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Problematic Hitachi CW-40

Problematic Hitachi CW-40

01-10-2010 05:24 PM by solidoak | 32 comments »

Let me perfectly honest and up front here. I have owned the Hitachi CW-40 for about a year now. In some categories it performs very well. For instance, I like the soft start feature and the saw has very little vibration. But I consider there to be at least 2 MAJOR PROBLEMS with this saw. 1. The first problem is that it will not accept a spiral pinless blade. I have tried just about everything to install a spiral blade in this saw, but nothing I do works. The blade kinks, or breaks, or...

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Good personal filter, but disappointing

Good personal filter, but disappointing

01-09-2010 07:06 PM by Chris Wright | 14 comments »

This system was purchased when we started up our turning program with the patients from Walter Reed with the intent that if someone needed better filtration then just a dust mask. During operation it provides excellent filtration and fresh air along with the obvious face protection one likes when turning. The motor is quiet so you’re not deafened by the constant hum of a fan near your ear. However, it does fail in a few respects. The battery takes a while to charge and the last time...

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this is a great tool

this is a great tool

01-09-2010 01:35 PM by tunk valley custom woodworks | 10 comments »

I found this site awhile ago and use it when i am doing bids and plans for kitchens and baths they offer a free trial and after reading the overview and playing around with it it became quite easy to use.i finaly figured out how to make the 3D drawings and laid out a kitchen for a bid the customer was happy with the drawings and awarded me the job.he said the visual is what turned him on to my bid.i highley recomend this site to any one who wants to draw plans for their next project

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Lightly rusty rabbet block plane

Lightly rusty rabbet block plane

01-09-2010 11:03 AM by cmaeda | 2 comments »

I know what some (or all!) of you must be thinking. Only 4 stars!Well, I got this plane as a Christmas gift from my aunt and I was really excited because I couldn’t believe she gave me such a nice and expensive gift.I opened it and saw right away that there seemed to be a light coat of rust on the plane. It was especially noticeable on the sole. (See picture) I realized that whoever packaged the plane must have forgot to coat the plane with oil. The frog was oiled but not the rest o...

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Prodex insulation for the garage door

Prodex insulation for the garage door

01-09-2010 07:08 AM by brianl | 9 comments »

Like most of the U.S., we’ve been having some really chilly weather lately. I do most of my work out of the garage and even with a space heater I’ve been getting pretty cold. I had a tube of liquid nails basically freeze up on me so I figured it was time to make some changes. Our garage door is a tight two-car made up of four rows of four panels. Each panel measuring roughly 21 inches high by four feet across making the door 7 feet high by 16 feet across. 112 square feet. ...

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Great saw for the price

Great saw for the price

01-08-2010 10:31 PM by jerome | 11 comments »

I was looking for a new saw to replace my old Skil model and found this nice Milwaukee for $99.00. I have had it about a week and am pretty impressed. I was actually toying with the Ridgid brand, but opted on this one instead. This is a saw with no laser, or electric brake, but I personally didn’t miss them. Nice and powerful motor at 15amps so I haven’t experienced any binding under extreme use yet. Does have a interesting adjustable handle that you can position high or low de...

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Thomas J MacDonald DVD Series Project 1 - The Toolbox

Thomas J MacDonald DVD Series Project 1 - The Toolbox

01-08-2010 05:21 AM by Karson | 8 comments »

I’d like to review a 2 DVD set that was created by Major League Woodworking by Thomas MacDonald. Tommy is a member of LumberJocks. He also has his own Web Site majorleaguewoodworking.com On the web he has forums where you can post questions and also your projects that you’ve created at mlwwoodworking.com/forum This DVD is making an item called “The Toolbox” Project 1. I’m assuming that this is going to be a series of woodworking projects all created by Tommy. In his easy going style you...

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Planer - Economic in cost, Industrial in performance

Planer - Economic in cost, Industrial in performance

01-08-2010 05:17 AM by Troy | 10 comments »

I got this planer a few months ago mainly cause I really needed to upgrade from a bench top model I had (Dewalt). My shop has a 100 amp service subpanel and I left room for it at the first drop for my DC.It came in a decent crate, which had minor damage, but prevented any issues on the machine. The control panel outer cover had a ding for some reason, but it gave it character, so I don’t mind.There was a ton of packing grease on every single moving part. While reassuring that the parts ...

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Harbor frieght multi function tool

Harbor frieght multi function tool

01-07-2010 10:41 PM by Hooligan__j | 8 comments »

Let me start by saying I bought this tool based on a review on Lumberjocks, and even though I am rating it 3 stars overall, that is only because fractions of stars are not allowed. (I would rate it 3.95 stars.) I purchased this tool mostly out of a totally new medical condition found in woodworkers around the globe: IsawaninfomercialforthefeinmodelbutcantafforditbuthismightworksoreallywanttotryitandseeifsomethinglikethisisusefulsoIcanjustifyspendingthemoneyforthefeintothewifeitis I used...

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Powermatic 54A 6” Jointer

Powermatic 54A 6” Jointer

01-07-2010 10:35 PM by PeteMoss | 11 comments »

Jointer Overview: I decided to purchase a jointer for my home workshop. I did a LOT of online research and talked to as many local folks as I could trying to make sure I made the best purchase. I considered the value of Gizzly, the somewhat less expensive Jet models available, looked for quality OLD jointers to restore, plus a dozen more possibilities. I wanted an 8” model but couldn’t quite swing it. In the end it came down to a four-day 15% off sale on Jet and Powermatic at my local Wood...

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