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Doesn't Ding Like Cast Iron

Doesn't Ding Like Cast Iron

11-05-2014 08:50 PM by OSU55 | 2 comments »

I have the HF 34706 lathe (review here: http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/3720). The tool rest that comes with the lathe is serviceable to get started but became a pita. Mine wasn’t quite level, about an 1/8” difference over its length, and the soft cast iron would ding very easily. The fit of the arm and rest posts into the respective holes were the primary culprit for the misalignment. With the rest mounted directly in the saddle the misalignment was worse due to tapering at the b...

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701 PM Benchtop Deluxe Mortiser

701 PM Benchtop Deluxe Mortiser

05-28-2012 03:34 PM by plantek | 4 comments »

The 5 star rating is a bit biased since I have never owned or used a mortiser before.However I can say this machine is fantastic.I have been wanting to start building projects with through mortises for a while now. But when I decided to build a pair of arts and crafts style ottomans (Still in progress) I made the decision to buy this. I’m glad I did.So far I’ve used it to mortise (16) 1/2” x 2” and (8) 1/2” x3 1/2” mortises through 2” thick oak (legs ...

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A great little tool every shop should have (Temp/Hum gauge)

A great little tool every shop should have (Temp/Hum gauge)

11-20-2014 01:30 AM by Jeff Mazur | 6 comments »

Not much to say about this, just wanted to share my latest and probably cheapest shop acquisition. This AcuRite Temperature and Humidity Monitor cost me $10 at HD, has a clearly readable LCD display, shows current relative humidity, current temperature, hi/lo for each over last 24 hours, and gives you your choice of F or C display. For mounting, it has a spring-loaded belt-clip type device on the back with a pretty strong magnet built in (in the photo you see it mounted using just the magne...

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MicrogJig's GRR-RIPPER GR100 Up For Review

MicrogJig's GRR-RIPPER GR100 Up For Review

01-12-2015 09:16 PM by woodshopmike | 4 comments »

I recently reviewed the GR100 by MicroJig and was pretty impressed. The green grippy surface really does it’s job on keeping a secure hold on your work as you use it on the table saw. It was especially helpful when making 2” deep cuts on the tablesaw through cherry. I used the GRR-RIPPER to push the stock against the fence, and a regular push stick on top of the board to help advance the stock through the blade. I’ll have a video on my YouTube of this soon (I hope). ...

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Dissapointed in what should be a great tool

Dissapointed in what should be a great tool

05-23-2012 06:09 PM by Tennessee | 2 comments »

I do a lot of woodworking, for over 40 years. My current shop is smaller, so my wood stock is kept in another room, about 20 feet away. Every time I need a piece of stock it is either hog over a big plank into the main shop and cut it, or take a circular saw into the wood room and cut off what I needed from the rack of wood. I tried using battery powered circular saws, but found that I often had a slightly dead battery since I only cut my stock at the beginning of the project, and the battery...

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Little green screwdriving man

Little green screwdriving man

02-05-2011 12:40 AM by Vrtigo1 | 3 comments »

I bought this to replace my 18v DeWalt hammer drill as my go-to screwdriver. I got the hex chuck version – it’s nice to be able to slip bits in and not have to deal with tightening the chuck. You can also get drill bits and countersinks in hex shank, so if you need to use it for those functions as well, you can. My primary objective with this purchase was to get something lighter, and therefore easier to get into tight spots and to reduce the strain on my arm when doing a lot...

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Custom made sanding belts for the band saw

Custom made sanding belts for the band saw

02-28-2013 07:51 PM by PatrickB | 4 comments »

I ordered these a week ago and love them. You can order them any length with many widths to choose from. I ordered 3 ea. in 1/4”, 3/8”, & 1/2” in varying grits and they are the cats meow. The only down side was it took a while for them to arrive, about two weeks. Remove the bearing guides and set the tension and away you go. I’ve used them on end grain, curves, tight areas, they fit just about any where. The main thing is have one of those sanding belt belt cleaner...

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Oneway drill wizard

Oneway drill wizard

11-21-2015 03:14 PM by hairy | 4 comments »

I looked at this for a long time. I got it about a year ago and have used it on 2 projects. It does what it does very well. All I’ve done with it could have been done without it, but not as easy or accurate. Right out of the box I put a bit in a drill and mounted it to the lathe. I had to cut down the post to get the bit on center. That’s with the post bottomed out in the banjo. It’s made for chair makers. I’m not there yet, but it will do what I need. ...

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Wooden Boxes by Dennis Zongker

Wooden Boxes by Dennis Zongker

03-04-2014 08:25 PM by BritBoxmaker | 3 comments »

A nicely varied choice of boxes, with a thorough and detailed explanation of construction techniques and excellent presentation make this one of those best buys amongst books on the subject of boxmaking. Easy to follow and not in the slightest verbose. You could do worse than treat it as a reference book for the many useful techniques it describes. Pound for pound it is one of the most valuable books on box making in my collection. Well done sir.

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You get what you pay for

You get what you pay for

10-29-2013 12:52 AM by laketrout36 | 7 comments »

Here’s a set I received as a gift. Most of the bits I have yet to use. A few have been used a few times. If you are only going to use these bits at most a few times each and not demanding great results then OK. But if you need quality results and don’t want to play games with something just to use it then pass on them. The case they come in is durable and each bits location is labeled with an image of the bit shape so that is a positive. The second picture I included shows...

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