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Right on the Mark

Right on the Mark

02-17-2013 07:49 PM by clieb91 | 11 comments »

As some of you know I make a lot of peg games and one of the things I hate the most about making them is having to clean up the drill holes. Well I have found the solution to that problem. MicroMark Double Land Brad Point Drill Bit. I found these in a catalog for model building that my grandfather had given me and they claimed to make the a clean cut hole in all woods. My games are mainly made with standard pine and I was a bit skeptical but at around $19 for a set (see pic 1) I figured it...

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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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Kreg Shelf Pin Jig

Kreg Shelf Pin Jig

09-17-2012 01:58 PM by Daris | 2 comments »

The Kreg Shelf Pin Jig is an excellent jig to add your woodworking collection.  I’ve done the “make your own” pegboard type of jig.  The problem is you cut it down to size and it seems like you never get it right the first time.  When you do finally get it right it still feels a little off when you’re finished.  Anyone who has the done pegboard thing will know how it can be a pain to do(and no I’m talking about those crazy smart never make a mistake woodworke...

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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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A great forstner bit set from a big box store

A great forstner bit set from a big box store

07-04-2012 02:39 AM by bobasaurus | 41 comments »

I made a trip to Lowes and bought this 14-piece forstner bit set . I needed the larger sized bits for a project I’m working on, so I just bought the entire set to prevent future bit hunting. I also have a small Rockler 8-piece forstner set and a Rockler power bore bit set to compare with. These Porter Cable bits are much better than the Rockler forstners at removing chips due to the wide flutes that extend to the top (power bore bits are still the best at chip removal, though), so I ...

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Good Idea - Bad Execution

Good Idea - Bad Execution

06-28-2012 12:49 PM by ChuckV | 3 comments »

Lee Valley recently had a free-shipping offer, I bought a few things that I had been waiting to get. While I was on the site, I noticed this drill attachment. This is something that I wish I had quite a few times recently to drill a hole or drive a screw in a hard-to-get-at location. I did some research on this drill attachment. It is not a LV/Veritas product, but is sold by LV. It is also sold on Amazon. I read some reviews there. There was a wide variety of evaluations. I decided ...

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Volt Man Batteries....

Volt Man Batteries....

04-09-2012 01:54 AM by Mainiac Matt | 14 comments »

I wanted to share with the LJ crew a neat little outfit I came accross a couple of years back that re-habs cordless tool battery packs. You send them your battery pack, and they swap out the cells, spot welding the connections just like the OEM does. They can even replace the smart chips that feed the charger temperature info. etc… I used them to replace the battery packs on my favorite Porter Cable 12 volt drill/driver and they were as good as new when I got them back. Two year...

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The Shelf Pin Jig From Kreg Tool.

The Shelf Pin Jig From Kreg Tool.

03-13-2012 08:09 PM by SCABrown | 10 comments »

Today I will be reviewing the Shelf Pin Jig from the folks at Kreg Tool Company. The Jig retails for $34.99 at Woodcraft. I also picked up the optional 5mm drill bit it is retailing for $7.99. So whats in the box? The kit includes; the jig of course, a locating pin, the jig extender, a 1/4” drill bit and depth collar, an allen wrench for the depth collar, the instruction manual, and mine had a bag with 3-1/4” shelf pins in it. There is really not any assembly required for the jig...

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Makitta LXFDO1CW best in class

Makitta LXFDO1CW best in class

03-11-2012 05:42 PM by Chipy | 6 comments »

After putting up with Ni-cad battery’s for the last 20 years it is a pleasure to finally own an 18 volt Lithium Ion drill/ driver. I chose the Makita LXFDO1Cw on Wood magazine’s review. The drill feels comfortable in your hand ergonomic and all that Fahrvergnügen jazz. The motor is full of torque and has plenty of power. Recharge time was one of the shortest compared to its piers it its class according to Wood magazine but I have nothing to compare it to I am still living in Ni-c...

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Quick solution for 35mm European hinges

Quick solution for 35mm European hinges

12-20-2011 07:10 PM by canadianmajar | 1 comment »

I have been working on several cabinet projects in recent months. In the past I have done the hinges using drill press then just used wood screws. I went to a sale where someone was closing shop and had the ecodrill, so thought I’d give it a try. Not sure I would buy it for the $300 it usually costs. It makes positioning the holes trivial and precise (set the offset from the edge, has index for positioning hinges top to bottom and built in clamps). Depts are perfect every time. Addition...

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