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WR365 - Makes woodworking more fun

WR365 - Makes woodworking more fun

09-20-2016 02:13 AM by Rick M. | 7 comments »

I hate the phrase, “game changer,” but honestly it fits this product. I’ve always dreaded changing angles on my saws because getting them to any specific angle can be fiddly. But getting perfect angles with the Wixey is a breeze. My daughter wanted to build a cube with all edges mitered, so each corner was 3 compound miters meeting at a point. In the past I would have said no way because if your angles are off even a hair, it will show in the final product. But we had no tro...

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Handy for rough measurements

Handy for rough measurements

09-20-2016 02:01 AM by Rick M. | 1 comment »

I keep this pocket caliper in my apron or on my saw mostly for round items. It’s useful for things like dowels or bolts, also for inside measurements where I don’t need the accuracy of a digital caliper. The dowels at my local mom & pop hardware store are all labeled in inch sizes but some are actually metric and this prevents me from buying the wrong size. It was a little stiff at first but loosened up quickly and with a drop of oil slides easily. I appreciate the numbers bei...

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FastCap PMS12 Pro Carpenter Metric/Standard Measuring Tape

FastCap PMS12 Pro Carpenter Metric/Standard Measuring Tape

09-13-2016 02:08 AM by jgt1942 | 6 comments »

Recently I received the FasstCap T2001 Flatback Measuring Tape as a gift and was very impressed with it but it is a standard measuring tape and in my efforts to go metric (just because it is SO much easier to add, multiply, subtract and divide measurement) I was disappointed. I called FastCap and they were kind enough to send me a PSM12 Metric/Standard tape and I’m super pleased with it, following are some of the highlights.1) I already mentioned that it is a metric/standard tape.2) The...

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Measuring non-wood things in the shop.

Measuring non-wood things in the shop.

08-02-2016 04:19 AM by oldnovice | 4 comments »

Many times in the shop you need to measure things that are not wood but is useful for your other tools. The Craftsman Digital Clamp-On Ammeter is a reasonably priced meter that measures both AC and DC current up to 400 Amps. I used it to measure some DC currents in the 80 Amp range and none of the typical DVM, or the three I have, or the old RCA analog meter have a range above 10 Amps. Other features of this Craftsman Digital Clamp-On Ammeter is auto-ranging AC/DC voltages temperature both...

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Phony Amazon Reviews ???

Phony Amazon Reviews ???

07-16-2016 09:51 PM by AandCstyle | 6 comments »

I bought this moisture meter on Prime Day partially based on the price ($18) and the 400+ reviews with an average rating of 4.3. I wasn’t expecting tremendous accuracy although the manufacturer claimed ± 1%. I was hoping for consistency. My thought was that if the wood got to a constant moisture content, it would be ready to use. Unfortunately, when I tested 4 samples of wood that has been in my air conditioned shop for months, the values ranged from 1% to 20%! I also brought home ...

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2nd Joy upon my eyes

2nd Joy upon my eyes

05-30-2016 08:20 PM by Holbs | 2 comments »

This follows my “Wixey WR 550 remote planer readout review for my Jet 15””, but this review is for the the smaller Wixey WR 510 upon my Rigid 13” planer. Yes, I have two planers so need 2 Wixey’s! I’ve been using the WR510 for a year and loved it for it’s accuracy and ease. I almost only give it 4 stars because it does not use the popular AAA batteries it’s bigger cousin WR 550 uses but instead uses the lithium coin type of battery (not somet...

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Oh the joy upon my eyes

Oh the joy upon my eyes

05-30-2016 08:11 PM by Holbs | 0 comments »

I bought this Wixey WR 550 for Christmas but just got around to installing in on my Jet 15” planer. I followed fellow LJ “jwisbey” for installation after reading his review. I did not have spare metric socket head bolts so had to go to Ace Hardware to grab a couple. Whalla. Easy installation and easy calibration. Verified with calipers. The first run was off by 0.003.I originally purchased this because my eyes are starting to get old so the big numbers on the LCD scree...

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Precision Machinist Square at a reasonable price

Precision Machinist Square at a reasonable price

05-27-2016 10:40 PM by dschlic1 | 9 comments »

I have been looking for a precision square to align may machines and also my combination squares. I found the PEC tools solid square on eBay. Un like most other low cost squares, it comes with a squareness specification : 0.0006”/6”. I checked it using a dial indicator, it indeed looks to be within that accuracy. You can find this square for sale here. Made in the USA, High precision all for $26! The only downside (if you could call it that) is that it does not come in a cas...

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Good measurements, a bit of a break in period. (Updated review)

Good measurements, a bit of a break in period. (Updated review)

04-15-2016 04:08 PM by dbhost | 11 comments »

Earlier this week, I picked up one of these calipers as the battery on my old Neiko caliper had died and I wasn’t sure how to find a replacement (Since figured it out, but having a spare caliper can be a good thing!) Simply put, comparing this against my known good Neiko 01412A Pro-Quality Digital Caliper with LCD Screen and Standard/Metric/Fraction Conversion, Stainless Steel 6” caliper (as verified against a mess of higher end known good calipers and standards). The Pittsb...

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Veritas Bar Guage Beautiful

Veritas Bar Guage Beautiful

03-21-2016 10:58 PM by kapanen | 4 comments »

I must say this measuring device is expensive, but well worth it. Works exactly as advertised. Straight out of the box, measured the inside of a box for the bottom rabbet. Transferred the measured rods to the table saw and cut my stock. It fit perfectly, not even an ants hair of a gap. I am sure I will make a box for it, to keep it all together….lol. If you are looking at purchasing, rest assured this is a quality tool that will last a very long time functioning exactly the w...

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