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It's Hip to be Square and this beauty is very Square.

It's Hip to be Square and this beauty is very Square.

02-10-2011 03:48 PM by DoctorDan | 4 comments »

Accurate layout is an essential basic component of woodworking. Marking accurately 90 degrees is essential in marking out any type of joinery and dressing timber (making it square on all four surfaces). A few weeks ago I received a long awaited hand made try square from Chris Vesper. Chris uses brass, stainless steel, and speciality timbers to produce try squares and sliding bevels. Avaliblity flucuates as they are made in limited production runs throughout the year. His try squares are av...

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Video Review of Hitachi's 2" Brad Nailer

Video Review of Hitachi's 2" Brad Nailer

02-10-2011 05:14 AM by Sailor | 5 comments »

Here is my review of a great little brad nailer that I have owned for over two years. Since this is a video, I was wondering if I should post it as a “video” blog post also? I figured I would ask so people wouldn’t think I was spamming or something.

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Couple annoying setup issues, but all in all... I'm pleased.

Couple annoying setup issues, but all in all... I'm pleased.

02-10-2011 04:15 AM by 2bigfeet | 7 comments »

It cuts very nicely. Leaves a glass like finish, is quieter cutting than my old 6” Powermatic model 50, the depth of cut lever moves effortlessly, table and fence are flat as a pancake… bonus. I was a little concerned early on with vibration. I had started it before I had the fence assembly on just to be sure the motor/cutterhead alignment was good. The on/off switch post was vibrating considerably, but after the weight of the fence assembly went on it was steady as a rock. I will...

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Veritas Jointer Plane

Veritas Jointer Plane

02-10-2011 03:20 AM by ChunkyC | 6 comments »

(you can click the picture to go to Lee-Valley’s web site and read more if you so desire.) With Veritas I expect a good quality, mid-range tool and that’s exactly what I got. Like a kid at Christmas, I had to take a few swipes with it last night right out of the box. It did ok out of the box. Tonight I honed the blade and started getting her setup. The blade, the O1 version, was not as flat as I would have expected so I had to spend a good amount of time getting the back f...

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Stanley 55-099 Fat Max Xtreme Fubar

Stanley 55-099 Fat Max Xtreme Fubar

02-10-2011 12:18 AM by christopheralan | 2 comments »

This is the monster Stanley 55-099 Fat Max Xtreme Fubar. Being a recent addition to my hammer arsenal, I am still putting it through its paces. It is the big brother to the Stanley 55-119 Fubar, which I have had for a few years. It is bigger, meaner, and much heavier at 4.5 pounds. It adds the claw type nail puller, similar to a regular hammer, which allows more versatility for pulling fasteners. The grip is identical to the 55-119, which I love: Great contour, no slip, and a great feel...

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Jebson 1409V - 3/8" (10mm) Variable, Reversible Double Insulated Drill

Jebson 1409V - 3/8" (10mm) Variable, Reversible Double Insulated Drill

02-09-2011 07:55 PM by steliart | 0 comments »

Jebson 1409V variable, reversible corded drill & screwdriver 3/8” (10mm) Variable, Reversible Double Insulated Drill I was looking for a small corded quality drill that will be easy on my hands to use, controllable, robust and powerful. The shop guy recommended (introduced) this drill to me and even though its price was a bit high for the moment I hold it in my hands it felt right, so I went for it. There was nothing fancy coming with it in the box, just the drill and its chuc...

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Good Featherboards, not so good runner hardware.

Good Featherboards, not so good runner hardware.

02-09-2011 06:25 PM by dbhost | 2 comments »

I recieved one of these featherboard sets for Christmas last year, and had noticed the other review on them, so I wanted to chime in on my own experience. My router table / extension wing uses Rockler 3/4” x 3/8” aluminum miter track, which works flawlessly with all my other miter bars. However with the Milescraft, the miter bars were extremely cheaply made with lots of casting excess, which means the miter bar wouldn’t even think of fitting the slot until I sanded the ex...

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Safety First Featherboard

Safety First Featherboard

02-09-2011 04:48 PM by woodklutz | 5 comments »

I know that the other day I wrote that we should make our own jigs rather than get hyped into buying one.Well it seems that I WAS WRONG when it came to featherboards. This device from Milescraft is well made, practical and eye appealing. It comes complete with fittings for both 3/4 and 5/8 miter slots.I ordered the double set from Amazon, this really makes sense both dollar wise and usefulness. I leave one on the router table fence and one in the table saw slot. Moving one or the other when ...

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Harbor freight bench top drill press

Harbor freight bench top drill press

02-09-2011 09:33 AM by adaughhetee | 9 comments »

For a cheap way to drill straight holes you can’t beat it. More for the hobby woodworker though. Unlike everything else I have bought from Harbor Freight assembly was very simple. My only complaint is the power. On the lowest speed(620rpm) I can stop the chuck in my hand. Although with a 1” forstner bit it will go right through oak/ walnut without any trouble. Anything bigger and you might as well give it up. But, for 69.99 then a 20% coupon I can’t complain. Just don&...

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Workshop Math by Robert Scharff

Workshop Math by Robert Scharff

02-09-2011 09:03 AM by devann | 4 comments »

Here is a book that no shop should be without. It’s called Workshop Math by Robert Scharff. I stumbled across this book years ago and have lost count of the number of copies I bought and given to my friends. This book is almost has important in the shop has fire extinguishers, first aid kits, and safety galsses. It’s a book that has been a benefit to me many times.It is not a woodworking book although it does contain some rather detailed explanations about carpentry and instrumen...

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