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Drill Press Table

Drill Press Table

08-24-2018 06:38 AM by HankLP | 5 comments »

Spent a lot of time scratching my head about drill press tables. Looked online and considered building a new one. My previous build was small and notched out for the raising/lowering crank handle. The Peach Tree table was delivered last week and I’m very pleased with it. It is very sturdy, built with 1 3/8” thick laminated MDF and heavy duty T-Track using 3/8” bolts. The 2” x 3” aluminum fence is dead flat and square with the table, though the 3” leg t...

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Colt Twin Land brad point wood bits

Colt Twin Land brad point wood bits

05-13-2018 08:15 PM by ocean | 16 comments »

My older set of brad point drills were getting dull and after drilling into a small brad buried in a rocking chair, it was time to get some new bits. I went looking for some new bits and found two sets at Infinity Tools. At $20 dollars the price was right. These bits by Colt are hard to believe. They are twin land bits and cut a very clean hole both in, thru and out the other side with ease. No splintering in or out and because of the twin land they clear the hole as you drill by funneling th...

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Generic Batteries for Dewalt DCD771 Cordless drill

Generic Batteries for Dewalt DCD771 Cordless drill

04-18-2018 07:43 PM by Blackie_ | 19 comments »

I found a set of Generic batteries that fit the Dewalt DCD771 cordless drill on Amazon. I purchased a couple of them and thus far that are worth their weight in gold. These batteries are larger (4.0ah) than the stock batteries (1.3ah) that come with the kit and work in the same charger that came with the drill kit. They are a bit larger in that they are taller and a tad bit heavier. Masione 20V 4.0Ah Max Lithium Ion Replacement Battery for Dewalt Hammer Drill DCB204 DCB207

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Great Jig for a Reasonable Price

Great Jig for a Reasonable Price

12-30-2017 03:00 AM by scarpenter002 | 4 comments »

As I was starting my Home Office project, I decided to use the European styled hinges, rather than the more common hinges I typically use. I have not had much luck with these hinges, so based on research decided to purchase some jigs to make my installations more repeatable. I reviewed many different jigs, and through the shopping process, ran into the Kreg. I have always been happy with Kreg products in the past, and with a MSRP of only $29.99 USD, it did not seem like too much of a gambl...

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Irwin Max Speed Speed Bore bit

Irwin Max Speed Speed Bore bit

01-31-2017 03:33 AM by Mainiac Matt | 13 comments »

I borrowed one of these from a carpenter in our crate shop at work and was really impressed with how fast and clean it cut. So when I saw them at Ace Hardware I picked up a 3/4” one. Tonight I broke it out to drill some add’l holes in my bench. I like it a lot. It ate up the hard Maple like it was pine. Pros:1. Pilot grabs hold and pulls the bit right through the wood.2. The three cutting edges really cut fast. They are very sharp.3. Both the entry and the exit holes...

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My Kingdom for a Set of Antique Center Bits

My Kingdom for a Set of Antique Center Bits

01-13-2017 08:48 PM by Ron Aylor | 11 comments »

 As you may or may not know, I recently completed a hand crank drill press inspired by a drawing of one reportedly depicted in Siever’s ‘Il Pianoforte…” 1868.         I thought it only fitting to have a set of antique center bits to accompany my new/old drill press. Well, we all know these are had to come by. So, my next best option was to find something to emulate those wonderful old bits, and spade bits seemed like a logical solution. Most of the spade bits I examined though had rather s...

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Finally Tamed It... Lee Valley Dog Holes Bushing and Bits

Finally Tamed It... Lee Valley Dog Holes Bushing and Bits

02-12-2016 02:15 PM by Scheol | 9 comments »

I recently needed to drill 18 round 3/4” dog holes in my Paul Seller pine workbench and because all my bench accessories are Lee Valley/Veritas I opted for their Dog Holes and Bushing kit (http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=72602&cat=1,41637). Out of the box the bit was incredibly sharp and had very pronounced spurs. The fit with the bushing is good and I could only notice a very slight play. I made my first jig to help drilling the front row of dog holes...

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Craftsman Drill guide

Craftsman Drill guide

01-22-2016 07:18 PM by hairy | 8 comments »

I used to buy a lot of Craftsman, then for a while I wouldn’t buy anything Craftsman. I probably would not have bought this, except that they were the only local retailer that had 1 in stock. I saw several online, but due to my poor planning I didn’t have time to wait for shipping. I needed it to drill holes into wall studs for floating shelves. I used 3/8” x 8” lag bolts to support the shelves. Once before I tried that without a drill guide. It did not end well. ...

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They are finally here...

They are finally here...

07-01-2015 11:15 PM by DKV | 18 comments »

7/1/2015 – I will clean them up and start reviewing them tonight or tomorrow. All I know right now is they are very oily and the tips are covered in plastic. They will be rated 1 star until I find out different. More later… 7/2/2015 – Just got done testing 4 bits. Each bit was used to drill 5 holes. When the holes were measured each was small by 1/128-1/256. The dial calipers I used also come from Lee Valley. Since a woodshop is not a machine shop I am totally happy with ...

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Great cutting bits

Great cutting bits

06-20-2015 07:48 PM by DKV | 9 comments »

I bought this set of drill bits because I was always needing a bit a tad larger or smaller than the bit I had available. This is a set from 1/16 to 1/2 inches by 1/64th. It’s the “by 1/64th” that I bought the set. Now I can easily go a tad bigger or smaller. The bits cut very clean holes entry and exit but all new bits probably do. The real test comes after a year or so of use. These bits get 4 stars until I see them holding their edge after a year’s use.

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