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Rikon 70-220 VSR

Rikon 70-220 VSR

03-23-2015 05:30 PM by woodmaker | 1 comment »

After a couple of months of turning I think I can write a decent review of my new Midi Lathe. To date I’ve only been practicing turning some spindles and learning to work with the “Easy Lathe Tools”. I just purchased a pen kit and some bottle stoppers to make as soon as my fingers heal from the band saw incident. I stopped in my local Woodcraft store to look at lathes and when I saw this one I just fell in love with it. I was very surprised to see a Rikon lathe with virtuall...

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It does a lot more that what I use it for

It does a lot more that what I use it for

03-23-2015 01:21 AM by ic3ss | 3 comments »

I’ve been wanting one of these for a while now, I got this one late last year and I use it quite a lot. For those of us that are numerically challenged, this is very useful for doing simple math in fractions. At least that’s what I use it for. It does a whole lot more that that, but for me it’s all about the fractions. Thanks for reading and have a great day. Wayne

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More useful the more I use it

More useful the more I use it

03-23-2015 01:16 AM by ic3ss | 1 comment »

I’ve been using this since about last November and I’m just now at the point that if I lost it I think I’d have to stop working until I got another one. Super simple to use, and I love the graduated pencil holes, it makes drawing a square referenced off of an edge a simple task that takes only a few seconds. What can I say, I love this thing. Wayne

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It does it's job

It does it's job

03-23-2015 01:12 AM by ic3ss | 0 comments »

I received this for Christmas and I just now had a chance to use it. I’m building a split top roubo workbench and had to put center marks on the chop and the leg. Very simple to use. The black print on stainless is easy to read, and there are holes laser cut into it for pencil marks. This is the first centering rule I’ve ever used, I know there are others out there, but I sure do like Incra’s stuff. Thanks for reading, and have a great day. Wayne

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Great Saw - Keep it in Context

Great Saw - Keep it in Context

03-21-2015 06:20 PM by tblake1984 | 10 comments »

I have had this saw for two weeks and felt I had used it enough to write a balanced review of it. As you can see from the pics, I have added a router table extension, sacrificial fence, and a router fence. In summary, it is exactly what I was looking for. The footprint is perfect for a basement or garage shop and the mobile base works extremely well and is built to handle this 260lb saw. Getting the saw home is a bear. I was doing it solo and I have a basement workspace so I actually e...

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New Sheave

New Sheave

03-21-2015 05:52 AM by B4B | 7 comments »

When I was looking for replacement sheaves for my table saw, finding reviews and specific products was hard to find. There’s the in-line tune up kit that comes with a belt and two “pulleys”. I wasn’t took keen on purchasing that kit since I already had a link belt, plus the additional shipping charge didn’t do anything for me. After poking around I found this pair on Amazon, for about $11 each. I decided to give them a go. I was pleasantly surprised. They had ...

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Good Belt

Good Belt

03-21-2015 05:44 AM by B4B | 10 comments »

So I found a couple 25% off coupons for Harbor Freight. I decided to pickup a link-belt to replace the worn belt on my table saw as part of the tune-up I did recently. The old rubber belt was worn, and I read a lot of good things about these link belts in general, as well as generally good reviews for the Harbor Freight link belt. The one I picked up was labeled “Jason Industrial Inc” and was green in color. I was able to get it sized up and installed in no time. I fired up ...

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Great Calipers

Great Calipers

03-21-2015 05:34 AM by B4B | 6 comments »

I got this caliper some time ago, but have not had a chance to put it to use. Well during my table saw rebuild project I put it to use. I bought this based on the name, and the reviews other folks have provided for other wixey measuring devices (planer, table saw, etc) so I decided to give this a go. Overall I’m impressed with this, and would definitely recommend it, if you need a set of calipers. I used it to measure the bearings, the overall height, diameter, as well as the bore...

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Hickory & Oak: Lumber in West Michigan

Hickory & Oak: Lumber in West Michigan

03-20-2015 11:50 AM by ChipByrd | 4 comments »

I have now had a couple dealings with Hickory and Oak sawmill in Decatur, Michigan. Just before Thanksgiving, I picked up some quartersawn white oak that was gorgeous. About two weeks ago I picked up about 30 BF of curly cherry that was also beautiful. That will be used to make my wife a sewing station. While I was there, I also put in an order for about 125 BF of quartersawn white oak to be picked up near the end of May. That will be going toward a mission style bed and chest of drawers. ...

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Segmented Turning Software

Segmented Turning Software

03-18-2015 03:18 PM by OSU55 | 3 comments »

I became interested in segmented turning because of the flexibility in design it provides. There are a lot of ways of approaching the design, from guesstimating, laying it out full size on paper, building your own spreadsheet to auto calculate segment sizes etc., using some online calculators, or software. I found all of the online calculators worked, but didn’t help with overall layout and design. I was about ready to start building my own spreadsheet calculator when I found this produ...

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