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How to book How to Carve Faces in Driftwood, By Harold L. Enlow

How to book How to Carve Faces in Driftwood, By Harold L. Enlow

01-05-2010 08:10 PM by Dick, & Barb Cain | 3 comments »

This is the first book I bought, when I started woodcarving. I bought this book at the Ozark Folk Center in Arkansas in 1980. This book helped me a lot in my first attempts at carving. Harold Enlow shows how to carve Wind Spirits, Etc. With a lot of step by step images. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I just remembered that this “TREE TROLL” was taken from this book.

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"Benny" and Her JET

"Benny" and Her JET

01-05-2010 07:55 AM by mmh | 3 comments »

Well, I may need to change my name to “Benny” for this title, but this is my latest addition to the wood workshop as I dearly needed an upgrade from the Craftsman 6” x 36” belt sander which I tend to replace every 18 months (via 2 yr. service contract). The difference between the Craftsman 6” x 36” and the JET 6” x 48” models are like Night vs. Day. Same concept, but the function and quality are on opposite sides of the spectrum. For the pr...

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Great Oscillating Spindle Sander option

Great Oscillating Spindle Sander option

01-03-2010 11:22 PM by richgreer | 14 comments »

I wanted an oscillating spindle sander but I was not willing to give up any floor space to accommodate one. I considered some bench top options but I felt the work surface on most of them was too small. I found the ideal answer with the Porter-Cable PC121 sander and a special insert plate for my router table from Woodpecker. Now I can lift my router out of the router table and set the sander in. I then have the entire router table as a work surface for my sander and I am not taking ...

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One Year Later...

One Year Later...

01-03-2010 05:14 PM by Xett | 8 comments »

I’ve owned this saw a little over a year now, figured it was about time to write a review. FYI; the orange box store is now stocking an updated version of this saw with a riving knife and various other updates. My saw is the older version, but from what I can tell, not much different, save some cosmetic updates and the riving knife. Out of the box, it came reasonably well tuned, though needed fixing. Aligning the blade to the slots is a matter of three allen screws and a small hammer...

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Great Arts and Craft furniture resource

Great Arts and Craft furniture resource

01-03-2010 04:15 PM by Tim Dahn | 5 comments »

I received this book as a Christmas gift and after a few looks through I can recommend this. I has a good bit of info regarding arts & craft furniture including drawings with dimensions on several pieces. Overall, a good read. If you are not familiar with the Grove Park Inn it is an incredible Arts and Craft style resort located in Asheville NC, full of A&C furniture and opened for business in 1913. If you want to check out the Inn’s website or have some extra coin for a $...

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I think this is a great  product, but you have to do some work.

I think this is a great product, but you have to do some work.

01-03-2010 06:53 AM by JasonWagner | 13 comments »

I had some extra money from Christmas gifts and I wanted to splurge on something I didn’t need but knew that I would love to have. This table saw fence gauge is great. I can zero it whenever I want with different blades, dado stacks and even on my router wing. I think it’s great I can make routered dados and accurate distances without much thinking. You can switch between absolute measurements (from zero with blade) to short term measurements if you just wanted to cut 1”...

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Excellent Rubber Glove

Excellent Rubber Glove

01-02-2010 11:58 PM by ChunkyC | 8 comments »

Not your typical review and I know that a lot of other people use Nitrile gloves in the shop. I use the Advanced Tool Design Model ATD-6999 X-Large Blue Powder-Free, Fully Textured Nitrile Gloves, 100/box that I get from Amazon for about $9.00. What I like most about the gloves is the fit. I like that they are “roomy” without being loose and are very sturdy. I snag the gloves on lots of little bits here and there a lot and they seldom tear. I use them for finishing and in th...

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Great Lathe for the money

Great Lathe for the money

01-02-2010 09:13 PM by richgreer | 12 comments »

A review of the Grizzly G0462 lathe was provided to this website about 10 months ago. I am sure that the author provided an honest assessment of his experiences with this lathe. However, my experiences have been different and I am providing a review based on my experiences with the same lathe. If you simply review the specifications and features, I think anyone would agree that this is a lot of lathe for the money. I paid $475 for this lathe and, at the time, Grizzly was offering fr...

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The 2010 Hitachi M12VE 3 1/4 HP Video Tool Review.

The 2010 Hitachi M12VE 3 1/4 HP Video Tool Review.

01-02-2010 05:14 PM by Gord Graff | 16 comments »

Hi All, Are you in the market for a new 3 1/4HP router?If so, you might want to check out the video tool review I’ve done on the 2010 Hitachi M12VE. Redesigned for 2010, this router goes back to its roots and improves on what made the original M12V a workhorse in many professional and hobbyists workshops. There is only one in Canada and I’ve got it. So if you’re looking for the particulars on the new Hitachi M12VE for 2010……………….follow this link.http://gordgraff.blip.tv/ All...

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Flatten your stones frequently

Flatten your stones frequently

01-02-2010 07:02 AM by gizmodyne | 6 comments »

We bought this three months ago on sale at Woodcraft. They go for $32 U.S. Purpose: A flat reference surface to lap your water stones upon. Water stones sharpen quickly but wear quickly too. Therefore they need to flattened frequently, especially if you are sharpening a thick iron. At 2” the surface plate is thick enough to avoid deflecting under pressure. To use: Soak wet-dry sandpaper (I like 100 grit), press it down. Lap away. You can also sharpen tools directly on the sandpape...

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