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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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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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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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Woodgears.ca Amazing Customer Service

Woodgears.ca Amazing Customer Service

01-10-2012 04:42 AM by dakremer | 24 comments »

I have been following Matthias (as are many) for a while now. You can check out his website here if you havent seen it yet. Hes got some amazing plans you can buy, some for free, and a lot of great woodworking tips It wasnt until recently I decided to buy one of his plans (his 3D router pantograph). I had some trouble printing out his plans to scale, and was getting very frustrated. I emailed him and we finally got it figured out after several rounds of messages. On top of his amazing ...

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Sturdy lumber rack is easy to install

Sturdy lumber rack is easy to install

12-27-2011 01:37 AM by Elizabeth | 9 comments »

Right now this Rockler product (item 39227) is on sale for $20, normally $30, and as I’ve had my eye on it for a little while I decided to go for it and ordered three sets shortly before Christmas. I installed and loaded up all three sets within two hours this morning and am very pleased at the quality of the product. Each set includes two 24” tracks, six 14” shelf brackets and six screws. With my new magnetic studfinder (also reviewed recently) it was a piece of cake t...

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Why did I wait so long??

Why did I wait so long??

12-06-2011 05:24 AM by Tedstor | 10 comments »

Easily accessible power is priceless in the shop. While installing new outlets would have been the preferable remedy, it wasn’t particularly practical in my case. This cord reel has solved a lot of problems for me. At 30 ft, its long enough to reach any point in my workshop/garage, and can even reach onto my driveway if necessary. And being mounted on the ceiling makes it easy to manage the cord, keeping it off the floor and away from my feet. The reel includes all the needed hardware t...

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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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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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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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Excellent value - Nothing close at this price point.

Excellent value - Nothing close at this price point.

09-16-2011 06:17 PM by TheBossQ | 18 comments »

I’ve been wanting to separate my mechanical tools from my woodworking stuff. I purchased this roller cabinet recently at Harbor Freight after weeks of failed searching for a used Snap-On unit in my price range. It gets quite good reviews on Harbor Freight’s website and another independent forum. Pros:Excellent price point – With $349.99 coupon, I was out the door under $400 with tax.Heavy gauge steel sheet used in construction. – Weighs nearly 300lbs.Durable powder ...

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