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Great content, easily sidetracked

Great content, easily sidetracked

09-27-2016 05:21 PM by Rick M. | 7 comments »

I thought I would review some woodworking (and related) podcasts. I often prefer podcasts over music while in the shop or on drives. Previously I reviewed the 360 Woodworking podcast. Shop Talk Live is a twice monthly, 1 hour, podcast by Fine Woodworking’s Tom McKenna, Mike Pekovich, Matt Kenney (It seems they switch this up once in awhile). Mostly they answer listener questions but also have guests and talk about the magazine and woodworking trade shows. I’ve been a listener s...

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Excellent, stays on topic

Excellent, stays on topic

09-19-2016 06:47 PM by Rick M. | 3 comments »

I thought I would review some woodworking (and related) podcasts. I often prefer podcasts over music while in the shop or on drives. 360 Woodworking is a woodworking education focused company founded by Glen Huey and Chuck Bender. Bob Lang is no longer part of 360 Woodworking but is listed as a contributor. I am not a member but do enjoy their podcast. The 360 guys publish a podcast that is limited to one topic and 15 minutes. It is by far my favorite of all the woodworking/making podca...

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Rousseau 5000 L: finally, some real dust collection for a miter saw

Rousseau 5000 L: finally, some real dust collection for a miter saw

08-25-2016 09:05 PM by mzimmers | 13 comments »

I really, really like my miter saw. It’s one of my favorite tools. But there’s no disputing the mess it makes: despite my efforts at locating vacuum or dust collection hoses near the saw blade, chips and dust generally ended up everywhere. This is especially aggravating in my hopelessly overcrowded work area, where clean-up isn’t always easy. Enter the 5000 L to the rescue. Rousseau Co. has been in business longer than I’ve been in woodworking. Located in remote Cla...

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Fantastic for the price, terrible at high prices. For the non wood stuff.

Fantastic for the price, terrible at high prices. For the non wood stuff.

08-03-2016 03:07 PM by dbhost | 12 comments »

Unless you are 100% hand tools, you will likely eventually be dealing with electricity in your shop. I have an old Blue Point digital multimeter from the mid 1990s that simply kills this thing hands down, but keep in mind, I bought that one 20+ years ago at a price of several hundred dollars. I misplaced the Blue Point and needed to know what was going on with my wiring. I needed a multimeter NOW, and I didn’t want to buy an expensive one. Harbor Freight to the rescue. After the s...

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LED T8 replacement shop lighting

LED T8 replacement shop lighting

07-10-2016 06:40 PM by greatview | 16 comments »

I just finished replacing all my shop T8 bulbs with these which are directly replaceable for modern T8 ballasts. However, they also work without a ballast directly from 110V or 220V. I started by simply removing the old T8’s and replacing them with the new. I then got rid of the ballasts altogether which took about 10 minutes per fixture. They have more light and really white light (5000K) which I really like. Amazon has them on sale for $34.99 for four or less than $9.00 per bulb!

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Small Cheap Chinese Laser

Small Cheap Chinese Laser

05-20-2016 08:21 PM by RootandBranch | 9 comments »

Gave this 4 stars since it’s almost exactly what I expected going in. Cheap, small scale and does a decent job so far for what it is. Playing with a laser. What could possibly go wrong? This gizmo is a mini 500mW engraver. Blue and purple beam, proprietary drag and drop software, 2 axis movement with a burn area of about one and a half inches square. It’s small but scaling up in laser capability increases the cost by a bunch. When you get up to Death Star wattage; well then, you ...

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Quickbench...its quick, its a bench, but it won't replace your workbench

Quickbench...its quick, its a bench, but it won't replace your workbench

05-06-2016 06:28 PM by bbasiaga | 3 comments »

I bought two of these Quickbench folding work tables more than a year ago. My thinking was they would be great for my 1 car garage shop. They can be folded up and set against the wall to get out of the way and give me some more room around the shop. The main features- the top has dog holes, and a vice, and comes with some plastic dogs. -there is a tray in each top where you can put screws and small tools and have them out of the way of the work surface, and secure- The tops can fold dow...

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Track Saw

Track Saw

04-16-2016 04:43 AM by Steve | 8 comments »

Used my Festool track saw Model TS-75-EQ for the first time today. This is by far the very best tool that is in my collection. If I could give it a 10 out of 5 that would be my rating. I have a good quality 10” Cabinet saw, General Canada and the cut from that compared to the Festool does not even compare. I had cut a couple pieces of 3/4” cabinet grade plywood with Maple veneer at 21-1/2” on my cabinet saw and when the pieces were stacked together you could feel a sli...

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HF pin nailer

HF pin nailer

04-10-2016 08:02 PM by hairy | 12 comments »

I’m working on a box project , and I am making up the plan as I go. I’m right at the point where I’m thinking, How am I going to put this together? This is normal for me. I’ve got parts cut and glued together, and I need to connect 2 of the 3 main sections. I’m way past the point of doing any kind of joinery. I have a subscription to Woodsmith Magazine. I think it’s the best. In the current issue ( Vol. 38 Issue 224) is a review of some of their favorit...

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Great Selection, Great Prices, Fast Turnaround Time

Great Selection, Great Prices, Fast Turnaround Time

03-24-2016 07:39 PM by BinghamtonEd | 4 comments »

I haven’t seen a formal review for these guys on here, so I figured I’d go ahead and document my experience with these guys. I’ve placed 4 orders with them in the past year for a variety of screws, some tabletop fasteners, and most recently some 26” KV-brand heavy-duty drawer slides. Each time I ordered, I received a shipping notice 1-2 business days (or even on the day I ordered), and received my order within 5 business days. Everything was accurately counted, ba...

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