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First Dovetails Ever.  Easy as Pie with the Akeda BC24 Dovetail Jig

First Dovetails Ever. Easy as Pie with the Akeda BC24 Dovetail Jig

07-12-2009 06:10 PM by thiel | 22 comments »

First, Some BackgroundThere’s one thing I should clarify so you’ll put this jig in the proper perspective: I’ve never made a dovetail. Not by hand, not by machine. I’ve never even seen a dovetail jig used (except on New Yankee Workshop). To be perfectly honest, I didn’t (until this morning) know the difference between a pin and a tail. That being said, I have aspirations of building fine furniture of my own design some day. And with those aspirations in mind, I try to make each tool p...

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Insulfoam Garage Door Insulation Kit

Insulfoam Garage Door Insulation Kit

02-09-2012 05:34 AM by David Grimes | 9 comments »

My three garage doors were not insulated. Never a problem until last year when I converted bay 3 into the Man Cave wood shop and started spending much time out here. I don’t even remember what the back porch looks like. My dogs miss me terribly. They bark at me before they remember me. I went to the BORG and the BBRG looking for garage door insulation whatever. They had some Owens Corning bag of flimsy, etc. No thanks. I called my garage door supplier/installer to see how much...

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Hitachi C10FL Hybrid Table Saw - Awesome saw for the money

Hitachi C10FL Hybrid Table Saw - Awesome saw for the money

06-03-2008 05:56 AM by Weekend_Carpenter | 13 comments »

I just bought this saw ($499 – 15%(Promo) – 10% (coupon) -$100 (gift card thru MIR), and I love it. This is my second table saw, and I am far from a professional woodworker (that is why I bought a $500 TS ;), and not a $1000+ Jet table saw). I have used it with pine and cedar in the month that I have had it. It cut great through both, even when using the dado blade. This saw is not perfect, but it is a lot better than the others in the same price range. Here are the pros, and cons (and no I d...

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Craftsman Professional series #315.218290 Tablesaw with folding stand.

Craftsman Professional series #315.218290 Tablesaw with folding stand.

01-17-2008 07:22 PM by Dadoo | 14 comments »

This is my personal review of my Craftsman saw listed above. I work out of a two car garage that I need to park two vehicles in, so I need a saw that is light and portable, and that leaves a small footprint when stored. About a year ago I literally burned up my old Rockwell tablesaw and went on the hunt for a new one. Brands like Bosch, Makita and Rigid weren’t readily available to see, touch and examine…and Sears had this one “on sale” for $350.00. There was a Dewalt ...

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My Review of,  Rikon 10-325 14" Deluxe Bandsaw

My Review of, Rikon 10-325 14" Deluxe Bandsaw

01-14-2008 02:07 PM by Dick, & Barb Cain | 59 comments »

Second photo from Rikon~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Reason for buying:I’ve had an old 14” Taiwanese saw for quite a few years, so I looked at some reviews on Band saws, & decided this would be the one for me. I shopped around the internet, & decided to buy it from Woodcraft. It was $750, & free shipping, so I saved $75, enough for a few gallons of gas.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Pros: The price f...

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Earlex Spray Station 5000

Earlex Spray Station 5000

03-28-2008 06:59 AM by thewoodwhisperer | 43 comments »

To sum up, I thought the Earlex did a darn good job spraying pretty much everything I put in it, including oil-based poly, water-based finishes, lacquer, and latex paint. I would probably recommend purchasing some of the smaller tip sets though, since they will increase performance on the water-based stuff. The 5000 does lack some of the spray controls typically found in higher-priced 3 and 4-stage units, but sometimes those extra features are just unnecessary. I found the simplicity of the u...

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Out of the box review and initial impressions.

Out of the box review and initial impressions.

12-14-2010 08:59 PM by dbhost | 29 comments »

A full review post use, and swapping blade to a proper blade are going to be in the works, but I figured I would post this up now to give you guys a heads up. I may just edit this review when I am ready, who knows? This is NOT a usage, or long term review, this is just a fit and finish sort of thing. So if that is what you are interested in, read on… I picked up a Chicago Electric #98194 on Friday with a coupon I have been sitting on for a few months that expired on Sunday, so it ...

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Harbor Freight Tools Work Bench affordable and useful

Harbor Freight Tools Work Bench affordable and useful

07-10-2009 09:11 PM by PKP | 20 comments »

I bought this Bench on sale for 159 dollars. plus tax for a total of 175.( I know TN sales tax is high). The Bench was easily put together in about 2 hours. I have to say for the money I dont think you could buy the wood to make your own workbench. I needed a workbench instead of using a door setting on top of 2 old speakers as a work table. The table top is flat and is finger jointed oak, The drawer sides and bottoms are not solid oak but MDF. All the rest of the bench is oak. The inst...

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Bosch Table Saw

Bosch Table Saw

09-16-2008 03:34 AM by Tony Z | 26 comments »

This saw is great. I needed a portable saw that was accurate and this fit the bill. All I can say is BUY THIS SAW if you are in the market for something portable. It has everything you want in a table saw. Dust collection is good with a shop vac and I like that the miter gauge is full size and not a ‘mini’ one that come with most portable saws. The fence is aluminum with built in T-track which is very nice. It’s quiet and has a soft-start. I was especially impressed with t...

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Two Palm Routers Will Enter One Will Leave!

Two Palm Routers Will Enter One Will Leave!

02-28-2012 07:46 AM by Brad | 18 comments »

So awhile back I knew the time had come to get into the palm router game. I know some woodworkers are loyal to one brand and their shop is a “Jet Shop” or a “Powermatic” shop. My tool collection seems to be pretty varied although I have exiled ALL that is Harbor Freight! So when I started my research on palm routers there seemed to be two major contenders for the title. The Bosch Colt found for about $90 as a stand alone or $180 as a complete package with lots of ac...

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