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You should see the other guy . . .

You should see the other guy . . .

07-06-2011 11:14 PM by Alster | 7 comments »

I recently bought a box of these nails to assemble a five-board bench. I drilled small pilot holes just to keep the nails headed in the right direction. Tremont recommends a pilot hole about the diameter of the nail halfway to the tip, but mine was much smaller and did the job just fine. The nails are a joy to drive, but they are soft—softer than round shank nails you might find at the hardware store. This makes it easy to clinch them, if you want, but also makes it easy to bend them...

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Nice Rack With a Few Small Problems

Nice Rack With a Few Small Problems

07-04-2011 12:55 AM by Jimi_C | 16 comments »

I just got done installing this and loading it up, so I thought I’d post a quick review. I saw Woodcraft had these on sale, and I was sick of having all my lumber on my basement floor, so I went and bought two. The instructions recommend a 4-6’ distance between racks, but I wanted to be able to store some shorter lumber on them so I spaced them every other stud, for ~ 32” and a total width of 8’. Each pair is rated at 100lbs per level, so this should give me the abili...

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3 Piece Curved Jaw Locking Pliers Set

3 Piece Curved Jaw Locking Pliers Set

06-26-2011 05:05 AM by Raymond | 4 comments »

What a great set of 3 locking plyers 5” 7” and 10”. 6.99 holds tight, nice confortable handles. Adjusting screws work smothly and the jaws don’t move from side to side when you apply pressure. Nice deep groves in the jaws to hold tight. Jaws did not spring either when really reefing on them. Another great find

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6 Piece Pneumatic Scraper Kit

6 Piece Pneumatic Scraper Kit

06-26-2011 04:33 AM by Raymond | 4 comments »

An odd find that actually works very well is this 6 Piece Pneumatic Scraper Kit i bought it with the idea to use it as a power chisel. I adaped some wood working chisels to work with this. It is very quiet yet has 3500 BPM and an air consumption of 4 cfm at 90. It is a nice compact unit and fits the hand well. I have used it to remove a great deal of wood that with a chisel and hammer would have taken much more time. Other features are built in regulator to vary the amount of force applied. F...

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Compact Air Die Grinder Kit

Compact Air Die Grinder Kit

06-26-2011 04:20 AM by Raymond | 0 comments »

I was looking for a die grinder, and came across this little one 1/4 and 1/8 collets. This is an outstanding little grinder for the money 14.99. Lots of torque. It did not bog down when using a power rasp to remove stock from a piece of oak. At 4 cfm at 90, and 21,000 rpm it has tons of power. Fits the hand well and does exactly what I want it to do. Fit and finish is great. Again no air fittings. Another Harbor Freight tool I would recommend.

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1/4" Pistol Grip Screwdriver

1/4" Pistol Grip Screwdriver

06-26-2011 04:14 AM by Raymond | 4 comments »

As you can tell I was looking for a few air tools. This little guy is awsome. Tons of torque, drives 3” screws like mad. I can drive about 25 before my compressor kicks in Runs at 4 cfm at 90 psi. Great preformance forward and reverse. The direction selector is conviently located. Again no air fitting included. At 19.99 can’t go wrong, and a one year warentee. Nice fit and finish and great packaging.

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Air Screwdrver

Air Screwdrver

06-26-2011 04:07 AM by Raymond | 0 comments »

Another jem I picked up at Harbor Freight, this little inline air screwdriver really works well. 6 cfm at 90 psi, this little guy is an impact driver and really drives the screws home. Quick release chuck accepts standard hex drive bits. Another 19.99 Gem I highly recommend. Like most air tools from Harbor Freight no air fitting was included. Packaging was great and again has the 1 year warentee. Finish is suprisingly good. Fits the hand well and has ample power in forward or reverse.

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Harbor Freight Air Drill

Harbor Freight Air Drill

06-26-2011 03:59 AM by Raymond | 0 comments »

I reciently was at Harbor Freight and picked up a few goodies. I have been looking for a few air tools lately and since I have had good luck with Harbor Freight tools I figured to give them a shot. My first item was the 3/8” Reversible Air Drill With Keyed Chuck and Key 19.99, 5 cfm at 90 1700 rpm. Out of the box it looked great no packing grease to remove, packaged nicely in bubble wrap with instructions and a chuck key, no air fitting (would be nice if that was included). I have been ...

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Outdoor Furniture Protection

Outdoor Furniture Protection

05-30-2011 07:27 PM by japanesewoodworker | 3 comments »

This products is an OIL BASED outdoor furniture protection finish. The can says it will stain seal and protect all in one coat. If you read the directions, a second coat can be applied 30 minutes after the first coat has been absorbed. I have redwood benches in my back yard. I sanded them all down with my NEW Festool sander and applied this finish. One quart allowed be to cover approximately 36 square feet of benches. The price was only $ 11.00 plus tax in Calfornia (yuk !). I used...

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Good Bang for the Buck

Good Bang for the Buck

05-30-2011 01:50 PM by knotscott | 6 comments »

The AR118 is a compact portable electric power washer. It’s not in the same league as a $1500 commercial grade gas powered washer, but it’s plenty capable for average residential use, and is a solid bang for the buck. It’s small, lightweight, inexpensive, and very portable. It does an excellent job on vinyl siding, patio furniture, concrete, paint and stain removal from decks, and is great at pre-rinsing major dirt off the car, though you’ll still need to wash with so...

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