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Shopsmith Thickness Planer

Shopsmith Thickness Planer

2341 days ago by bkhop | 12 comments »

Here’s my review of the Shopsmith thickness planer. I’ve had mine for about 2 years now and it is a great planer. It replaced a Delta TP305. Let’s start out with the specs – 12” x 4” capacity; 28” long bed; for HP, read #1 below. 1. The Shopsmith Thickness planer comes in two variations that are basically identical except that one is mounted on the Shopsmith Mark V and the other is a “free-standing” tool with its own stand and motor;...

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Grizzly G0478 2 HP Hybrid Cabinet Saw Review

Grizzly G0478 2 HP Hybrid Cabinet Saw Review

2200 days ago 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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Central Machinery 14" Bandsaw (Modified) + Video

Central Machinery 14" Bandsaw (Modified) + Video

1618 days ago 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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Review of the Sawstop Professional Cabinet Saw

Review of the Sawstop Professional Cabinet Saw

1908 days ago by Scott Bryan | 79 comments »

Intro: The saw is a 3hp, 585 pound monster. I purchased the 52” fence, hydraulic mobile base and extension table. Setting it up is definately a two person job (although I did it alone with help from my wife only in setting up the front rail). I did get help in lifting it onto the mobile base, however, as this is the only way to mount it to the base. The instructions call for help in setting the saw upright since the base cabinet weighs 200+ pounds. I was able to do it alone b...

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Rikon Drill Press and Orion Mortising Attachment

Rikon Drill Press and Orion Mortising Attachment

2339 days ago by shaun | 11 comments »

I went to the March Madness sale at Woodcraft today and came home with a new benchtop drill press and I grabbed up an Orion mortising attachment while I was there. I caught the eary bird part of the sale so I got an additional 5% off. The drill press retails at Woodcraft for $249.99. For the eary bird deal they take the additional 5% off after they apply the 10% discount so it ended up costing me about $214 before sales tax. It’s a 13” drill press with a 1/2 hp motor. Prett...

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The Blue Elephant In The Room

The Blue Elephant In The Room

1246 days ago 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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Ashley Iles Bench Chisels - Beautiful but they will need some edge work

Ashley Iles Bench Chisels - Beautiful but they will need some edge work

2309 days ago by ChicoWoodnut | 11 comments »

After using a set of older Craftsman chisels for years, I decided I wanted a fine set of bench chisels. The Craftsman chisels have served me well and I will continue to use them, but they are a little short thick and unwieldy. I like fine tools so I decided to treat myself for my 50th birthday. I have been looking for a good set on e-bay but the prices the older sets of Stanley chisels fetch these days is silly. I landed on the Ashley Iles because they are known for fine edge tools. ...

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Tormek T7 Sharpening System

Tormek T7 Sharpening System

2133 days ago by coloradoclimber | 17 comments »

Well, it was sharpening time again this weekend, chisels, plane irons, kitchen knives, pocket knives, scissors, turning gouges and chisels, anything else I could find that had an edge that needed sharpening. I’ve hand sharpened all of my knives and tools using wet, dry, oil, and diamond stones for the last 20 years. Bench stones works pretty well and I’m able to get shaving quality edges every time. So why change? Well, because hand sharpening takes a long time. I keep ad...

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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

1052 days ago 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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