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Dixie Digital Angle gauge has convenient feature over competitors (!Updated)

Dixie Digital Angle gauge has convenient feature over competitors (!Updated)

01-14-2008 01:23 AM by Nils | 6 comments »

(January 22 2009 update) I’m sorry for not updating this review sooner. I did contact Peachtree on April 5, and by April 25 they had a new one in the mail to me. I did have to send the non working one back. The new unit seems to be working fine ever since. I’ve accordingly updated the star rating.) (March 16 2008 Update: I went to use the gauge the other night, and it had stopped working! Stuck on 0.0 degrees. I tried replacing the battery, and also did some strategic shaking a...

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The Artisan Flamingo dovetail marker

The Artisan Flamingo dovetail marker

03-21-2011 01:23 AM by RGtools | 6 comments »

About a year ago I managed to stumble across a friend, Julio Alonso Diaz is a fellow woodworker and lover of hand-tools. It’s not surprising that we got along. Anybody who has seen some of his work can say that he has really dedicated the time to become good at it. And then he started making tools, a dangerous move. Mostly for my pocketbook. He started making these dovetail markers out of fruit-wood and exotics (mine is Cherry and Wenge). I wanted one from the first minute and went o...

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Vintage squares for those who want the best they can afford.

Vintage squares for those who want the best they can afford.

03-19-2011 01:14 AM by StumpyNubs | 31 comments »

What’s the best combination square around? While some will give their high priced favorites, most will say Starrett. And why not? It’s a proven tool. A new one will set you back about a hundred bucks, but fifty years from now it will still be straight, accurate and easy to read and use. You’re never going to hear me say a Starrett isn’t top of the line. But for those of us who want save our hundred dollar bills for more important things, there are other options that I argue are just as goo...

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Kreg Multi-Mark adjustable square

Kreg Multi-Mark adjustable square

08-29-2010 02:32 AM by Kerry Drake | 17 comments »

My wife actually grabbed this off of the shelf at the Big Blue Box Store while I was searching for a box of pocket hole screws. The body is the blue plastic that Kreg loves so much, and the 6” rule is of decent thickness. I have been using this for the past couple days and I really do kind of like it. If it had a 12” rule instead of a 6” rule I might have given this 5 stars instead of just 4.

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One Flat Measuring Tape

One Flat Measuring Tape

10-13-2009 07:05 AM by davidroberts | 18 comments »

While walking around the local Woodcraft store, I saw a display of Fastcap brand measuring tapes. One really caught my eye. It’s a “flatback” tape, as you cannot see on edge in the middle picture. It measures 16’ long. I have a lot of longer boards and sheet good to measure and I though what a great idea. Later I ordered a few things from Woodcraft and to make the $50 free shipping, I included the tape. It sells for $8 and is very well made. The thumb lock allow...

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Wixey WR 550  - Excellent addition to an old 15" Planer

Wixey WR 550 - Excellent addition to an old 15" Planer

11-17-2011 04:24 AM by jwisbey | 5 comments »

I recently installed a Wixey WR 550 digital readout to a 20 year old Bridgewood BW15P 15” planer. I purchased it from Amazon for $79 dollars. The contents were well packed in the box. The reason I purchased this readout was due to the various options for installation on a machine. With my planer being so old, I wasn’t sure if I could find a digital readout for it. The installation took about 20 minutes, with most of the time determining where the best place to install it wa...

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Pricey, but worth it

Pricey, but worth it

02-29-2008 06:18 PM by CutNRun | 4 comments »

This past Christmas I left a subtle hint for my wife in the form of printed web sites showing both the Starrett 4” double square and the Starrett 12” combination square. I was hoping to get either one as a present. My wonderful wife got me both. I already had some cheap, big box store squares. The rules never slid smoothly and sometimes the locking screw wouldn’t hold the rule in position. The difference with the Starrett squares is dramatic. The thumb screws lock do...

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Wixey planer readout is incredible

Wixey planer readout is incredible

06-27-2010 06:36 AM by Eric_S | 11 comments »

This morning I decided to start my time in the shop by installing this new Wixey Digital Planer Readout. It was very easy to install, although I do recommend a helping hand. It will make setting the leveling screw go much quicker. It took an hour to install from start to finish, mainly because I was the only one around and trying to set and tighten the leveling screw while checking for level was difficult to do with one pair of hands. Besides that, it was a breeze to install and I was ama...

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Best value even though not specifically for woodworkers

Best value even though not specifically for woodworkers

02-29-2008 04:29 PM by kshipp | 3 comments »

I got these calipers about a year ago for some other projects but I have found myself using them many times for wood working. It’s great for checking setups on your tools and seeing exactly where a joint is not fitting. As far as calipers go they are pretty standard but where they stand out is the price. These are on sale now at Harbor Freight for $16 and I think that is about what I paid for them a year ago. I know what you are thinking because I thought the same thing, “How c...

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Harbor Freight Dial Indicator with flex mount

Harbor Freight Dial Indicator with flex mount

04-13-2013 08:28 PM by dschlic1 | 1 comment »

I purchased this dial indicator to align my table saw. I choose this unit because, rather then getting a magnetic base, this unit uses a vise grip type pliers and a flexible shaft. The flexible shaft consists of a series of tubes and round rings. Inside the tubes and rings is a steel cable. On one end of the shaft is a mounting clamp for the dial indicator, and also a screw adjustment to adjust the over all length of the shaft.On the other end is a boss that screws into the vise grip pliers a...

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