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Byrd shelix cutterhead

Byrd shelix cutterhead

1850 days ago by eastside | 19 comments »

I installed a Byrd Shelix cutter head in my new Grizzly 15 inch thickness planer with the thought that it would leave “A glassy smooth cut” and reduce tear out in highly figured wood. This head comes with 75 carbide cutters installed and looks impressive. The cutters are spiraled around the head the same as other company’s do but they go one step further and place them at an angle so that they slice at the wood. I put some nasty birch through it for a test and hade very minor tear out but...

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A little spendy for a portable, but an amazing planer.

A little spendy for a portable, but an amazing planer.

1850 days ago by Wayne Precht | 21 comments »

It sure seems I went on a bit of a binge, but this is the 3rd and final tool purchase for the foreseeable future. It wasn’t one I had planned on like the sander, it was one of necessity. You see my previous planer was a Delta 12 ½” factory reconditioned unit that I picked up for a song. It did yeoman’s work for close to 10 years. It surfaced 1000s of feet of pine tent poles, 600 board feet of ash in one weekend and other such adventures. It bogged down occasionally and more often than I ...

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Well worth the investment

Well worth the investment

1850 days ago by Wayne Precht | 8 comments »

The next purchase was a Work Sharp 3000. Again, this was a Woodcraft special. I had read some reviews, including one by a respected furniture maker. He swore by it as not only effective, but fast in his “time is money” shop. Now, I have tried about every sharpening system known to man and had previously settled on the Norton water-stones as able to get a usable edge before my ADD kicked in. The problem was the mess and bother of water in the shop or of doing the sharpening in the kitchen...

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Shakes itself to pieces in a very short time

Shakes itself to pieces in a very short time

1850 days ago by Durnik150 | 7 comments »

Price $29.95 via Amazon. The price fluctuates with what package of attachments come with the sander. The search for a reasonably priced finish sander continues… I had hoped this little unit from Black & Decker would hold up for a while and I would get some good use out of it. I was disappointed. First, the “Zone Touch” feature is worthless. There is an indicator light that tells you when too much pressure is being applied. This light comes on red when the unit is f...

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A box book first, an inlay book second. Either way, well worth a look.

A box book first, an inlay book second. Either way, well worth a look.

1850 days ago by Durnik150 | 2 comments »

Price $16.49 via Amazon. Amazon also sells used copies through its affiliates and Half.com may have it for even less. Doug Stowe definitely knows his boxes. He’s built thousands of them over the years. Anytime an expert like this decides to share his secrets I try to pay attention. The focus on “Inlay” is a fuzzy one at best. Stowe talks in detail about how to make inlay strips and panels and for that information alone this book is worth its price. A true artist should...

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Dremel Multimax a low cost alternative?

Dremel Multimax a low cost alternative?

1851 days ago by EricWrights | 14 comments »

A very useful customer’s review I found. Credit: Camera Shy (Baltimore, MD USA) at Amazon.com Good Tool and Recommended (with some room for improvement) I received my Dremel Multi-Max about a week ago and was anxious to try it out on a serious project. The Project: Cut out exterior window molding that had begun to rot. The tool did the job as expected; in fact I felt like a surgeon cutting out a tumor. However, after just a few minutes of use, the blade came off – not goo...

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 Turning Basics with Steve Shanesy - DVD Review

Turning Basics with Steve Shanesy - DVD Review

1851 days ago by thewoodwhisperer | 8 comments »

This week I was excited to receive a complimentary copy of “Turning Basics for Furniture Makers” from Popular Woodworking. With my shop currently out of commission, a woodworking DVD really hits the spot! Now most of you know I consider myself a utilitarian turner, meaning, I usually only turn when a project calls for it. So when I watch a typical turning DVD, my attention usually starts to drift pretty quickly. Most of these titles are produced by amazingly talented wood turn...

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Fein Multimaster Great solid product for multi tasking A++

Fein Multimaster Great solid product for multi tasking A++

1851 days ago by EricWrights | 7 comments »

The Fein Multimaster handles every job with ease and precision. The bit changing process is very easy and holds the tool very solidly. I tried cutting wood, and 1/8 ” aluminum , cutting holes for my car speaker sheet metal, and sanding. It does everything well, and cuts through sheet metal much easier than the rotozip or dremel with metal cutting disk. When cutting sheet metal I’ve noticed that it doesn’t give off that hot spark unlike most metal cutting tools. It also...

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A strong follow-up to Ventura's first band saw book

A strong follow-up to Ventura's first band saw book

1851 days ago by Durnik150 | 4 comments »

Price: $18.24 at Amazon. Buying used or from Half.com (thanks Jim) might help you find it cheaper. Like many here at LJs, I throoughly enjoy making band saw boxes. My first inspiration for these was Lois Keener Ventura’s “Building Beautiful Boxes with your Band Saw” book. This is a “sequel” to that first book. I’ll be hunting that review down and posting for that one later on as well. I have posted a bunch of reviews on Amazon and am migrating the woo...

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A simple yet extremely helpful item

A simple yet extremely helpful item

1851 days ago by Durnik150 | 10 comments »

Price $5.99 for a 10 pack via Amazon I have done a ton of reviews on Amazon and realized that the folks here at LJs will probably put more of the information to use than the average Amazon user. So, I’m transferring a bunch of these reviews over here for you folks to use. My intent isn’t to flood the site with reviews so if someone has a concern with a couple going up each day, let me know. For as long as people have been working with wood they have been frustrated by either...

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