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eBay Customer Protection greatly improved in last 5 yrs

12-04-2010 08:44 AM by TopamaxSurvivor | 18 comments »

I made the mistake of not looking closely enough at an old Stanley 39 plough plane. The title said “Plane” and “wood cutter”. It looked just another old well used plane that would need bit of cleaning up but would make a user. A lot of finish still on it and a little rust. I had seen a lot of them selling for $25-40. The seller had 100% positive feed back, so I didn’t spend a lot of time studying the pictures looking for a scam or what they were trying to pull over on someone. The blad...

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Makita RP2301FC 3-1/4 HP Plunge Router (Variable Speed)

Makita RP2301FC 3-1/4 HP Plunge Router (Variable Speed)

12-04-2010 05:07 AM by lashing | 13 comments »

I just got this router. So I’ll likely update info as I get more familiar. I noticed there are not many reviews for this new model from Makita so we need one on LJ. Amazon offered a really low sale price on this for Black Friday. It was $100 less than the sale price here in Canada. Being 10 minutes from Detroit, I had it shipped there and even got free shipping from Amazon. To my horror, Amazon didn’t pack it. They shipped the router in its own box – unsealed. I guess UPS took ...

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Just what the doctor ordered!

Just what the doctor ordered!

12-03-2010 11:00 PM by Vrtigo1 | 18 comments »

I picked this up from Amazon.com. It was very easy to install using 8 bolts that screw in to predrilled holes in the sides of the planer, total install time was about five minutes. The table on the DW735 is so small, it’s difficult to get the workpiece positioned exactly flat to take a reading on the material removal gauge if you don’t have some sort of infeed table, especially if you’re planing a long board. With these addon tables, that problem is entirely eliminated fo...

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Shop Fox D3118 Router Inlay Kit

Shop Fox D3118 Router Inlay Kit

12-01-2010 11:22 PM by Dez | 9 comments »

”Cut perfect inlays with this Inlay Kit and your shop-made template. Simply slide on the bushing to rout the cutout and then remove the bushing to cut the perfectly matched inlay. Includes a 1/8” solid carbide spiral cutter and alignment pin. Fits Porter Cable® routers and other routers with template guide adapters.”Everything was there and fit my new Trend T4 just fine although there were two things that bothered me. #1 – the alignment pin is 8mm! (not 1/4”),...

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Spackling Compound

Spackling Compound

11-30-2010 10:44 PM by BigDaddyO | 5 comments »

I’m sure most of you have used Spackling compound before. I must have tried dozens over the years and have never been happy with any of them. Either they don’t stick to the wall well, or they shrink too much, or they dry so hard it makes sanding difficult, or they don’t smooth well. I was at my local paint store and needed some more spackle to repair a water damaged ceiling joist. I picked up the only thing they had. MH Ready Patch. When I got it home and opened it...

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Harbor Freight Link Belt

Harbor Freight Link Belt

11-30-2010 12:15 AM by ChuckC | 22 comments »

A Harbor Freight opened up about 15 minutes from where I live. I took a ride out yesterday and walked the aisles for about 30 minutes. It’s not the kind of place I’d buy a parachute from but you can get a good deal on some of their stuff. I ended up buying a 5’ link belt for $24. I replaced the stock belt on my jointer with it and noticed a dramatic improvement in vibration. I’ve never had a competitors belt to compare it against but I am happy with their’s so I&...

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Tune your machines to perfection, Install jointer knives flawlessly

Tune your machines to perfection, Install jointer knives flawlessly

11-29-2010 03:40 AM by StumpyNubs | 23 comments »

I’ve been reviewing some of my favorite Harbor Freight gems and this is the latest: The Cen-Tech 623 Dial Indicator. I’ve wanted a machinist dial gauge for a while, they’re fantastic for fine tuning your workshop machines, adding super precision to jigs, even easily and accurately installing jointer knives. But they are usually pricey in my opinion, especially when you add the stand. But Harbor Freight has come through again! First of all, if you check it out on the we...

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Gramercy Holdfast

Gramercy Holdfast

11-29-2010 01:06 AM by TheGravedigger | 14 comments »

This article was originally posted on the Little Good Pieces blog on September 25, 2010. This one definitely comes under the heading of “why didn’t I do this sooner?”. Let me say up front that this recommendation is completely unsolicited and uncompensated. I had read for years about the usefulness of holdfasts, Everyone from St. Roy to Christopher Schwarz had sung their praises, but somehow I never got around to them. Most of the ones I saw were the old cast ones, and...

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I love it, but in a few years, look for it on eBay.

I love it, but in a few years, look for it on eBay.

11-28-2010 03:48 PM by MoreWoodPlease | 12 comments »

Did some turnings, so I’m ready for a review. The wife one day was looking through one of the mired of catalogs we get in the mail, and came across a cherry bowl for $300.00. She then proclaimed, “You can make that!”. There’s the buzzer, and their off! A green lite to buy tools!!!As it happened, Grizzly was putting on their “Tent Sale” in two weeks. I planned a weekend around it. With a stop at Hershey Park. The wife loved it, because well, she lov...

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Carter RIK1 Stabilizer for Rikon saws

Carter RIK1 Stabilizer for Rikon saws

11-28-2010 06:48 AM by lashing | 6 comments »

This actually works. I cannot add much that isnt covered in the youtube videos Carter has up. I was 50/50 on buying it as I thought it may be hype. But it works great. I cut some amazing curves with it and now think it wasnt that expensive after all. OK for $80 it is expensive. Hopefully the bearing is a good one and I would assume it must be as its constantly engaged with the blade. Check out the promo vids Carter has. I am not affiliated at all. My real life experience matches what is...

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