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Nifty saw made even better by nifty upgrades

Nifty saw made even better by nifty upgrades

03-19-2011 11:44 PM by ferstler | 16 comments »

I have owned this Ridgid R4510 for about two weeks. During that time I have cut a fair amount of wood with it, and the unit works very well, indeed. The blade growls a bit as it comes up to speed, but once there the operation is smooth as silk. The fence was aligned square out of the box, as was the blade (which I replaced with a new Freud unit for precise ripping work, saving the Ridgid blade for rough-and-tumble stuff), and even the wheels were attached when I unpacked it. I did several ...

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1-2-3 Block. 123 uses around the shop

1-2-3 Block. 123 uses around the shop

03-19-2011 12:10 PM by Tedstor | 24 comments »

Want a cheap way to check the “squareness” of machine fences, table saw blades, drill press chucks, and any other 90# angle in the shop?? Check out this set of 1-2-3 blocks. I bought this pair off Amazon for $10ish bucks several months ago. Several different types of these blocks are available from different manufacturers at widely varying price points. This model, was the cheapest. However, I can’t seem to find any flaws despite the low price. I’m sure the expensive ...

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A Bad Rap

A Bad Rap

03-19-2011 05:58 AM by jim C | 31 comments »

I’m going out on a limb here. I’m going against the grain (pun intended)I’ve seen the reviews here on the “Blade Runner”, and I have to say it’s gotten a bad rap.I have been out of town, and when I got home, I decided to go into Woodcraft and nosy around. I saw the Bladerunner on display and thought about my past idea of mounting my Bosch jig saw upside down to a board, to be interchanged with my router, on my router table. This looked like a viable altern...

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Vintage squares for those who want the best they can afford.

Vintage squares for those who want the best they can afford.

03-19-2011 01:14 AM by StumpyNubs | 31 comments »

What’s the best combination square around? While some will give their high priced favorites, most will say Starrett. And why not? It’s a proven tool. A new one will set you back about a hundred bucks, but fifty years from now it will still be straight, accurate and easy to read and use. You’re never going to hear me say a Starrett isn’t top of the line. But for those of us who want save our hundred dollar bills for more important things, there are other options that I argue are just as goo...

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Crank Makes the Bansaw Fun to Use Again

Crank Makes the Bansaw Fun to Use Again

03-18-2011 09:15 PM by pintodeluxe | 6 comments »

I was frustruated by the factory blade tensioning knob on my Jet 14” bandsaw. It didn’t extend above the cover of the saw, so you bang your knuckles every turn you make. Plus the factory knob took forever to tension the blade.The Big Horn crank is quick and easy to use. The crank is above the saw – so no more banged knuckles. It is so quick that I am no longer considering a Carter quick-release. The $15 price and free delivery on Amazon was icing on the cake.

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Shop Fox w1820

Shop Fox w1820

03-18-2011 08:18 PM by waldo | 5 comments »

I have had my new Shop Fox for about 2 weeks now and I’d like to think that I have put it through the paces by now. The saw is 230v and 3hp, comes with dado insert, push stick, blade, wrenchs, etc. It took roughly 2 hours or so to get this thing put together and ready to go. I looked at the Grizzly g0691, but didn’t like that I could be denied the liftgate by the trucker, I live at the end of a cul-de-sac, so I went with the Shop Fox, there is a dealer 30 miles from me. Movi...

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If you've ever wanted to try a wheel marking gauge....

If you've ever wanted to try a wheel marking gauge....

03-18-2011 08:04 AM by Tedstor | 7 comments »

I always wanted to try a wheel marking gauge. However, I never wanted to spend $30+ for a tool that I wasn’t sure I’d even like. I mean, a pencil seemed to do a fine job marking workpieces, so I couldn’t really justify buying a tool that I didn’t actually need. However, a few weeks ago, Rockler had these marked down to $7.50 with free shipping. It appeared to be fairly well made and had most of the features found on the expensive gauges. So I pulled the trigger. My th...

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Wonderful Hand Made Bowsaw available from Ebay Stores

Wonderful Hand Made Bowsaw available from Ebay Stores

03-17-2011 03:09 PM by Bertha | 16 comments »

About a week ago, a fellow Lumberjock (Loren) directed me to a handmade bowsaw available on Ebay Stores. http://myworld.ebay.com/cmehandworksinc I ordered the 14” maple variety for $62.00 including shipping, which I thought was quite reasonable. It arrived well-package, disassembled in a long shipping tube, and came with detailed re-assembly instructions. I found the unfinished bow to be of excellent craftsmanship and the pieces fit with high tolerance. It is an ...

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Excellent Saw for the Cost

Excellent Saw for the Cost

03-17-2011 03:18 PM by Wodbug | 24 comments »

After reading the many reviews here both pro & con, and seeing the many years all of them were written, I thought to start a new thread to add my 2 cents worth. My saw was bought in 2005, replacing a 25 year old 10” Craftsman that was given to a close friend.The pro & cons: The fence is quite flimsy and very difficult to keep adjusted, so I bought a 26” utility fence from Rockler. After a tedius install having to drilll additional holes for brackets, and using some angled ...

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Black & Decker JS660 Type 1 Jig saw

Black & Decker JS660 Type 1 Jig saw

03-15-2011 11:06 PM by JohnAjluni | 36 comments »

Well I got this Jig Saw at Ace Hardware and I am very pleased. I saw that it came with a 2 year warranty. I also saw its reviews which where all 4-5 stars! Another thing that struck me was how many features it had. After I un boxed it I felt it and it felt very well built. I ran some tests and it cut all types of wood with ease! It can make fairly sharp turns and the cuts are pretty clean. So if you are looking for a new Jig saw any time soon please consider this one!

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