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Drill Bits & Plug Cutters.

Drill Bits & Plug Cutters.

11-27-2010 05:50 PM by Ken90712 | 8 comments »

I had purchased these bits and cutters a few months ago and now that I have used them for a while I decided to post a review. I have purchased several items in the past from MLCS and so far have not been disappointed. Each set of bits come in a simple little wooden storage box which is a nice touch. So far both sets of bits have performed VERY WELL, and show no signs of wearing. The only drawback and the reason I gave it a 4 stars rating is the box the tapered bits come in. They could of h...

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Never liked holes in my pockets- UNTIL NOW!

Never liked holes in my pockets- UNTIL NOW!

11-25-2010 07:58 PM by StumpyNubs | 31 comments »

I’ve always called Harbor Freight “God’s gift to men” and since there’s been a bit of hubub about this tool paradise on this site recently I thought I’d post some reviews of my favorite HF Gems… This one I just bought TODAY and I already can see that it is among the best tools in the store! For one thing, this thing is extremely well made! That isn’t always the case at HF… ok… I suppose it is RARELY the case. But if you had this j...

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Rare Earth Magnets for 15 cents each!

Rare Earth Magnets for 15 cents each!

11-23-2010 01:33 AM by StumpyNubs | 22 comments »

Rare earth magnets have unlimited uses in the shop. I’ve seen more plans than I can count using these little things in woodworking magazines, so when I saw them in Harbor Freight today I grabbed a pack. Of course there’s not much to say about them, they work like any other rare earth magnets, hard to pull apart and dangerous to swallow. The difference is that the Harbor Freight ones are a buck and a half for ten of them! They’re 5/16” round, the ideal size for most ...

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Edited: Sturdy construction, odd warning

Edited: Sturdy construction, odd warning

11-18-2010 02:36 PM by Eric_S | 38 comments »

I purchased these last week when I thought I’d be fastening the tops to the nightstands this weekend. Well I screwed up the tops and now have a few more weeks of work(delayed until after holiday gifts are done). Anyways, I just received these fasteners in the mail yesterday and was all excited….until I read the back of the bags. I can’t remember the exact words since I dont have it in front of me right now but it goes something like this: Warning, materials used in thi...

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Sell your Biscuit Joiner and your Pocket Hole Jig and buy the DowelMax.

Sell your Biscuit Joiner and your Pocket Hole Jig and buy the DowelMax.

11-12-2010 04:15 PM by tedth66 | 7 comments »

Like most of you LJs, I too LOVE tools. I especially love the tools that make me look like a professional craftsman. Years back I fell in love with the Kreg Pocket Hole jig due to its simplicity and ease of use. After building a few cabinets with the jig I realized that creating a flush joint was very challenging and sometimes impossible. The difficulty of creating a flush joint is due to the screw causing the mating board to wander when you drive ithe screw into the board; this is despite m...

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Not so Pro

Not so Pro

11-12-2010 08:56 AM by mcase | 3 comments »

If your planning on using Rockler’s new “Pro Shelf” template set for professional work don’t even bother to open the box. The set includes registering pins for 5mm and 1/4” pins. However the set does not include the registering pins for the 7/32” holes you need to drill if your using the more professional brass insets and shelf pins. According to the website and the staff with whom I spoke, Rockler does not sell or make the necessary registering pins. Stran...

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Nail Puller gets great reviews but I couldn't make it live up to expectations

Nail Puller gets great reviews but I couldn't make it live up to expectations

11-04-2010 01:22 AM by Elizabeth | 11 comments »

I recently got a bunch of reclaimed wood which used to be a boat frame. At either end of most pieces are lots of nails, and I mean LOTS – about 20-30 in each piece. I wanted to try to reclaim all the wood so I looked around for a way to get these nails out, and found many good reviews of the Crescent 56 Nail Puller on Amazon. Nearly all the reviews said that this was the tool to get if you have to pull lots of nails, and described its use. It seems to be a love-it-or-hate-it item ...

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Pretty Nice Carving Gouges

Pretty Nice Carving Gouges

10-29-2010 12:23 AM by Eric in Florida. | 4 comments »

I wanted a set of carving gouges , but I couldn’t afford to spend an arm and a leg.I was pretty surprised when these arrived and turned out to be nicer then I thought they would be.Given the price of around $11.00 a gouge, these are nice.They range from 1/4” to 1” and were sharp enough to use right out of the box, but I’ll hone them up real good and give a report a little down the road on how they work out.I gave four stars based on my initial impression, but we’...

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General Finishes Gel Stain, a good deal

General Finishes Gel Stain, a good deal

10-24-2010 12:33 AM by Andrew | 6 comments »

I bought some of this because I am refinishing a dresser ( saddly store bought). The dresser has been replaced by one I built. While it sat in my garage, it was noticed by a friend that wanted to relocate it to their home, but they wanted to have it refinished. So I sanded and sanded, then I dyed the unknown Malaysian wood to find out some sections did not take any dye at all, if I hadn’t sanded it myself, I would have thought there was excess glue in those places. So I put on a coa...

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Cabinet scraper

Cabinet scraper

10-22-2010 06:16 PM by ducky911 | 13 comments »

Hi, I thought I would post this as there may be some others that have not tried using scrapers. Oh man if I only hand the hours back spent on sanding. My wife been bugging me for a bedroom mirror and since I been buying tools lately I figured that her project better move up on the list. I had some hard maple left over. I ran the frame material through the table saw on an angle to make a cove—-I had done that several times before and it takes alot of sanding and making special b...

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