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Loosens wood glue, saved me from my screw up

Loosens wood glue, saved me from my screw up

05-26-2015 01:08 PM by BinghamtonEd | 4 comments »

I was recently working on a small chest, and after doing parts of the glue up around midnight after a long day, I found the next day I had glued the legs on in the wrong orientation. There was a lot of cursing. The legs were joined using 3/4” deep haunched tenons on the top and bottom, with unglued panels in between, using Titebond III. I picked one of these up at the BORG for $39. It has 12 selectable temperatures, which I could see useful for the various applications one would n...

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Wonderful Customer Service Experience

Wonderful Customer Service Experience

05-15-2015 09:25 PM by Lenny | 17 comments »

This is just to share a positive customer service experience. I know these days good customer service is often hit or miss. That said, I purchased the shop stool pictured above, over 2 years ago. Recently, while reaching down to pick something up, while still seated, I caused the seat to crack. The chair is rated for about 330 lbs. and while I am well below that weight, I was putting a lot of stress on an edge of the seat as I reached down. I called Woodcraft with the intention of simp...

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Cheapest no-tip track upgrade I can find

Cheapest no-tip track upgrade I can find

05-15-2015 02:35 PM by paxorion | 7 comments »

Ever since the IWF 2014, I have been dying to pick up the new BORA guide systems. After months of hunting and phone calls to BORA, I finally managed to get my hands on the BORA saw plate. The short story is…it’s awesome. Paired with the BORA WTX, this answers the mail on a track system upgrade for my Porter Cable PC15TCSMK. The Good: Works as advertised. The saw guide is (supposedly) compatible with any straight edge guide in the market. I’ve tested it with both t...

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Zoro.com (Zoro Tools) via Walmart.com

Zoro.com (Zoro Tools) via Walmart.com

05-08-2015 06:31 PM by Ocelot | 15 comments »

I was looking for Titebond II Extend wood glue. Local stores don’t carry it. From Rockler.com it was 31.99 / gal + 7.99 shipping. Not so cheap at Amazon either. But, I found it on WalMart.com for $22.25 / gal with $5 shipping (no sales tax), sold by Zoro aka Zoro.com. Ordered Thursday 9:30AM, delivered the next day Friday 1:00pm for $27.25 total. I don’t know how they did that! Very well packed too. Jug was surrounded by foam-in-place packing which exactly embrace...

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Wonderful Jig

Wonderful Jig

05-08-2015 01:25 AM by edwood1975 | 12 comments »

My first experience with Kreg was when I purchased the small R3 jig and I have to say I enjoyed it and it worked simply and efficiently so I decided to upgrade my model and purchased the K4…. It was a bigger cost jump and to be honest I think it’s over priced BUT after building a cedar deck cooler with it ….. It was worth every penny. I built a version of the Kreg storage box that they have plans to on there website and secured the jig to it and it works a treat…. ...

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7/16 die is questionable.

7/16 die is questionable.

04-17-2015 04:56 AM by Rick M. | 24 comments »

I bought this cheap set for cutting threads in wood. For example, making shop knobs by cutting threads directly in hard wood without having to bother using threaded inserts. Also occasionally to fix a munged thread or to clean paint from threads, light duty stuff. For those purposes the quality and carbon steel would be fine. Here is what you are supposed to get:COARSE: 6-32 NC, 10-24 NC, 12-24 NC, 1/4 in. -20 NC, 5/16 in. -18 NC, 3/8 in. -16 NC, 7/16 in. -14 NC, 1/2 in. -13 NC and 1/8 in....

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An amazing help experience

An amazing help experience

03-28-2015 06:35 PM by andy_P | 2 comments »

This is probably not necessary because I am sure you more experienced and knowledgeable woodworkers have run across this site already. I had a problem with a keyless entry lock that I had purchased from ACE but was unable to find the “Helpful Hardware Man” when I ran into problems setting up the codes. The instructions were written in broken Chinese and even my wife, who knows all, wasn’t able to figure it out. Since the “Helpful Hardware Man” was unable to ...

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Review of Trend Tool & Bit Cleaner

Review of Trend Tool & Bit Cleaner

03-25-2015 04:26 PM by Lee | 15 comments »

After reading so many good things about this product, I decided to try it myself. I did a comparison using the Trend Tool and Bit cleaner and just some penetrating oil that I was using before. First pic shows a saw blade that I’ve chosen to try the Trend on first. 2nd pic shows how I divided up the saw, into two sides. One side I cleaned with the Trend, and the other with just simple penetrating oil (like WD-40). This one from Ashburns. I let each half of the blade soak in each clean...

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Hickory & Oak: Lumber in West Michigan

Hickory & Oak: Lumber in West Michigan

03-20-2015 11:50 AM by ChipByrd | 4 comments »

I have now had a couple dealings with Hickory and Oak sawmill in Decatur, Michigan. Just before Thanksgiving, I picked up some quartersawn white oak that was gorgeous. About two weeks ago I picked up about 30 BF of curly cherry that was also beautiful. That will be used to make my wife a sewing station. While I was there, I also put in an order for about 125 BF of quartersawn white oak to be picked up near the end of May. That will be going toward a mission style bed and chest of drawers. ...

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Segmented Turning Software

Segmented Turning Software

03-18-2015 03:18 PM by OSU55 | 3 comments »

I became interested in segmented turning because of the flexibility in design it provides. There are a lot of ways of approaching the design, from guesstimating, laying it out full size on paper, building your own spreadsheet to auto calculate segment sizes etc., using some online calculators, or software. I found all of the online calculators worked, but didn’t help with overall layout and design. I was about ready to start building my own spreadsheet calculator when I found this produ...

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