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I am really impressed with this saw

I am really impressed with this saw

06-21-2010 04:41 AM by zierath | 49 comments »

I received this saw about two weeks ago. My wife bought it for me as a father’s day gift. It was packed very well, and there were no parts missing. Set up was simple enough. Lifting it was quite a bit of work; as it is a very heavy piece of equipment. I tuned it up in a very short time and was really impressed how quiet it runs. I’ve been reading books and watching videos on bandsaws and it appears to have many features found on much more expensive saws. I think the quality...

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Save some money if you want to do alot of work.

Save some money if you want to do alot of work.

06-21-2010 01:33 AM by JBoss | 12 comments »

I had a tough time trying to figure out what rating to give this thing. Half way through truing the sole I was thinking 1 star was way too much, but when finished it makes great cuts. Pros: 1. Cheap. Twenty bucks won’t put a down payment on a Veritas or Lie-Nielson, but it let me walk out of the box store with this guy. 2. When tuned up it makes great shavings. Cuts like a dream through everything but end grain so far, the 25 degree bevel is not steep enough to handle end grain well or an...

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new clamp purchase

new clamp purchase

06-20-2010 06:32 PM by woodsmithshop | 16 comments »

I just purchased six of the Woodcraft clamping system clamps, they were on sale, plus if you bought $100 or more the shipping was free, I have been having trouble keeping any panels flat on glue ups, this system does a great job, though not totally perfect, you can get near and sometimes perfect if you are careful, and your 2×2 are made very square. you must plan ahead carefully when doing a glue up, otherwise it can be awkward trying to get your boards aligned, it is best to not add th...

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Belt failure resulting in expensive repair

Belt failure resulting in expensive repair

06-20-2010 03:12 PM by MitchSaginaw | 14 comments »

I am writing to warn the readers that I had to replace the drive belt internal to my Porter Cable 371 belt sander after only 4 months of use. This is a great tool for the shop for its compact size and ability to remove material fast with good control. The problem is that the unit appeared to overheat and the belt came apart. I took it to a warranty center expecting to have it repaired under warranty but found out it was not covered and the repair cost $49.92. ($11 for the belt and the...

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Popular Woodworking: The 10 Commandments of Finishing

Popular Woodworking: The 10 Commandments of Finishing

06-17-2010 04:46 AM by lobro4 | 8 comments »

I purchased the download version of this book and saved a few bucks using my discount code from The Wood Whisperer site. It is also available as a DVD. The download is in the .mp4 format and will play using Quick Time. The purchase, download and viewing with Quick Time was effortless. The download is 3 separate 30-minute videos at 160 MB each. If your download connection is slow, be aware that it may take some time. Once playing, the video quality on full screen lacks in clarity a bit b...

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Any sweeter and I woulda had to go to the dentist..

Any sweeter and I woulda had to go to the dentist..

06-16-2010 09:53 AM by ars | 10 comments »

For the past several months I’ve been on somewhat of a handtool kick, with a focus on DTs. Like most people I started with a Japanese pull saw, because it was cheaper. I just couldn’t get comfortable with the straight handle and also don’t like cutting on the pull stroke, bottom line was I wanted a western saw. Anyways I went to my local Woodcraft to pick up a couple unrelated items and I asked one of the employee’s if they could order me one of those new $80 Ver...

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This nail gun is great!

This nail gun is great!

06-16-2010 05:46 AM by ABrown | 9 comments »

I bought this gun to install 1500 board ft of crown. It’s light weight really helped when useing it over head. It came with two triggers one for “bump” fire and a standard trigger. Portercable has made this gun oilless, which I love. It also has a belt clip which is very handy. Overall this is an excellent gun to own.

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A bit on the pricey side, but extremely well made, and solves a huge problem.

A bit on the pricey side, but extremely well made, and solves a huge problem.

06-16-2010 02:32 AM by dbhost | 9 comments »

A few months ago, I added Norton white oxide wheels to my 8” grinder that I use for sharpening only to be rewarded with a grinder that tried dancing across the shop… The pitiful bushings that Norton includes with their grinder wheels, well… Norton should be ashamed of themselves for including them. These things are a waste of money for Norton to include, and a waste of shipping space. SHAME ON YOUR NORTON!!!! These things have TONS of slop in them, and allow the wheel to ...

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Kerfmaker uses

Kerfmaker uses

06-15-2010 05:09 PM by tenonitis | 10 comments »

I broke down and bought one of these gadgets despite the high price since I planned to give it a lot of use. It works as advertised but I had a different application in mind than cutting half laps or kerfs. I wanted to use it for its opposite function, one not advertised, making tenons. I understand that Bridge City plans to introduce a new tool for this purpose, but I think they don’t understand that the Kerfmaker can already do this. The key is to invert your thinking and instead of u...

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veritas scraper plane

veritas scraper plane

06-15-2010 01:40 PM by gardentiger | 8 comments »

A beautifully crafted tool. Blade was sharp and did a great job on an end grain cutting board i’ve been trying to smooth. Sharpening a tool like this has quite a learning curve. Corners of the blade need to be rounded. The plane is much larger than it appears in pictures. It’s gonna be a fun one.

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