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Solid, accurate dowel plate

Solid, accurate dowel plate

08-27-2018 06:17 PM by EarlS | 8 comments »

I finally broke down and bought this dowel plate because the dowels and plugs available on-line or at the local wood store are only nominally close to being round and accurate in the diameter. I use the dowel plate to properly size plugs that come out of the drill press plug bit to the correct diameter. I also run short lengths of store bought dowels through the plate to correct diameter inconsistencies and roundness issues. The dowel plate is set into the vise with a baggy under it to...

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Drill Press Table

Drill Press Table

08-24-2018 06:38 AM by HankLP | 5 comments »

Spent a lot of time scratching my head about drill press tables. Looked online and considered building a new one. My previous build was small and notched out for the raising/lowering crank handle. The Peach Tree table was delivered last week and I’m very pleased with it. It is very sturdy, built with 1 3/8” thick laminated MDF and heavy duty T-Track using 3/8” bolts. The 2” x 3” aluminum fence is dead flat and square with the table, though the 3” leg t...

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Brushless micromotor PHASER 300 at work: spoon carving

Brushless micromotor PHASER 300 at work: spoon carving

08-24-2018 04:52 AM by Oleg Smirnov | 1 comment »

Overview of a tools set for woodcarving automation: micromotor PHASER and rotary tools Foredom, Kutzall, Saburrtooth; ventilation system. Phaser 300 does an excellent woodcarving job: its power is quite enough to carve medium-sized figures from hard wood. Just watch the video, it has a lot of my comments… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwViuRljJq0

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If I Was Only Allowed To Have One Hand Plane

If I Was Only Allowed To Have One Hand Plane

08-23-2018 03:01 AM by wrenchhead | 8 comments »

This is my first plane review and I thought I would give you my thoughts on the Lie-Nielsen No 62 low angle jack plane. I made a video review if you are interested, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqRl94cANG8&t=289s I purchased this plane about 2 months ago and have had the opportunity to use it on a couple projects now. I am very impressed with how many different tasks I can perform with just one plane. The low bed angle and bevel up plane iron gives you the ability to sharpen to diff...

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Great performer, should have bought it earlier

Great performer, should have bought it earlier

08-20-2018 01:03 PM by JayT | 20 comments »

About a year and half ago, I was tired of having to leave the shop whenever my compressor kicked on due to the noise level. The compressor was one of the tried and true Porter Cable pancakes and it worked great for everything except my eardrums. Thinking about how I used a compressor, decided to downsize a bit and purchased a small one gallon unit from California Air Tools. Pros Noise Level. This thing is QUIET! I knew it was good from being at a show where CAT had a booth and talk...

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Terrible Experience and Horrendous Customer Service

Terrible Experience and Horrendous Customer Service

08-17-2018 07:55 PM by Wes123 | 13 comments »

I purchased a set of IBC’s bench chisels about three weeks ago with high hopes. When I decided to upgrade to a set of premium chisels and I saw that IBC had a new chisel that it was endorsed by Rob Cosman and David Charlesworth, I was really excited to get my hands on them. After placing my order, I immediately received an order confirmation and my card was charged in full. Since placing the order (three weeks ago) I have not heard from IBC at all and I have not received the chisel...

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My Makita Track Saw, Honest Review

My Makita Track Saw, Honest Review

08-15-2018 04:45 PM by bruc101 | 13 comments »

I wish I could have bought it 50 years ago.

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Mobile Base with a lot going for it ...

Mobile Base with a lot going for it ...

08-12-2018 04:53 AM by mel52 | 1 comment »

I have almost all tools in my shop on a mobile base of some sort. I have the Rockler step-on caster set and extra brackets to transfer the casters to other set-ups, home made ones with locking wheels, etc. I was having problems with my hip and couldn’t lean over to move the casters back and forth, and the bases with locking wheels wobbled just a little, and were hard to set. I checked HF and there’s were used by turning knobs ( on the floor ) to raise and lower the tool. While at ...

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LED shop light

LED shop light

08-08-2018 01:39 PM by hairy | 8 comments »

If I get more of these I will need sunglasses to work in my shop. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Lithonia-Lighting-2-8-ft-34-Watt-White-Integrated-LED-Shop-Light-SHLP-36IN-40K-80CRI-DNA/301158095 $15 at Home Depot. Great light. No switch, you have to plug in or use in a switched outlet. That suits me fine, I usually don’t turn on all the lights anyway.

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Terrific clamp with a major (fixable) flaw

Terrific clamp with a major (fixable) flaw

08-03-2018 07:13 PM by ColonelTravis | 9 comments »

This should be a slam dunk 5-star product for hand tool users, a ridiculous design flaw knocks it down to a 4 because it’s fixable. I give the engineer who made this a big fat zero. I do not understand why Veritas ever let this issue out the door, or why they’ve never redesigned the problem. If you don’t have a tail/end vise (like me), this is a terrific substitute. I use holdfasts and notched battens but there are times when that doesn’t work so well. So I bought t...

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