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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 | 17 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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CBR Products--Pro-Thane

CBR Products--Pro-Thane

07-19-2010 07:13 PM by Huckleberry | 1 comment »

I have found another water based finish and trialed it. This one is really good just like AFM SafeCoat the final touch is to me what is important. Also get in on the giveaway by answering some questions!! I hope you enjoy this review.

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WOW....BlakLader Heavy Worker Pants

WOW....BlakLader Heavy Worker Pants

07-09-2010 12:48 PM by Todd Thomas | 4 comments »

Ok Ok I know what your thinking “what the heck this guy is a sissy review cloths”......... I saw a review for this on another forum and thought I would try the out. They are buy far the best work pants I have ever owned….....http://www.blakladerusa.com/catalog/workpants/heavyworkerwutilitypockets/ plenty of pockets. and the pockets are a square cut so it is easy to get things in and out of them. Some styles come with extra pockets, like a sewn in tool belt that fol...

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Low Cost Edge Banding that Works

Low Cost Edge Banding that Works

06-30-2010 04:38 AM by jayman7 | 5 comments »

First, let me say that I have never applied an iron-on edge banding before. This was for making a series of drawer fronts using red oak plywood. I’ve done solid wood edges in the past, but not using a pre-glued veneer. I initially wanted to try the edge banding available at the typical woodworking stores, but it worked out to be about $0.66 / linear foot. I saw the Band-It edge banding at the big box stores for only $0.26 / linear foot so I had to give it a try. I applied it with...

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Kreg Deck Jig Hidden Fastener System

Kreg Deck Jig Hidden Fastener System

06-28-2010 04:36 PM by knothead | 7 comments »

I was very excited to get the Kreg Deck Jig this summer as I am replacing the deck at my home. The new deck is a 10’ X 16’ floating deck, framed in the usual manner with PT lumber for the structure and Western Red Cedar (5/4×6) decking and trim. I have a most favorable opinion of Kreg tools generally, however in the Deck Jig they might have missed the mark just a little bit. I have a few observations….... 1. The jig is formed of the familiar blue plastic, but I fi...

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