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Easy mobile base for contractor saws

Easy mobile base for contractor saws

06-25-2009 06:19 PM by skeeter | 3 comments »

I recently purchased these from my local Richmond VA Woodcraft. The owner saw my perplexion as I perused the mobile base section of the store. He asked what I was kind of equipment I was outfitting and then suggested these. I liked the idea of the equipment using its own legs as support when not in transit. I can’t imagine anything worse than a wobbley machine in use(aka my crappy jointer). I found these fairly easy to install. Two of the holes in the leg lined up although I had to enla...

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My Custom Branding Iron

My Custom Branding Iron

09-28-2009 11:53 PM by Dick, & Barb Cain | 23 comments »

I was lucky enough to win this branding iron in a contest this summer on Lumberjocks. You can check out my winning contest entry on My Lumberjocks Blog. I’ve had one of these on my tool list for a long time. I’d look at them, but I never took any action. I wished I’d bought one of these many years ago now. I highly recommend this tool to all Woodworkers, & Carvers. When you order this tool you can talk directly to the owner Terry Desilets. He is ver...

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Decent Sander for the Price (using Coupon)

Decent Sander for the Price (using Coupon)

01-14-2011 10:47 PM by Denappy | 15 comments »

Found a Harbor Freight coupon for this in the latest issue of Wood Magazine for $49.95 (lists for $99.99), so I thought I would run down to my local Harbor Freight and check out the “floor model”. After looking it over I decided to go ahead and make the purchase. It unpacked easily and was a breeze to setup. Basically just have to attached the table. For the most part this is a pretty decent machine for the price, good cast iron parts except for the table and the disk; which ...

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Ridgid 6hp/14 gal shop vacuum

Ridgid 6hp/14 gal shop vacuum

09-19-2011 03:45 AM by gfadvm | 13 comments »

I have 2 of these [my wife stole one for the clinic]. The oldest is 6 or 7 years old. It has survived everything we have thrown at it. The reason I decided to post this review: I was planing some Jatoba today and my dust collection system clogged up again. Taking it apart and running a snake is a pain so I thought I’d try something. I hooked the Ridgid to the clogged 4” line about 16 feet in front of the clog and turned it on. To my surprise the fix was instant! I decided to revie...

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Rockler Adjustable Lumber Storage Rack

Rockler Adjustable Lumber Storage Rack

01-17-2017 01:55 PM by jazzman12 | 4 comments »

I have a full wall used as a lumber rack using these brackets , I bought 8 boxes at the time which was a few years ago from elite tools which sells a lot of Rockler stuff in Canada , been searching for more but they seem to have been discontinued , anyone know where you can still buy them . They are sturdy and easy to install and would highly recommend this product Rockler product (item 39227)

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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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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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Gunning for Shop Safety and Comfort

Gunning for Shop Safety and Comfort

09-07-2013 06:01 AM by DeLayne Peck | 14 comments »

When you have a tricky cut on the table saw, both hands on a router or lathe tool – you can count on it – that’s when a fly will start biting. And, that’s when I stop and reach for the Bug-A-Salt. Biting insects are a serious distraction and a matter of shop safety and comfort. What’s a Bug-A-Salt? It is a lot of fun, but not a toy. It’s a high quality plastic, pump-action mini shotgun. A top fill container holds a couple table spoons of table salt....

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T5HO Lighting Fixture - cheap, lots of light, easy install

T5HO Lighting Fixture - cheap, lots of light, easy install

02-04-2015 03:59 PM by brtech | 12 comments »

I’ve hesitated to post a review for this, mostly because I wasn’t sure how long the offer on them that I used would last. It’s been nearly a year, so I’m going for it. This is an 8’ fixture (actually 92”), that holds two lamps. So they are end to end, not side by side. The lamps are not included. Buy the fixtures here:http://www.ebay.com/itm/LITHONIA-LIGHT-FIXTURE-2-BULB-120-277-VOLTS-MS5-1-54T5HO-277-OSPS-GMF-/121246665458?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_...

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