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Makita LS1016L Sliding Mitersaw

Makita LS1016L Sliding Mitersaw

04-18-2010 04:00 PM by Cato | 23 comments »

I bought this saw a few months back because I needed better accuracy than my old RAS could deliver consistently. I did a bit of research comparing models, prices, sizes, and I liked the feel and action of this saw the best, as I didn’t really want or need a 12 inch miter saw if I could get one in the 10 inch range that could cut a dimensional 4×4 if need be. After using it for crosscuts, bevels and miters over the past few months I can say that I am really happy with my p...

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Watta Mug !

Watta Mug !

04-18-2010 02:00 PM by Zuki | 11 comments »

A part of the Rockler Bench Cookie Challenge I won a set of bench cookies and a mug. They finally arrived last week. I will blog about the cookies later . . . but now I want to speak about the mug. I am a big tea drinker and I found that with most mugs I had around the house I would have to go and get a refill as there just was not enough in one cup. Well . . . let me tell you something. This Rockler mug rocks! When I opened the package I saw the mug box and thought “pretty big box ...

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Dewalt DC390 6 1/2" Circular Saw w/ 18v XRP battery

Dewalt DC390 6 1/2" Circular Saw w/ 18v XRP battery

04-16-2010 11:39 PM by Derek Lyons | 4 comments »

I don’t recall how much I paid for this saw as I bought it on a Black Friday sale from Lowe’s last year, and it’s sat over the winter. I finally got to drag it out to trim some 3/4” OSB for my workshop remodel, and wow. I was concerned about how much pressure I’d have to use to get through the material – but I was halfway done with the cut before I realized I was exerting almost no pressure at all. It’s been zipping through the cuts like a sports c...

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shop fox 14 inch 1 horse 1st impressions

shop fox 14 inch 1 horse 1st impressions

04-16-2010 09:32 PM by BOB67CAM | 7 comments »

ok this is my 1st review so go easy on me..lolanyways “out of the box” this saw seems to work really well, the stock blade could maybe be a little better but i planned on a better blade anyways so no huge deal, i also bought the 6 inch extension for it but it was put on B.O. so i should get it this week so ill try and review on it with the extension at a later timeive had the saw for about 3 days so far and the 2nd pic was literally plugging it in and cutting, the fence probly was...

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The Bandsaw Book by Lonnie Bird

The Bandsaw Book by Lonnie Bird

04-16-2010 07:39 PM by Kerry Drake | 11 comments »

Lonnie Bird talks about everything that should have been in you bandsaw’s owners manual. A great book for beginners (like me), walking me though the ins and outs of bandsaw setup, maintenance and use. I had this book open on my workbench last night trying to fold my first bandsaw blade back into a 3 loop fold (I used method #2 out of the book). Nicely laid out, plenty of high quality photo’s. This will be my go to resource for my bandsaw questions.

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Nice router table

Nice router table

04-14-2010 06:05 PM by Dustin | 1 comment »

This review is from: SHOP FOX W1701 1-Horsepower Shaper (Tools & Hardware)First off, I have three shapers now. Two 2hp Shop Fox shapers and this little 1hp Shop Fox shaper. I use it primarily for profiling door lips and it does an excellent job. I know there are a lot of shapers quite a bit like this one but I got the shop fox because it had a high enough rpm to handle my router bits necessary for the job. Setting it up you’ll have to space the table away from the frame or you won&#...

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Power Tool Security Products

Power Tool Security Products

04-13-2010 12:47 AM by d_webb | 4 comments »

Like everyone else, I’ve used tons of different bike locks and padlocks to protect my tools and equipment. But I recently found a really nice cable system that is specifically designed to protect contractors’ tools. It’s called a Skyd Cable System. It has a 20 foot retractable cable that is housed in a diamond plate aluminum box. The box is bolted into the bed of your truck. Mine is in between the wheel-well and tailgate, and it’s out of the way in that location. Overall, the cable sy...

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awesome sculpting tool

awesome sculpting tool

04-12-2010 06:13 AM by JuniorJoiner | 3 comments »

I had never done sculpting until recently. but I have always wanted to try doing a sculpted seat. Everyone thinks maloof when they see a sculpted seat, but it seems it was common on many different styles. nakashima, windsor chairs. etc.so, I made a poplar blank , and started making a prototype.well. I did the rough shaping on the bandsaw, then clamped it together and started with a gouge and mallet.I am not that great at sharpening gouges, so I needed the mallet. after a few hours of sweating...

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One and Done!

One and Done!

04-11-2010 01:26 AM by scopemonkey | 19 comments »

I bought these bench hold fasts from Rockler. One moderate tap with my mallet and it broke. I had another one, same issue. Extremely poor quality and not worth a cent. I expect better from Rockler than this PoS. I think the Taiwan stamp says it all.

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Not Bad For The Money...

Not Bad For The Money...

04-10-2010 10:04 PM by Rich99 | 8 comments »

I have a 14.4V and 18.0V Ryobi drill, both with NiCad batteries. They’re heavy. I use them more for driving screws than anything else, so I decided I wanted a lighter battery powered driver of some sort. Looking in the big box stores, I saw units that were in the $200 plus range, some more than double the price of either of my Ryobis (and the 18 volt came with a circular saw!). Then I spotted this little Black and Decker PD400LG Power Driver. It weighs nothing. Okay,maybe a half-pou...

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