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Amana tambour door router bit set - slick idea

Amana tambour door router bit set - slick idea

05-21-2009 09:58 PM by Brandon | 9 comments »

I have been wanting to build my wife a roll top desk for some time but the dilemma always came in on how to make the tambour. The new bit set from Amana is a great idea! No more having to glue slats to canvas or drilling the slats to run a cable down through them. The bits worked great and made it real easy to use different woods. The one drawback that I found was in the instructions and video. They state to mill the stock to 1/2” x 1 15/16” and that is what I did. The iss...

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Easy router dadoes with DadoMax

Easy router dadoes with DadoMax

11-07-2009 01:54 AM by Peter Oxley | 12 comments »

The DadoMax makes easy, accurate router dados. Setup is easy and it makes tight-fitting dados regardless of material thickness. The DadoMax is constructed of high-quality materials, and has a large enough surface that there is no worry of the router tipping. It comes in a metal case and includes replacements parts for items that might be easily lost. The DadoMax adjusts to a variety of straightedges, and you can buy the DadoMax without a straightedge if you already have one. I only gave...

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Router table fence needs work to reach full potential

Router table fence needs work to reach full potential

11-09-2011 05:44 AM by GregD | 4 comments »

I have had the Woodpecker's Super Fence router table fence for a few years now. I got it as part of a router table/lift/fence/legs package, but I’m not going to review those other items here. My overall assessment is that the fence works very well, but only after what was for me a significant amount of tuning. For the price I thought it should have worked nearly flawlessly out of the box, so I’m only giving it two stars. As you can see from the picture, this is a split fen...

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Frustration with MLCS Dovetail Jig Defects

Frustration with MLCS Dovetail Jig Defects

03-15-2010 03:41 AM by mikedrums | 19 comments »

Don’t you love having to fix something, out of the box, that you bought, new.I bought a dovetail jig from MLCS.I open it up and start to assemble it and there are problems, right off the bat. You can see in the following pictures that half of the six bolts on it are bent. What you can’t see is that the template brackets were also bent and thejig body was out of square. (The jig body holds the stock together at 90degrees) Of course, they offered to replace it, but I wou...

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Leigh Super 18 Jig

Leigh Super 18 Jig

03-01-2008 02:27 AM by trifern | 7 comments »

Leigh Super 18 Dovetail Jig – Rout Through, Half-blind and Sliding Dovetails as well as two sizes of box joints and single pass Half-blind dovetails. Additional joints are possible with an optional Finger Joint Template and an Isoloc template. Everything you need in one box. Features: Infinitely adjustable guide fingers, Variably spaced through dovetails, Variably spaced half-blind dovetails, Sliding dovetails, “Single Pass” half-blind dovetails, 5/16” & 5/8” box joints, Non slip...

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MLCS Motorized router lift

MLCS Motorized router lift

04-22-2013 02:19 PM by Indiana_Parrothead | 12 comments »

I had decided to upgrade/build a new router table and wanted to add a router lift. When I started looking at options I found that there are many to choose from. Starting at the Woodpecker Side Winder lift at $245 upto the MLCS motorized lift at $389. Most of the better manual lifts were in the $325-$360 range. I decided to get the MLCS lift. I ordered it in early November and was put on a waiting list. The next shipment was scheduled to come in on Dec 31st. I found that all of those were spok...

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You get what you pay for...

You get what you pay for...

01-31-2013 11:01 PM by DKV | 12 comments »

I am building raised panel cabinet doors for an infill cabinet I am doing for the wife. All of my router bits to date have either been CMT, Whiteside or Freud and I have been pleased with the performance of them. Being a hobbyist woodworker I figure router bits that are built to be used by professional woodworkers should last me a lifetime. Also, since I could not envision myself ever again making raised panel cabinet doors I decided to go cheap on this one-time purchase, one-time use bit....

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40 Piece Tool Shop Router Bit Set

40 Piece Tool Shop Router Bit Set

02-14-2012 04:50 AM by Raymond | 12 comments »

For Christmas my mom got me a 40 piece Tool Shop router bit set. I know what your thinking you get what you pay for. And for the most part that is true. This was an exception. 40 piece carbide tip ¼ shank router bits in every shape and size. Ball bearings on the top and bottom of some bits all run smooth. I tested all the bits and all are sharp and true out of the box no wobble or any defects that I can detect. They came in a nice wooden case with easy access to the bits. This was on sale fo...

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Non-slip router mat - Sometimes little things make a difference

Non-slip router mat - Sometimes little things make a difference

07-23-2008 07:07 AM by Llarian | 11 comments »

I have to admit, I feel a little silly writing a review for what’s basically a heavy duty carpet pad. However, as a new woodworker who doesn’t have luxurys like a workbench with a tail vice and bench dogs, sometimes the little things can make a huge difference. Using a router is a little difficult if your workpiece keeps sliding around, not to mention dangerous. This thing really solves the problem. Throw it on top of your tablesaw, put your workpiece on top of it, and go to...

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Leigh R9 Plus Dovetail Jig initial impressions

Leigh R9 Plus Dovetail Jig initial impressions

01-23-2012 07:50 AM by Jake Willet | 5 comments »

New on the market from Leigh is a consumer friendly dovetail jig. Assembly takes an hour. The instructions tell you to use 5/8” mdf. I had a hell of a time finding this and ended up stealing it from the top of a rolling tool cabinet at work. The beam assembly was pretty straightforward. 8/4 beam and 5/8” mdf. The way you have to use this necessitates using 5/8” material as a backer board. I cut 12 backer boards. I used 1 for an initial test. The jig worked great and...

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