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JessEm Router Lift II

JessEm Router Lift II

04-30-2011 03:32 PM by plantek | 8 comments »

I had been shopping around for a router lift for some time now and would drop when seeing the prices. Then I came across this: http://www.jessem.com/Router_Lift_II.html . I’ve had it for a couple months now and have been able to give a good once over. It is my first and only router lift I have ever used so I cannot compare it to another (hence the 4 stars). But I can say it is fantastic. It has changed my whole table router world for the better.Being in the metal fab business for the le...

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$1400 + with tax

$1400 + with tax

04-30-2011 02:15 AM by lizardhead | 28 comments »

I have other Festool tools which are absolutely fabulous so when I needed to replace my old chop saw, I looked for a really good one, I considered the newest Bosch with all the fancy knuckle work instead of the sliding arm. I really thought the Bosch saw would be a welcome tool in my shop, but then I told myself that for a mere $500 more I could have the Festool Kapex, and own the very best, well now that I have the Festool Kapex and have taken it for a few laps around the shop, my dicovery i...

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Are there no women?

Are there no women?

04-30-2011 12:33 AM by BlueHatMan | 34 comments »

I just received my June issue of Popular Woodworking. I have come to enjoy this magazine, propelled by Schwartz, Lang, and Huey. But I have to wonder if a bad case of the dumb ass hasn’t overtaken the editorial staff. Consider the story, “The 130 Best Books on Woodworking”. It looks like a lot of care and effort went in to compiling a list of books the staff could agree on. But then they upped the ante by going to the field, to the annointed experts for their personal favori...

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RAPIDAIR Compressed Air Piping System

RAPIDAIR Compressed Air Piping System

04-29-2011 07:54 AM by redryder | 9 comments »

If you like compressed air plumbed into your shop, this might be for you. I saw the Rapidair compressed air piping system advertised in Woodcraft as a new product and thought it sounded interesting. I like and need to use compressed air in my woodshop for nail guns, air tools and cleaning. I have been working on a remodel and expansion to my shop and I was going to put in compressed air anyway so I thought I would give this a try. The Woodcraft price I paid was $139.99. Y...

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Klutch Compound Sliding Miter Saw with Laser Guide — 10in.

Klutch Compound Sliding Miter Saw with Laser Guide — 10in.

04-28-2011 06:46 AM by David Grimes | 9 comments »

I already have had both a 12” Dewalt and a 7 1/4” Craftsman miter saw for many years. They have served their purpose well. But I wanted a 10” sliding for my personal shop. We all know you can put a crap blade on a good saw and get crap, but sometimes… sometimes you can put a good blade on a good saw and get great results. That’s what I have here. This saw is smooth operating, easily adjusts and dials in, is light weight, and has been powerful enough for eve...

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Very good ripping (and crosscutting!) blade

Very good ripping (and crosscutting!) blade

04-27-2011 04:57 PM by dedalo | 22 comments »

Last week I received this saw blade from Rockler. This is my first “professional” blade, until now just used the blades that came with the machines I bought or some cheap blades I could get a local stores. In my last proyect I realized 2 things (using the dewalt blade that came with the saw) 1.- Big quantity of wood consumed by each cut2.- The finish was VERY poor I couldn’t glue the faces without sanding… The things that made me choose this blade: 1.- ...

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Pretty good, but could be better

Pretty good, but could be better

04-27-2011 06:32 AM by ic3ss | 3 comments »

I recently embarked on a restoration project on an old Unisaw. Like a lot of folks working out of the garage, the mobile base is a requierment. I looked around at many of the bases on the market and was turned off by the cost of most of them. I had a hard time justifying $150 or more for one of these, regardless of how bad the need was. I finally settled on the HTC3000 heavy duty base that was rated at 700lbs. The Unisaw is a big heavy cabinet saw weighing in the neighborhood of 500lbs, so I ...

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Very Nice 23ga Pin Nailer

Very Nice 23ga Pin Nailer

04-25-2011 06:49 PM by Michael J | 6 comments »

Admittedly, this is my first 23ga pinner, so I don’t have anything to compare it to. However, I have 3 other Porter Cable nails gun, so I do have some frame of reference when it comes to pneumatic nail guns. I had done a lot of research on pin nailers and was just about to make a purchase when I came across a few reviews on the Rotek 23ga pin nailer. The reviews I read were very favorable and I liked the features that it came with, especially at the $99 price tag. I was origina...

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Guinevere Sanding System Review

Guinevere Sanding System Review

04-25-2011 05:17 PM by WoodArtbyJR | 6 comments »

When turning bowls I have always been upset with the sanding that is required to remove the “rip outs” and the other soft areas. Well, I saw this tool online and checked it out. I purchased it last year and thought that I should add a review so other LJ had an idea as to it’s worth (MHO). As you can see in the picture it comes with a rounded head and a cylindrical head sanding attachment. Both are rubber bladders that when inflated hold the sanding piece in place. The...

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Nice product, nice price.

Nice product, nice price.

04-25-2011 06:34 AM by Tedstor | 10 comments »

For the past couple years, I have been using a 12” Swanson combination square. Its a good sqaure, but far too often I find it too big for the given application. I was constantly grabbing a 40yo Companion Try Square in order to avoid the cumbersome 12” combo sqaure. Unfortunately, the try sqaure is only graduated in 1/8s, and lacks the functionality of a combo sqare. All that said, I went to Sears in search of a smaller tool. I often times buy tools via internet. However, measur...

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