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Makita 18v Li-Ion Cordless Blower(BUB182Z)

Makita 18v Li-Ion Cordless Blower(BUB182Z)

03-27-2012 04:19 AM by rance | 10 comments »

How to clean your shop(and other places too)I have the blessed opportunity to use a very good friend’s shop whenever I want. There are two really good things about working there: 1) He has sattellite radio piped in. That means I can listen to 50’s music all day long. He was listening to it before I got there so there’s no battle on what station to set it on. He also likes gospel music from time to time which I also enjoy. A great environment, and a very gracious friend to...

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Cookies in the shop . . . mmmm.

Cookies in the shop . . . mmmm.

11-30-2012 01:18 AM by ic3ss | 10 comments »

So, I’ve been eyeing these silly things for about two years now wondering how would I use them and would it really be worth having. Well, I finally picked up a set at Rockler on sale for $8 last week and decided to use them for finishing a top to an end table. My old Unisaw serves double duty as a workbench/finish assembly talbe in my garage so I put down newspaper and the table top sits on the cookies. What I noticed was now nice it is to lay down wipe on poly on the surface and just ...

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Shop Flash from Grizzly

Shop Flash from Grizzly

04-20-2013 07:10 AM by redryder | 10 comments »

I suppose there are two types of people. Those who like to talk on the phone and those who don’t. I would be squarely in the second group. My wife would be in the first group as she likes to talk and talk. When the phone rings at my house, I look the other way. But there are times when I am waiting for that important return phone call and the wife is not home. My phone out in the shop works fine with just the stereo going but if I am using the dust collector and almost any ot...

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Rockler's Tape Keeps Things Stuck!

Rockler's Tape Keeps Things Stuck!

04-01-2008 07:56 PM by Jim Crockett (USN Retired) | 9 comments »

I don’t know about anyone else, but I find new uses for double-sided tape nearly every time I am in the shop. I have been using Rockler’s Turner’s Two-Way Tape for a couple of months now and have been very impressed. It sticks tenaciously and I haven’t had any two parts I have joined slip when template routing or aligning for installation. I sometimes wonder if I actually need screws and glue with this stuff. 1 inch wide, 25 yards I gave it four stars because som...

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Prodex insulation for the garage door

Prodex insulation for the garage door

01-09-2010 07:08 AM by brianl | 9 comments »

Like most of the U.S., we’ve been having some really chilly weather lately. I do most of my work out of the garage and even with a space heater I’ve been getting pretty cold. I had a tube of liquid nails basically freeze up on me so I figured it was time to make some changes. Our garage door is a tight two-car made up of four rows of four panels. Each panel measuring roughly 21 inches high by four feet across making the door 7 feet high by 16 feet across. 112 square feet. ...

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Central Machinery Mobile Base

Central Machinery Mobile Base

05-09-2011 10:57 PM by gardentiger | 9 comments »

Excellent base for your lighter machines. Not a cinch to put together but not bad either. Can’t find much I don’t like about it. Gave it four stars so as not to be accused unpatriotic. Buy USA product until you can’t afford them anymore.

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Rockler Shelf Pin Drilling Jig (Review)

Rockler Shelf Pin Drilling Jig (Review)

02-03-2014 07:56 PM by Brett | 9 comments »

Have you ever noticed holes , neatly in a row, on the inside of many book cases and cabinets? Have you ever wondered how they might have gotten them so straight, and evenly spaced? Maybe you have, maybe you haven’t. I never really gave it much thought until I decided that I may want to attempt to build something that needed some adjustable shelving. This jig is one way that a do-it-yourselfer may be able to add those adjustable shelves to your project! It is a shelf pin drillin...

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Wrist Attached 3.25"x2.25" Dry Erase Board

Wrist Attached 3.25"x2.25" Dry Erase Board

01-01-2016 10:43 PM by Holbs | 9 comments »

Just started to use this thing. It’s awesome :) Many times during a project, I have 5,000 numbers and fractions flying through my head. I go measure something and move to cut it, just to forget what that measurement was. Measure twice and cut once. This little pad helps a great deal. It’s only $11 and cheaply made, but it is what it is. Elastic band to go around your arm (or leg or whatever application) secured via velcro. Comes with dry erase marker with the little white ...

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Lithonia T8 shop lights

Lithonia T8 shop lights

01-12-2016 04:45 AM by ic3ss | 9 comments »

This is my second attempt at shop lighting. I had picked up an LED fixture a couple of weeks ago but was generally unimpressed with light output and color. My review is here I took it back and ordered three of this fixture at HD, they delivered free to my house if I ordered three. At $22 per I figured I couldn’t go wrong. Well I got the three put up and bought some tubes for them I wanted to experiment a little with the color. All tubes are 2900 lumen at 32 watts. I bought two 5000K ...

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Awesome lights. Low price

Awesome lights. Low price

07-05-2016 02:48 AM by vulgarviking | 9 comments »

So, I’ve been working in my shop for the past three years with a single 100 watt bulb and grew sick off how shitty the lighting was. So, I splurged and swapped out the single bulb fixture for an electrical outlet and had gotten 6 of these LED light fixtures to plug into (3 per side). And I must say, I’m VERY please with this upgrade! These things are great! At 30 watts a piece and 3200 luminaries (whatever the Hell that means) they light up my shop perfectly; which is only a 25&#...

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