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E C Emmerich Dovetail Plane

E C Emmerich Dovetail Plane

01-23-2011 08:31 PM by TheGravedigger | 2 comments »

Most of us have something on our Christmas wish list that we didn’t get – the thing that you turn around and spend your cash gifts on. In my case, it was a dovetail plane. I like the idea of sliding dovetails for casework, but find fitting them to be a pain. Routing the socket is simple enough, but fine-tuning the router table fence for a perfect pin fit can drive me to distraction – all I have to do is breathe wrong to get it too loose. It seemed to me that ro...

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Makita LCT209 12volt Drill/Driver Combo Kit

Makita LCT209 12volt Drill/Driver Combo Kit

01-23-2011 03:17 PM by Gord Graff | 9 comments »

Makita LCT 209 Combo Kit: Does size really matter? It does when you’re using a cordless drill or driver all day or when you find yourself working over your head or in tight spaces, like building or installing kitchen cabinets. Makita recently introduced its 12 volt, LCT 209 12volt Combo Kit that includes the 3/8” Drill (model #FD02), the ¼” Impact Driver (model #DT01) and the battery charger (model #DC10WB) and what a combination it is. A versatile, light weight, well balanced combinati...

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Decent Dust Collection Really Cheap

Decent Dust Collection Really Cheap

01-23-2011 12:13 AM by patcollins | 6 comments »

My 1970’s Craftsman Contractors saw has zero dust collection and much of it falls straight down so I thought about using some sort of bag for it. I happened on this canvas “Table Saw Dust Bag” at Harbor Freight and it was only $5.99 so I thought I would give it a whirl. The material is pretty cheap and the snaps aren’t anywhere close to being put on straight or even, but that’s alright. The bag came with the male end of the snaps attached to sheet metal scre...

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JET JJP-12HH, 2-month review

JET JJP-12HH, 2-month review

01-21-2011 11:33 PM by mstenner | 17 comments »

After two months with the JJP-12HH, I’m ready to share what I’ve learned. The bottom line: this is a great tool and I’d recommend it for the serious amateur. I wanted a lot of capability in my small (12×15) shop and am very happy. Shipping & Unpacking This is a large and heavy tool (my wife says I’m no longer the “biggest tool in the shop”), and it comes almost fully assembled. You will need to get the crate where it’s going intact. ...

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Router Table

Router Table

01-21-2011 03:06 AM by Bill St.Pierre | 16 comments »

I purchased a Freud router table and router 2 years ago and liked it so much I bought another one last year so I had 2 when making rails and stiles.I have been having trouble with the stiles because it was as if the lumber was not straight when I would run it so the profile was uneven across the piece. I finally realized that the table top had bowed from the weight of the router so the center of the table was off about an 1/8”. I brought it to the attention of my local Woodcraft store ...

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Sending it back

Sending it back

01-21-2011 12:55 AM by Todd Clare | 36 comments »

Note: I’ll keep updating this as things progress. And italic items to clarify my original pronouns to make sure it’s clear when I’m talking about Steel City or Highland, both who are helping me out with the issue as we speak. My original review (2 stars)I was excited to order this planer, and found it online at Highland Woodworking for $100 off. I got it last week, and am really disappointed in it. Although I’d say the fit and finish of it isn’t ideal (s...

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Kelton Center Saver

Kelton Center Saver

01-17-2011 03:07 PM by EbenGP | 5 comments »

This is my first post, i’m not using my english very often, so i hope you will understand my post I like to turn bowls from green wood, after a couples of bowls i was impress with all the rip on the floor, when you make a bowl with 11” dia. and 6” high you got a lot of rip. I have some nice green wood waiting for turning and i wanted to get the most of it. That’s wy i have bought a Kelton Center Saver. I have the small and the standard set, with these two set yo...

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DEWALT  12 In. 96T Ultra-Smooth Crosscutting Thin Curf Saw Blade

DEWALT 12 In. 96T Ultra-Smooth Crosscutting Thin Curf Saw Blade

01-17-2011 09:06 AM by wseand | 13 comments »

I was looking around for a new blade for my DW718 SCMS and I was wondering around Lowes and spotted this beaut. So I took it home and put it to the test. The first thing I noticed was how quiet it was when cutting through the wood. It leaves an incredibly smooth and clean cut. It cut perfect miters on hard maple in the first pass. It says it cuts nonferrous metals so I cut some copper tubing and it made a nice smooth cut leaving little tear out but you better wear eye protection. Then ...

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A step up from my no-name chisels

A step up from my no-name chisels

01-17-2011 08:49 AM by RandyMorter | 17 comments »

I know next to nothing about chisels but I’ve been trying to use them a bit. I’ve got some cheap set, probably from Home Depot, with nicks in them that I work around. I’d like to learn how to sharpen them but haven’t started down that path yet. I’ve read mixed reviews about these chisels but something inside me said to get them so I did. They came covered in some kind of oil that I removed with mineral spirits (please tell me if I’ve already ruined th...

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Alot to like about this planer...

Alot to like about this planer...

01-17-2011 05:28 AM by Brad_Nailor | 30 comments »

Well, I have been wanting to get one of these since I first read about them, a ways back. I read all the reviews and really wanted this planer over the DeWalt two speed. I finally got the opportunity to buy one and I took delivery of it about a week after Christmas. I bought it from Highland Hardware..they had it on sale for $499.00, and $48.00 shipping. It came UPS, and it was really heavy. Hand trucked it down to my shop and opened it up. Packed very well, and didn’t seem damaged at ...

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