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Fantastic quality, and great looks- but a big investment.

Fantastic quality, and great looks- but a big investment.

04-29-2015 03:57 PM by StumpyNubs | 7 comments »

I recently got my hands on a pair of high end headphones. Since I listen to music and audiobooks in the workshop, and I know a lot of others here do too, I thought I’d give them a quick review… First off, they’re stunning. I mean, look at these suckers! That’s hand carved ebony, which immediately appeals to me as a woodworker. Wearing these around the shop just makes me look good! Each set has a different look, with its own unique grain pattern. They come in a high ...

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LED Shop Lights 4 PACK

LED Shop Lights 4 PACK

07-05-2017 04:20 PM by DDWW | 7 comments »

I just bought a 4 Pack of LED shop fixtures on amazon and installed them in my shop. They are 35watt with the output equivalent of 100w incandescent. The color temp is 5,000k. In short I like them a lot. The impression you get when you turn on the lights is damn its bright in here. There is a 2 second delay before the lights turn on. Its a little weird but compared to my fluorescents this was instantaneous, not really bothersome once you get use to it. The 4 fixtures were $119 tot...

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Chain Hoist-Little helper

Chain Hoist-Little helper

03-14-2010 06:39 AM by 308Gap | 6 comments »

I picked up this hoist to lift a jointer out of my truck. It worked great in both directions, it has a built in brake. The jointer I lifted is 260 lbs. I got on also for a grand total of 520 lbs. .......... it still worked smooth and the roof didnt cave in. I spread the weight across 3 garage joists and put 2×4 braces on both sides of the truck. ok ok so theres a little redneck in my family LOL. This hoist will work great for picking up shop equipment when needed. No need for 4 budd...

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Don't Eat this cookie,

Don't Eat this cookie,

05-01-2010 11:22 PM by RouterManiac | 6 comments »

I just got a set of these, and I was pretty surprised. I was a little hesitant to shell out $11 bucks for a glorified piece of wood but they work pretty good. They really remind me of a router mat that I bought a few years ago, they have the same type of non slip surface. You could probably make some from those drawer liners or non slip rug liners. But for me as busy as I am I would rather just buy them and keep going then stop and make them. Pretty cool though, I have to admit I will pr...

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Inexpensive over the shoulder shop Apron

Inexpensive over the shoulder shop Apron

01-27-2012 10:58 PM by TechRedneck | 6 comments »

When I am in the shop, I want to have my essential small tools handy. Pencil, small square, DC Remote, Marker, Marking Gauge, tape measure, Center rule and whatever. I started with a cheap cotton apron that came over the neck and tied in the back. When I added tools it became a little heavy and dug into the back of my neck. I wanted an apron that came over the shoulders and was easy to put on and take off. This seems to fit my needs with a few exceptions. Likes: 1. Heavy cotton with...

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Dylos DC1100 PRO with Serial Interface:  Evaluation and Testing

Dylos DC1100 PRO with Serial Interface: Evaluation and Testing

09-27-2012 05:37 PM by djg | 6 comments »

The DC1100 PRO (with Serial Interface) is a true laser particle counter with the ability to count particulate mater suspended the air. There are two size ranges for the PRO model: between 0.5 and 2.5 microns, and greater than 2.5 microns. Several models are available but I felt that for a woodworking shop the stuff less than 2.5 microns was the most important particulate to measure since it is probably the most dangerous. This was purchased through a group buy offered by the Canadian woo...

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Porter Cable 4212 dovetail jig

Porter Cable 4212 dovetail jig

12-26-2012 02:17 PM by AJswoodshop | 6 comments »

A few people asked me to do a review on my dovetail jig, so I thought I would do a review of my Porter Cable 4212 dovetail jig. It’s a amazing jig, I’ve used it a few times and it is very handy to have. Positives--Includes the 4210 half blind template, and the 4212 through dovetail template. Each template works just how it should and I’m very happy with the results. -The straight bit and dovetail bit (1/2’’ shank) are included with the jig and they are very ni...

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A great little tool every shop should have (Temp/Hum gauge)

A great little tool every shop should have (Temp/Hum gauge)

11-20-2014 01:30 AM by Jeff Mazur | 6 comments »

Not much to say about this, just wanted to share my latest and probably cheapest shop acquisition. This AcuRite Temperature and Humidity Monitor cost me $10 at HD, has a clearly readable LCD display, shows current relative humidity, current temperature, hi/lo for each over last 24 hours, and gives you your choice of F or C display. For mounting, it has a spring-loaded belt-clip type device on the back with a pretty strong magnet built in (in the photo you see it mounted using just the magne...

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Heat Treating Heaven!

Heat Treating Heaven!

04-09-2016 01:04 AM by Ripthorn | 6 comments »

I like to build tools, but the most frustrating part is usually heat treating the parts that need it. I have been using MAPP gas, but with one of the old style brass torch heads. I have a 1 1/2” wide, 1/4” thick, 3 1/2” long iron that needs heat treatment and I decided enough was enough and I went to HD and bought this torch. A couple things surprised me about it: - All metal construction, save the two knobs. The black part is not plastic, like I thought it might be.- ...

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Bright LED Shop Light

Bright LED Shop Light

12-05-2016 03:13 PM by Redoak49 | 6 comments »

I have been replacing my 4 foot shop lights with LED lights. I bought this one at Sam’s Club for $34.88 and it is really bright. 4500 Lumens5000K Bright White Light42 Watts and about half the power of my previous fluorescent light. It came with chains to hang it, on/off switch and a cord. Overall, this is a nice shop light at a good price.

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