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Not a HF Gem - But Adequate

Not a HF Gem - But Adequate

05-15-2017 03:06 PM by jonah | 3 comments »

I recently moved and had to leave behind three of my homemade rolling stands that previously housed my drill press, oscillating belt/spindle sander, and DW735 planer. Rather than building my own again, I decided to take a shot on a HF stand. It came out to around $20 after a 20% off coupon. The stand is actually fairly sturdy, even with the pressboard top and relatively thin steel legs and braces. It has no problem securely holding my ~90lb DW735. However, it is an absolute pain to assembl...

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Woodcraft customer service

Woodcraft customer service

05-13-2017 03:57 PM by jtriggs | 11 comments »

I wanted to give a thumbs up to Woodcraft’s customer service. Here’s my story. I have bought many pen kits from Woodcraft and over the last year I’ve been trying to find a click pen kit that my wife would like. Most pens are too big and heavy for her. I bought a couple Wall Street click pen kits and everything went OK until I tested them after assembly. One of them stopped working very quickly. The pen wouldn’t stay extended. The same thing happened on a specialty w...

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Nice rule(s) for the $$

Nice rule(s) for the $$

05-12-2017 11:50 PM by Craftsman on the lake | 4 comments »

I wanted some accurate rules now that I have my new Sawstop that seems to have a pretty accurate scale on the fence slider. I took a chance on these relatively inexpensive ones on Amazon. I was surprised to see that they are nicely made. I put the longest along the tape on my fence slider and it lines up exactly, so either both or neither are accurate! They come bundled in three sizes (18in, 12in, 6in) for $11.99. Although I ordered them a week ago for 10.99. Go figure. I used pictures from ...

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Great Little Lock

Great Little Lock

05-12-2017 05:01 PM by Ron Aylor | 11 comments »

I needed a lock for my recent William & Mary Prie Dieu build. Woodcraft of Atlanta came through for me with the JG Eldelen Full Mortise Chest Lock (Item No. 130261). Easily installed, very sturdy with smooth operation; a great little lock. I did not use the strike plate in my installation, as I opted for a handmade angled wooden version. If you chose to use the strike plate, do so with care, as it is very thin and bends easily. The escutcheon looks really nice, especially with the Wil...

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Bosch 1250DEVS 6-1/2-Amp 6-Inch Random Orbit Sander

Bosch 1250DEVS 6-1/2-Amp 6-Inch Random Orbit Sander

05-12-2017 08:27 AM by Ken90712 | 17 comments »

I make a lot of cutting boards over 300 thus far. I have always kicked around getting a 6 inch sander. I have 3 different 5” sanders and tons of 5 inch sandpaper. I kept hearing that a 6 inch has roughly 44% more surface area than a 5. I was looking at the Bosch and the Festool. Blondie gave me the green light on the Festool even with the 580 price tag. For some reason I just couldn’t do it. Maybe I’m afraid of the addiction that will come from it LOL I got my Bosch o...

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SW Ohio Woodworking School Experience, Definitely Recommend

SW Ohio Woodworking School Experience, Definitely Recommend

05-08-2017 02:04 PM by FoundSheep | 6 comments »

I wanted to let everyone know about my experience at the Little Miami Handworks School, just outside of Dayton Ohio in the small town of Bellbrook. Because I think this is a world class hand tool woodworking school that deserves to have all the students they can hold. http://littlemiamihandworks.com/products/joinery-by-hand I forget how I had stumbled across their website initially, but I was surprised to learn of a hand tool focused woodworking school within 15 min of my house. I had p...

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Good cabinet. A couple small mistakes

Good cabinet. A couple small mistakes

05-05-2017 05:25 PM by jklingel | 7 comments »

Last year I bought Norm’s plans for his updated router cabinet and built it recently. Overall, it is a very nice cabinet, but there are a couple of small things I don’t think are right, or could be tweaked. You may want to keep them in mind when/if you use his plans. For one, the plans say to drill a 2” hole in the back of the cabinet for a 2” PVC exhaust pipe. You need a 2 3/8” hole for 2” pipe. Unfortunately, when I saw the mistake on the hole size it did...

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Scorpion 12" Helical JOINTER/PLANER

Scorpion 12" Helical JOINTER/PLANER

05-05-2017 06:50 AM by Andre | 19 comments »

Just a quick review to let state my personal opinion, anybody interested in the spec’s can look them up.The basic’s are it is a 12” (Helical head made by Stinger) jointer planer combo machine that excels in the jointer department and really planes very acceptable, the conversion is a hassle. Procedure is easy and fast enough just a pain to switch the Dust Collection over. I do not use the planer function all that often so the gain in shop floor space more than makes up ...

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Surprisingly Effective Collection

Surprisingly Effective Collection

04-30-2017 06:39 PM by pintodeluxe | 6 comments »

Okay so I had my doubts going in that this contraption would work at all. So many of these dust collection contraptions interfere with the use of the tool, so I often don’t use them. I have a Bench Dog router top and fence with a shop made enclosed cabinet as the base. I use a Ridgid “6.5 hp” shop vac to do the collecting. The dust collection (before installing the Dust Router) was actually fairly good through the fence. However, the cabinet quickly filled with chips and...

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WEN 4225 Drill Press

WEN 4225 Drill Press

04-28-2017 04:25 PM by PPK | 7 comments »

I bought a new floor standing drill press. After doing my usual research, this seemed to be the best bang for my buck. So far, I’m very happy with the quality and features. It includes all the standard items you’d expect from a drill press, such as a depth stop, adjustable speeds, and a work light, 8 amp (about 2/3 or 3/4 HP) motor. Some extra features that make this machine somewhat unique are: -Variable speed without changing the belts. There’s a torque converto...

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