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Nitrile With the Stretch of Latex

Nitrile With the Stretch of Latex

10-25-2014 01:21 AM by JAAune | 10 comments »

At the shop we’ve been using nitrile gloves for many years in finishing or epoxy operations. For some time they were purchased from Lowes but they were flimsy and sold in $9 bags of 15 (for one-armed woodworkers?). Later we discovered Gemplers and their 8 and 4 mil gloves and were satisfied with those. They held up well and could often be used a couple times before tossing. We tried discounted gloves from Woodcraft but those were easy to tear and weren’t that much cheaper. ...

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Cree 40 inch LED lighting fixture

Cree 40 inch LED lighting fixture

10-25-2014 12:07 AM by Sawdust4Blood | 9 comments »

I have a basement shop that had some lighting put in by the builder. It was enough to keep you from running into things but wasn’t really the quality of light that you would like to have while woodworking. So I had been looking at putting in something that would provide better light while I was working. Originally, I was thinking about standard T8 fluorescent tubes. While fluorescent has never been the kind of light that I prefer, for shop lighting it’s probably been the mo...

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Earn your "masters" degree in woodworking without leaving the shop!

Earn your "masters" degree in woodworking without leaving the shop!

10-24-2014 09:04 PM by StumpyNubs | 7 comments »

Has it really been five years? This week Charles Neil released the two hundred forty-fifth episode of his “Mastering Woodworking” show. For the one or two people in the woodworking world who don’t already know, “Mastering Woodworking” is a weekly video series produced in the workshop of Charles Neil, one of the biggest names in the craft. But is it any good? Well, as someone who has been a subscriber for a good portion of the show’s run, I think I’m qualified to give my opinion on the matter…...

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Not Bad

Not Bad

10-24-2014 12:59 PM by Purrmaster | 3 comments »

My Home Depot has recently changed their sandpaper line from Norton to 3M. Previously they had Norton 3X papers. Now there is this stuff. I haven’t seen this particular “model” of sandpaper before and I think it’s exclusive to Home Depot. These papers are stearated and has adhesive on the backing paper. I’ve used the following grits of it: 60, 80, 100, 150, 220. My overall impression is: Pretty good. My main basis for comparison would be Norton 3X...

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Porter Cable 4.5" Cordless Angle Grinder: Revised

Porter Cable 4.5" Cordless Angle Grinder: Revised

10-23-2014 02:19 AM by Dirk Van Essendelft | 2 comments »

Had a break in the middle of my project because I’m waiting on some parts, so I decided to review one of my recent tool purchases. I bought it at Lowes for $35. Tool buying tip: go find a sale online and ask the cashiers to price match. Lowes has a price +10% guarantee. Then you get another 5% if you put it on your Lowes credit card. See my video review:

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The Horrible Stories About Laguna Are True

The Horrible Stories About Laguna Are True

10-22-2014 08:11 PM by Rockne | 22 comments »

I hate to sound like a complainer, so let me start out with something positive: the Minimax MM16 that I picked up when the Laguna purchase fell through is AWESOME. I’m fortunate to have some pretty nice machines, and the MM16 is a wonderful example of how things should be done. The only thing I would change about the mm16 is to give it a rack and pinion table . . . otherwise, color me very impressed. Now for the not-so-good: I ordered an LT14 SUV bandsaw from Rockler. Rockler...

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Summit HVLP - Budget Spraying

Summit HVLP - Budget Spraying

10-22-2014 02:13 AM by Pezking7p | 13 comments »

I purchased this HVLP system last year during a Black Friday special from peachtree woodworking for the extremely low price of something like $70. Regular retail appears to be $120, so please keep this in mind as you read my review. The package comes with a single stage 400W turbine, about 8’ of hose, a spray gun with a plastic siphon cup, and a spare needle and a spare air filter. Everything was in great shape out of the box, just needed to clean the grease off the internals. T...

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Even Better With A Few Modifications

Even Better With A Few Modifications

10-21-2014 09:38 PM by OSU55 | 7 comments »

I’ve had one of these for about 2-1/2 years. Typical of Lee Valley / Veritas tools, everything’s great. You can read all about adjustments, available blades, and the rest in the manual from their website. The tool provides excellent results, but does have a learning curve, and there are a couple of things that make it an even better tool. Initially I ended up with an overly aggressive cut. It would dig in and stop, spin around, sometimes feeling like a slot car on a wiggly piece of track ...

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Dissapointing Woodworking Class

Dissapointing Woodworking Class

10-21-2014 07:51 PM by gfernandez | 12 comments »

Two years ago I took a woodworking class here in NC with Gregory Paolini and built a bow arm Morris chair (see attached picture). Although there were a few bumps along the way, the main one being he was short an instructor and we all went home with unfinished pieces, it was still a great time and the 6 of us learned a ton of useful woodworking knowledge. Greg was also readily available via phone and email with the many questions I had after the class ended regarding getting my project complet...

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One of the best ideas

One of the best ideas

10-21-2014 02:19 AM by ic3ss | 6 comments »

I’ve been looking at these for about a year and finally pulled the trigger last week. I had a kickback incident that smashed a couple of fingers last year and since then I’ve had my mind on ways to make my old Unisaw safer. This has got to be one of the best safety devices for the woodshop in many years. What it does is so basic its a wonder it has only recently been made commercially. It’s an expensive device to be sure, at $80. For me it took a few smashed fingers to ge...

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