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rockler bench cookies

rockler bench cookies

12-08-2009 06:07 AM by kosta | 11 comments »

Yo whats up everybody I wanted to do a review on the rockler bench cookies. Now I got some of these about 4 weeks ago and they work pretty good. I have used them when I was sanding and the one thing I realized is that anything that is smaller than 8 in long and 7 in wide its a lot harder to control. You can get 4 bench cookies for $12 at rockler.com

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Best Bang For My Woodworking Buck

Best Bang For My Woodworking Buck

11-30-2009 02:06 AM by MKLowman | 7 comments »

I have been working on my basement bar and needed a way to hide a steel column that I bulit my bar around. I decided to try a fluted column. Problem is that the bar is being made of cherry and I never made a fluted column in my life. I researched it, but it seemed to be akin to rocket science. That is until I came across a recent issue of Woodsmith that featured DRL’s fluted column jig. For $30 bucks I figured it was worth a shot (even better since the owner gave us Woodjocks a $...

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Lee Valley's Variable Round Over Bit

Lee Valley's Variable Round Over Bit

11-20-2009 07:37 PM by handi | 0 comments »

I got to try out Lee Valley’s new Variable Roundover bit. This bit has two parts that can be spaced apart with the included shims to round over the top and bottom of stock from .79” to 1” thick. It does take a bit of checking to assure that the bit is set to the proper width. Since the cutting tips are offset, it is difficult to exactly measure the setting. Make some extra stock and do test cuts. This bit was designed to make tool handles using templates and Lee Valley...

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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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Unique idea for workholding

Unique idea for workholding

11-04-2009 11:20 PM by kshipp | 11 comments »

I saw a lot of press about these online as I’m sure that many of you have. I was at Rockler one day picking up some other things and I picked these up also just to check them out. I used them for the first time yesterday and I was really impressed. I was working on a 40” x 8” board so I put a bench cookie in each of the corners. I was able to use a random orbit sander and a belt sander with no problems at all. I’ll admit that I was nervous when I first set the belt ...

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Sommerfeld Router Table and Fence

Sommerfeld Router Table and Fence

08-14-2009 06:27 AM by akdale | 5 comments »

Large top and well made. Ordered this top 2 years ago. Took a while to arrive and when it did the center section was crowned. The table comes in 3 sections of extruded aluminum that you bolt together. I email Sommerfeld and they explained this was a manufacturing issue and that a new section would be mailed. It was, 2 months later. I was told to keep the old section, was only billed for the table, no shipping for the first one or replacement section and they tossed in a well made shop...

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Lee Valley 16J09.90 Double-Bearing Flush Trimming/Template Bits

Lee Valley 16J09.90 Double-Bearing Flush Trimming/Template Bits

07-29-2009 03:19 AM by Brian | 0 comments »

Tried this bit out on a round tabouret top and shelf and this bit does a great job. No tearout whatsoever because you’re never going against the grain..The attached link explains it pretty well.Definitely recommended.

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Rockler Bench Cookies - Worth the Money

Rockler Bench Cookies - Worth the Money

07-27-2009 04:14 AM by Greg Wurst | 14 comments »

I see I’ve been beaten to the punch on the review, but I’ll go ahead and add my 2 cents worth here. I was at Rockler this weekend and noticed they had these in stock; so I forked-over my $12 and bought a set. As you probably know by now, these are plastic pucks with what is essentially router pad material on both sides. They grip tenaciously, and with any moderate downward pressure will hold your workpiece in place. For any large panel or heavy object these worked great....

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Bench Cookies from Rockler

Bench Cookies from Rockler

07-27-2009 01:40 AM by handi | 12 comments »

I got the chance to try out Rockler’s new Bench Cookies over the weekend. Bench Cookies are like hockey pucks with rubber faces. They act like a routing mat to keep parts from sliding around as you sand or rout them. The difference is that Bench Cookies lift the part up about 1” off the work surface so that you have clearance for bearing bits or cut throughs. They work surprisingly well, I sanded and routed parts on them with complete confidence. I even covered them in sa...

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First Dovetails Ever.  Easy as Pie with the Akeda BC24 Dovetail Jig

First Dovetails Ever. Easy as Pie with the Akeda BC24 Dovetail Jig

07-12-2009 06:10 PM by thiel | 21 comments »

First, Some BackgroundThere’s one thing I should clarify so you’ll put this jig in the proper perspective: I’ve never made a dovetail. Not by hand, not by machine. I’ve never even seen a dovetail jig used (except on New Yankee Workshop). To be perfectly honest, I didn’t (until this morning) know the difference between a pin and a tail. That being said, I have aspirations of building fine furniture of my own design some day. And with those aspirations in mind, I try to make each tool p...

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