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Cutting a Square Hole is so much easier.

Cutting a Square Hole is so much easier.

12-20-2010 10:31 PM by Brian024 | 13 comments »

Up until now my chosen method for cutting mortises has been a router and I’ve become very tired of having to spend a good amount of time square up each one with a chisel. I bought this after seeing on Woodcraft’s site that it was on sale for $249.00 until the end of the month. This looks very similar to the Steel City, it might infact be the same just different branding. The unit comes in roughly 2’X2’X2’ box and has 2 styrofoam trays, it weighs about 90 pou...

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A very nice Veritas plane...added some pictures

A very nice Veritas plane...added some pictures

12-20-2010 01:03 PM by gko | 11 comments »

My Amscope review was my first review so this is my first real wood working tool review. I picked up the Lee Valley Standard Low Angle Plane while on a trip to Vancouver. Somebody told me that there was not that much planing quality difference between the three low angle block planes. The more expensive ones sure looked sleek and sexy but there were some other things I wanted to buy there and felt I needed to cut costs if there was not going to be a big enough difference. I got it with ...

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A Better Layout Tool

A Better Layout Tool

12-20-2010 06:23 AM by Tim Dorcas | 4 comments »

I posted a longer review of this tool on website, but in short the Brumley Tools’ Trim Gauge has become my go to tool for measuring and laying out. It’s incredibly easy to use, more compact than a combination square, and as I typically need to do multiple layouts, it’s nice that you get three in a kit: 2 4”, 1 8”. I won’t lie and say that they are inexpensive but of late my Trim Gauges are one of favorite go to tools in the shop.

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Nice new lathe thats 23 years old

Nice new lathe thats 23 years old

12-20-2010 04:19 AM by westerndf | 16 comments »

I just had the opportunity to purchase a very well maintained (Very little use) Delta DL40. It has a digital variable speed control that is on the front in the middle or can be relocated to the end near the tail stock. It has a 1.5hp motor that is also reversible with a push of a button. There is an enormous 48+ inches between centers and a 16 inch potential for bowls on the right side and 24 inch bowl on the outside of the head stock. I was also fortunate to obtain three face plates, ste...

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Dust Deputy with bigger bucket

Dust Deputy with bigger bucket

12-20-2010 04:03 AM by westerndf | 6 comments »

So I have had the dust deputy for about 2 years and was using the 5 gallon buckets that came with the kit. I got tired of emptying the buckets during planning so I searched and found the perfect fit. It was a 32 gallon container from Lowes and its the perfect match. I have attached the dust deputy to the bucket and was concerned that the suction would be impacted negatively but was positively surprised that it worked just as good if not better that before. I say better because I don’...

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I can see it clearly now....

I can see it clearly now....

12-17-2010 05:24 AM by gko | 15 comments »

This is actually a review of two products. I had bought a cheap little Pocket Microscope from Lee Valley that was about $10. Took a look at some of my blades and found problems that explained why they weren’t cutting as nicely. It was really fascinating. It has an LED light that is above the object which illuminated the blade clearly. It has a base that easily comes off which is how I use it. I highly recommend it to any one that sharpens his own tools. It is extremely cheap and ...

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My New Grizzly G0715P Table Saw

My New Grizzly G0715P Table Saw

12-16-2010 12:12 AM by moonls | 25 comments »

I received my saw 4 days after placing the order and am very pleased with this product! With the help of Ellen35, I assembled the mobile base and got the saw up and running with very few set-backs. The hardest part was getting the saw from the driveway down into my basement shop! The Shop Fox mobile base is very sturdy and makes moving it a breeze. The wings were installed without much effort and the table is dead flat. The only problem with installing the rails wasn’t noticed unt...

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Out of the box review and initial impressions.

Out of the box review and initial impressions.

12-14-2010 08:59 PM by dbhost | 29 comments »

A full review post use, and swapping blade to a proper blade are going to be in the works, but I figured I would post this up now to give you guys a heads up. I may just edit this review when I am ready, who knows? This is NOT a usage, or long term review, this is just a fit and finish sort of thing. So if that is what you are interested in, read on… I picked up a Chicago Electric #98194 on Friday with a coupon I have been sitting on for a few months that expired on Sunday, so it ...

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Ergonomics Make this Router Stand out in the Crowd

Ergonomics Make this Router Stand out in the Crowd

12-14-2010 08:50 PM by pintodeluxe | 9 comments »

I have read the reviews for all brands of routers that appeared in woodworking magazines or online. I have used Hitachi, Freud, Craftsman, Dewalt, and other routers. I have carefully inspected Porter Cable, Ridgid, and Makita. The fixed base is lower profile than any other 2-1/4 hp router on the market. This low center of gravity helps when forming an edge. The plunge base action is “gorgeous” as described by a fine homebuilding magazine review. The router tied for 1st place with ...

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4 years of Shop Notes.

4 years of Shop Notes.

12-14-2010 04:56 PM by Ken90712 | 16 comments »

I suspect I’m like most LJ’s on here and love to read anything about woodworking. Blondie recently had asked my what I would like for my Birthday, not really needing anything I said these books would be great. I have been receiving the magazine for just over a year now. This is 4 years worth of magazine’s binded in separate one year hardcovers, @ $89.50 http://www.shopnotes.com/ I love this subscription, great pics and projects with plans. Very little advertising, w...

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