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WoodRiver Ultimate Cabinet Maker's Kit (planes)

WoodRiver Ultimate Cabinet Maker's Kit (planes)

05-27-2015 11:43 PM by Wally331 | 7 comments »

I bought this kit about three years ago and have since used these planes on just about every project done since. I’ll split up the review into three parts- one for each plane in the set, then I’ll follow that up with general comments. #4 Smoother- This plane has been my go to plane since receiving the tools. Out of the box it definitely needed a honing and a good wipe down of the cosmoline covering the tool. The blade was nearly perfectly flat- didn’t take much work to br...

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Wonderful Experience at Marc Adams School of Woodworking

Wonderful Experience at Marc Adams School of Woodworking

05-27-2015 08:57 PM by IHRedRules | 8 comments »

This course is a 5 day course on basic cabinet making. Day 1 was spent learning about cabinets and their construction, safety, breaking down sheet goods and doing the face frame. Day 2 was assembling the basic cabinet. Day 3 was work on the door and drawer. Day 4 was assembling the drawer, work on the baseboard trim. Day 5 was the top, back, and any final finishing details. Lunches were provided and were good. Tuesday night also offered a supper for us followed by a slide show of the v...

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Loosens wood glue, saved me from my screw up

Loosens wood glue, saved me from my screw up

05-26-2015 09:08 AM by BinghamtonEd | 8 comments »

I was recently working on a small chest, and after doing parts of the glue up around midnight after a long day, I found the next day I had glued the legs on in the wrong orientation. There was a lot of cursing. The legs were joined using 3/4” deep haunched tenons on the top and bottom, with unglued panels in between, using Titebond III. I picked one of these up at the BORG for $39. It has 12 selectable temperatures, which I could see useful for the various applications one would n...

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This review is for the three tool set Rougher smoother and detailer in Medium and in small

This review is for the three tool set Rougher smoother and detailer in Medium and in small

05-25-2015 12:13 AM by thedude50 | 3 comments »

Turning can be one of the most rewarding activities in a woodshop. There are many reasons for this but I will offer these for a start: You can quickly go from rough stock to finished project in under an hour. It is simple to learn to turn and it can easily be picked up on a video or from a book. The work can be quite beautiful and can sell for a large amount with a small investment. There are many other reasons turning can be your favorite task in your shop, and in fact there are many woodwor...

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Fantastic Customer Service from Blackburn

Fantastic Customer Service from Blackburn

05-24-2015 08:40 PM by Wally331 | 1 comment »

As a small time handsaw manufacturer myself I know the value of customer service and can tell you that Issac runs one of the best handsaw businesses around. I had ordered a carbide spade bit from him (for drilling saw-plates and was having problems with the edge shattering. After it had happened twice I contacted him asking for advice. Even though it was just over email he was great to talk to and eventually I was able to solve my problems by further slowing down my drill press and reducing f...

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Carver's Spoon Plane from Woodcraft

Carver's Spoon Plane from Woodcraft

05-23-2015 10:09 PM by SouthpawCA | 3 comments »

I purchased Woodcraft’s Carver’s Spoon Plane to clean up the edges on a sculpted chair seat. The first use on black walnut it worked out OK. However, on the 2nd chair seat, maple, the blade broke off. After looking at the construction, you can see in the picture, it appears there is very little metal holding the spoon onto the handle. The metal spoon is very cheap and can actually be bent by hand. It’s not expensive but you get what you pay for. I finished the job wi...

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Impulse buy review: Porter Cable 12v drill/driver combo

Impulse buy review: Porter Cable 12v drill/driver combo

05-23-2015 04:55 PM by Ccl2011 | 1 comment »

I am reviewing my 12v Li-Ion Porter Cable drill/driver combo. I bought these one day walking through the big box store where they were on an end cap display. At $100 for a set, minus military discount it seemed like a no brained. I quickly read over the cherry picked stats on the box and went off to the register, completely forgetting the grass seed that I had gone to the store for in the first place. I was in the middle of building a bar project (which can be seen in my other posts) and t...

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Review of Bosch 4100-09 saw and stand

Review of Bosch 4100-09 saw and stand

05-23-2015 04:29 PM by Ccl2011 | 5 comments »

PLEASE EXCUSE THE PICTURE, LUMBER JOCKS REQUIRED ONE. I AM AWAY FROM HOME AND COULDN’t RUN OUT TO THE GARAGE TO SNAP A SHOT. I am writing a review of my Bosch saw after a few months of use. I bought this saw last November after my Ryobi saw up and died during a project. I looked at several saws in the $600-$800 range and narrowed it down to four options. The Bosch and DeWalt jobsite saws, and the Delta and Ridgid contractor saws. My requirements were in a realativly compact saw th...

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Poor Bit Ruins a Nice Jig

Poor Bit Ruins a Nice Jig

05-21-2015 01:37 PM 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 12:12 PM by Jagerheister | 5 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 FM50 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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