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Finally found one that wasn't junk

Finally found one that wasn't junk

04-04-2011 05:48 AM by Tedstor | 37 comments »

I went to elementary school in the 1980s. Back then, every classroom had a brown Bostich mechanical pencil sharpener. Most of those sharpeners looked like they had been in service for decades, despite getting daily abuse from legions of careless kids. I have no idea what they were made of, but they were tough, well-bulit products that seemed to last and last. Fast forward 20 years. Now I have kids in elementary school and all homework gets done in pencil. Up until recently, the only sharpener...

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Good Box Joint Jig

Good Box Joint Jig

04-03-2011 02:34 AM by RandyMorter | 10 comments »

Just so you know, this is the first commercial jig I’ve ever used like this. I’ve never cut a box joint before in my life. In other words, I’m a noob. I ordered the Woodhaven 4555 Box Joint Jig from Amazon for $59.99 on 3/26/2011 and received it in Phoenix on 4/1/2011. I purchased it from Amazon rather than directly from Woodhaven because the shipping was free but now I see Woodhaven ships free on orders over $50 (according to the catalog that came with the unit). I lo...

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4 1/2" Blade for PC 314 Trim Saw

4 1/2" Blade for PC 314 Trim Saw

04-02-2011 08:14 AM by pjones46 | 2 comments »

Recently I needed a new blade for my 314 trim saw to cut 1/2 and 3/4 Birch Ply. I did some research and all of my sources implied that I should look for a thin kerf blade. Having tried many top rated blades from manufactures you all know and love I choose the Tenryu PT-11536 4-1/2” Carbide Tipped Saw Blade ( 36 Tooth ATAF Grind – 3/8” Arbor. Power Tool Blade The manufacturer claimed that the blade was “For clean and easy trim work on the Porter Cable trim saw...

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Don't Bother

Don't Bother

04-02-2011 03:20 AM by Routerisstillmyname | 16 comments »

Long story short. This is my second iGaging angle block. The first had a defective LCD on top of displaying constant error even with a fresh battery.This one the LCD is ok but even at a sale price of 20 it’s waste of money since you may have to spend at least half of that in gas returning and exchanging.Measured against all my engineering squares and then some and two other Wixey’s this thing is so off that’s not even funny. The problem is also inconsistency. It’s not always off by sam...

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Ridgid Shop Vacs

Ridgid Shop Vacs

04-02-2011 03:08 AM by kosta | 12 comments »

Yo whats up everybody I wanted to do a review on ridgid shop vacs. I have been using ridgid shop vacs for about 2 years. I have the ridgid 9 gallon 3 hp shop vac and the ridgid 12 gallon 5.5 hp shop vac. I use the 12 gallon shop vac which has a 2-1/2 in hose to collect the dust from my tablesaw. I use the 9 gallon shop vac which has a 1-7/8 in hose to collect the dust from my miter saw and sanders. The 12 gallon is one of the largest shop vacs you can buy and its a pretty nice shop vac. I use...

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Groz Hand Planes

Groz Hand Planes

04-01-2011 11:12 PM by WhiskeyWaters | 14 comments »

A cross-pollinated review from my “other” blog – www.woodshopcowboy.com In the woodshop today, I spent some quality time with a set of 3 Groz planes. The block plane (unsure what the Stanley No would be), the Jack Plane and their Jointer. I’ve been pleased with the results throughout this year. I sharpen the blades about once a quarter or during long breaks, and when they see an enormous amount of use. Here’s a shot of the block plane at work today: Groz plan...

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Preferred over the Bessey DuoKlamp

Preferred over the Bessey DuoKlamp

04-01-2011 10:34 PM by Jack_Isidore | 6 comments »

I needed to pick up 4 clamps for a glue up, and it was between the Bessey DuoKlamp and the Irwin Quick-Grip. I haven’t seen any reviews or posts about the newish Irwin XP-600 line, so I thought I’d post my thoughts. Bessey Duo-Klamps:I recently started using Bessey K-Body parallel clamps and I’ve been impressed, so I bought 4 24” DuoKlamps. One of the features offered with them is the ability to switch from clamping to spreading with the switch of a dial. This seems...

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A Better Mousetrap

A Better Mousetrap

04-01-2011 09:44 PM by knotscott | 21 comments »

The Grr-Ripper from Microjig is a hand held holddown/push device intended for use with woodworking machinery as an added line of protection between hands and the cutter. It essentially replaces traditional push sticks and push pads, and can be used for most table saw, router, jointer, shaper, sander, bandsaw, and probably several other operations. It allows good control of the workpiece during close cutting operations with less risk to human flesh. The Grr-Ripper is an elegant and improved so...

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The squares I got were half accurate

The squares I got were half accurate

04-01-2011 07:20 PM by RandyMorter | 8 comments »

I ordered these from Hartville Tool through Amazon. I thought the price and specs looked good and I wanted them for setting up my table and other saws. I was also drawn to them due to the wood box. When I got them I held them up to each other to test them. The outsides of the blades all seem true – I couldn’t see any light between the blades of different squares. When I placed one square inside another to test the squareness and insides of the blades I could see varying degrees...

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REACQUAINT YOURSELF WITH THE PLEASURES OF A HAND-SHARPENED PENCIL

REACQUAINT YOURSELF WITH THE PLEASURES OF A HAND-SHARPENED PENCIL

04-01-2011 12:34 PM by Tim Dahn | 19 comments »

David Rees still practices the age-old art of manual pencil sharpening. His artisanal service is perfect for artists, writers, and woodworkers. Shipped with their shavings and a “certificate of sharpening,” these extra-sharp pencils make wonderful gifts. Let’s face it, we’re not trained to sharpen our own pencils…YET WE DO IT ALL THE TIME! Why not leave it to the experts? All you have to do is send your #2 pencils to Mr. Rees and for $12.50 a piece he’...

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