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Hardwood Supplier: Forest Products Associates. Greenfield, MA

Hardwood Supplier: Forest Products Associates. Greenfield, MA

01-12-2011 05:48 AM by thiel | 9 comments »

NOTE:—Photos and Videos at the Bottom... scroll down!— Where I used to live, there was a so called “incredible” hardwood supplier who had a showroom of almost 800 square feet in which to display oak, cherry, poplar, and walnut. Occasionally, they’d get some additional “special” species. Oh, and EVERYTHING was S2S. Boy was I clueless! When I moved to my current town two years ago, I had a heckuva time locating a hardwood dealer. I searched on...

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Porter-Cable 12v Lithium Combo Drill and Driver

Porter-Cable 12v Lithium Combo Drill and Driver

01-12-2011 12:26 AM by WoodJediNTraining | 14 comments »

By no means am I an expert qualified to give a professional review of this combo pack. But as the owner of a Remodeling company and a hobbyist woodworker I wanted to give my input on the dynamic duo… First off, Guys everything you hear about “Size Matters” is a myth in this case!! When it comes to the compact power of these mini work horses, don’t let the size fool you.. After purchasing my first set, I put it straight into the mix. From the very first jobsite, t...

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Milwaukee 5" 8 hole cat#6021-21

Milwaukee 5" 8 hole cat#6021-21

01-11-2011 02:01 AM by Dave | 15 comments »

I had burnt up my last sander and was in a pinch to get another. So I had found this sander at a box store for $80.00.The weight and balance are very good. Also the grip is rubber and a little smaller than most of the others that I picked up. I will say this, one good thing about big box store is that you can test ride a product. I do have a bad wrist and on my last project I have been doing a lot of hand planing, sawing and card scrapping. so my wrist is a little sore. This sander does have ...

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Both the tool (and its price) are extraordinary.

Both the tool (and its price) are extraordinary.

01-09-2011 07:22 AM by thiel | 8 comments »

With my new shop in the house (as well as a bit of asthma in both me and the offspring) I’ve needed to invest a lot more money and time into dust collection. I installed a JDS 2hp unit and plumbed piping—even with a reducer which provided benchtop extraction—but I quickly found that I find the noise of the large unit “worth it” only when running the big tools. For the small tools—and particularly the sander—I had been using a combination of a sma...

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Tightest joiner on the market.

Tightest joiner on the market.

01-09-2011 05:26 AM by therookie | 18 comments »

After trying to do every single project that I wanted to do without using biscuits, I finally hit a wall that forced me into buying a biscuit joiner. So I went to every place that I could find the joiners for sale, I looked and did a general over view of them all and this one stood out to me because of the lack of up and down play that is not it in it un- like the others I looked at. So all in all, I love this tool and think it is one of my best purchases for $178 with free shipping from amaz...

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WOW

WOW

01-09-2011 05:21 AM by therookie | 10 comments »

I have been looking for a dovetail jig for the longest time and was looking at the leigh and the omni jig but I found out that you are limited. So I woent looking for one and found this one at homedepot for $40. Now I was a bit skeptical at first but when I got it home and used it for the first time after reading the manual and watching the dvd that is included, it is the easiest jig to use in my personal opinion. The only downside which I dont even consider a downside, so the only thing I wo...

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Anyone Looking For Some Cheap Tail?

Anyone Looking For Some Cheap Tail?

01-09-2011 02:31 AM by DaveTPilot | 9 comments »

When I first saw this jig advertised I said, ”$34.99 are you kidding me? It’s got to be a piece of *#@&!” I had never used a dovetail jig before but heard some horror stories from people who have used some of the “cheap” jigs. I looked at a few videos online and from what I could tell, for less than 35 bucks with a dovetail bit included, the EZ Pro Dovetail Jig was worth a try. The jig comes with a dovetail bit and a spacer for making joints in stock wide...

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Large smooth action QR Vise

Large smooth action QR Vise

01-08-2011 06:52 PM by Hoakie | 6 comments »

I have never had a true woodworking vise before this and have been making due with clamps and a “Craftsman 6 bench vise with makeshift wood pads. I purchased this vise for myself after Christmas ($159 + free shipping) to go on a workbench that I’m planning to build (either Holtzappfel or 21st Century). I did a little bit of research online and read some reviews in FWW and realized that there are just as many opinions as there are vise styles and manufacturers. However, this t...

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This is mostly a tool gloat.

This is mostly a tool gloat.

01-07-2011 09:18 PM by docholladay | 14 comments »

I picked up this jointer earlier this week off of an add that I saw on Craigs List. It is only a couple of years old and I bought it for only $125.00. I haven’t had much time to work with it and it is my first power jointer, but so far I am very pleased with it. The adjustments are pretty simple and easy to figure out (I have the manual, but haven’t even looked at it yet). I took a piece of wood that I had salvaged from a pallet and jointed one side and then squared an adjacen...

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Newest 12 Volt Lith

Newest 12 Volt Lith

01-07-2011 09:05 PM by Hermando | 4 comments »

I just wanted to share the latest addition to my cordless tool set. I have been building my Makita LXT inventory throughout the years. In the past I have used several brands of the 12 volt lithium sets. I first bought a Sears Nextec drill/jigsaw/flashlight set. It actually was a good set, but I found a few annoying things about the tools. The sears drill had a sticky speed switch and the jigsaw was awkward to hold in your hand and switch on. It worked better as a reciprocating saw. To ofte...

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