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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 | 14 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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Great dovetail guide!

Great dovetail guide!

03-15-2015 08:29 PM by AESamuel | 3 comments »

I bought one of these magnetic dovetail guides from David Barron after unsuccessfully trying freehand myself and am astounded by the results on my first try using the guide with my budget zona gent’s saw. I ordered the guide by e-mail in the evening, David posted the guide the next day and the day after the guide arrived on my doorstep. It was very well packaged and is solidly built. It even came with spare replacement covers for the magnets and a packet of haribo sweets too! The ...

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Line boring machine.

Line boring machine.

03-09-2015 01:41 AM by Steve | 1 comment »

Well finally got a set of 5mm. boring bits and installed them in my machine. The bits fit quite tight into the 10mm chuck and I am hoping that when I need to change them out it can be done with no issues. The machine is quite noisy but there is a hearing protection required warning sign on it. I bored a couple sets of holes in a piece of baltic birch plywood and also a piece of pine, the machine worked fine and the bored holes were very clean with no tear out. This machine seems to be constr...

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Woodstock cross slide vise

Woodstock cross slide vise

03-08-2015 05:59 AM by TheFridge | 6 comments »

Terrible machining but can be made to function decently with some scraping, filing and sanding.

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The Ultra Carver......Two Thumbs Up.

The Ultra Carver......Two Thumbs Up.

03-06-2015 09:41 PM by thechipcarver | 0 comments »

This is my first review so bare with me. I found the Ultra Carver two weeks ago while searching for some power carvers. Here is the wesite: www.ultracarver.comI have read so many articles and website about power carvers it is unreal. What I have found is that you can go small (30,000 rpm) or go big (300,000+ rpm). Until now…..(I know, I sound like an infomercail) Let put a scale, 1 through 5. 5 being the best while 1 being, you got it, I wouldn’t give it to my worst en...

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Turning Basics class at Woodcraft

Turning Basics class at Woodcraft

03-02-2015 01:28 AM by DW833 | 2 comments »

I took this class at Woodcraft of Orlando this week. Cost is $105.It is taught by Mark Behrens and runs from 10am – 5pm. I started turning recently and had no idea how to use the tools. I find it difficult to transfer skills I see onlineand dvds for turning to real workshop turning. So I wanted to attend a hands on training class.With few other options for local training, I decided to try this class.Attended a beginning woodworking class at a different woodcraft years ago and foun...

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Excellent Joinery System

Excellent Joinery System

01-29-2015 04:07 AM by edwood1975 | 11 comments »

When I was designing one of my first projects (Router Cabinet) I came across this pocket hole system and its awesome and forms extremely strong joints. The kit comes with everything you need to create a somewhat hidden joint, especially when you use the Kreg Plugs. If you build frames for anything from cabinets to pictures this method is awesome.

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