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Two weeks in - Solid saw, many many minor complaints

Two weeks in - Solid saw, many many minor complaints

03-06-2015 07:32 PM by wolfinator | 13 comments »

Disclaimer: this is my first band saw. Indeed, the first time I have USED any band saw. So I don’t have much of a basis for comparison. However, after two weeks with this saw I think I can give a pretty good ‘new-user’ perspective. I really struggled with the star rating. This seems to be a fundamentally good saw, and I don’t necessarily regret it. However, the last two weeks have seen a lot of frustrations that I was not expecting from the fancy Porter-Cable ...

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a versatile tool that functions well.

a versatile tool that functions well.

03-06-2015 04:24 PM by Mainiac Matt | 10 comments »

Although this saw can be used for both wood and metal, because I have better tools for woodworking, I’ve used this exclusively for metal. But that said, I find that having the ability to do a little metal work here and there comes in very handy and supports my wood working. (cutting piano hinges, bolts, black iron pipe, rebar, angle iron, T-track, etc…) I’ve wanted a portable BS since I built my timber frame house 20 years ago. But they were expensive and 4 inches was ...

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Finally, I can make dowels

Finally, I can make dowels

03-06-2015 04:04 AM by LJackson | 8 comments »

I have been trying to make my own device for making dowels, following some ideas I picked up on YouTube. These attempts have not gone over very well (read, epic fail). So, I had given up and instead purchased this fine product. To be thorough, I purchased the master set, which includes all of the inserts needed to create dowels from 1/4” to 1” in 1/16” increments. There are quite a bit of steps involved in setting it up for a particular size, and several trials are necess...

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A worthwhile upgrade

A worthwhile upgrade

03-05-2015 04:00 PM by Jarrhead | 7 comments »

There are quite a few blogs and equipment reviews that touch on this topic, but I wanted to add my own firsthand experience. I bought a Byrd SHELIX cutterhead for my Jet 6 inch jointer about a year ago. It was definitely an improvement over the old cutterhead. There were several reasons that prompted me to make the swap. First was the decidedly difficult nature of setting the knives on a standard cutterhead. I’ve read lots of articles and blogs that made it sound really simple, and those...

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This base should not have passed final QC

This base should not have passed final QC

03-04-2015 04:24 PM by Dedvw | 6 comments »

Unit arrived in a box way larger than the base allowing it to slide around. No shipping foam or cardboard whatsoever allowed the wheels and hardware to break through the box. Upon opening the box, my unit had a lot of paint runs and dust embedded in the spray paint. I call it spray paint because mine was not powder coated and painted with what appears to be a spray paint can. There were numerous scratches everywhere on the frame as well as a bunch of exposed bare metal that missed painting al...

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JDS Company 2 HP Cyclone Dust Collector, Model 2100 CKV

JDS Company 2 HP Cyclone Dust Collector, Model 2100 CKV

03-04-2015 04:02 AM by csi | 3 comments »

First, let me thank all those that have taken the time and made the effort to write reviews. I’ve read hundreds. I appreciated them all. It’s time for me to give back to the Lumberjocks community. This is my first review….ever. I hope to be a little more diligent about writing reviews. I wanted to start with something that I really like – my JDS 2 HP Cyclone Dust Collector, Model 2100 CKV. It was my third big purchase after a new Jet JWBS-14SF bandsaw and a slightly-used Powermatic 200...

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Trend Grinding Stone, Up For Review

Trend Grinding Stone, Up For Review

03-03-2015 04:55 PM by woodshopmike | 1 comment »

The grinding stone by Trend is a 180 grit diamond whetstone that is great for reprofiling a chisel, flattening the back of blades, and truing plane soles or other traditional whetstones. It certainly speeds up the progress of these typically rather time consuming activities. This is not however a one stop product, it is rather an addition to something like the Trend Diamond Whetstone Kit. I’d recommend this product to anyone that reprofiles (read drops) there chisels frequently :...

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Carba-Tec Radial Arm Drill review

Carba-Tec Radial Arm Drill review

03-03-2015 10:30 AM by robscastle | 11 comments »

My Radial Arm Drill review RDP-116 TypeCarba-Tec branded 5 Speed Radial Arm Drill Press. Motor is ½ hp5 speed pulley system 500 to 2450 RPMKeyed Chuck capacity 1 to 13mmTaper MT2Chuck travel 80mmChuck to base 1225mmCast iron table round 300mm diameterTilting head 45 deg L 90 deg RTabkle tilt 360 degDrill to column cetner 130 to 420mm Chuck to table Max 700mmNo lightBase footprint 240×410mmDrilling capacity ½ “ or 12.75 mm steelWeight 60 kg Overall appearanceThe Radial Arm Drill (RAD...

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By Hand and Eye

By Hand and Eye

03-02-2015 01:27 PM by SirIrb | 40 comments »

I saw so much talk in the furniture forum for this book I had to get it. The book arrived Saturday and I immediately began reading it. I had heard that this was a book you have to read while in the shop working on layout. This is true. But because I have yet to get some dividers (hint: buy some dividers because they are the backbone of the whole theory of the book) I read it with a glass of brandy in my chair. I finished it Sunday and turned back to page one to begin again. Basic book geek...

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Turning Basics class at Woodcraft

Turning Basics class at Woodcraft

03-02-2015 01:28 AM by DW833 | 2 comments »

I took this class at Woodcraft of Orlando this week. Cost is $105.It is taught by Mark Behrens and runs from 10am – 5pm. I started turning recently and had no idea how to use the tools. I find it difficult to transfer skills I see onlineand dvds for turning to real workshop turning. So I wanted to attend a hands on training class.With few other options for local training, I decided to try this class.Attended a beginning woodworking class at a different woodcraft years ago and foun...

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