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Excellent budget-friendly compressor for brad nailing and tire inflation

Excellent budget-friendly compressor for brad nailing and tire inflation

116 days ago by ikillbugs | 7 comments »

Recently I was heading to a big box store to pick up a Porter-Cable 6-gal air compressor but stopped into a local pawn shop first to see what they had to offer. I walked out with this cute little compressor for $25 (it is only $69 new at Home Depot or Amazon, with accessories). I figured it’ll be a nice starter compressor to run a cheap HFT brad nailer, and the price could not be beat. I could upgrade later if need be. Since I have no immediate plans to buy a framing nailer or spraye...

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Fun and affordable

Fun and affordable

117 days ago by siavosh | 4 comments »

I’ve recently acquired a full blown case of sharpening OCD, and having been inclined towards Japanese tools, I’ve started pining for natural water stones. I’m strictly a newbie, but apparently there are some advantages to using high quality “naturals” especially at the higher grits. The issue is that to get a descent one you need to fork over hundreds if not thousands of dollars because they are limited in supply. All this while synthetics are more consistent, ch...

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The best push block I've ever used, but so pricey I make reasons to use it (so I feel better)

The best push block I've ever used, but so pricey I make reasons to use it (so I feel better)

117 days ago by paxorion | 16 comments »

When I first saw the MicroJig Grr Ripper (they seem to be on a YouTube product placement campaign, with many icons now sporting their products), I thought “what a neat concept…but do I really want to spend $60 on a push block?” For the most part, I was on the fence, given the large price tag, and perception as a “gateway” product into the realm of MicroJig accessories. It was only when I used a Grr Ripper for the first time that I realized just how much potential the design had to improve t...

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Wooden Spinner Swivel

Wooden Spinner Swivel

117 days ago by ca8920 | 2 comments »

A few weeks back I made some wooden spinners and posted pictures of the spinners as a project. After posting pictures of the spinners I received several questions about the types of swivels I used. After testing several types of swivels I decided the sealed ball bearing swivels were the best and didn’t gunk up or break down. Below is a Cabela’s like to the Sampo type swivels I ended up using. They spin very easily due to the internal ball bearing. Chris http://www.cabela...

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Great starter kit for a great price!

Great starter kit for a great price!

118 days ago by vetwoodworker | 6 comments »

I am a Hobbyist woodworker, and have been looking into wood carving for a while now. I did not want to spend large amounts of money for a carving set not knowing if I would like it enough to stick with it. Enter this kit! When it arrived (On time as promised, in double packaging!), I immediately opened it to feel the tools, and inspect the quality. I was pleasantly surprised. The handles are ergonomic and cushioned, and the steel is pretty heavy grade. Knowing that no tool comes with a great ...

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Nova DV 2024: Good lathe, good price point - some problems

Nova DV 2024: Good lathe, good price point - some problems

119 days ago by mileskimball | 7 comments »

It’s been about six months since purchase, so I thought I’d share my thoughts on the Nova DVR 2024. Pros: I’ve been able to make some really satisfying turnings with it. (That’s the main thing! See picture.) The motor is an intelligent beast. The power is terrific, and the electronic control works as advertised. You can really hear it dig down for more push when you put a load on the workpiece. The service is good. I had a small problem at the beginning, but ...

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Makita BO3710 Finishing Sander

Makita BO3710 Finishing Sander

121 days ago by b2rtch | 4 comments »

I got this sander just two days ago but I already put quite few hours on it.Like every one else I have multiple sanders. I am doing project for the church and no sander that I already have could have been used to do what I need to do except a 1/4 sheet orbital sander that I rarely use because it does not do a very good job.A 1/2 sheet sander is too big, too heavy and too cumbersome. This sander is 1/3 sheet.For what I have to do it is the perfect size. It perform very well yet it is light a...

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The tool I could not do without

The tool I could not do without

121 days ago by b2rtch | 30 comments »

My wife bought me this tool for my birthday probably six years ago. I have used it for demolition and construction to cut copper pipes and wood, to sand where no other sander whould have done the job and for many other things. This tool took me out of a bind countless time. This is a wonderful little detail sander. This morning I used it again to trim pieces of wood where not other tool could have done it. If you do not already have one of this, go buy one. Sometimes they are on sale ...

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Amazing improvement on my table saw

Amazing improvement on my table saw

121 days ago by jakep_82 | 20 comments »

I’ve already replaced the belts on most of my machines with link belts, but I never really felt like it was a huge improvement. After swapping the belts on my table saw I realize just how much difference they can make. I have a 15 year old Grizzly G1023 which has a triple 3L belt pulley. I bought the saw for a song on Craigslist because it had a blown motor, but I had no idea how it ran. After I got the motor fixed I found out it had a significant thump at startup, as well as some...

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GO513X2F just arrived

GO513X2F just arrived

122 days ago by bowedcurly | 20 comments »

Im currently in the process of assembling my 513 I had a Rikon 10-345 but sold it. From my observations so far the Grizzly has bigger bearings say by 2x better welds more even beads where as the Rikon has runny balled up welds smoother height adjustment blade disengage much smoother Rikon was kinda hard to engage bigger better looking motor better lookin cast iron top also has a magnetic switch, Rikon does not have this I learned that the hard way after plugging in the sa...

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