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leveling casters

leveling casters

01-28-2010 10:34 PM by Jim K | 3 comments »

I’m building a mobile base for my table saw and in places the floor is not level. i found these casters and i thought what a nice idea. The best of both i move my table saw around my small space then just turn those phenolic handles and with a 4 foot level set my table saw anywhere i want to. The kit comes with hardware for 3/4 inch wide sides but I’m using 2×4’s so a trip to the hardware store to get longer bolts was all it needed. The directions were easy. I would rec...

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Great for Sanding Maloof Inspired Rocker Laminations

Great for Sanding Maloof Inspired Rocker Laminations

04-21-2010 07:20 PM by Charles Brock | 3 comments »

I build Maloof inspired rockers and chairs for customers as well as teaching classes and producing instructional bundles for my chairs. You can see my work at www.charlesbrockchairmaker.com. Some of my hobbies include playing guitar, dobro and own several other string instruments. Recently, I was surfing a supply and tool site for luthiers called Stew-Mac. I saw a tool called “The Luthier’s Friend.” It was designed to sand small strips of binding or wood that are used to ...

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Pegboard Hooks that stay put

Pegboard Hooks that stay put

05-08-2011 03:08 PM by brtech | 3 comments »

It’s a given, the hooks for pegboard come out when you try to take your tool off the hook. You just learn to live with the problem. Sure, good hooks work better than cheap hooks, but the all have the same basic problem. Not these. These are beefy plastic hooks that have one angled peg and one straight peg. You hold the hook at an angle, push in the angled pin, rotate the hook until it’s straight and push in the straight hook. They fit in the pegboard very tightly. In fac...

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Keeping it clean - aprons in the shop

Keeping it clean - aprons in the shop

07-26-2011 06:05 AM by coloradoclimber | 3 comments »

Like most of you guys and gals, when I get a chance to run out into the shop off I skedaddle. If I do think ahead I change into my grubby jeans and tee shirt, if I don’t think ahead I start working in whatever good clothes I’m wearing. And probably like most of you when my hands get dirty, or if I get glue on my fingers, or finish, or whatever, I just wipe them on my jeans, or shirt tail, whatever piece of cloth that is handy. Not Anymore !!! No more tracking glue and shavin...

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Super Shop Geek Saftey Gear

Super Shop Geek Saftey Gear

01-30-2012 07:43 AM by newplane | 3 comments »

My old shop glasses had about a million scratches (and half as many layers of some finish) on them and were a nuisance to work with. There were so many times I would forgo proper eye safety so that I could just see what I was doing. (don’t judge me Norm) When I was looking for a light for my bandsaw I saw these amazing 007 geek-squad safety ringers, and I knew that I could toss the old jalopy specs. I tell you what friends they are awesome! Wearing them in the shop I forgot that I had ...

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Powerful little shop vacuum!

Powerful little shop vacuum!

02-29-2008 08:09 AM by Hawgnutz | 1 comment »

This little shop vac is a key player in my fight against dust and debri in my shop. While I use the larger 12 gallon Ridgid shop vac as my primary dust collection for my router, bandsaw and drill press, this one has a flexibiliity that allows me to move it from machine to machine indoors. Its 2 1/2” hose plugs directly into most machine’s 2 1/2” dust collection ports. Its light weight allows me to easily carry this outdoors when I sand, use my planer, jointer or portable...

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Good stand with innovative features.

Good stand with innovative features.

02-29-2008 11:30 PM by kshipp | 1 comment »

This is a very versatile stand for the price. My previous stand was basically a metal tee that tipped easily and had some cheap plastic for rollers. This stand is heavy enough (and has a wide-enough stance) to not tip over but is still easy to store and move. For storage it folds flat and can hang on the wall. The height is adjustable from 27” to 44” and there is a positive stop at the top so you don’t have to worry about lifting it right out of the tube. The locking m...

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Iron Dog Tape Clip with 3 Pockets

Iron Dog Tape Clip with 3 Pockets

10-05-2011 04:50 AM by TexAus | 1 comment »

I thought I’d post some pics of a little pouch that I love. It is just the right size to hold my tape measure, utility knife, pencils, etc. It has a nice clip on the back so you can easily clip it to your belt or pants. It is very light, has excellent build quality, and looks pretty cool to boot. And the price is not bad either. http://www.shop.irondogtoolgear.com/Tape-Clip-with-3-Pockets-70016.htm

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Just the ticket--especially for Festool Boom Arm users.

Just the ticket--especially for Festool Boom Arm users.

10-19-2011 03:57 AM by thiel | 1 comment »

Gang, I’m still recovering from the flood (going well!) but having tired myself out already this week, I figured I’d post a review or two. I got the boom arm for my Festool C26 and was shocked to find out that once you install it, you have no place to wrap the (ample) vac cord. A bit of research to find the solution. These cord wrap hooks from Lee Valley mount to almost any kind of tube/bar/board and are just the thing! They also toggle toward the center to allow a quic...

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Spirderman's Flashlight!

Spirderman's Flashlight!

01-30-2012 07:25 AM by newplane | 0 comments »

Well I have to admit I have put off too long getting a light for my bandsaw. I was in Woodcraft today and they wanted almost $60.00 for a magnetic LED light for bandsaws. My wife and I were at the PXtra (store on base) today and I wondered over to the tools…and found this little guy! The great thing is that he can stick to any metal surface. I have used it on the jointer ( to see light between the fence and square..or lack there of), and of course the Bandsaw. It is great when I am free...

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