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Oneida Super Dust Gorilla - 5 HP

Oneida Super Dust Gorilla - 5 HP

07-29-2016 12:42 PM by Redoak49 | 10 comments »

Several months ago, I purchased a new dust collector. Before, I had a Jet 1.5 HP dust collector with a cartridge filter and vortex cone. It did an OK job and was piped into my shop with 4” PVC. My measurements of the flow at the dust collector were 670 CFM at the 6” port and only 450 CFM at the 4” port. The maximum static pressure was 10.25” Inside my shop, the flow was greatly reduced. I decided that I needed something bigger to collect more of the dust and so looked at a number of t...

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Suprisingly useful for trimming small components.

Suprisingly useful for trimming small components.

11-14-2010 06:23 AM by Chinitorama | 3 comments »

Up for review is a scaled-down version of the Veritas edge jointing block plane. I recently purchased this miniature as a novelty item but found it to be a very effective tool for small projects. Like the miniature Veritas shoulder plane, this tool is made from investment cast steel. Precisely machined on its sole and integral fence, the plane also features a nicely flattened iron which sharpens easily. On the whole, fit and finish is top notch as it is on all Veritas products. After...

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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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Wixie for The Griz

Wixie for The Griz

04-10-2010 12:00 AM by longgone | 1 comment »

I recently bought a wixey digital/fractional readout for my big old floor model planer. These are supposed to be for a desktop planer but I have seen others adapt them to fit a floor model planer. I have several other wixey products and have been quite happy with them so I decided to make one adaptable to my Grizzly 15” planer. I used a 2” wide piece of aluminum flat bar and a piece of 1 1/2” aluminum angle iron… and after a little trial and error of lining up the l...

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"Cooler" Hearing Protection

"Cooler" Hearing Protection

07-01-2009 12:20 AM by handi | 1 comment »

I love my Worktunes earmuffs, and use them with my iPhone in the shop to listen to my music and podcasts. But this time of year, they get mighty warm! So when I saw that AO Safety had come out with earplugs that could be used with my MP3, I had to try them out. As expected, these are much cooler to wear in the heat than the big earmuffs, but they are not an exact replacement. The Blockades are rated at 24 Db instead of the 29Db that the Worktunes are rated. 5Db may not seem like much, but ...

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Excellent Wood Cleaner

Excellent Wood Cleaner

02-18-2014 03:01 AM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 17 comments »

Not a great tale of restoration as others in LJs post, but a review that confirms what others told me: “BAR KEEPERS FRIEND” is a very capable cleaner for wood tools. In this case, of Stanley No. 32 rule that had certainly seen better aesthetic days. As shown above, the ruler was not very legible when I got it. Here’s the rule from a farther distance. I posted a couple pictures of my flea market find on the Marking and Measuring thread and a discussion ensued re: wa...

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Quick solution for 35mm European hinges

Quick solution for 35mm European hinges

12-20-2011 07:10 PM by canadianmajar | 1 comment »

I have been working on several cabinet projects in recent months. In the past I have done the hinges using drill press then just used wood screws. I went to a sale where someone was closing shop and had the ecodrill, so thought I’d give it a try. Not sure I would buy it for the $300 it usually costs. It makes positioning the holes trivial and precise (set the offset from the edge, has index for positioning hinges top to bottom and built in clamps). Depts are perfect every time. Addition...

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This square is the squariest, i mean it.

This square is the squariest, i mean it.

08-11-2012 07:03 AM by CplSteel | 15 comments »

I went ahead and tested all of my squares for square (I lined them up against a very flat surface, drew a line , flipped them and drew another line; I measured for any difference between the distance between the lines over their length). The results: surprise, this one actually was square. Over the 7 inches I could not detect any variance. Other squares were longer, other squares were metal, and all but one (which I tossed) was close enough, but only one was actually square. There are ...

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Pretty good for the price!

Pretty good for the price!

06-12-2013 08:45 PM by Sodabowski | 13 comments »

So I was tired of my crappy U-frame saw, made of steel tubing, having hacked it as much as I could to improve – that’s a lesser word – the blade locking mechanism. It kept twisting blades on me and they snapped too easily. So I litterally tossed it out and settled to raid eBay, in search for a better saw frame. I had already purchased several times from the Proops Bros, and had noticed they carried a wide array of hardware, all made by themselves in the UK. And so I shell...

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The Ultimate DIY Guide

The Ultimate DIY Guide

08-17-2012 09:33 AM by MsDebbieP | 2 comments »

This book review is from the August 2012 issue of our LumberJocks’ eMag Fox Chapel Publishing is donating another book for a free draw! (See below for details)Cigar Box Guitars by David Sutton “Cigar Box Guitars”, according to the cover is “The Ultimate DIY Guide for Makers and Players of the Handmade Music Revolution”. My first thought was, “Ultimate? Uh-huh.” ... and then I looked inside! It didn’t take long before my initial scan turned into ...

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