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Tape measure for those that like decimal and hate fractions.

Tape measure for those that like decimal and hate fractions.

01-13-2010 11:26 PM by GaryK | 32 comments »

I starting out life working in my fathers machine shop while I went to school, we always used the inch decimal system for everything. I still use it to this day. My favorite scale is a flexible 24” that reads in fractions on one side and decimal on the other. Working with decimals is so much easier. How many people know what comes after 27/64’s? I always had to revert to fractions when ever I used a tape measure until now. I never really looked for a decimal tape measure before...

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Kerfmaker- ingenious tool

Kerfmaker- ingenious tool

01-13-2010 09:07 PM by wlhutch | 17 comments »

I got this awhile back and since it was small I specifically placed it where I wouldn’t forget. Yea, right—you older folks know what happened. I finally stumbled upon it and will never decipher the irrational thought process I used to tuck it away. It’s sad when you amuse yourself in this manner. Anyway, about the Kerfmaker (disclaimer-no ties, connections or compensation and paid full price) However if the manufacturer feels inclined to toss me a bone, I’ll gladly pim...

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Perfect for when you need precise setup

Perfect for when you need precise setup

12-22-2009 08:47 PM by Rick | 2 comments »

When ever I need to set my table saw or router to an exact height or router table fence to an exact depth, I grab this. If you’d like to get this kind of precision but don’t like the price… Just buy it and get it over with. I was the same way. You’ll end up getting it someday so you might as well get it now.

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Every woodworker should have one of these.

Every woodworker should have one of these.

12-22-2009 08:37 PM by Rick | 10 comments »

This is used nearly every time my pencil is used. It’s just great. Perfect layouts are so much easier in every way now. I don’t really have much else to say. The picture is pretty self explanitory. Oh, I use the 6 inch because I usually make smaller things. Even if you make large projects most of the layout is at the end of the board for joinery and what not so the 6 inch should be fine for that too.Get one. I can’t imagine you’ll wish you hadn’t.

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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 Woodpeckers Mini Square is great and FREE SHIPPING doesn't last long!

The Woodpeckers Mini Square is great and FREE SHIPPING doesn't last long!

10-28-2009 12:59 AM by John Gray | 8 comments »

When I was at the Lie-Nielsen get together at Indianapolis on the 17th of October 2009 Chris Schwarz was using this little square to check plane blade edges for square. I thought the Mini Square was neat so last week when I got an email saying Woodpeckers had free shipping until Thursday the 29th I ordered one I received it today. I used it to square up the table with the blade on my bandsaw and true up the blade on my table saw it works great. It comes in a neat little storage box that...

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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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Grizzly G9849 Magnetic Base/Dial Indicator Combo

Grizzly G9849 Magnetic Base/Dial Indicator Combo

10-04-2009 04:58 AM by ChunkyC | 10 comments »

I purchased one of these to fine tune my tools, mostly my table saw and miter saw. Pros:Cost. This costs less than $22 from Amazon. Comes with a plastic storage case. (TIP: Remember how it’s packed BEFORE you remove it for the first time. It’s a bear getting the lid to close if you miss this) There are two arms that you can adjust to get the dial indicator into about any position. A very strong magnet with an on off switch. Cons:There are two arms that you can adj...

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igaging Router lift

igaging Router lift

09-26-2009 07:13 PM by woodsmithshop | 2 comments »

just purchased and installed the igaging MAGNETIC REMOTE DIGITAL ROUTERLIFT, bought this from Eagle America, it was about $20 cheaper than the Wixey, can’t say it is better, I have not tried the Wixey, but thought I would try this one.the installation instructions were not the best I have seen, but after studying them it was easy enough to figure out, the worst part was having to drill and tap holes in my Jessem router lift so it could be mounted, I broke one tap, so I had to move the p...

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Yardstick style measuring compass

Yardstick style measuring compass

09-05-2009 06:26 PM by Bob #2 | 12 comments »

I saw this item during a small ordering spree with woodcraft and added it to my order givng it little thought as it was quite simple and what could go wrong? First thing is it was back ordered and shipped separately at a later date.That would be fine if I had been advised but there was nothing mentioned on the invoice so I assumed it had been overlooked and proceeded to buy another one locally ( different style but same application.) When this one arrived I at first tried it on the y...

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