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Lots of room for improvement

Lots of room for improvement

10-26-2015 06:17 PM by Ottacat | 15 comments »

There are two aspects to this review. The first is regarding the premium subscription experience with WWGOA itself and the second is specific to the “How to build a stylish stool” plan (which requires premium membership). First, if you Google WWGOA to find out more about it you will extensive references to a business practice it had a few years ago of buying names and addresses from woodworking supply companies and then sending unsolicited DVD’s and then sending invoices ...

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It works, but I wouldn't recommend it as a benchtop

It works, but I wouldn't recommend it as a benchtop

10-17-2015 04:32 PM by whope | 2 comments »

My dad was coming to town to visit and at the last minute I decided that we would start working on a workbench for my shop. I chose the workbench from the Oct. 2015 FWW. Feeling rushed, I decided to purchase this top instead of making one. When we got it home from Woodcraft and removed the cardboard wrapping, I was disappointed that the long edges had a 1/4” round-over. I’m surprised Woodcraft didn’t carry the squared edges. Needing to mount a vise and to make it a bit...

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Laguna HHC IQ CNC

Laguna HHC IQ CNC

10-14-2015 11:33 PM by Desert_Woodworker | 2 comments »

Great high quality machine, that comes with superior customer support. I have owned this model for 2 years and not a problem to report. • Motor: 3HP 220V / 30 Amp Single Phase• Spindle: Industrial Induction Spindle, Liquid Cooled• Spindle RPM: 6,000 – 24,000 RPM• Controller: Hand Held• Ball Screw: On All Axis• Gantry Clearance: 6 inches• Machine Work Table: 24 inches X 36 inches• Machine Foot Print: 39½ inches X 50½ inches• Work Envelope: 24 inches X 36 inc...

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The X-Carve vs. the CNC Shark: Which one is worth the money?

The X-Carve vs. the CNC Shark: Which one is worth the money?

10-14-2015 12:24 AM by StumpyNubs | 12 comments »

I’d say that CNC machines are a dime a dozen these days, but while the market is flooded with options, they are far from inexpensive. The cheapest will run you hundreds of dollars, the mid-range units are in the thousands, and the sky is the limit when it comes to professional models. Choosing the right one can be confusing, and making the wrong choice can be expensive. Very, very expensive. The old saying, “You get what you pay for,” applies to the high tech world of CNC perhaps more than an...

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Wood Magazine 3 in 1 bed for all ages -plan

Wood Magazine 3 in 1 bed for all ages -plan

10-13-2015 04:12 PM by Michigander | 5 comments »

I have completed the crib for my first grandson made to the Wood Magazine 3 in 1 crib plans. The plan for the bed itself was well done except it calls for using connector bolts and barrel nut system made by Products America. These are long bolts with a 1/4-20 thread that gets screwed into these little barrel nuts. The good news is I got 6 of the 8 nuts and bolts assembled which took over 3 hours of fiddling in the shop. The last 2 absolutely refuse to assemble. I had my son in law help me and...

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My free can of Flo-Strip

My free can of Flo-Strip

10-08-2015 09:14 PM by MadJester | 6 comments »

I got a can of Flo-Strip semi-paste stripper from the rep that stopped by my store. I wanted to try it out, so they sent me a gallon sized can. I finally got around to trying it out and even on the simplest thin layer of original finish, it barely touched it….not sure what person has that much time on their hands to research and develop a product that has such minimal effect, but I wish I was getting paid what they are….I’ll stick with Strypeeze and know what I’m in ...

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Another Harbor Freight Gem

Another Harbor Freight Gem

10-08-2015 01:27 AM by Kurt T. Kneller | 3 comments »

I picked this hoist up today to install my new Grizzly G0572 Air Filter (see my other review).This little dandy made it a piece of cake to install my air filter by myself. What was really nice about it is the overalllength when fully raised. It what short enough to get the air filter up to the ceiling. My regular chain fall was way to long. With the 20% coupon I paid about $35. If you are going to hang anything like a air filter pick one up and save your back.

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Mortise and Tenon Jig

Mortise and Tenon Jig

10-05-2015 01:10 AM by John Little | 3 comments »

I know this item has been around for some time but I could not find an LJ review of it so here goes. I recently purchased a Leigh Super FMT Mortise and Tenon Jig to use on an upcoming project building a stand up desk requiring a number of mortise and tenon joints. The Super FMT is the cheaper of the two FMT jigs Leigh makes but it works in exactly the same manner as the $1,000+ unit for about half the cost. It is still pricey but it does a fantastic job. The unit uses guides that are sized...

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New Shop Lights

New Shop Lights

10-04-2015 07:50 PM by Kurt T. Kneller | 8 comments »

My shop is a 2 car garage (2 cars….must be fiats) and there is only (1) window and (2) over head single light sockets.It gets pretty dark in there now once the sun goes down. I have been planning on putting up 3 banks of 4’ fluorescent lights and running them to switches on the wall. I was researching here and various forums for advice on proper lighting and used recommended formulas. Those calculations were telling me I needed about 9-12 fixtures. That seemed like overkill. ...

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Nova G3 lathe chuck

Nova G3 lathe chuck

09-28-2015 01:40 PM by PCorl | 5 comments »

I recently bought a Nova G3 chuck for my midi lathe. I am very impressed with the quality of this product. I did a YouTube video of the unboxing, assembly, impressions, and use of it. If you would like to view the video it is available at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abTBxQit8OY I hope you enjoy the video. This is the first chuck I have bought and am glad I chose the Nova. I also bought the optional pen jaws. Even with the one minor problem I mention in the v...

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