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The best resource for tree biology / history

The best resource for tree biology / history

02-17-2011 04:49 AM by EPJartisan | 2 comments »

“The Tree: a natural history of what trees are, how they live, and why they matter” HANDS DOWN the best resource for anyone who wants to learn the full biology of the “tree” part of the plant kingdom. Also includes shrubs, vines, bananas (because they aren’t really trees… it’s in the book) It will give you the full low down on the cell structure and the evolution of those cells from ancient Ginkgo fern trees to complex new species of Angiosperm. Includes why the tre...

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Milwaukee 2691-22 18-Volt Compact Drill and Impact Driver Combo Kit

Milwaukee 2691-22 18-Volt Compact Drill and Impact Driver Combo Kit

02-17-2011 01:48 AM by bigbuckeye | 13 comments »

The Milwaukee 2691-22 18-Volt Compact Drill and Impact Driver Combo Kit appears to be a favorite among wood workers and home improvement enthusiasts. In this review, the author explores the qualities of the Milwaukee v. Makita Drill and Driver set combinations. Several key points are discussed including:1. Usability features2. Battery life3. Weight4. Price5. Customer Satisfaction While people were pleased with the Makita product, people rating both products tended to be more pleas...

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Dead On Tools Exhumer 9 Nail Puller

Dead On Tools Exhumer 9 Nail Puller

02-15-2011 12:57 AM by christopheralan | 6 comments »

This isn’t your average cat’s-paw style nail puller. This is the Exhumer 9 by Dead-On Tools. It actually measures 10 5/8”, but with a name like Exhumer, who cares. This is another multi-use tool with a circular saw blade nut wrench, small hammer face, two claws, and a bottle opener. Yes, a bottle opener. It works. I tried it about 12 times the first weekend I owned it…I lost count after that… Anyway, I have used the heck out of this, and it has always performed well. I have pu...

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one of my favourite books!

one of my favourite books!

02-14-2011 04:53 PM by MsDebbieP | 4 comments »

(This review was first posted in the February, 2011 issue of the LumberJocks’ eMag) Fox Chapel Publishing recently sent me another book to review and offer for a free draw: Simply Wood by Roshaan Ganief. At first glance, my thought was, “Wow, this looks like a great book – right up my alley”. The 40 projects included in the book appear to be relatively easy to complete, if only because of the clear directions and photos of the “how to” process. The d...

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Essential Tool for Perfect Results

Essential Tool for Perfect Results

02-14-2011 04:35 AM by thiel | 6 comments »

I use a Grizzly 10 inch (T10010 I think..) wet grinder to sharpen my tools. It’s a barebones machine which approximates similar tools from tormek and jet, and I’ve found its performance just fine. As I get better and better at using my edge tools, I’ve needed to get better at sharpening them, so I’ve invested some time in getting my rig up to final form. Here are some things I’ve learned: —It’s worth it to invest in a jig to hold your chisel/ir...

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PORTER-CABLE 16" Variable Speed Scroll Saw with Stand

PORTER-CABLE 16" Variable Speed Scroll Saw with Stand

02-13-2011 10:39 PM by FJPetruso | 10 comments »

I have a 24” Delta / Rockwell scroll saw but found it too hard to change blades for scroll work & has too much vibration. When I decided to get a bit more serious about scroll work I checked outquite a few brands & “off”-brands. Yes I’d love to have a New Dewalt or Delta but you need at least $600 to get a new one. I wanted a saw for under $200. There’s quite a few out there… Most of them crappy. But the best one I found in that price range is ...

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"Bucket Head" Vacuum

"Bucket Head" Vacuum

02-13-2011 09:57 PM by FJPetruso | 5 comments »

I found this Bucket Head Vacuum on display at Home Depot a while back & decided to give it a try. Heck… It’s only 20 bucks & uses an ordinary 5 gallon plastic bucket for collection of dust & chips. (I just happen to have acquired a couple of plastic buckets that have the same rim dimensions but hold about 7-1/2 gsllons & are several inches taller.) There’s no doubt that it’s a cheap vacuum but it works well. The filter is a simple pouch over the suc...

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Dewalt DCD970KL review

Dewalt DCD970KL review

02-14-2011 05:00 PM by phtools | 5 comments »

I bought this drill to replace my Dewalt DC925, which fell off a roof and landed in a big nasty mud hole, I just figured the drill was toast and ordered a new one, saved the 925 for salvageable parts. The DCD950 and the DCD970 are the EXACT same drill except the clutch ring, which is black on the 950 and silver on the 970. The difference is the batteries that are included 950 has the XRPs and 970 has the new NANO’s(lithium-ion). OK, back to the comparison Pros of the DCD970/950 VS. the ...

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Replacing an old benchtop planer

Replacing an old benchtop planer

02-13-2011 08:14 PM by Ian_S | 7 comments »

I recently purchased ($1390.00) this planer from my local woodworking store Warren Cutlery in Rhinebeck New York. The planer was on display in the store, so all I had to do set up wise was bolt on the cast iron bed extensions, connect the dust collection hood and install a plug. Set up time under two hours. The adjustment screws on the bed extensions were easy to use when leveling the beds, though the screws on each end had limited room for turning the allen key. This planer appears to b...

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Excellent dovetail saw w/ unique design

Excellent dovetail saw w/ unique design

02-13-2011 06:34 AM by PflugervilleSteve | 2 comments »

Kevin Drake of Glen-Drake Toolworks has been touring with the Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool events. They visited Austin in January 2011 and after lurking and listening then finally trying one of their dovetail saw I decided to get one. REALLY GOOD DECISION. From their web site: “There are no teeth at the front of the blade and no teeth at the back of the blade. This means the saw works more like a power saw works, it moves before and after each cut. You accelerate into each cut and relax...

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