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A highly versatile and accurate tool

A highly versatile and accurate tool

08-16-2010 07:34 PM by Mark Colan | 2 comments »

[This is a repost of a review I wrote and posted on Amazon in June. If you find it useful, I would appreciate a visit to the Amazon review and click “Yes” for useful.] WHAT KIND OF PRECISION DO YOU NEED? A house framer once told me “there’s no such thing as an eighth of an inch.” A friend who has a metal shop told me that accuracy of 1/100 inch is useless for his work. So what accuracy do YOU need? It depends on the kind of work you are doing. Wood exp...

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Photo lights for better posts

Photo lights for better posts

08-16-2010 01:02 PM by BritBoxmaker | 6 comments »

Not strictly speaking a woodwork tool these are LED lighting units to use in video or stills photography but as I’m continually taking pics for Project posts and blogs I thought it appropriate to post them here. They are from a site based in the UK Channel islands (post free in UK) but I’m not sure they will post worldwide. The URL should you want to check them out is here I bought a pair. One goes either side of my Canon Powerhot A460. They do stack on one another quite sol...

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Ya Hoo  Time to sand

Ya Hoo Time to sand

08-16-2010 06:44 AM by lizardhead | 13 comments »

How can one real good tool be so much better than the next best. Festools 150/3 is such a tool. I was told that sanding is something that you do to every project you make, so it makes perfect sense to spend some money here and get the best you can. We are not talking about the difference between Rigid & Royobi, which are throw away tools, Festool has thrown out the cost factor and made a tool that does it’s job with astounding results.

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The keeper

The keeper

08-15-2010 11:31 PM by Severiano | 1 comment »

Hi guys, I’ve just bought this machine and some 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, 1” chisels and bits. I have to say that it does an excellent job. Also, is not heavy. I’ve put it in a Powermatic mobile base for Bandsaws, and it rides great. It’s tilt table and all the little features in it makes it easy to work with on all kind of different projects. Would I recommend this machine to you guys?. I would say yes!.

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I had it's fair share of problems out of the box.

I had it's fair share of problems out of the box.

08-15-2010 02:11 AM by ABrown | 20 comments »

I picked up this saw last feb at HD, and for $299 I figued it was a good deal. I don’t resaw any thing so the size was right. The assembly of the saw was stright foward, I had it compleated in less than an hour. When I turned it on, I thought that saw was going to walk across the shop. I done some research “after I bought it” and then started fixing things one by one: The belt was replaced with a link belt from Rockler, It helped a pretty good bit but it still had a fair amo...

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Excellent tool for hollowers

Excellent tool for hollowers

08-14-2010 07:23 PM by reggiek | 4 comments »

I bought this tool some time ago, based on a recommendation I received from a good friend that does gallery class production turnings, and have been running it through it’s paces. Now that I have it’s measure, it is time to do a write up. This tool is made in New Zealand – and definitely has excellent engineering and quality control. It arrived in first class condition well packaged and extremely well protected. The instruction book is a bit on the slim side…not...

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recommend it to anyone

recommend it to anyone

08-14-2010 06:06 AM by ABrown | 36 comments »

I’ve had this saw for about two years. It’s too bad that Rdgid quit manfacturing this saw cause its great saw to own. I have no mechanical problems at all with this saw. I do have the same complaints that everybody else that owns one of these saws has with it. The fence is my biggest problem, the two piece rail has a bump where it connects and I’ve also noticed that when you are cutting 1/4’’ and smaller ply it wants to slide under the fence a little bit. The bla...

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Couldnt be more dissapointed in my  bostich compressor

Couldnt be more dissapointed in my bostich compressor

08-14-2010 05:36 AM by jordan32407 | 10 comments »

I bought this compressor thinking it was a good deal, I used, and a it a few times to blow up a car tire, then for a roof and a few pieces of trim work. Then the regulator (thing that controls outlet pressure) control stripped out. I beleive its because it is cheap and it cant handle the pressure in the tank being on it over time. and no i didnt leave the tank with pressure in it all the time. A quick fix to get you by if you cant for a new part or like in my case it gets stripped out, is to...

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3M Respirator

3M Respirator

08-13-2010 04:19 PM by mnorusis | 25 comments »

At the start of the first coat of lacquer I put on in preparing for finishing a desk project, I knew I would be buying a respirator immediately. The smell is aweful and while I’m not certain the safety risks of breathing it, I have read some pretty bad stories online about the fumes. I went to HomeDepot and decided to buy the best mask they had…so this was it. I did 0 research on masks, including for best model/price. This mask certainly does the job I needed it to do. Wh...

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Powermatic 14" bandsaw

Powermatic 14" bandsaw

08-12-2010 09:11 PM by ChuckC | 26 comments »

I finally convinced myself that I was ready for a bandsaw. I spent about a month looking into them and settled on the Powermatic 14”. I wasn’t interested in getting something that I would have to upgrade due to any number of possible deficiencies so I thought I was safe with the trusted Powermatic name. Well, I was almost right. I had a rough start with this saw. If it wasn’t for their superior customer service I would have returned it. I ordered the 14” bandsaw, ri...

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