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ABCs of Hand Tools

ABCs of Hand Tools

04-21-2013 02:54 PM by Stephenw | 6 comments »

This is not primarily a woodworking book. This book was published in 1945 by GM and shows the proper use of most common hand tools. The book is illustrated with a Disney character called “Primitive Pete”. This caveman shows improper tool uses that result in damage or accidents. This fun book can be found used on eBay or Amazon. I have a link to download a free electronic copy of the book from the GM Heritage Center on my website here… ABCs of Hand Tools

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Festool 2013 Tool Catalog

Festool 2013 Tool Catalog

10-25-2013 09:39 PM by libraryman | 22 comments »

Though not a tool in the strict sense, the Festool 2013 tool catalog has provided me with hours of interesting speculation and tool comparisons. I should state from the beginning that I do not own a Festool and will probably never be able to afford one. The power tools I have been able to afford are the reason I love looking at the Festools. Whilst my power tools do an adequate job, the lack of vision by their manufacturers provide a sad “what might have been” comparison with the Festools. T...

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Affordable powerful hammer drill

Affordable powerful hammer drill

02-08-2010 03:14 AM by SchotterWoodworking | 4 comments »

This is my first review for this website so forgive me if I don’t quite come up to par (any constructive advice would be appreciated). This was my first hammer drill purchase. I’ve used a Bosch Bulldog and a Milwaukee hammer drill, which are both very impressive tools, but a little too much for me. I didn’t buy this drill for drilling block walls all day long. This is a great hammer drill to keep for DIY home improvement. I put a wire wheel in the chuck and stripped paint o...

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Amazing way to get rid of rust

Amazing way to get rid of rust

02-27-2014 01:44 AM by EBpenguy | 9 comments »

I have become the proud owner of a new Rockwell Bandsaw that used to be owned by my father-in law. He passed a few years back and the family refused to touch his workshop for a number of years. But time has come to take on the task, however, the years have not been kind to all that idle metal. Moisture and a slow water leak all combined to raise big trouble with the bandsaw table, as well as some of the other parts of the saw. I wanted to do everything I could to get it back to the same condi...

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Maybe I got a bad one, but I'm getting a Grex.  This P-C is a loser

Maybe I got a bad one, but I'm getting a Grex. This P-C is a loser

04-02-2009 03:10 AM by RalphB | 34 comments »

I bought one of these and have been thoroughly disappointed with it. No matter what the air pressure or length of the pin it only sinks them to flush at best. And of course you can’t adjust the depth. If I sand one bit you get a nice shiny (until it rusts later) little 23 gauge nailhead looking at you. I also do not like the fact that it lacks a soft nose. So if you try and hold it a little tight to get the pin sunk as far as possible you get a dent in the wood that is a lot worse ...

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From Stephen Shepherd, the definitive book on tradtional finishes

From Stephen Shepherd, the definitive book on tradtional finishes

09-09-2011 04:10 AM by Gary Roberts | 5 comments »

Full disclosure: Although we have never met face to face, I consider Stephen to be a friend. Even though he lives in Utah. Which is not to say that living in Utah is a bad thing, it’s just to say that living in Utah is more than a 30 minute drive from Boston. Underneath the anachronistic re-enactor exterior by which Stephen leads his life is a razor sharp intellect and one of the most information packed minds I know. I won’t expose his professional background to public view. I ...

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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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Creative, Beautiful, and Practical!

Creative, Beautiful, and Practical!

02-16-2012 10:09 AM by MsDebbieP | 3 comments »

This review is from the February 2012 issue of our LJ eMag Fox Chapel Publishing is donating another book for a free draw! (See below for details)Creative Wooden Boxes from the Scroll Saw This book is up in the top 10 of my favourite woodworking books!! The projects are so, well, creative!! Imagine a box that looks like a pie, yes, a good ol’ apple pie! And not only is it cute as “pie” but useful too, it is a box, remember. AND if you are handy with the scroll saw ...

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Always something.

Always something.

12-28-2008 03:07 AM by Routerisstillmyname | 9 comments »

Well, it is dead on 100% accurate measured against my super square inside and out. I would give it 5 stars but falls way short in the locking department. Good for saw blades, magnet all around, (like it’s little square brother) and nice thick blades. good visible LCD, stable reading and location(not covered by blade). But have to be very careful when using it for what it was designed for that is measuring wall angles due to incredibly lousy locking mechanism.Get one if it’s on super sale.

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Great Electric Saw

Great Electric Saw

01-01-2012 09:11 PM by doug1980 | 3 comments »

Let me start by saying I was a lumberjack for 10 years, and only used Stihl. Even now Stihl is the best in my opinion. Having said that they are expensive, and I couldn’t justify spending over $300 for an electric saw. This saw has a 16” bar, tool-less chain tensioning and has 3.5 HP. I use it to shape my bowl blanks in the shop, since my wife has banned me from using my Stihl 290 in the shop. Apparently it stinks up the whole house, who knew. For less than $100 it was a gre...

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