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Poor Bit Ruins a Nice Jig

Poor Bit Ruins a Nice Jig

05-21-2015 10:37 AM by pintodeluxe | 5 comments »

I have used large acrylic shelf pin drilling jigs in the past, which worked fine. Some models are actually too big to fit in an existing cabinet, so the small size of this unit was appealing. After all you can use the index pin and cut as many holes as you need. The plastic template itself works fine. It is well thought out, and has some nice features. The “clamping zone” should be longer, because the clamps sometimes interfere with the drilling operation. The indexing pin...

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3 PHASE DISK SANDER POWERED BY A TECO VFD USING A SINGLE PHASE 240V

3 PHASE DISK SANDER POWERED BY A TECO VFD USING A SINGLE PHASE 240V

05-21-2015 09:12 AM by Jagerheister | 2 comments »

I purchased a MAX UNIVERSAL 3-PHASE 18” pedestal disk sander at an online auction. I decided to use a variable frequency drive to power it instead of a rotary phase converter, or buying a single phase motor. I purchased a TECO FD50 VFD. This video shows the Un-boxing, product review, installation, and operation. More specifically, it shows how easy it is to wire up VFD, and how easy it is to use. I also mention some determining factors in choosing a VFD, and provide tips on wirin...

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Rockler 3-Piece Silicone Glue Application Kit

Rockler 3-Piece Silicone Glue Application Kit

05-19-2015 09:19 PM by B4B | 6 comments »

I picked this up on a whim. I was looking for an ink roller, or glue roller, and couldn’t find either at a local woodworking supply shop. I did find this gem and for $15 I figured I’d give it a try. I’ve used it a couple times now, and both times I intentionally left the glue dry on the brush/applicator/tray and it came off as advertised. As for longevity, only time will tell.

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Starrett Bimetal Band saw blades

Starrett Bimetal Band saw blades

05-18-2015 04:41 PM by robscastle | 7 comments »

I saw a bi metal blade working at Degoose’s workshop, Larry demomstrated cutting a couple of rips from some timber and the results were very impressive. He cut two runs from a length of timber and produced very accurate results from his band saw fitted with a new Kreg fence. With this in mind I decided to try it for myself on my bandsaw, which BTW is notorious for cutting where ever it wants to, generally not where the operator wants it to go. So I purchased two Blades:-1×224...

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A Trio of Sweethearts.

A Trio of Sweethearts.

05-18-2015 03:28 PM by Ken90712 | 9 comments »

I have been trying you use hand tools more in the shop. I have to admit, I’m all about the power tools. I have a bunch of friends on here that use and talk about hand-planes in great detail. I have had these 3 for a while now and feel comfortable enough to comment on them. Reading past posts from fellow Lumberjocks I knew about planes needing a quick sharpening out of box being required. I tested all 3 of these first before sharpening. I sharpened up to 6000 grit after that. I have ...

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General Finishes Java Gel

General Finishes Java Gel

05-18-2015 06:19 AM by CalumetWoodworks | 7 comments »

I really liked how this stain applied. It is thick like pudding and doesn’t smell real bad either. Application is straight forward. You can use a rag, brush, or any other applicator. In my use I went with a stain pad (basically a foam sponge wrapped in terry cloth). I put on a really thick coat, let it sit for about 5 minutes and wiped the excess off. I let the first coat dry over night and applied a second coat. Since I was staining maple it took awhile for me to get the hang of a...

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Review help needed !

Review help needed !

05-16-2015 12:51 PM by usmcshooter | 10 comments »

We are interested in demonstrating, and letting folks use a new mortise and dowel hole jig, for response and interest to help with how well it will be received in the market place, within 300 miles of Austin / San Antonio TX, or more if necessary ?? Anyone interested ? There are no wood shows to go to, to demonstrate this jig, so we are looking for individuals, a wood working club, or group of woodworkers to demonstrate it to, and let them use, for feed back. No cost or obligation. If you ...

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Wonderful Customer Service Experience

Wonderful Customer Service Experience

05-15-2015 02:25 PM by Lenny | 17 comments »

This is just to share a positive customer service experience. I know these days good customer service is often hit or miss. That said, I purchased the shop stool pictured above, over 2 years ago. Recently, while reaching down to pick something up, while still seated, I caused the seat to crack. The chair is rated for about 330 lbs. and while I am well below that weight, I was putting a lot of stress on an edge of the seat as I reached down. I called Woodcraft with the intention of simp...

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Cheapest no-tip track upgrade I can find

Cheapest no-tip track upgrade I can find

05-15-2015 07:35 AM by paxorion | 7 comments »

Ever since the IWF 2014, I have been dying to pick up the new BORA guide systems. After months of hunting and phone calls to BORA, I finally managed to get my hands on the BORA saw plate. The short story is…it’s awesome. Paired with the BORA WTX, this answers the mail on a track system upgrade for my Porter Cable PC15TCSMK. The Good: Works as advertised. The saw guide is (supposedly) compatible with any straight edge guide in the market. I’ve tested it with both t...

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Some grits are better than others

Some grits are better than others

05-14-2015 12:16 PM by Purrmaster | 8 comments »

This review is for multiple grits of the 3M “Pro Grade Precision” sandpaper sheets. All grits are red colored and have a sticky back. It appears to be a Home Depot exclusive. I’ve used a lot of this stuff in the last few months. Since Home Depot got rid of Norton 3X and started stocking this new 3M stuff. It appears to be a stearated, open coat sandpaper. I’ve used Norton 3X, regular 3M paper, 3M “Sandblaster”, 3M “Sandblaster Advanced”...

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