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Turncrafter Commander 12" VS Midi Lathe

Turncrafter Commander 12" VS Midi Lathe

02-13-2017 01:59 PM by Tennessee | 10 comments »

I had purchased a Harbor Freight 10”X18” about a year ago to turn pens and some other little things in my shop. My Powermatic was just too ungainly to do a pen on. My problem was that the HF was a PITA to change speeds, and to do a pen properly, I find it necessary to do two speed changes for a total of about three speeds for each pen. (Cutting/shaping/sanding/finishing/polishing) I decided that since the pens started to sell nicely, I would upgrade to a VS lathe. I looked ...

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As good as I hoped

As good as I hoped

02-13-2017 02:27 AM by Mainiac Matt | 13 comments »

A former coworker set up a garage shop when he retired and decked it out with very nice Powermatic tools all purchased as a package deal. Now, 8 years later, his health has failed and he’s selling his house and liquidating his shop. I was really happy when he called to give me first dibs, and purchased this jointer for a VERY good price. All of his tools were lightly used and in very good condition. I had to break down the machine to get it down my basement steps, and is just got...

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My GarageworX 4x4 CNC review

My GarageworX 4x4 CNC review

02-12-2017 04:32 PM by Mike Merzke | 5 comments »

This is the third CNC that I have had in my shop and is a review of the Garageworx CNC but based off not only the experiences I’ve had with the other two machines but also against my expectations of what I need a CNC to do in my shop. If you’d like to read the article I wrote about me previous CNC journey you can HERE. The GarageworX CNC is similar in some regards to other CNC kits on the market today because the owner assembles the machine and with that some of the quality and pe...

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Grizzly G0771Z Hybrid Saw

Grizzly G0771Z Hybrid Saw

02-12-2017 02:43 AM by JRsgarage | 26 comments »

Well, I’ve had the saw for going on a month but have not been able to use it. The saw arrived safely and the driver kindly brought it into my garage…had to tip him(great attitude).The assembly went smoothly, nothing too difficult. I had to shim one of the wings; everything was in my acceptable tolerance. The fit and finish was ok in most areas. The wings were grinded differently than the main tabletop which looked a bit cheap but I figured I can live with that. Everythin...

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Mitre slot measuring tool for $12

Mitre slot measuring tool for $12

02-11-2017 09:10 PM by Holbs | 3 comments »

I was in dire need of fine measurement adjustment in my shop: checking dado stack, fence, auxiliary fence, etc. I could of made my own but I’ve been in a rush lately and ordered this little gem from Amazon at $12. Caution: you need your own dial caliper. Also, it does not fit all mitre slots! Read the description.I was all about to purchase another table saw alignment gadget that costs $120 but then saw this tool in the LJ review forum and gave it a shot. Have used it a number of ...

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Useless with Triton TRA-001

Useless with Triton TRA-001

02-07-2017 06:21 PM by eldercop | 17 comments »

For $60 one would think Rockler would include all the necessary holes. Not so. Catalog, web site and sales person identify this aluminum plate (#59466) as suitable for Triton’s big bad boy. Get it home and there’s no hole for height winder. A call back to the store where the helpful guy opened two other boxes with same item and same story. He kicks the issue up to the assistant manager whom I call back a couple days later and he is less than helpful. “So drill a hole for it ...

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Harbor Freight 10" Sliding Compound Miter

Harbor Freight 10" Sliding Compound Miter

02-06-2017 07:32 PM by raydawg | 20 comments »

Got it on sale for 89.99 instead of $109.It came out of the box and worked great. Had to put my own blade in it but I was aware of that and had extra. Plus it being a 10” saw I can exchange blades between my table saw and this if I really need to. Other than not cutting a 90 degree cut it’s a great saw. I had to turn the saw a degree to the left to make it square. So at 89 degrees NOT locked in to the zero detent, it cuts square up and down as well as side to side. The motor is strong, ...

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Harbor Freight 10" Sliding Compound Miter w/o laser.

Harbor Freight 10" Sliding Compound Miter w/o laser.

02-06-2017 06:57 PM by raydawg | 2 comments »

Got it on sale for 89.99 instead of $109. It came out of the box and worked great. Had to put my own blade in it but I was aware of that and had extra. Plus it being a 10” saw I can exchange blades between my table saw and this if I really need to. Other than not cutting a 90 degree cut it’s a great saw. I had to turn the saw a degree to the left to make it square. So at 89 degrees NOT locked in to the zero detent, it cuts square up and down as well as side to side. The m...

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Awesome blade

Awesome blade

02-05-2017 03:34 PM by Dedvw | 8 comments »

Once I discovered that the stock blade that came with my Delta Unisaw was the cause of my lousy cuts, I bought the thin kerf riving knife and the Irwin Marples 50T blade. This blade produces the nicest cuts I’ve seen and does it a little quieter than the stock blade. I’ve used all kinds of high end table saws (Powermatic, Delta, Jet), some with Forrest blades on them. I know it might sound crazy but this blade cuts as nice as any of the Forrest blades I’ve used. No burns, no...

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CA glue for wood - No activator needed

CA glue for wood - No activator needed

02-05-2017 03:23 AM by cicerojoe | 7 comments »

This rapid fuse CA glue for wood is relatively new. Maybe a year since it was brought to market. I have seen the fast cap and hot stuff and other similar products which require the glue to be sprayed with an activator for instant cure. These look good but I never pulled the trigger, especially because I’d have to get them mailed to me. Anyway, I saw this Dap rapid fuse at home depot and a couple things caught my attention. 1st I remembered reading about this in a woodworking magazine...

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