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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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Shelix Head Ugrades the 735 Planer

Shelix Head Ugrades the 735 Planer

01-13-2015 12:52 AM by pintodeluxe | 17 comments »

I installed a Shelix cutterhead in my Dewalt 735 planer. It is a segmented cutterhead that has a helical shape, and uses individual carbide inserts. OLD THREE KNIFE CUTTERHEAD: With the old cutterhead I was losing about 10% of my stock to severe tearout. Even switching to the slower finishing speed, and skewing the board at an angle did not correct the problem. Walnut and maple seemed to plane okay, but the figured QSWO I usually mill was a problem for the factory cutterhead. I was chan...

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Free CAD/CAM Software for the Hobbyist and DIYer

Free CAD/CAM Software for the Hobbyist and DIYer

12-29-2014 01:08 AM by Dirk Van Essendelft | 15 comments »

I’ve been a woodworker and computer geek since I was a little kid. Now I have a shop of my own and some disposable income to spend on woodworking. As you may have seen if you follow my woodworking, I like to do CNC woodworking. Even before that I would use 3D CAD software to design my projects so that I would know how to cut my materials. It is definitely worth it to model and assemble your projects virtually before you do it in expensive woods. At any rate, I was looking for aff...

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Smooth wood handles? Hands slipping? Non-Slip Grip Tape

Smooth wood handles? Hands slipping? Non-Slip Grip Tape

12-20-2014 04:44 PM by JoeinGa | 14 comments »

As I age, I find my grip just isn’t as strong as it used to be. Simply opening a pickle jar is sometimes a pain and this carries over into my shop as well, especially during the colder weather. Several years ago I had several glue-ups fail while making cutting boards and upon close inspection I realized it was because the clamps could have been tighter during the gluing process. I had also noticed that sometimes my hands would slip on the smooth wooden handles of my Jorgy clamps. N...

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Milwaukee Heat Gun

Milwaukee Heat Gun

12-16-2014 11:20 PM by Dallas | 2 comments »

About 8 days ago my heatgun went Titsup on my. It wasn’t much, just a cheap Craftsman from about 35 years ago and it worked OK but never seemed to be that great.So a few days ago I was playing on the Bay of E and found a Milwaukee Dual Heat unit for $5, buy it now with $5 shipping.I figured that if it was junk, I wouldn’t lose much so I bought it.It arrived today and I had to try it out for it’s intended purpose, which for me is bending the binding for guitars. I was cert...

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Green Wood Craft - Part of the BBC Mastercrafts Series

Green Wood Craft - Part of the BBC Mastercrafts Series

12-15-2014 07:35 AM by Druid | 9 comments »

I’ve been watching a few BBC programs on “old”crafts, and they are really interesting. The first one that caught my attention was on working with green wood, and here’s the link to it (and the others in the series). The “outdoor workshops” and the hand tools are mostly things that we don’t see these days. You might also find the “workshop” construction interesting for outdoor demonstrations such as craft fairs. Each topic is split into 4 ...

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Single-purpose freebie: Paper cutter

Single-purpose freebie: Paper cutter

12-14-2014 04:54 AM by paxorion | 5 comments »

Harbor Freight item 60274, 47877 is one of the many freebies I stock up on. I wouldn’t call it a multi-purpose tool. My family has one purpose for them: to cut paper, and usually coupon trimming. Call it a self-fulfilling prophecy, but I seem to only cut HF coupons with these scissors, sometimes for more scissor freebies. My wife uses them to trim coupons when we are on a long drive. The complaints I have for this too are: They may be relatively sharp at first but dull very qui...

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Light duty freebie that I treat as a consumable

Light duty freebie that I treat as a consumable

12-14-2014 04:42 AM by paxorion | 2 comments »

The smallest Harbor Freight tarp (item numbers 953, 69248, 69136, 69128) comes up as a freebie every now and then. I stock up on these whenever I see the freebie. The tarp is very thin and very light duty. I treat them as consumables and generally don’t expect them to last more than a couple of uses. I’ve had 2 of them tear on me after snagging a sharp corner of something. Usually they serve to line the minivan when picking up lumber (or an annual Christmas tree), or cover u...

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Excellent but Elusive Freebie.  Hard to get this wrong.

Excellent but Elusive Freebie. Hard to get this wrong.

12-14-2014 04:35 AM by paxorion | 1 comment »

I have one of these magnetic parts holder and I have one more freebie coupon to use. Like the 6” counterpart, as a parts organizer, it does exactly what it’s supposed to do: keep the screws in place where I need it. My opinion is the same for this 4” parts organizer and the 6” parts organizer. At the current price of $3 (sans any coupon you might use), it’s hard to get it wrong, and it’s probably coming from the same factory line in China that other stores sell for more...

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Great Freebie when the coupon appears.  Hard to get this wrong.

Great Freebie when the coupon appears. Hard to get this wrong.

12-14-2014 04:31 AM by paxorion | 1 comment »

I’ve been lucky to pick up 2 of these guys with HF freebie coupons in the last few months. As a parts organizer, it does exactly what it’s supposed to do: keep the screws in place where I need it. At the current price of $4 (sans any coupon you might use), it’s hard to get it wrong, and it’s probably coming from the same factory line in China that other stores sell for more. Would I pay for it? Well I got by without it before getting them as freebies. Now I have...

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