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Ryobi AP 1301 13-inch portable planer: good basic planer for beginning woodworkers

Ryobi AP 1301 13-inch portable planer: good basic planer for beginning woodworkers

01-02-2010 02:42 AM by dmoney | 22 comments »

keep in mind:I’ve had this for about a week so here are my opinions so far.This is my first planer. I bought this one reconditioned. It was cheap, only $159 at cporyobi.com. free shipping and no sales tax. It does a good job planing. All I’ve ran thru it is oak and pine. The results are very good, probably because the blades are still new. It has no infeed/outfeed extension. In the pic you can see I made a crude one for myself using a leaf from an old dining room tabl...

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New Grizzly G0457 Resaw Bandsaw

New Grizzly G0457 Resaw Bandsaw

01-01-2010 03:16 PM by michaelray | 29 comments »

Let me start by saying this is the first bandsaw I have ever owned and operated so I don’t have any past experiences to compare it to. I decided about 6-7 months ago my next major tool purchase had to be a bandsaw. Since that decision I’ve been reading and reviewing not to mention saving money. There were a couple deciding factors that led me to this model. Reviews – both by fellow LJ’s (thanks to you all) and to FWW magazine. Price – I took advantage of the late...

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Great replacement for Dremel

Great replacement for Dremel

12-31-2009 10:07 PM by reggiek | 20 comments »

Santa was a bit late this year….but he came through with this Proxxon Rotary Tool. My 1-1/2 year old dremel passed away and even new brushes would not revive it. I did some research on these tools and found that this one was made to be used continuously and had a brushless motor. The dremel had a tendency to get really hot and cut out after any continuous use over 20 minutes or so – so it did not get serious use. I always worried that it would catch on fire or cease working̷...

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Small shop air compressor

Small shop air compressor

12-31-2009 06:27 PM by 8iowa | 14 comments »

Many of us appreciate having a brad nailer in our shops. Here in Gainesville, Florida I’m limited to a 225 sq. ft. working area. This 2 gallon Campbell Hausfeld compressor is idea for those of us who have small and very small shops. It sits on a 14” x 13” footprint and is only 15 1/2” high at the top of the handle. This oilless, 100 psi compressor only weighs 17 lbs. It comes fully equipped and ready to use with the included 2” brad nailer/stapler. They ev...

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Porter-Cable 390K ROS

Porter-Cable 390K ROS

12-30-2009 09:28 PM by TheDane | 21 comments »

The Porter-Cable 390K 5” variable speed low profile Random Orbital Sander is a quality tool that delivers great performance. The low profile makes this sander much easier to control than other, taller sanders. The motor used is a constant response motor, which keeps it from bogging down regardless of the amount of pressure you put on it. The 390K is the most aggressive sander I own (I also have sanders from Milwaukee, B&D, and Craftsman) in terms of the material it will remove, y...

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The King of Dado Blades

The King of Dado Blades

12-30-2009 05:03 AM by bunkie | 20 comments »

I’ve been a long-time owner of the thin-kerf Woodworker II blade. That blade changed how I worked. This year I had it sharpened by Forrest and I have been very pleased with the result. In that time, I have gone through two other stacked dado sets. The first was a 6” non-carbide set that cost about $50. It was awful. A few years ago I bought what I thought would be a good compromise between cost and functionality, a Freud 8” set. This was a big improvement. I still got tea...

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Studio Furniture: Today’s Leading Woodworkers

Studio Furniture: Today’s Leading Woodworkers

12-29-2009 07:12 PM by ATWilliams | 7 comments »

Description: Meet more than 50 master wood craftsmen who reveal new designs in this book dedicated exclusively to the emerging studio furniture movement. Furniture ranges from footstools to elaborate entertainment and office centers, each exquisite and unique in its execution. Featured are craftsmen who work in local lumber they mill on their private lots alongside artists who inlay precious, exotic woods from far corners of the earth. Some celebrate the natural art in the edges and grain of ...

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SawStop From Santa

SawStop From Santa

12-29-2009 02:24 AM by TomRetired | 25 comments »

Just a short review for now…..Santa just left it a few day go. It is a great saw, so far no draw backs. Cut out kitchen cabnets this weekend (3/4” ply wood) and it preformed like a champ. Well put it to the test in the weeks to come and have a full review, but right now a solid 5 start saw.

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POS Stapler

POS Stapler

12-28-2009 10:39 PM by lew | 19 comments »

About a year ago, I purchased the Stanley TRE550 Electric Stapler. I know it wasn’t the most expensive stapler on the market and I didn’t expect it to be the “end all” of electric staplers. I used it once to make the child’s rocker which probably required driving 150 1/4” staples into oak. It didn’t have great power but then, I didn’t expect it to be a muscle machine and I could live with tapping in the unset staples. Now picture this, I am ...

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Scissor Table

Scissor Table

12-28-2009 12:36 AM by ND2ELK | 24 comments »

This is a H-1485 U-Line standard Scissor Table. The table is 18 X 27 and has a 330 pound weight limit. They have bigger units that hold more weight. Because my shop is so small I had to figure out a way to store my sanders but be able to get them out when needed. When I saw this scissor table, I knew it would do the trick. I built the platforms out of 2 X 12’s for the legs and 3/4” fir plywood for the tops, all trimmed in 4/4 oak. I gave the platforms two coats of Watco Oil. I can...

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