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comparison with Rockwell

comparison with Rockwell

09-24-2009 04:40 AM by Sawdust2 | 10 comments »

The task was to lower a bar stool 2 1/4”.And not have the usual problem with not level legs when we got done. We also had a Fein Multimaster and the new Porter Cable SoniCrafter To ensure the same length was cut off each leg we cut a piece of PVC to 2 1/4”.The Fein and the PC each had a couple of blades that could be used but we took the round serrated blades as they were the same thickness.We just ran the blades around the leg resting them on the PVC. That gave us a uniform...

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Same thing the other guys sell at half the price.

Same thing the other guys sell at half the price.

09-21-2009 03:47 AM by dbhost | 17 comments »

Not much to say about this. I needed to finally replace the sanding belt cleaner I had as I had worn it out. (Still on the same belt FWIW). I hopped into Harbor Freight, and picked one of these up. Sale price of $3.99, and since I wasn’t getting anything more expensive, I threw the 20% coupon on it for an additional $.80 savings for a total before tax of $3.19… Got the thing home, and it is EXACTLY the same item as I had purchased at the big name woodworking supply and hardware...

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Dust Deputy works like a charm

Dust Deputy works like a charm

09-21-2009 02:12 AM by RockyTopScott | 13 comments »

Just picked up my DD today at the local Woodcraft store. Was not sure what to expect…only watched the online video as well as the reviews here and at other sites. Put it together per instructions, hooked it up to my old Ridgid 4.5 hp wet-dry vac and “POW”...it worked much better than expected. It was like adding a supercharger to my vac…cleaned up alot of sawdust on the floor and inside my TS cabinet in no time flat. I plan on getting a new 6.5 shop vac soo...

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First lathe - Rikon Mini

First lathe - Rikon Mini

09-20-2009 02:59 PM by Berg | 13 comments »

If you have looked at the bowl project I posted you know I am a complete turning neophyte AND you know I don’t actually own a lathe. Until now! I was at The Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers’ annual meeting with a friend who suggested we make a trip to the neighborhood woodworking supply store. I thought it was a great idea because from where I live it’s an hour to either of the two stores (in the state, believe) that have cool stuff like lathes. He knows I have been ...

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Excellent accuracy for such a cheap saw. Not such a great blade.

Excellent accuracy for such a cheap saw. Not such a great blade.

09-16-2009 06:31 PM by dbhost | 4 comments »

The Black and Decker Firestorm line was a Lowes specific line of tools that was discontinued at the end of 2008. With some of the product offerings pulling them from the market was a good thing to do (I will post a review of the router later), but with some of their offerings, hobbyist woodworkers, and home improvement DIY’ers got left out in the cold. I purchased my FS1000L on sale in January of 2008, and it has seen extensive use since the purchase. The stand (not included, separat...

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Fantastic bit set, especially for the price!

Fantastic bit set, especially for the price!

09-16-2009 05:33 PM by dbhost | 16 comments »

After needing sizes that just weren’t in my Porter Cable 8 piece set, and finding out what it would cost to buy bits individually, I decided, being the cheapskate that I am, to look for a set. The big box of crayons as it were. Now I have been looking pretty seriously into the MLCS 31 piece Master Forstner Bit Set (and they ARE coming down in price) but at the list price I had first seen them at of $129.00, I was open to options. I ran accross the Fine Woodworking article that raved ...

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Close to true cyclone performance on a budget.

Close to true cyclone performance on a budget.

09-14-2009 05:18 PM by dbhost | 18 comments »

I have been getting a few questions about the Thien Cyclones I have been building, and figured I would write a quick review of them, and try to answer the questions I see about them.. For starters a Thien Cyclone Separator is NOT a true cyclone, but does operate in a psuedo cycloninc fashion. Meaning the incoming air stream spins around the outside of the vessel / dust bin and drops its load of dust, and larger particles in much the same way as nearly all the other separator lids do. The B...

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Modified MC900 Head

Modified MC900 Head

09-14-2009 07:11 AM by Woodbeatle | 2 comments »

I love the dbhost review and agree with all, The weight on the stand is needed, I have added a mod to the head as per attached photo. This acts as a giant clamp to lock the head to the bed, for turning boxed in access of 100mm diameter, as the head jumps a bit. Yes I know that this stops the head rotation, but it helps to steady the lathe I note that you talk of a manual. Is it possible to get a copy of the MC900 Manual, as I bought my lathe secondhand for A$75.00. I had to make up a few t...

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Grizzly G1023SL TS Overall First Impression

Grizzly G1023SL TS Overall First Impression

09-14-2009 06:34 AM by Kevin | 29 comments »

I received my new TS this past Thursday. The freight guy was kind enough to go ahead and put it in my garage for me :) That was excellent I thought and was not expecting that at all. This review will just be a first impression on how it was shipped and how easy/difficult it was to assemble the machine. 01. SHIPPING – 5/5 The shipping was great. No holes or damage at all on any of the boxes. It came with two boxes. One for the fence and other for machine. The cabinet came o...

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The Ultimate Orbital Polisher – Gem Industries Takes on Wood!

The Ultimate Orbital Polisher – Gem Industries Takes on Wood!

09-12-2009 05:44 AM by Eric M. Saperstein | 18 comments »

This is Artisans’ first blog tool review! We’re planning to provide a series of articles discussing the various equipment, chemicals, tools, and other resources and services we employ to complete our projects. It seemed like a good idea to start with this particular tool as we have been trying it out for well close to a year now and we’re quite pleased with the results. Keep checking back as we’ll intertwine these product reviews within our array of postings as often as we can. OK let’s di...

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