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Tune your machines to perfection, Install jointer knives flawlessly

Tune your machines to perfection, Install jointer knives flawlessly

11-29-2010 03:40 AM by StumpyNubs | 23 comments »

I’ve been reviewing some of my favorite Harbor Freight gems and this is the latest: The Cen-Tech 623 Dial Indicator. I’ve wanted a machinist dial gauge for a while, they’re fantastic for fine tuning your workshop machines, adding super precision to jigs, even easily and accurately installing jointer knives. But they are usually pricey in my opinion, especially when you add the stand. But Harbor Freight has come through again! First of all, if you check it out on the we...

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Starrett Fixed Sqaure

Starrett Fixed Sqaure

03-31-2008 04:44 AM by USCJeff | 12 comments »

I’m hesistant to post this given I’ve heard nothing but praise concerning Starrett. This square was inexpensive, but I thought given the reputation it would be accurate if treated properly. After struggling with some botched miters I checked the square for accuracy. I did the simple test of using a known straight edge and drawing a line with a sharp instrument. Flip the square and draw another. Lines intersected after 5 inches. Tested a few other measuring tools to verify the...

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Starrett Protractor Angle Finder

Starrett Protractor Angle Finder

11-19-2011 04:57 AM by cajunpen | 6 comments »

I’ve had this tool since last Christmas. I received it as a gift from my oldest Son and Daughter-in-Law. I just recently started using it on my Table Saw and Miter Saw for setting angles for various cuts. It have found it to be almost indispensable. I’ve got the Wixey digital angle finder also – but for some reason I like the Starrett better. If you get the change to get one – you won’t go wrong. Also great for doing trim work, if you need to cut a miter, t...

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Incra Measuring/Marking tool does it in Decimal and Metric!

Incra Measuring/Marking tool does it in Decimal and Metric!

01-21-2010 05:11 AM by GaryK | 16 comments »

A while ago I posted a review on a decimal measuring tape and some of you liked decimals. If you haven’t already HERE is it. Well for those of you that do, I have another product that uses them. It’s the Incra Professional T-Rule. As you can see from he first picture it has the same features as the regular Incra rules except this one has markings for decimal and metric! Now this feature is only included on the “Professional” model. Also it still retains the stand...

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Digital readout for my router table

Digital readout for my router table

11-14-2009 07:38 AM by GaryK | 9 comments »

My woodpeckers PRL router lift is pretty accurate with it’s little gauge, but I liked some of the features of a digital readout. I actually bought this about 3 months ago and just got around to mounting it the other day. Now that it’s a lot cooler I will start putting a lot more time in the shop. One of the things that I liked most about it is the ABS/INC (Absolute or Incremental) function. Every time you change your bit on the router it changes your Zero setting on your rea...

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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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Craftsman Digital Torpedo Level (part #948295)

Craftsman Digital Torpedo Level (part #948295)

04-20-2011 09:05 AM by David Grimes | 5 comments »

Got this today at the local Sears store. Price was $34.99. Two (2) AAA batteries required and are not included. It comes in a nice zippered case. Warranty is one year. The unit is plastic (not necessarily fragile, but not a Sherman tank), so it will need to be treated like a multimeter, a moisture meter, a thermal leak detector, or your high dollar stud finder. Stated accuracy is +/- 0.1 degree. The unit also has bubble tubes, but after using this instrument digitally, I think mostly ...

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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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A laser level for woodworking and more

A laser level for woodworking and more

06-22-2011 07:29 AM by devann | 4 comments »

This is a review for one of my favorite levels that I use for some of my woodworking endeavors. I have many levels. I own about every type level made except for a Libella and I’ve been wanting to build a few of those to sell to some friends for their offices but haven’t gotten around to it. This level is the Stanley model 77-153 cross line level. It is an indoor use level that I find quite handy for cabinet setting, interior trim, general layout, and even tool setup in the shop so...

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