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Relief for my aching joints.

Relief for my aching joints.

02-26-2015 03:52 AM by Hopdevil | 18 comments »

Well, while I refuse to grow up, I must admit, I am growing older. My knees and my feet are complaining on a regular basis. My concrete floor is cold and hard (duh). My wife and I went to our local BJ’s Wholesale Club (like Sams and Costco) to get a membership. She had gotten a good deal on a membership through Living Social. As we were wandering the aisles, we came upon these floor mats. They come in a packet of 8 – 2 by 2 squares for a total of 32 square feet for I think @ $1...

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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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Great apron for the price

Great apron for the price

12-12-2014 02:25 PM by BinghamtonEd | 4 comments »

I’ve been using this apron for about 3 months now, and for full disclosure, it is the first apron I’ve owned. I tried on a few others, but none of the other ones I tried fit well around my shoulders/neck. This apron looks to be similar to the 83200, which may have been discontinued in favor of this model. My initial reaction when I took it out of the box was that it seemed durable and well made. I had read other reviews that the material was thin, but I didn’t find thi...

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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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Hand cut dovetails--faster, cleaner, more precise.  What's not to like?

Hand cut dovetails--faster, cleaner, more precise. What's not to like?

03-25-2014 03:54 PM by JayT | 33 comments »

Like many woodworkers, I wanted to learn to make hand cut dovetails, but struggled with getting a precise joint. After some disappointing early results, I was ready to either quit or get some help. Somewhere along the line I had seen a blog post that linked a David Barron video where he used a magnetic saw guide. I decided to bite the bullet and purchase one of the 1:5 guides and hope that helped my joinery. I know that traditionally dovetails are 1:8 or 1:6, but since the ratio is fa...

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Excellent Wood Cleaner

Excellent Wood Cleaner

02-18-2014 03:01 AM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 17 comments »

Not a great tale of restoration as others in LJs post, but a review that confirms what others told me: “BAR KEEPERS FRIEND” is a very capable cleaner for wood tools. In this case, of Stanley No. 32 rule that had certainly seen better aesthetic days. As shown above, the ruler was not very legible when I got it. Here’s the rule from a farther distance. I posted a couple pictures of my flea market find on the Marking and Measuring thread and a discussion ensued re: wa...

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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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Some seriously slippery surfaces.

Some seriously slippery surfaces.

01-22-2014 06:46 PM by BennyG | 17 comments »

This product is used to lubricate any surface in the shop where drag and hang ups across in feed/out feed tables, fences and the like are problematic. Used in place of silicone or other lubricants that would contaminate the woods/materials surface and create a build up of lube and sawdust on equipment and machinery. I have used a similar more expensive product in a few of the larger production shops that I have worked in over the years and have seen first-hand the benefits of using a dry l...

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Plane Restorers Take Note!!!

Plane Restorers Take Note!!!

01-17-2014 02:09 AM by poopiekat | 20 comments »

After seeing some plane restorations by LJ ‘ToddJB’ back in December, I was glad to see someone asked him how he got such a terrific surface on the sides of his planes. His ‘workhorse’ as he referred to it, was a simple burnishing wheel! He claimed it would take a plane from rusty to shiny in one step! I had to have one of these, a hundred of my planes are in queue for restoration, and it’s taking me forever! So, I purchased a 3M burnishing wheel, the exact...

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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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