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Jet 10/20 plus drum sander, save your money!

Jet 10/20 plus drum sander, save your money!

11-24-2017 02:30 AM by DonCiem | 14 comments »

When I purchased and first used this tool, it was a love affair. I first used it to produce a supply of 1/8” red oak sheets that I used to reface our existing kitchen cabinets. After that was complete I used it for a variety of small projects. (I run a home shop, not a commercial shop, so the projects were varied.) After less than 50 t0 100 hours of use, disaster. The lead threads/lead screw design failed. The lead threads in the the soft aluminum sanding drum cover casting stripp...

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UJK Parf Guide System

UJK Parf Guide System

11-22-2017 03:16 PM by Bobmedic | 11 comments »

The UJK Parf Guide System is an excellent system for creating custom cutting stations and bench tops. (Think Festool MFT.) The system was invented by Peter Parfitt (New Britt Workshop) and in conjunction with Axminster Tools and Machinery this system was brought to market. It is a system that allows you to drill bench dog holes in a perfectly square grid to aid in cutting with a track saw or it even helps with assembly and clamping. I used this system to create a mobile workbench and a custom...

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Central pneumatic air sander

Central pneumatic air sander

11-22-2017 02:49 AM by Jacksdad | 2 comments »

I bought this sander at Harbor Freight for about $30, it works great for sanding bowls. It comes with sandpaper that you should just throw in the garbage, I use the New Wave brand of paper from Woodcraft, it a wave shaped paper so it doesn’t cut grooves in the bowls when it’s working the inside of the bowl. I have a 12 gallon air compressor and it can keep up if i only sand about 3 to 5 minutes. The only problem is the exhaust blows cold air on your hand.

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Maloof style chair instructional DVD by Scott Morrison

Maloof style chair instructional DVD by Scott Morrison

11-20-2017 04:41 PM by MeadNotkin | 1 comment »

Let me say up front that in terms of the money I’ve spent on woodworking classes over the past couple of years, Scott Morrison’s DVD on how to build a stool was the best bang for the buck. I say that because my initial hesitation was over whether to spend $100 on two DVDs and some plans. It was well worth it. As another reviewer has mentioned, Scott’s instructional DVDs are very well done and are easy to follow, and he was available via email to answer my questions. Just ...

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 My Review! DEWALT DWE6401DS 5-Inch VS Disc Sander with Dust Shroud

My Review! DEWALT DWE6401DS 5-Inch VS Disc Sander with Dust Shroud

11-18-2017 06:21 PM by richardchaos | 4 comments »

last week I got my DEWALT DWE6401DS 5-Inch VS Disc Sander with Dust Shroud I ordered via Amazon as it was $25 cheaper that Lowes. It came as you see even with a wrench (Not pictured) to change out padded head. Keep in mind I have been using an very old DeWalt drill with a Plastic Sanding disk attachment for the last few years. I would regularly set up my desalt drill with sanding disc crush it in my vise and use it as a poor mans Stationary Disk Sander… If any of you have se...

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Unable to fill promised order

Unable to fill promised order

11-17-2017 03:07 PM by boberko | 24 comments »

Totally frustrating experience. Ordered 8/4 Zebra wood. Got the lengths wrong I can live with it. Got the thickness wrong, I can’t use the material. Called and sent a pic of the error. They promised to get the correct order out that day. Waited a week – heard nothing. Checked on my ticket and it was marked completed. Called again and they said they had forgot – would get it out that day. Waited, all they have done is sent a return label for the incorrect order. They&...

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Ridge Carbide Tool TS2000 24T 10" Rip "Super Blade" Full Kerf

Ridge Carbide Tool TS2000 24T 10" Rip "Super Blade" Full Kerf

11-17-2017 12:48 AM by crb | 5 comments »

Purchased this blade from Holbren a few weeks ago to use during workbench top construction, but found few reviews that didn’t sound like shills so I thought I’d post this. This works like I would expect a $90 rip blade to work. I ripped a a few hundred feet of SYP 2×4 with this blade, jointing 2 sides, squaring up the third with this blade down to 3” width, and then doing a 3” tall rip down the lumber. I did this so I could get the same thickness out of all t...

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Many disappointments with this router

Many disappointments with this router

11-15-2017 01:00 AM by MagicalMichael | 26 comments »

I already owned a Festool drill, joiner, sander and dust collector before I bought the router, so I was certainly prepared to really like it. So far it has been a series of disappointments. First, when I opened the box many parts had popped loose and were scattered about. I saw a picture of the edge guide but no edge guide in the box. The last two routers I have purchased – Ryobi & Triton- both came with edge and circle guides so I was surprised and dismayed to see that a $570 r...

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Gimmick

Gimmick

11-14-2017 04:41 PM by Manitario | 10 comments »

Lee Valley is an interesting company. They have some of the most useful, well made tools of any company I’ve ever dealt with. They also have a significant collection of well made gimmicky crap, which I think are products that are solutions looking for a problem, pre-destined to be thrown into a kitchen or shop junk drawer and forgotten (eg. http://www.leevalley.com/en/garden/page.aspx?p=76247&cat=52&ap=1 or http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=75862&cat=51&ap=1) ...

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Fine finish Rasp alternative

Fine finish Rasp alternative

11-10-2017 02:04 AM by TheTurtleCarpenter | 9 comments »

I bought these files after a little searching for more shapes and sizes of the Nicholson Plasti-Cut file that I had come across (top right file w/red handle). The Nicholson has been a go to for awhile in the shop and I found these Japanese files @Lee Valley so I thought I would order 1 of each cut grade and order more as I needed. The files all work great and are worth the price especially compared to hand cut modeler rasp. They all leave a glass finish but can be aggressive also. ...

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