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Porter Cable 690LR "Ouch"

Porter Cable 690LR "Ouch"

11-23-2014 03:47 PM by captferd | 1 comment »

Been using Porter Cable routers Since mid 80’s. Cant wear them out. Well at least not till now. I was setting the adjustments on my plunge router when the handle suddenly just broke. My thumb got a pretty good slice in the process. Luckily it wasn’t running at the time, that could have been disastrous. My advise to anyone that has one of these routers with the hard plastic handles would be to replace them. I had some rubber ones from another base that fit. I’m not sure if ag...

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My entire history with this saw thus far.

My entire history with this saw thus far.

11-21-2014 07:32 PM by Paul | 3 comments »

The first 2/3 of this will be copied and pasted from the first impressions of the saw and my 6 month review of it on the forums here. The last section will be new. If you have already read my first 2 posts about this or don’t feel like reading it skip to section 3/3. _1/3 Purchased a 35990G as a floor model from my local Steel City warehouse distributor. I figured I’d leave some initial thoughts of the saw as there was not much out there for information before I purchased. ...

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Hammer A3-31 an updated Review

Hammer A3-31 an updated Review

11-21-2014 03:13 PM by Kopion | 9 comments »

I’m going to start from the beginning: I first contacted Felder/Hammer (just “Felder” from here on out) around spring of 2012, a few months before I was going to go back to school (while still working). Not having a Jointer and Planer was really interfering with my woodworking project list (there’s only so much you can do with plywood and borrowing others’ machines, right?). I spoke with their salesperson and he was pretty quick to provide me with a quote (I o...

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Updated ClearVue Mini CV06 with cone is much improved

Updated ClearVue Mini CV06 with cone is much improved

11-21-2014 06:56 AM by Bill1974 | 3 comments »

I saw that ClearVue has updated their Mini CV06 shop vacuum separator. I called them up and asked if it would be possible to update my previous generation CV06 and they said it was possible. They sent me the parts (lower cone, a couple of gaskets and hardware) for $40 + $10 for shipping. Money well spent in the long run. The update really improves the separation to the point with almost nothing gets into the shop vac. I took apart the CV06 off the old shop vac housing that I had at...

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A great little tool every shop should have (Temp/Hum gauge)

A great little tool every shop should have (Temp/Hum gauge)

11-19-2014 05:30 PM by Dreek | 6 comments »

Not much to say about this, just wanted to share my latest and probably cheapest shop acquisition. This AcuRite Temperature and Humidity Monitor cost me $10 at HD, has a clearly readable LCD display, shows current relative humidity, current temperature, hi/lo for each over last 24 hours, and gives you your choice of F or C display. For mounting, it has a spring-loaded belt-clip type device on the back with a pretty strong magnet built in (in the photo you see it mounted using just the magne...

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Garage Sale Quality

Garage Sale Quality

11-18-2014 10:39 AM by Virgil | 18 comments »

Laguna has left a first and lasting impression on me. The saw I received came with numerous cosmetic flaws. From the runs in the paint on the motor, to what looks like dents in the edge of the doors, various chips in the paint on the table, plastic parts that look like they have been chewed on, to holes needing to be drilled out for assembly. This saw looks like something I would have purchased at a garage sale. I am passionate about wood working and just as passionate about my wood working t...

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Veritas Low Angle Jack Plane

Veritas Low Angle Jack Plane

11-17-2014 04:25 PM by Chuck Anstrom | 10 comments »

Earlier this year, I purchased a Veritas Low Angle Jack Plane from Lee Valley. I have one other Veritas plane, a Medium Shoulder Plane. Like the first, the Low Angle Jack Plane is a tool of beauty. Superbly crafted and machined, it is a pleasure to use. Last week, I received a letter informing me of a possible fault in the plane. I checked my plane and the fault did not exist. I find it unique and extraordinary that a firm would provide this level of service—— If it is n...

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Mirka Autonet, Abranet, Abralon sanding disk and Ceros Sander

Mirka Autonet, Abranet, Abralon sanding disk and Ceros Sander

11-16-2014 08:54 PM by jgt1942 | 24 comments »

Mirka is well known for their sanding products and I have used their sanding disk for years but as with any sanding disk you always have the problem of clogging and dust. As an answer to this Mirka has a line of disk that look like window screening and virtually eliminate dust if you are using a good vacuum with your sander (more on this later). Following are a couple of images of a sanding disk. As you can easily see (no pun intended) you can actually see through the disk.In this line...

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JET DC-1100VX-CK Dust Collector: Unpacking and Assembly

JET DC-1100VX-CK Dust Collector: Unpacking and Assembly

11-13-2014 08:28 PM by groland | 11 comments »

I may be the only person nutty enough to think this might be of interest to anyone, but if you are contemplating purchase of one of these units, this may be of interest to you. I purchased this unit from Global Industrial on Nov. 6, 2014. The price was $699.99 to which was added $35.00 for residential delivery, totaling $734.99. Unless you have a loading dock, I recommend the residential delivery service because everything is shipped shrink-wrapped on a palette. My delivery was made by Estes....

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The perfect saw for my needs and space

The perfect saw for my needs and space

11-13-2014 01:17 PM by ajw1978 | 14 comments »

_First things first, my star rating reflects the saw’s use and value to me and my needs. So may be higher for me than it would be for you, and that’s perfectly fine. Also, the review is also coming from somebody still new to the hobby so may lack the technical details found in other reviews. You can get specs and more information at the Craftsman website The “centerpiece” to my tool collection and budding attempt at a workshop comes after a long and frustrating two ...

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