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Chinese firewood...I mean plywood!

Chinese firewood...I mean plywood!

2286 days ago by Dadoo | 46 comments »

All of my cabinets so far, have been made from birch plywood and trimmed in pine. Now I’ve got a load of old maple for trim and want to build a bookcase system using maple plywood. I’ve looked around and have found that the only place that carries it, is Lowes. Oh, my local yard will be happy to order it…at like $70.00 a sheet…sight unseen. So being careful not to buy some cheap stuff (there’s been some bad vibes concerning Chinese plywood here) I found that the ...

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Pesky Little Brass Screws and such

Pesky Little Brass Screws and such

2289 days ago by MrWoody | 13 comments »

Because of a recent post by Betsy I decided to post this review.Auger gimlets are small hand drills that closely match screw sizes and are handy for pre-drilling holes for Little brass screws. I also use them for drilling small holes in small pieces when making toys.I listed them as Lee Valley but they are available elsewhere as they are not made by Lee Valley.I’ve had mine for over 20 years and the smallest is showing some wear, so I would say they are a good investment

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New twist on M.D.F.

New twist on M.D.F.

2293 days ago by Lee A. Jesberger | 39 comments »

Hello all; I thought it would be nice to post new products or materials, or little know products and materials, that are a great asset to us woodworkers. This first product is made by Norboard, out of Canada. Their website is: http://www.norbord.com Their 800 number is: 1-800-850-8061 Here’s some information on the company and also may help to locate a distributer in your area. Norbord Inc. is an international producer of wood-based panels with assets of $1.5 billion. W...

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Never drive screws with drill again

Never drive screws with drill again

2311 days ago by DGunn | 12 comments »

I recently bought the Makita 18 volt drill. I wish I would have bought the kit that included the impact. I have never owned an impact before, but have heard good things. I actually ordered this on ebay as a bare tool only. I came in brand new condition. I was anxious to try it out. I put a battery on it and started to drive some screws into some scrap. I was amazed. My drill works well with a screw guide, but this was effertless. There was absolutely no twist when I drove the screws like w...

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Great Workshop Helper - Horrible Directions

Great Workshop Helper - Horrible Directions

2315 days ago by teenagewoodworker | 5 comments »

well i just got my second workmate so i figured that i could do a review on this one because it is the newer version (my old one was the one my dad had for about 10-15 years. it is a great little shop helper. it works at a vise, a workbench, and if you put a piece of plywood on it when it is fully extended than i little assembly table. there are many many little uses that you will find for this around the shop. they last a long time as my dad’s did also.the only reason why his broke was...

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Five Stars for 5 basic tools

Five Stars for 5 basic tools

2335 days ago by Shopsmithtom | 23 comments »

The year was 1947. Hans Goldschmidt thought that post war America could use a quality combination woodworking tool. Most do-it-yourself folks at the time didn’t have the luxury of having a large basement or spare building to devote to a workshop. He was right. It became the largest selling power tool of its time. The ads talked of having 5 power tools in one, with accessories for at least a half dozen more. In 1952, my dad was listening. This is a long overdue review of that ve...

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Ready Strip

Ready Strip

2337 days ago by scottb | 4 comments »

To paraphrase from their website, Ready Strip is biodegradable, safe to touch, virtually odorless, fast, and easy. It clings to vertical surfaces. Ready-Strip™ removes most varieties of paints and varnishes which are oil or water-based including latex, stains, oil based paints, and polyurethanes. It can be applied on a multitude of interior and exterior surfaces including wood, brick, plaster, metal, marble, masonry, concrete and fiberglass. Ready Strip is environmentally safe and contain no ...

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Pulls nails and staples without damaging wood!

Pulls nails and staples without damaging wood!

2337 days ago by Hawgnutz | 0 comments »

this is the BEST tool I have found for nail removal! And wit husing old salvaged barnwood, nail removal is teh first and sometimes most time consuming process for me. This tool grips the head or the shank of the nail or staple and the grip gets stronger as the force is applied! If the head of a nail is stripped off, it makes no difference to this tool. It will grasp the bare shank and pull it out—either from the front or the back! I thinlk this has reduced my nail-removing time n...

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Good metal detector -- well worth the initial cost!

Good metal detector -- well worth the initial cost!

2337 days ago by Hawgnutz | 0 comments »

If you are in the market for a metal detector for wood, this is a good one. While the calibration is kinda tricky, once you get it set, it detects metal pretty good. One nice feature is that this offers three cues when finding metal: Sight, Sound and Vibration! When metal is detected, the light changes from green to red, a beep sounds, and you can even choose for the handle to vibrate. Unlike the Little Wizaed, the Lumber Wizard works! I feel safe to trust my planer, jointer or bandsaw...

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Unreliable metal detector --  save your money for a good one!

Unreliable metal detector -- save your money for a good one!

2337 days ago by Hawgnutz | 5 comments »

This metal detector is reasonably priced at under $20, but you get what you pay for. When I tested this on a known area with metal under the wood (my workbench has screws attaching face to top), the detector failed to detect a #10 screw just under the wood’s surface! This is totally unacceptable. My jointer, planer. or bandsaw blades are too expensive to chance on this unreliable detector. A magnetic stud finder is much more reliable than this! Save your money for the Lumber Wizar...

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