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Quick and Easy Shelf Pin Jig

Quick and Easy Shelf Pin Jig

01-22-2009 07:28 AM by mart | 3 comments »

I ordered Rockler’s Jig It shelf pin drilling jig when I got an order for 26 feet of built in bookcases. I had never had to run this many holes (2652) before and had always used a piece of pegboard and a small vertical drill jig in the past. The Rockler jig is a clear plastic plate with a metal square tubing guide bar that registers the jig either against the inside of a cabinet or on the edge of an board for the side of a yet to be assembled cabinet. There are two rows of holes and ...

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These should work as advertised

These should work as advertised

03-13-2011 07:46 PM by RandyMorter | 7 comments »

Just so you know, this is the first and only time I’ve ever used a Forstner bit. I’m working on a toy airplane project and believe I’ll have a need for these (I did in my first toy airplane – for the cockpit). Woodcraft has this set on sale right now for $12.49 (through 4/2/2011) so how can you go wrong? These bits come in a nice wood case. They are stamped with their size, “China”, and the max RPM on each bit. I made a couple of test cuts with the...

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A Bit Better

A Bit Better

08-22-2012 05:50 PM by Roger Clark aka Rex | 17 comments »

I had some brad point wood drill bits that were not drilling a decent hole which I was about to replace. The I remembered everyone’s advice about getting the best tools you can (within budget restraints) if you want and expect quality and long lasting performance. Well after looking and reading for some time about different bit manufacturers and user’s reports on their performance, I decided to purchase a 7 piece set of Colts for about $18.00.My God was I blown away by their pe...

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82 Degree Countersink - great for dog holes

82 Degree Countersink - great for dog holes

10-03-2012 03:58 AM by lysdexic | 25 comments »

Just an FYI: I needed to chamfer all the dog holes and the parallel guide holes on my bench. I have a cheap countersink from Lowe’s for the parallel guide holes but it sucks. Talk about chatter. At the end the holes look more like ten point stars. I thought about a round over bit in the trim router but I still need a good countersink. Then I saw this in the Lee Valley catalogue. It even mentions dog holes. Free shipping and it was a deal. Smooth! No chatter. No ...

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Outstanding countersink/bit combination

Outstanding countersink/bit combination

02-19-2013 03:32 AM by Rick M. | 12 comments »

Over the years I’ve tried a number of countersink + drill bit brands, most use a replaceable bit but they are all pretty mediocre and few lasted a year. I’ve owned this Dewalt set for several years and they still perform like the first day I brought them home. Some folks believe combination bits are gimmicky, preferring to use separate products but these might change their mind. Not only do the countersinks perform flawlessly, the tapered bits are exceptional and probably the best...

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A true Pocket Hole Master !!!!!

A true Pocket Hole Master !!!!!

06-30-2013 06:12 PM by Routerisstillmyname | 36 comments »

Well, I’ve resisted buying one of these pocket hole jugs for more years that I can recall mainly because, I never thought I would ever use one and I don’t use screws when making fine furniture. Shop jigs and Tables get a screw here and there but not too often. Any way while I’ve been watching this thing for years, the prices on this have gone up so much the last few years so I decided to get one before it hits the 80+ mark. I didn’t even want to consider the other pocket hole jigs. Right fro...

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Kreg Pocket Hole Screws Alternatives

Kreg Pocket Hole Screws Alternatives

07-02-2013 02:55 PM by steliart | 19 comments »

Kreg Pocket Hole Screws Alternatives I think the Kreg Jig system is one of the best products that Kreg came out with.By saying that personally I have a problem, the Kreg does not exist in my country so I always have to import from overseas (via air freight) my stock in screws.Ok, I do have a small stock in the shop but since they cost me almost double the price to stock them (especially for low budget projects) I needed to find an alternative. They way I come up with was to use the near...

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Combination Hex Drill\Tap Bits: Easy Installation of Threaded Knobs and Rod

Combination Hex Drill\Tap Bits: Easy Installation of Threaded Knobs and Rod

08-13-2013 08:26 AM by DeLayne Peck | 13 comments »

Maybe I just fell off the lumber truck, but I didn’t know about combination hex drill\tap bits. You don’t have to install a brass insert! Or, drill and then tap threads?! Do it all in one easy operation! Directly into wood with a low voltage driver!! I have threaded a lot of brass inserts for the jigs I’ve built, like my Rip Snorter Push Block , and thought they were a pain. And, I have read about and used various methods for installing inserts. They work, but they a...

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DowelMax: Opened the Door to Many Possibilities

DowelMax: Opened the Door to Many Possibilities

01-16-2008 07:01 PM by MsDebbieP | 16 comments »

(photo by DowelMax.com) The DowelMaxThe DowelMax is a joinery tool, which helps you align holes for dowels, in a quick and easy process. The DowelMax comes with the drill guides, drill bit, dowels and some other alignment tools. It also comes with a DVD to help you visualize how to set up the tool for different joinery styles. Easy To UseBecause of the precision alignment guides, you simply clamp and drill one piece of wood and align the tool on the second piece of wood and repeat th...

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DowelMax precision dowel jig

DowelMax precision dowel jig

03-21-2008 01:49 PM by Sawdust2 | 16 comments »

I’m making a Futon Sofa Bed for my grandson. While cutting the parts I was 1” short on the upper and lower rails for the end pieces. The difference was merely the tenons, not the space between the stiles. So I called Gil, my friend with the trusty DowelMax, and we took advantage of an alternate way to fasten the pieces. The DowelMax is finely engineered. You can use it to install any number of dowels in various arrangements. The video that is available gives a great tutorial on...

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