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3 styles of folding sawhorse

3 styles of folding sawhorse

08-29-2014 03:24 AM by Loren | 8 comments »

I get sent products to review sometimes. I’m an amazon vine reviewer. If you review a lot of stuff they’ll probably invite you to be one too. I reviewed a lot of books to start with. I haven’t reviewed many books lately due to the time required to read them. Once in awhile something I can really use becomes available. Here’s my comments on the Portamate folding sawhorses (about $100 a pair) compared to other styles (about $60 a pair) I use as well.

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Sandboss

Sandboss

12-11-2012 03:05 AM by Steve | 1 comment »

I have been looking for a long time to find a quality built pneumatic sanding drum, and my wife beat me to it. She found this one at Lee Valley Tools, and gave it to me for an early Christmas gift. I purchased half a dozen used wine barrels this Summer and it is the perfect tool for sanding the curved surfaces of the staves. I use my 6”x108” belt sander for doing the edges.

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Low price but lacking in important features

Low price but lacking in important features

08-07-2009 02:05 AM by jake | 4 comments »

I purchased this saw due to the DeWalt name, reasonable price and past experience with DeWalt power tools. While this tool is powerful enough and seems well built, it lacks features that make it’s performance only average at best. The most frustrating aspect is that it lacks a blower and the wood debris from the cut obscures the sight line/markings that you try to follow. It is surprising as my last jig saw was sold by Walmart under their own private label at the time called Quantum Pro...

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By Hand and Eye

By Hand and Eye

03-02-2015 01:27 PM by SirIrb | 48 comments »

I saw so much talk in the furniture forum for this book I had to get it. The book arrived Saturday and I immediately began reading it. I had heard that this was a book you have to read while in the shop working on layout. This is true. But because I have yet to get some dividers (hint: buy some dividers because they are the backbone of the whole theory of the book) I read it with a glass of brandy in my chair. I finished it Sunday and turned back to page one to begin again. Basic book geek...

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Simpson StrongTies

Simpson StrongTies

09-12-2008 04:10 AM by Tim_456 | 9 comments »

This isn’t really a woodworking tool however I’ve never seem them referenced in any magazines or online so I thought I’d toss it up here. If you’re not familiar with these go to your local big box store. Simpson Strongties are metal connectors in various shapes. Mainly used in the building trades a few of these connectors can be used to make shelves and even workbenches. Anyway, they’re a bit pricey but they make a quick work of building shelves and benches...

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Nice little addition to help curb your plane collecting OCD

Nice little addition to help curb your plane collecting OCD

07-14-2015 12:23 AM by SPHinTampa | 4 comments »

I am guessing that many of the people who bought this plane are driven by the OCD need to complete their entire collection of Stanley bench planes (I will post a picture of my BedRock 608 one day). At $119, this option is roughly $800 cheaper than buying the real thing. I do not have a real Stanley #1 to compare against but I will say that these planes are not nearly as useless as they are reported in some circles. I used this plane to smooth 1/4” drawer sides during the constructi...

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A very versatile block plane

A very versatile block plane

01-22-2008 04:17 AM by Mike Lingenfelter | 4 comments »

This Skewed Block Plane can be used for many operations. It can be used to work on end-grain, like a standard block plane. It has a fence and nicker so that you can work on tenons and rabbets. The nicker can be moved so that it is engaged or not. I’ve used it to clean up some tenons and it work beautiful. The skew blade really helps to reduce tear-out when going across the grain. I haven’t added an auxiliary fence to mine yet, but it’s coming soon. It come in Iron o...

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Be safer, retrofil this switch on your older equipment

Be safer, retrofil this switch on your older equipment

08-15-2012 12:26 PM by b2rtch | 20 comments »

I had a serious problem a short while ago with a jointer I just bought, starting unexpectedly, creating serious damages but more importantly it could have cost me my life or at least some very serious injury.You can read the story here:http://lumberjocks.com/topics/40359#reply-477310 Until yesterday morning when helping some one else with this switch, I used only the paddle of the switch that I installed on the existing equipment in my shop.Yesterday I understood how to correctly wire this...

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Hole in hollow door

Hole in hollow door

05-09-2011 09:40 PM by diynot | 1 comment »

I was freaking out about a crazy shaped hole on my door that I had to fix cheaply myself and as fast as possible (before tomorrow).Luckily the guys at my local hardware store were no strangers to holes in doors and confidently suggested i try this product. It was cheap, and all I needed was this, fine grit sand paper and paint (which i have) as well as a cheap plastic putty knife. This picture shown is just one application. As you can see the damage was pretty intense and I pretty much h...

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Workshop Math by Robert Scharff

Workshop Math by Robert Scharff

02-09-2011 09:03 AM by devann | 4 comments »

Here is a book that no shop should be without. It’s called Workshop Math by Robert Scharff. I stumbled across this book years ago and have lost count of the number of copies I bought and given to my friends. This book is almost has important in the shop has fire extinguishers, first aid kits, and safety galsses. It’s a book that has been a benefit to me many times.It is not a woodworking book although it does contain some rather detailed explanations about carpentry and instrumen...

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