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Good Drill Press for $70

Good Drill Press for $70

01-22-2015 12:03 AM by edwood1975 | 4 comments »

If your on a budget then this is the press for you here are some pros and cons… Pros:1. Light is a great feature especially when trying to position a brad point on your workpiece2 Small enough to fit under a bench at 23” high3 Cast iron base and shelf makes it extremely sturdy but a con appears when trying to move and position the 6×6” shelf it’s very heavy4. Overall I like it Cons:1. Hard to position wood on shelf as its too small( that’s why I buil...

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For the money, not a bad saw.

For the money, not a bad saw.

01-20-2015 09:40 PM by Dave Rutan | 9 comments »

I bought this saw several years ago as my first table saw. I shopped around for what I could afford and decided that this was the one I wanted. In no way to I regret that decision. Coming into the hobby from the ground up I wanted a saw that had all its parts. I would have been pretty clueless about any Craigslist buy as to features, missing pieces, etc. Aside from the metal stand, there was no assembly necessary to get this saw up and running. Everything was aligned properly and has served...

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Very promising clamp edge system

Very promising clamp edge system

01-20-2015 02:23 AM by paxorion | 11 comments »

Like many other woodworkers, I’ve done a dance around buying a track saw or making due with after market and/or shop made guides. Knowing that I’d be in the dog house if I splurged on a track saw (i.e. Festool) before I had a decent portfolio of sheet-goods based projects, I attempted to make due with two HF straight edge and a home-made guide. At shorter lengths (up to ~24-30”) that solution work fine. Any longer, and it becomes a pick your poison question of fighting de...

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A Hint for Lefties & Flexcut Palm Tools

A Hint for Lefties & Flexcut Palm Tools

01-19-2015 10:02 PM by Woodstock | 3 comments »

Short Answer: Yes Flexcut does have skews for lefties in all the sizes they offer & not just the few they show online. They just don’t know it. (See the section called ”Cut to the Chase” if you want to skip all the boring details.) The boring background set up: I am a chronic lefty. And I started to clear off a “bucket list” item last month that has been on my list for +45 years. Specifically I need as beginner’s set of palm tools for a project t...

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Review of Steel City Saw after a year

Review of Steel City Saw after a year

01-19-2015 03:59 PM by _Whitey | 4 comments »

Okay, Having owned my Steel City 35911G saw for about a year now I thought I would do a little follow-up. First off, I am happy with this saw. The fit and finish are acceptable, not too beefy so as to make it cumbersome, and not to chinsy to make it rickety, if that makes any sense. If you are a woodworker who likes everything to weigh as much as a WWII era tank, you may want to look elsewhere. The Granite definitely makes this saw heavy, but the rest of the saw is practical. The situation...

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First Impressions - PM1000 (further review to follow)

First Impressions - PM1000 (further review to follow)

01-16-2015 08:29 PM by rizzo | 8 comments »

This is my first review (as I am a new member of lumberJocks). This is also just a initial impressions review, as I just took delivery and set up the saw today. I just recently started building a shop in the basement of my home. Moving out of the attached garage and into a climate controlled area has been wonderful. The only real tools (not that there really is an end to the number of tools a guy needs..) i was still in need of, were a ventilation system, a dust collector and a table saw. ...

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Stumpy Nubs Box Joint Jig 2.0

Stumpy Nubs Box Joint Jig 2.0

01-15-2015 06:35 PM by NKYKelly | 3 comments »

I had previously purchased the Gear-Driven Box Joint Jig plan from Woodgears.ca. After getting tired of thining about conversion of the Metric Plan, I came across Stumpy’s v2.0 design. Also, one of the first things I built was the Woodsmith Adjustable Box Joint Jig. I like it and used it a great deal, but setup to achieve a great fitting joint was time-consuming This is a good plan and a very unique design. Stumpy is much like Mathias and John Heinz. Great brain for design, but ...

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Bought this defective switch from Peachtree-read on for potential dangers and poor customer service

Bought this defective switch from Peachtree-read on for potential dangers and poor customer service

01-15-2015 01:39 PM by ellen35 | 146 comments »

I was at the Woodworking Show in West Springfield this past weekend. I was looking for a large paddle switch to turn off my table saw. Peachtree has always been my “go to” company for things like this. So I purchased a Fulton Power Tool Switch from them for $25. I got it home and began the very simple set up but when I tried to use the large paddle to turn off the machine, it worked only intermittently… maybe once every 10 pushes! This is not only defective but could be...

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Jet / Powermatic X-Y Mortiser

Jet / Powermatic X-Y Mortiser

01-14-2015 08:29 PM by pintodeluxe | 11 comments »

I started with a Delta benchtop mortiser, and found the need to upgrade to a bigger machine. The Jet JFM-5 is basically the same as the Powermatic 719-A. The longer handle and the 1 hp motor make this machine easier to use than benchtop mortisers. I realized that most benchtop units don’t hold the workpiece very well, and require you to use your hand like a clamp to hold the workpiece in place. The Jet solves that problem with a sturdy face clamp. CLAMPThe clamp keeps the workpiece...

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Finally a Serious Bandsaw

Finally a Serious Bandsaw

01-14-2015 03:48 AM by chem | 6 comments »

The band saw is an amazing tool, or so I am told. I must admit that with my Craftsman 12 inch saw (similar if not the same as the Rikon with 8 inch resaw) that I was not always feeling the thrill. Part of this may have been the fact that I tended to use a compromise blade to avoid changing between resawing and scrolling optimization. I don’t have the patience for band saw blade changes and the subsequent tuning. The path of least resistance from my perspective was to get a saw optimized for ...

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