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Woodpecker's 6" Carpenter's Square

Woodpecker's 6" Carpenter's Square

09-18-2014 04:15 PM by timbertailor | 8 comments »

Not much you can say about any Carpenter’s Square. They have a wealth of uses every day and is probably everyone’s most used measurement and\or layout tool. So why buy the offering from Woodpecker’s? For one, it has a unique design that allows the square to sit on its base without falling over. Make’s checking 90 and 45 degree angles a snap. This feature also gives the tool heft which comes in handy. The quality of the materials insures accuracy of the tool ov...

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I hate my Tablesaw a little less now

I hate my Tablesaw a little less now

09-02-2014 09:02 PM by 47phord | 10 comments »

First, some back-story: I’m the less-than proud owner of a Craftsman 21833 tablesaw and, for those of you who don’t know, it’s a TS that’s not known for being consistently precise (read: I spend a lot of time adjusting it). I had been using the old, cheap, method of a brass tack driven into a board that was then clamped to the miter gauge for aligning the blade to the table. It worked ok, but I never could seem to get it to where my joints were perfectly square and...

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Cheap, flexible, and accurate enough

Cheap, flexible, and accurate enough

08-21-2014 06:47 PM by jshroyer | 5 comments »

I always loose tape measures. I buy another and work really hard to keep it in the same place then loose it. I dont know how its possible all the time. So i decided to go to harbor freight and buy a few of these then buy 1 good one and keep it in a special location (pain in the butt). I just use these for rough cutting and measuring stock. i dont use this if its under 1”. I work as an engineer as we use metric at work. I love having this thing at work. No one will ever steal it becau...

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Cut calculator for ipad

Cut calculator for ipad

01-20-2014 04:41 AM by ic3ss | 4 comments »

I’ve been using this app on my ipad for a few weeks now so I guess I can review it. In a nutshell, it works as advertised. It’s pretty simple and fairly straightforward to use. You enter the X/Y dimensions for each piece of wood in your project, the dimensions of the wood you will cut from, and your saw kerf width. It lays out your pieces to be cut over the stock so you can visually estimate your materials. You have limited controls available, you can lay out the grain direction v...

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KM-1

KM-1

01-17-2014 05:24 PM by GeneBean | 16 comments »

Just received my KM-1 in the mail today, but haven’t had a chance to try it out. I can’t wait to use this new addition to my shop…....Thank you for all the reviews that weighed heavily on my decision….....

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Woodworking APP

Woodworking APP

12-05-2013 12:04 PM by Vagabondwheeler | 4 comments »

In working with a friend I located a great app to determine the cuts on a project and the amount of board or panels required. It is called Cut Calculator and costs 4.99 in the Apple APP store. I bought it for use with my iPad. To determine the amount of lumber required you simply input the length of the cuts in feet, inches or cm. Then you add the number of this length you will need with a slide scale. Down side is you can only enter 20 at a time. If you need more then you have to ent...

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6 inch Digital Calipers with Fractional Inches

6 inch Digital Calipers with Fractional Inches

10-10-2013 10:02 PM by Purrmaster | 15 comments »

This review is for item number 68304. Don’t get this confused with item 47257 which looks similar. That one displays standard and metric in decimal only. It’s a pretty simple tool so there isn’t a lot to say. I’ve been using it for a while and it works. The display is easy to read. It can display millimeters and inches in both fractional and decimal formats. I’ve tested it against objects of known size and the readings always came out correctly. I got m...

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Nifty, useful measuring tool

Nifty, useful measuring tool

10-02-2013 07:32 PM by CharlesA | 0 comments »

Got an email about the rule stop and decided to take chance on it. I thought the price was a bit high, but the ability to use my existing rulers of different lengths was a real plus. It ways that the Rule-Stop-1 is for rulers up to 1” wide, but it appears to me like it would work for up to 1.5” wide. http://www.woodpeck.com/rulestop1.html My thoughts:1) It is really handy for repeated measurements or just to precisely set a stop and them mark using the end of the ruler. ...

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Great budget square - worth 5 stars at the price

Great budget square - worth 5 stars at the price

08-24-2013 12:53 AM by paxorion | 5 comments »

For the past few months, I have been looking for a replacement to an inexpensive contractor’s combination square (a freebie I got from my in-law’s hardware store during a trip many years ago). I had the opportunity to use a Starrett at my guild shop, and convinced myself I needed a replacement. To ensure I could focus my search, I came up with 4 criteria: – A solid cast head – Etched measurements that go up to at least 1/64 intervals – A more palatable price...

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Does not do its only job!

Does not do its only job!

05-20-2013 01:12 PM by Cole Tallerman | 45 comments »

So let me start off by saying I was really excited to get this on sale for $20. I had been wanting the wixey but no local stores had it so it would have been $35+shipping. Out of the box this thing feels really good. Its nice and heavy, and it feels of good quality. I popped it out and turned it on. I set it on the Cast iron of the table saw a few inches from the blade, hit the “calibrate” button and placed it on the blade. I was really impressed on how the measurement changed as ...

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