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Easy Lift System for the DeWalt DW788

Easy Lift System for the DeWalt DW788

05-23-2010 04:13 AM by cmckerliesr | 4 comments »

I recently purchased the Easy Lift System for the DeWalt DW788 Scrollsaw from wildwooddesigns.com. The Easy Lift System that will hold the upper arm in an open position making it easier to change blades or thread a blade through a work piece. The design is very simple and you get all the hardware needed to install the lift system. I do have a slight problem with the instructions, but part of that comes from being a technical writer. If you read the instructions and follow them word for wor...

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One solution for making dowels

One solution for making dowels

05-21-2010 11:01 PM by mole | 4 comments »

I was looking for some solutions to make my own dowels so I can use them in some joineries and wood threading task. So far, some of the solutions that I found are.. wood turning, rotary plane (commercial or hand made). dowel/tenon cutters. I have tried a simple wood turning method (using electric power drill) which result in acceptable dowels (may be it will be perfect if I have a real (metal?) lathe. Anyway, using turning method, it takes quite some time for me, so here comes the Veritas d...

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Very surprising precision in this straightedge

Very surprising precision in this straightedge

05-16-2010 05:17 AM by Twigger | 1 comment »

I bought this before I started woodworking to do carpentry like circular sawing the full length of a piece of plywood. So when I bought a jointer, I wanted to use it to check for coplanar. But of course the precision of this inexpensive straightedge found at a big box store was very questionable. But using the technique found at http://lumberjocks.com/topics/16233I checked it out. In particular, I scribed a line using a knife blade, flipped it, and scribed a second line hoping to match ...

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CHARLES NEIL BLOTCH CONTROL

CHARLES NEIL BLOTCH CONTROL

05-11-2010 09:51 PM by a1Jim | 47 comments »

Hey friends and neighborsI received my can of Charles Neils Blotch control almost a week ago and I have been waiting to give it a try due to my work schedule I decided to give it a go on some poplar knowing it’s one of the worst woods to blotch when stain is applied.I sanded this six quarter piece of poplar as I would preparing for staining for all woods I’m about to finish going through the grits up to 220 grit as the instructions suggest. I then applied a first coat of blotch c...

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HTC 2000 Universal Mobile Base

HTC 2000 Universal Mobile Base

05-11-2010 07:53 PM by CryptKeeper | 7 comments »

I purchased 2 of these units one for my Jet 6” jointer and one for a Powermatic 2800 drill press. By the manufacture specs the 6” jointer weighs 237lbs and the drill press weights in at 209lbs. The HTC works well for both applications. However, I question the load rating of 500lbs on these units I don’t see it being able to support my table saw, that is spece’d at 456 lbs., long term. Pros:Instructions are easy to follow and assembly is straight foreword it took about 15 per unit. ...

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Edge Detail Sanding Made Easy

Edge Detail Sanding Made Easy

05-10-2010 09:16 AM by dustynewt | 5 comments »

I don’t remember where I first saw these advertised, but I filed it in the back of my mind to try later. Well, I was getting some basic shop supplies from Klingspor and happened to remember them. This is the link to where I found them. I do a lot of small carvings, making keychains and pendants (see examples), and the small pieces can be fumblesome for my fat fingers to hand sand. These do not eliminate this, but go a long way to ease things, timewise. They reach in between my cuts a...

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Freud Jointer knives = POOP

Freud Jointer knives = POOP

04-29-2010 02:54 PM by spaids | 29 comments »

These blades are so dull, I couldn’t even cut my finger with these. I contacted Freud directly about it and all I received was “thats our blades thats how they come. If you don’t like it you should return them to where you bought them. We don’t get any complaints about our blades” Umm YES you do get complaints because I was complaining with him right then. The dull blades I am replacing are sharper than these brand new Freud blades and Freud has ZERO concer...

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Dremel Multi-Max is made from concentrated AWESOME!

Dremel Multi-Max is made from concentrated AWESOME!

04-27-2010 04:27 PM by spaids | 25 comments »

My wife bought me this as a thank you for putting some French doors in for her. I’ve only used it a couple times and both times my jaw dropped. First use: I was installing a fan in a gas fireplace and the electric was never run for it when they built the house. The location where the power was needed was impossible to get to. My options were to remove the fireplace, run the power, and reinstall the fireplace. YUCK Or cross my fingers and try some magic. I go into the baseme...

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The Foredom THX Industrial Grinder is a Non-Stop, Go Fast Woodcarver!

The Foredom THX Industrial Grinder is a Non-Stop, Go Fast Woodcarver!

04-27-2010 02:50 PM by Charles Brock | 2 comments »

I am a professional woodworker with 30 years experience, a teacher and publisher of the Build A Maloof Inspired Furniture Series. Each instructional bundle in the series includes a DVD, book, full-size patterns and on-line support. The newest bundle (available soon) in the series is Build A Maloof Inspired Low Back Dining Chair with Charles Brock. Ben Arthur is one of the woodcarving specialists at Highland Woodworking’s store in Atlanta. I told him I wanted to improve my chair carvi...

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Watta Mug !

Watta Mug !

04-18-2010 02:00 PM by Zuki | 11 comments »

A part of the Rockler Bench Cookie Challenge I won a set of bench cookies and a mug. They finally arrived last week. I will blog about the cookies later . . . but now I want to speak about the mug. I am a big tea drinker and I found that with most mugs I had around the house I would have to go and get a refill as there just was not enough in one cup. Well . . . let me tell you something. This Rockler mug rocks! When I opened the package I saw the mug box and thought “pretty big box ...

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