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Porter Cable 4.5" Cordless Angle Grinder

Porter Cable 4.5" Cordless Angle Grinder

10-22-2014 11:19 PM by Dirk Van Essendelft | 0 comments »

Had a break in the middle of my project because I’m waiting on some parts, so I decided to review one of my recent tool purchases. I bought it at Lowes for $35. Tool buying tip: go find a sale online and ask the cashiers to price match. Lowes has a price +10% guarantee. Then you get another 5% if you put it on your Lowes credit card. See my video review:

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The Horrible Stories About Laguna Are True

The Horrible Stories About Laguna Are True

10-22-2014 05:11 PM by Rockne | 4 comments »

I hate to sound like a complainer, so let me start out with something positive: the Minimax MM16 that I picked up when the Laguna purchase fell through is AWESOME. I’m fortunate to have some pretty nice machines, and the MM16 is a wonderful example of how things should be done. The only thing I would change about the mm16 is to give it a rack and pinion table . . . otherwise, color me very impressed. Now for the not-so-good: I ordered an LT14 SUV bandsaw from Rockler. Rockler...

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Summit HVLP - Budget Spraying

Summit HVLP - Budget Spraying

10-21-2014 11:13 PM by Pezking7p | 7 comments »

I purchased this HVLP system last year during a Black Friday special from peachtree woodworking for the extremely low price of something like $70. Regular retail appears to be $120, so please keep this in mind as you read my review. The package comes with a single stage 400W turbine, about 8’ of hose, a spray gun with a plastic siphon cup, and a spare needle and a spare air filter. Everything was in great shape out of the box, just needed to clean the grease off the internals. T...

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Even Better With A Few Modifications

Even Better With A Few Modifications

10-21-2014 06:38 PM by OSU55 | 6 comments »

I’ve had one of these for about 2-1/2 years. Typical of Lee Valley / Veritas tools, everything’s great. You can read all about adjustments, available blades, and the rest in the manual from their website. The tool provides excellent results, but does have a learning curve, and there are a couple of things that make it an even better tool. Initially I ended up with an overly aggressive cut. It would dig in and stop, spin around, sometimes feeling like a slot car on a wiggly piece of track ...

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Dissapointing Woodworking Class

Dissapointing Woodworking Class

10-21-2014 04:51 PM by gfernandez | 7 comments »

Two years ago I took a woodworking class here in NC with Gregory Paolini and built a bow arm Morris chair (see attached picture). Although there were a few bumps along the way, the main one being he was short an instructor and we all went home with unfinished pieces, it was still a great time and the 6 of us learned a ton of useful woodworking knowledge. Greg was also readily available via phone and email with the many questions I had after the class ended regarding getting my project complet...

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One of the best ideas

One of the best ideas

10-20-2014 11:19 PM by ic3ss | 6 comments »

I’ve been looking at these for about a year and finally pulled the trigger last week. I had a kickback incident that smashed a couple of fingers last year and since then I’ve had my mind on ways to make my old Unisaw safer. This has got to be one of the best safety devices for the woodshop in many years. What it does is so basic its a wonder it has only recently been made commercially. It’s an expensive device to be sure, at $80. For me it took a few smashed fingers to ge...

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Copper and Brass Hammers with Hickory handles

Copper and Brass Hammers with Hickory handles

10-18-2014 04:02 PM by woodsmithshop | 4 comments »

I cannot take credit for the new Hickory handles in these hammers, fellow LJ Allyoop made the handles from Hickory for me. I have had the hammer heads for many years , always intending to make handles for them, but as usual, they were put aside and forgotten, until one day fellow LJ and friend Allyoop, mentioned that he was interested in blacksmithing, then I remembered the hammer heads, I showed him the heads and made a deal with him that if he made a handle for me for the crosspeen hammer I...

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The New Rikon 70-220 VDR Wood Working lathe

The New Rikon 70-220 VDR Wood Working lathe

10-18-2014 01:20 PM by ncdon | 5 comments »

After a couple of weeks of near full time turning I think I can write a decent review of my new Midi Lathe. To date I’ve turned a couple of bowls, several pens and some Christmas ornamentsTo tell the truth I stopped in my local Woodcraft store to look at the Jet 1221. I was very surprised to see a Rikon lathe with virtually identical specs.The 70-220 VSR is an electronically controlled variable speed lathe, with reverse. It advertises a 12 1/2 inch swing over the bed, a 1 hp motor, e...

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Flexcut Micro Carving Tools

Flexcut Micro Carving Tools

10-18-2014 04:02 AM by Druid | 3 comments »

For those LJ members who (like me) have wanted to add some finer carving tools to their collection, the attached photo shows the newly introduced Micro Tools from Flexcut. Mine just arrived this week, and my initial impression is that they certainly match the high quality that I have always experienced from this manufacturer.They come fully honed and ready to use . . . read that as “razor sharp”. I have been looking for smaller scale carving tools for some time now, but have not...

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Hand Forged Holdfasts

Hand Forged Holdfasts

10-18-2014 12:34 AM by A Slice of Wood Workshop | 6 comments »

Follow the link for a review on a set of holdfasts that I made. Click here for the video.

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