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Keeping the shop cleaner

Keeping the shop cleaner

03-27-2010 04:06 PM by brianl | 4 comments »

In February I finally got a table saw. It’s used and fairly old, but it was free, so I can’t complain too much. It didn’t come with a stand or with any sort of dust collection mechanism. After tuning it up and running some plywood through it I was amazed at how much dust was kicked up. I decided that I needed to get a bag or something to help. I searched around and found the Keen Product's DustCutter on Amazon. Once orderded, it was shipped very quickly and arrived q...

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Abranet Sanding Mesh

Abranet Sanding Mesh

03-25-2010 09:42 PM by Darell | 5 comments »

I thought I’d try this Abranet Sanding Mesh to sand my pen blanks. Sanding has always been the hated chore of my penmaking. The Abranet Sanding Mesh has made this task much easier. I cut a 1” strip off each of 5 grits and after 15 pens I’m still using the same pieces and they don’t show any signs of wearing out yet. This stuff is much, much easier to use that the old sandpaper strips I had before. I won’t be using the old stuff any more. Wish I’d boug...

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Benjamin's best carbide pen turning chisels

Benjamin's best carbide pen turning chisels

03-25-2010 09:31 PM by Darell | 8 comments »

I bought these hoping they would make turning acrylic blanks easier since they should be sharper than I can make my old Crafstman turning chisels. YES THEY ARE! Turning acrylic blanks is a breeze with these carbide chisels. They worked so well that I use them on wood blanks too. I’ve turned about 15 pens with a mix of acrylic and wood blanks including a dyed burl and a couple of laminated blanks and these chisels are great. I wish I had bought them sooner.

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Norton Waterstones Package

Norton Waterstones Package

03-25-2010 06:19 AM by michaelray | 6 comments »

I bought a set of Norton Waterstones recently that I’m pretty happy with. I’ve posted a short review on my personal blog. Well worth the money in my opinion. —thanks for looking.

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Basic, reliable workhorse, lacking finer features, but well worth the money.

Basic, reliable workhorse, lacking finer features, but well worth the money.

03-24-2010 05:55 PM by dbhost | 34 comments »

A quick rundown of the Central Pneumatic 97526 23ga pnuematic pin nailer. For starters, this IS a Harbor Freight tool. And like most Harbor Freight stuff, it is lacking many of the more refined features of more expensive tools. But at a price of $22.99 minus a 20% coupon discount, you can walk into your shop with one of these, and a fatter wallet to boot! Air consumption was reasonable as my little 2 HP 8 gallon compressor (Central Pneumatic 95386 easily able to keep up with the air demand...

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Fast, Light, Durable Framing Saw

Fast, Light, Durable Framing Saw

03-23-2010 02:05 AM by TheDane | 12 comments »

2 years ago, I built a new 2nd floor deck with ‘picture framed’ outside deck boards, which requires cutting a number of 45-degree miters. I got frustrated with my old circular saw, so off to the big box I went. I came home with a Ridgid Fuego Compact Framing Saw, and couldn’t be happier. This saw is light-weight (only weighs 8 pounds), and tough … the shoe is composite, and the guard is magnesium. The depth and bevel settings are easy and accurate, and the sho...

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Newest Partner in My Woodworking Escapade...

Newest Partner in My Woodworking Escapade...

03-23-2010 02:02 AM by grub32 | 5 comments »

Hi all…I recently added this to my new arsenal of woodworking machines. Begins with a post that I read either here or on another forum about the old days and using lay-a-way. I saw this saw go on sale at woodcraft for the 999 price and I was excited and sad at the same time. I knew that I needed to upgrade because I didn’t really have what I needed to do what I am now looking to do. So, I was in the local woodcraft having a chat with the owner and we started talking about the ban...

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Good Quality Control could make this an oustanding plane.

Good Quality Control could make this an oustanding plane.

03-22-2010 01:53 AM by Rick Boyett | 16 comments »

Stanley tools has a problem. There was a time when Stanley was a name associated with high quality tools. Tools that could be relied on to get the job done. This was especially true of hand planes. Stanley was the king of hand planes for a long time. Then Stanley decided to make cheap tools and the rest is history. But hey, what’s that, a ray of light over the horizon? Could it be that Stanley wants to reestablish its good name for actually being GOOD? I think that was one of...

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Harbor Freight 60" Workbench

Harbor Freight 60" Workbench

03-21-2010 04:42 PM by JohnGreco | 11 comments »

I saw this workbench on sale from Harbor Freight and figured at the price of $159, it was worth a shot. Note- At the time of writing this, the bench is on sale further, costing just $129. For the price I paid, I think it was pretty good, but for the even lower sale price you can’t go wrong. The top is Oak, about 1” thick with a thicker edge (so the edge you see in the picture isn’t the thickness of the entire table). It comes with an end vise (mounted to the right, yo...

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Handplane Basics - A Better Way to Use Bench Planes

Handplane Basics - A Better Way to Use Bench Planes

03-21-2010 03:55 AM by michaelray | 10 comments »

I’ve written a review of the DVD Handplane Basics – A Better Way to Use Bench Planes by Christopher Schwarz. I highly recommend this if you are interested in learning more about bench planes and their use. My high rating is also based on my experience with the customer service at Popular Woodworking’s Woodworker’s Bookshop. Check out my full review here on my personal blog. As I post this (3/20/10) I noticed that it’s currently on sale. Not sure how long th...

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