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Tables, chairs and more

Tables, chairs and more

04-14-2011 12:13 PM by MsDebbieP | 5 comments »

This review was first posted in the April, 2011 issue of the LumberJocks’ eMag   Fox Chapel Publishing recently sent me another book to review and offer for a free draw: Outdoor Furniture by the Editors at Skills Institute Press. With the books’ chapters including chairs, benches, tables, swings and gliders and garden projects, Outdoor Furniture pretty much has everything covered for outdoor furnishings. Besides the projects themselves the book focuses on how to build furn...

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Pocket Rocket

Pocket Rocket

04-14-2011 06:34 AM by Ben | 15 comments »

The PS 31 has quickly replaced my Bosch 18v as my everyday drill. I could not have been more surprised by the performance. Initial Impressions The case that comes with it is not as robust as the traditional Bosch tool case. It is made from a soft canvas-like material but the construction seems sturdy enough. I would not stack other tool cases on top of this one. On the other hand, the drilll is very tough. It fits well in your hand and the rubberized surfaces are very comfortable. ...

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Rockwell Drill/Driver Set

Rockwell Drill/Driver Set

04-11-2011 07:22 PM by Philip | 10 comments »

I bought the Rockwel 12V Drill/Driver set from Amazon about three weeks ago for $145. I replaced an old 18V drill, because I got tired of paying $70 for new batteries about once a year. The Rockwell comes with a lifetime free replacement on the batteries. I called the company to find out what you have to do to get replacement batteries and was told you have to mail them your old batteries and pay shipping for the new batteries. They said shipping and handling would be $6.71 to Arizona. T...

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Don't use the spindle lock!

Don't use the spindle lock!

04-10-2011 04:31 AM by Chad Hamilton | 13 comments »

Got the PC 895 router to replace a Skil router. I have mounted the fixed base into a router table plate and will use the plunge base for any hand-held operations. When I mounted the fixed base I took a dial caliper and measured the concentrically, it was .002” out which I feel is acceptable. The soft start is a nice change and the router is quieter than my older Skil router. I still have to wear hearing protection. The dust collection that is built into the plunge base is pretty decent....

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The Portamate PM7000 Miter Saw Stand and Power Tool Work Center

The Portamate PM7000 Miter Saw Stand and Power Tool Work Center

04-09-2011 08:51 AM by David Grimes | 4 comments »

I just received this glorified miter saw stand. It was well packaged and delivered undamaged. Assembly was very simple and straightforward as were the instructions. I have been looking at this and the Craftsman version for quite some time. The only differences in the two are paint color (Portamate orange, Sear red), the Sears only has one wheel whereas the Portamate has two… and the Sears is about $50 higher in price. I got mine for $199, no tax and free shipping. This item co...

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flushed cash

flushed cash

04-08-2011 10:08 PM by Routerisstillmyname | 2 comments »

Well, once again I have to get to the nitty gritty and give this book a 1 star for color pics. The information with regard to angle calculations and charts-tables and derived numbers are based on a True angle protractor that you have to purchase either as a kit or separately. What this means is that if you don’t have the tool he’s trying to sell you, you will be wondering why is that angle in picture or description 270. How did he get that when it looks more like closer to 90 or so? I sho...

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Model ending in 01 has factory problems

Model ending in 01 has factory problems

04-07-2011 10:40 PM by woodklutz | 3 comments »

Unfortunately this very nice bench top drill press with twin laser guides has a few glitches.The table platform will not tighten no matter how tight you turn the crank. number two the belt adjustment does not move. So what looked promising and great value for a wood shop was returned to factory for replacement for the upgraded 02 model. I must say that Bosch who owns Skill acknowledged the problem and are sending me the return stiicker, no hassle. Getting back to the press, for normal DIY woo...

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No Longer In Search Of... Stanley 750 SW Chisels!

No Longer In Search Of... Stanley 750 SW Chisels!

04-06-2011 10:49 PM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 47 comments »

Stanley 750 “SW” Chisels Not the easiest things to purchase by any stretch (see In Search of blog entry here – http://lumberjocks.com/Smitty_Cabinetshop/blog/22223), but now these tools are in hand. If this review is entertaining, great. If you’re interested in what to expect from a purchase of Stanley SW 750s, continue reading. If it’s a side-by-side comparison with Lie-Nielsen, Ashley-Iles or 2 Cherries that the reader is after, frustration awaits. I’ll start with a disclaimer t...

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Teaching a class at Lee Valley

Teaching a class at Lee Valley

04-06-2011 07:07 PM by JuniorJoiner | 13 comments »

I want to start by saying I enjoyed myself and I think the students left with better hand tool and dovetail skills than they started with. I had many handshakes and smiles at the end, so I hope everyone feels that they got their moneys worth of instruction. Now the critique. there was a critique form for the students, but not for me. I had offered to teach a different class, but told them I was flexible if they needed something covered off, which I am. I received an e-mail some weeks la...

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Excellent Water-Based Lacquer

Excellent Water-Based Lacquer

04-04-2011 09:46 PM by TheDane | 33 comments »

I have been using wipe-on poly on all of the Mission/Arts & Crafts, until the most recent project ... This project was built in a class I was taking at the local tech college, and they will not allow polyurethane finishes in the finishing room in the shop. Most everything that comes out of that shop is top-coated with pre-catalyzed lacquer, which students have to buy from local sources. The finish supply stores around here carry only gallons and up, nobody else in the class needed an...

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