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Wolfcraft master 200 portable worktable (MaFe review)

Wolfcraft master 200 portable worktable (MaFe review)

09-15-2010 11:02 PM by mafe | 7 comments »

Wolfcraft master 200 portable worktableTesting it on a simple tool box build in Paris… Ok The story goes that my fiancé lives in Paris (Caroline – she is French), and a genuine Lumber Jerk needs a place to hammer, even when he is there. So of to the beloved BHV in the center of Paris, they have a Wolfcraft 200 at a price of 50 Euro.And it can be brought home on my unisex bicycle, even I must admit the Paris traffic and a load like this are a little like oil and water. Wolfcraft maste...

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Harbor Freight Scissor Lift Table

Harbor Freight Scissor Lift Table

09-15-2010 04:46 AM by jcwalleye | 8 comments »

Tool Review 500 lb capacity hydraulic lift table I struggle lowering cabinets or other heavy items from the workbench down to the floor. It’s often more of a controlled drop than anything else. I thought it was just me, but the topic came up on one of the forums recently. Someone mentioned that they used a scissor lift table from Harbor Freight and several others chimed in saying they used the same thing. It was such a simple solution, I had to get one. A friend picked it up...

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Mortise Pal -  A Great Tool

Mortise Pal - A Great Tool

09-08-2010 06:13 AM by mcase | 8 comments »

I’m a big fan of floating tenons. They are clean shouldered, very strong and very quick. So when I got a job for fir doors I wanted to use floating tenons. The problem for me was Getting them deep and wide enough for an exterior door. For most of my floating tenon mortises I use the Festool Domino. But while this a great machine it only cuts a mortise to 1” by 50mm thick. I could have used my hollow chisel mortiser and employed traditional mortise and tenon. This is ...

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... and now I can't imagine drilling large holes without it

... and now I can't imagine drilling large holes without it

09-07-2010 03:24 PM by John | 6 comments »

I bought this a year or more ago and it sat on the shelf. This past weekend I had to drill several 2” + holes with forstner bits which usually means lots of shallow cuts and smoke and heat. I just happened to notice this can on the shelf, which I had pretty much forgotten about. This lube led to no smoke and I could take deeper “cuts” – e.g. 3/4” ply in maybe 4 plunges instead of 6-8 without. I also had a lot of pocket holes to drill this weekend and I ...

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Take Better Photos With A Light Tent

Take Better Photos With A Light Tent

08-22-2010 03:22 AM by MrsN | 13 comments »

This is not exactly a woodworking tool, but may be useful to some people. When taking pictures of the things we make sometimes it is hard to show off the true beauty of a piece because of the resulting photos. I am not an expert on photography, and my pictures are not perfect, but I thought I would share what I do know. One of the things that I did that made the biggest impact on my photos was getting a light tent (some people call them light boxes or photo tents). There are lots of websit...

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Long  strong screws instead of lag screws

Long strong screws instead of lag screws

08-22-2010 02:44 AM by rimfire7891 | 8 comments »

Was building retaining wall with treated 4×6’s and need something to keep them together.If we back up a little, was a friends place in jolly old England. He does handyman type stuff. Bricks, electrical, solariums,plumbing,fences etc. He had these screws for some of the large timbers he used. I thought they would be just what I needed, sometimes. Got back to Canada and tried to find them. You want what? No luck so I used google to find the company that made them. Called them said th...

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Flexing and other issues

Flexing and other issues

08-20-2010 01:57 AM by Mark Colan | 16 comments »

[I originally published this on Amazon. If you find it useful, I’d appreciate it if you went there and clicked “Yes” (useful) just below my review.] The product is useful, and speeds up panel cuts (etc), but it is far from perfect. When cutting a sheet of 4-foot-wide 3/4” plywood, it clamps securely, but the guide can flex significantly if you push too hard in the middle, resulting in a cut that is not straight. The less wide the wood, the less of an issue this ...

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Photo lights for better posts

Photo lights for better posts

08-16-2010 01:02 PM by BritBoxmaker | 6 comments »

Not strictly speaking a woodwork tool these are LED lighting units to use in video or stills photography but as I’m continually taking pics for Project posts and blogs I thought it appropriate to post them here. They are from a site based in the UK Channel islands (post free in UK) but I’m not sure they will post worldwide. The URL should you want to check them out is here I bought a pair. One goes either side of my Canon Powerhot A460. They do stack on one another quite sol...

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Bye-bye rust!

Bye-bye rust!

08-11-2010 05:49 PM by Bret | 10 comments »

I’m generally skeptical of products that purport to take the place of elbow grease, but I got this bottle of Rust Off in a package at Woodcraft with some Boeshield and blade & bit cleaner. Last night, I realized that I had to put my smoker up for sale before we pack out (in two weeks) and so I needed to de-rust it. I stood there for a while, wire brush in hand and Dremel tool nearby when I remembered that I had this stuff. The instructions say to spray it on rust, allow it to s...

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Electric power hoist

Electric power hoist

07-23-2010 02:39 AM by jerset | 6 comments »

Electric Power HoistI needed a way to lift heavy loads in and out of my pickup. Table saw 600 # Band saw 275 # Drill press 140 # I purchased this hoist from Cabela’s and the swing out hoist frame. I Made in china sold by Cabela’s, Grizzly, Harbor Fright and others.EM # 44006 MANUFACTURER: CHICAGO ELECTRIC POWER TOOLSDescription decided to mount the hoist on a galvanized pipe, a 4’ section in the ground 2’ deep with 2 60# sacks of concrete, a coupling with a 10 se...

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