;DR – would recommend. Quiet but not silent. Works for driving 18GA brads and blowing off parts of the shop. Great value. I live in San Francisco in an 1897 built victorian. While I’m fortunate enough to have some shop space what is officially a ‘storage’ area, the building has little insulation and all the bones are huge timbers that transmit sound and vibration like crazy. As such, my first (mis)adventure in getting a PC pancake compressor quickly led to complai...

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Screw-Outs Don't Work

Screw-Outs Don't Work

11-07-2009 01:32 AM by papadan | 20 comments »

http://www.craftsman.com/shc/s/p_10155_12602_00952154000P?keyword=52154&sLevel=0 LOML saw Bob Vs commercial and bought me a set a couple years ago. Today, 1/2” wood screws holding cabinet door hinges that have stripped out phillips heads. Guess what, Bob V can kiss my A$$! These things are supposed to bite into the screw and back it out, all they do is spin in the stripped head. Even tried an impact driver and nothing! This system won’t let me give -5 stars or I would!

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Lie-Nielson curved bottom spokeshave.  Very Nice!

Lie-Nielson curved bottom spokeshave. Very Nice!

12-15-2012 07:43 PM by mbs | 3 comments »

I’ve used this spoke shave for about a year now. I really like it for sculpting the front of a seat or the leg of a chair. The edge has stayed nice and sharp. It’s easy to set the blade depth too. Very comfortable to use. I think I paid $100 and now they’re $135. That’s pretty steep but it’s a good tool. I think LN is in competition with Veritas to see who can raise the prices the fastest. I wish I would have bought more of both brands when they were...

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I can't believe its not butter

I can't believe its not butter

05-28-2009 08:05 AM by Webb | 6 comments »

From what I can see, the mechanics of this jigsaw appear identical to the corded version (the DW331K). Wow – this saw really surprised me. I wound up doing a lot of carpentry recently (cabinets in the garage made out of 2×4’s and plywood) and my B&D drill died. For my anniversary, the loml bought me a DeWalt 18v drill/impact driver combination kit which started me looking for a way to score another battery. Since I had a “lowest price I could find” B&D I t...

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Not as hard at it seems

Not as hard at it seems

03-17-2014 06:11 PM by TechTeacher04 | 4 comments »

I recently purchased the Leigh Super 18 Jig. I was waiting for a Porter-Cable 4216 Dovetail Jig, but after talking with one of the salesman decided to cancel the order and purchased the Leigh. I was drawn to the Leigh for the ability to center my half pins regardless of the with of my stock. When using the Porter-Cable jig widths must be multiples of 7/8” to assure a symmetrical pattern. Another aspect that helped sell me the Leigh Jig was the ability to do one pass half-blind doveta...

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Hand Planes In The Modern Shop

Hand Planes In The Modern Shop

09-07-2011 09:24 PM by Gary Roberts | 9 comments »

Kerry Pierce is a widely published author (19 books and 200 articles) on the subject of woodworking as well as a practicing cabinet/furniture maker, hand tool expert and all around good guy. A while ago he contacted me regarding the use of some images from my website to be used in a book he was working on, the subject of which was to be the use of hand tools in the modern woodworking shop. I’m always please to offer assistance in instances such as this so we engaged in some pleasant con...

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Cheapest no-tip track upgrade I can find

Cheapest no-tip track upgrade I can find

05-15-2015 02:35 PM by paxorion | 7 comments »

Ever since the IWF 2014, I have been dying to pick up the new BORA guide systems. After months of hunting and phone calls to BORA, I finally managed to get my hands on the BORA saw plate. The short story is…it’s awesome. Paired with the BORA WTX, this answers the mail on a track system upgrade for my Porter Cable PC15TCSMK. The Good: Works as advertised. The saw guide is (supposedly) compatible with any straight edge guide in the market. I’ve tested it with both t...

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