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A must have tool

A must have tool

02-12-2011 07:07 PM by steliart | 8 comments »

A very handy and true square. The locking mechanism could be of a better quality as the ruler slides with a bit difficulty on it and locks not so easily the spring lock mechanism is not so good. Other than that is a must have tool. Due to its locking problem and besides that is a great tool I will give it only 3 stars. Axminster’s Description: This is a gem of a square, nicely made and very versatile. With a stock length of 62mm (2.1/2”) and a blade length of 100mm (4”) it is j...

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Handy little gadget

Handy little gadget

02-04-2011 02:18 AM by SchotterWoodworking | 3 comments »

I picked this up to keep for cabinet installation (scribing filler panels and scribing strips). For less than $20 you get a handy little gadget that stays with me every time I do layout. The arm is articulated like a human finger and very easy to adjust. It seems solid enough for every day cabinet installs for the commercial folks and has all the niceties that the artisan craves in layout tools. Inexpensive, practical, go for it! Bonus points for a built in pencil sharpener!

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Kerfmaker - Bridge City

Kerfmaker - Bridge City

01-24-2011 04:23 PM by Rick | 9 comments »

My wife surprised me with this last night. Hey, I deserved it. That snowblower doesn’t steer itself :) What it does: (see link. it explains it better than I can)http://www.bridgecitytools.com/Products/KM-1+Kerfmaker Here’s another review showing what it does:http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/1154 Impressions:I knew it would be small so I wasn’t surprised there. I immediately went to loosen the thumb screws and mess around with it, but I couldn’t get the silv...

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Angle reader/finder

Angle reader/finder

01-03-2011 11:14 PM by Dan | 21 comments »

I recently learned how to sharpen my own chisels and plane irons. I was having a hard time when it came to all the different bevels. I bought a cheaper honing jig that works well but it does not measure the angle I am honing. I tried using a protractor and had some success but I still felt I was off. I was looking at Rockler tools online and saw this item was on sale. It had good reviews and the price seemed good so I ordered it. The item arrived ready to use. There were no complicated ...

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A Better Layout Tool

A Better Layout Tool

12-20-2010 06:23 AM by Tim Dorcas | 4 comments »

I posted a longer review of this tool on website, but in short the Brumley Tools’ Trim Gauge has become my go to tool for measuring and laying out. It’s incredibly easy to use, more compact than a combination square, and as I typically need to do multiple layouts, it’s nice that you get three in a kit: 2 4”, 1 8”. I won’t lie and say that they are inexpensive but of late my Trim Gauges are one of favorite go to tools in the shop.

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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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Added some bling to my planer

Added some bling to my planer

11-15-2010 01:29 AM by Cato | 25 comments »

I bought this Wixey planer readout a few months ago when it was on sale for $40, normally i think it is priced around $70. Had I known how nice it would work and how much time it would save when milling boards I probably would have gotten it sooner, though I am glad I waited to get the one with decimals and fractions displayed. It was easy to mount on the DW735 planer by just following the part of thedirection sheet for this particular planer. I have used this digital read out si...

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Garrett Wade Aluminum Straight Edge  38 inch

Garrett Wade Aluminum Straight Edge 38 inch

11-04-2010 03:08 AM by barryvabeach | 7 comments »

I just received a Garrett Wade aluminum straight edge 38 inch and wanted to post a review. First, years ago Garrett Wade had lots of woodworking tools, but seem to have cut way back lately. I looked at their steel straightedges last year, but the quoted tolerances were awlful ( IIRC .0005 per inch ) The aluminum straight edge is quoted at .002 over the whole length, which is pretty good. I have a granite surface plate that allowed be to check up to about 20 inches at a time, and could n...

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Great little square for the price.

Great little square for the price.

10-20-2010 01:34 PM by docholladay | 9 comments »

First off let me say that I have several Starrett and Brown & Sharpe squares, dividers and other layout tools. I have a 4” Starrett Double square that I love, but sometimes it is just too small. I had been looking for a matching 6” square. I saw this one on the Eagle America website recently and it happened to be on sale so I decided to take a chance an order one. I was fully expecting a cheap pot metal square with stamped steel blade. When I opened it up, I was very plea...

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Another of my shop favorites

Another of my shop favorites

10-17-2010 05:00 AM by Chris | 5 comments »

Accuracy, reliability, & quality; I received this a a Christmas present but have not had a lot of shop time until this fall. I love using this square on my projects and when setting up my machinery. The scale is very easy to read, the head slides easily along the length of the rule and it is about the easiest to put back on when you take it off as I sometimes do. Is it expensive? Yes, but I feel it’s worth every penny.

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