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Build Maloof Inspired Furniture

Build Maloof Inspired Furniture

03-16-2010 03:21 PM by Todd A. Clippinger | 17 comments »

Instructional DVD’s Did you ever dream of building a rocking chair inspired by Sam Maloof? Or looking to build other furniture that carries the sensual and sculpted designs famously inspired by him? Scott Morrison, a successful furniture maker and designer in his own right, has released instructional DVD’s sharing the knowledge and techniques for making this style of furniture in your own shop. I just finished viewing the instructional DVD’s for two pieces of furni...

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Wood River  -  Banana Planes

Wood River - Banana Planes

03-16-2010 05:00 AM by mcase | 20 comments »

I recently spent about an hour and half in Woodcraft examining Wood River planes. I went there to buy these planes. I went to purchase a #4, #5, and #6. The planes are very handsome and clearly copies of the Lie-Nielsen planes once carried at Woodcraft. They are very attractively packaged in nice wooden boxes. But before I went out the door I had the sales person (very helpful) open each box. I did this so I could examine each plane before I brought it home. Using a machinist ...

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Outstanding Jointer

Outstanding Jointer

03-16-2010 01:52 AM by Troy | 16 comments »

Got this last week. Arrived in perfect condition, the base in its own box and the upper part in a birch plywood crate. No issues at all with assembly. Used the recommended plug and fired it up. Had to call to find out what the belt deflection was supposed to be cause the manual was a bit older.This thing is a beast. My first use of the machine resulted in a rather pleasant result. I face jointed/planed a 8” wide board of ash which was not flat at all. I fed it through the helical cutter...

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Frustration with MLCS Dovetail Jig Defects

Frustration with MLCS Dovetail Jig Defects

03-15-2010 03:41 AM by mikedrums | 19 comments »

Don’t you love having to fix something, out of the box, that you bought, new.I bought a dovetail jig from MLCS.I open it up and start to assemble it and there are problems, right off the bat. You can see in the following pictures that half of the six bolts on it are bent. What you can’t see is that the template brackets were also bent and thejig body was out of square. (The jig body holds the stock together at 90degrees) Of course, they offered to replace it, but I wou...

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"Lumber core" plywood - be sure  you know what you're getting

"Lumber core" plywood - be sure you know what you're getting

03-14-2010 10:56 PM by JJohnston | 11 comments »

I thought I’d try a new (to me) product I found at my local “good” lumberyard – “lumber core plywood” – to build a few utility-grade shop projects. It’s made of solid lumber pieces laminated with thin face veneers. The core pieces are tongue-and-groove joined along their edges, which you can see in the first picture (if you can’t make out the part in focus, look below and to the right at the piece in the clamps. You can see the contrast be...

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A must have for the shop

A must have for the shop

03-14-2010 08:35 PM by Zuki | 29 comments »

Mechanix Wear Gloves When I am out in the shop I always wear gloves to protect my hands from bangs, bumps, scratches, cuts and anything else that can happen. I have tried various types of snug fitting gloves, but the ones that I reach for most often are the Mechanix Utility All Purpose. http://www.mechanix.com/hardware/utility-glove This is what their site says . . . For a work glove that features quality and value, step up to the ?all-purpose Utility Glove from Mechanix Wear. It i...

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Chain Hoist-Little helper

Chain Hoist-Little helper

03-14-2010 06:39 AM by 308Gap | 6 comments »

I picked up this hoist to lift a jointer out of my truck. It worked great in both directions, it has a built in brake. The jointer I lifted is 260 lbs. I got on also for a grand total of 520 lbs. .......... it still worked smooth and the roof didnt cave in. I spread the weight across 3 garage joists and put 2×4 braces on both sides of the truck. ok ok so theres a little redneck in my family LOL. This hoist will work great for picking up shop equipment when needed. No need for 4 budd...

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Decent benchtop jointer

Decent benchtop jointer

03-12-2010 07:26 AM by Bryan_M | 22 comments »

I’ve been needed a jointer but I work out of my garage and don’t have anymore room for bigger tools. I read good reviews about other bench top jointers and read that Geetech actually manufactured most of them. I was unable to find any of the others (Craftsman, Sunhill, etc) and found that Woodworkers supply has these Geetech jointers in stock. I think I paid around $150 after shipping. It was delivered quickly and packaged very nicely in thick foam. It is a little heavy to ...

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10 piece Router Template Guide Set

10 piece Router Template Guide Set

03-11-2010 03:46 PM by Dick, & Barb Cain | 11 comments »

I have had this set for quite a few years now, & I highly recommend this set. It comes with an adapter, so if you want to make your own router plate, or table, it will be 100% accurate if installed correctly. The fine threaded nut makes for easy hand tightening, & I’ve never had them come loose. Fits any router that accepts standard 1-3/16” OD threaded guide bushing Machined solid brass construction Includes 7 template guides: 1/4” ID x 5/16” OD; 9/32” ID ...

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PSI Drill Centering Pen Vise, cheaply made

PSI Drill Centering Pen Vise, cheaply made

03-11-2010 08:23 AM by tooldad | 11 comments »

Got this vise with a starter kit from PSI. About a 100 pens later it has come apart twice and caused at least 4-6 students to ruin blanks due to moving while drilling. What seems to happen is the ring spring clamp (I’m not sure what it is called) keeps popping off when tightened. It took 4 hands and a ring separator pliers to get it back on, and that is not an exaggeration. I think it would have been okay in my home workshop, but definitely not high output shops. Called customer ...

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