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The Blue Elephant In The Room

The Blue Elephant In The Room

02-27-2011 09:01 PM by Ian_S | 17 comments »

When I decided to upgrade to a 12 Inch Jointer at the end of 2010 I researched many brands and models. Usual suspects like Powermatic, Delta, Grizzly, General, Shop Fox and even some of the Euro models at the urging of a respected colleague. The Euros were way out of my price range (I refuse to take out a loan to buy a machine as my colleague suggested). While researching the remaining brands I found this video of an Oliver on youtube www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKMxIY0iGlw . The Oliver Machi...

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14" Band Saw Riser Kit for Harbor Freight Band Saw

14" Band Saw Riser Kit for Harbor Freight Band Saw

05-17-2009 11:21 PM by FJPetruso | 22 comments »

About 5 years ago I purchased a Harbor Freight Band Saw & the Riser Kit. I never installed the riser kit & stored it away until I needed it. Last month I failed to use my metal detector & while resawing some walnut I hit a foot peg, like the ones linemen screw into power poles, that the tree had completely grew around & ruined my band saw blade. So I took this opportunity to install the riser kit. I figured I would be playing with & tuning the saw up the whole day. Bu...

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Bargain Tool Review - HF 10" Sliding Miter Saw (Chicago Electric)

Bargain Tool Review - HF 10" Sliding Miter Saw (Chicago Electric)

07-01-2012 05:47 PM by SchottFamily | 22 comments »

For the past three weekends, I’ve been cutting down some melamine sheets to use for cabinet cases. I happened to notice that my June 20% HF coupon was about to expire and I’ve had my eye on the 10” sliding miter saw for a few months. I already own the 10” miter saw (it was a gift from my in-laws – cool, huh?) and I’m very happy with the performance of that tool when used with a Freud cross-cut blade and a zero clearance plate. I was able to convince the ...

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Central Machinery 14" Bandsaw (Modified) + Video

Central Machinery 14" Bandsaw (Modified) + Video

02-20-2010 05:40 PM by rawdawgs50 | 20 comments »

My Used and Improved Central Machinery Harbor Freight Special 14” Bandsaw Review I was looking at buying a larger bandsaw (19”+) for the shop and came across some blogs on the internet about the HF bandsaw and how well it worked for the money. Since I was not in the market for a small bandsaw I filed it away under useful info and moved on. Then I stumbled on a guy selling this bandsaw a 1/2 hour away on Craigslist. I offered him $115 for it and the deal was done. Total Cost:...

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First on the Block to Get the New Plane

First on the Block to Get the New Plane

02-18-2009 07:10 PM by bobdurnell | 45 comments »

After seeing the advertisement in the latest Woodcraft magazine offering the new Wood River planes I couldn’t wait to see them. The article said that they resemble the LN planes and were more affordable. After calling my local Woodcraft store I was told that it would be a while before they would have the planes in the store. Yesterday 2/17/09 I went to check them out and I believe that they are what was said in the ad.I have a no.5, no.2, no.1, and a low angle adjustable block by LN....

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Delta 36-725 Contractor Tablesaw: Follow-Up Review

Delta 36-725 Contractor Tablesaw: Follow-Up Review

04-20-2014 08:37 PM by thetinman | 162 comments »

EDIT: This review was edited to add a link to a my blog on how to easily and safely align the blade. The sections on blades and blade alignment have been removed from this review and are now in a stand alone process. Delta 36-725 Table Saw blade alignment linkhttp://lumberjocks.com/thetinman/blog/45305 TABLESAW ADDITIONS: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/101376 I bought this saw over a month ago and wrote an initial review then. The review included many assembly tips as the owner’s ma...

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Grizzly G0478 2 HP Hybrid Cabinet Saw Review

Grizzly G0478 2 HP Hybrid Cabinet Saw Review

07-18-2008 03:47 PM by Timber4fun | 17 comments »

Introduction – After 16 years of using a Craftsman contractor-style table saw, I decided to investigate and upgrade to a cabinet saw. My priorities included dust collection, accurate fence, performance, accurate/efficient cuts, quality components, functionality, size, and price. I am a no nonsense type of person. I really don’t want a bunch of fancy marketing features that tend to break in the first 5 years. Give me a good solid tool and I am happy. The Grizzly G0478 2 HP Hybrid Cabinet ...

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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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Glidden Trim & Door Extra High Gloss Interior/Exterior Oil Paint with Gel-Flow Technology

Glidden Trim & Door Extra High Gloss Interior/Exterior Oil Paint with Gel-Flow Technology

09-10-2011 07:40 AM by David Grimes | 8 comments »

My partner’s better half works at Home Depot. She told him about this new paint they have. He told me about it. The word was that it would not drip or leave brush marks. Hmmm… I went to get a can. The can itself says boldly on the label NO DRIPS, NO BRUSH MARKS. Hmmm… I used it on a few projects and came to the conclusion (you guessed it): No drips and No brush marks ! How did they possibly manage that ? Usually, we add Penetrol (for oil) or Floetrol (for latex...

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Here comes the DeWalt Track Saw - Lookout Festool

Here comes the DeWalt Track Saw - Lookout Festool

03-19-2009 06:10 AM by GaryK | 30 comments »

After receiving the Dewalt Track Saw I recently won in the Winter 2009 CompetitionI tried it out so that I could write a review for it. The first thing I wanted to point out that separates it from the Festool Version isthat you can set it on it’s side and cut parallel to the surface it’s sitting on.Look at the second picture and you can see the two black stripes. Those are slipperymaterial making it move smoothly. Great for trimming the bottom of a door in place. It has a ni...

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