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Cutting Mat

Cutting Mat

10-17-2009 10:14 PM by dustyal | 5 comments »

I originally bought this mat for my mother-in-law who used it for her sewing. My wife also used one for her picture mat cutting. They work well with the rotary cutters and mat cutter. I find it extremely useful for woodworking when laying out projects, doing dry fits and glue ups, etc. I would think it might come in handy for veneer work and other projects where you might want a larger protected surface that won’t mar the finished product. It is hard enough to stay flat and smoot...

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Great... but...

Great... but...

10-16-2009 08:41 PM by greggr | 12 comments »

I bought a pair of these a few months ago after checking with my supervisor for approval. They work great, especially the Mp3 feature. With an el-cheapo generic Mp3 they will play for about 10 hours until the Mp3 battery needs a recharge. The sound is excellent and blocks out most of the surrounding noise. Herein lies the “but”. Unfortunately my employer has reversed on approval after several other people started using the same unit. Their reasoning (and I guess I agree r...

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Paul Scurch DVD's and Books..

Paul Scurch DVD's and Books..

10-15-2009 08:11 AM by RBWoodworker | 6 comments »

I just recieved my set of DVD’s and Books by Paul Schurch, and I will say this.. they are probably the best informative, understanding, well thought out books and DVD’s I have ever seen. he clearly shows you step by step how to do beautiful Marquetry and veneering made simple..I highly recommend anyone who wants to bring their skills up a notch or two by adding veneering and Marquetry to their projects to get these DVD’s and books.. you can find them available on his websit...

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PSI Variable Speed Midi Lathe Conversion Kit

PSI Variable Speed Midi Lathe Conversion Kit

10-14-2009 08:27 PM by Chris Wright | 3 comments »

Here at the arts and Crafts Center we’ve been doing a lot of turning classes (mostly pen, but also the occasional bowl or bottle stopper) in conjunction with the Wounded Warrior program at Walter Reed and with the help of the local chapters of the American Association of Woodturners. Through them we’ve been able to have donated or loaned to the shop, lathes, chisels, chucks and other supplies. One of the lathes that was donated to the program was a Fisch Midi Lathe (essentially ...

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Great for uneven floors

Great for uneven floors

10-14-2009 06:39 AM by DannyBoy | 8 comments »

From the start, I needed to make sure that my saw would be movable. With a small shop, floor space is at a premium and it only makes things difficult to admit that my floor is not at all level and even. This system took care of both of those needs. The casters are well built and work well on the uneven floor. Plus, once you are done moving the unit, you flip it down onto it’s own feet right into your floors sweet-spot. Two bits of advice: First, you probably won’t matc...

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Digital Protractor

Digital Protractor

10-13-2009 11:31 PM by cstrang | 8 comments »

I bought this protractor over the weekend when I went to Lee Valley in Halifax, NS. I paid $14.90 for it which isn’t a lot considering it is very helpful, if you need to find a angle, check an angle on a table saw, etc this is a great asset to have around the shop. It has a locking knob that locks the angle in place however this tends to throw it off a fraction of a degree, other than that it is working out great, I will just have to see how it stands up to the test of time.

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Save Your Money

Save Your Money

10-13-2009 11:17 PM by cstrang | 8 comments »

I bought these blades as a set about a year ago now, however they did not last that long in my saw, they stayed in my miter saw and table saw for about a week and then they found a new home on my blade rack only to be taken down for the odd occasion when I build a deck. I paid about $40.00 for this two-pack of blades and they aren’t even worth that in my mind, but I was looking for a good deal and this popped right up. I find that the yellow strip makes more friction than anything else and it...

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Craftsman 21802 (10 in. Table Saw with Stand)

Craftsman 21802 (10 in. Table Saw with Stand)

10-13-2009 03:56 PM by michaeldmunro | 10 comments »

This being my first product review, I might miss some obvious things, but I’ll give it my best shot. At around $100, the Craftsman 21802 10 in. Table Saw is a good beginner’s saw. This is also my first table saw. I had no expectations other than when I was done I would be able to cut wood with it! The assembly was easy and I had it together in about 30 minutes or so. All the parts for the stands fit nice and everything lined up where it was supposed to. After assembly I set ...

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One Flat Measuring Tape

One Flat Measuring Tape

10-13-2009 07:05 AM by davidroberts | 18 comments »

While walking around the local Woodcraft store, I saw a display of Fastcap brand measuring tapes. One really caught my eye. It’s a “flatback” tape, as you cannot see on edge in the middle picture. It measures 16’ long. I have a lot of longer boards and sheet good to measure and I though what a great idea. Later I ordered a few things from Woodcraft and to make the $50 free shipping, I included the tape. It sells for $8 and is very well made. The thumb lock allow...

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Medium Density Overlay (MDO) Plywood for Jig Building and General Use

Medium Density Overlay (MDO) Plywood for Jig Building and General Use

10-12-2009 08:31 PM by Jerry | 31 comments »

As an alternative to the less than ideal MDF, a cabinetmaker friend of mine recently turned me onto “MDO”, aka “Signboard”. It is made up of phenolic resin coated paper laminated between layers of ply (11 layers of wood in 3/4”) and twice again as many of the phenolic- resin impregnated paper. Its what roadsigns are made of, its waterproof, flat , flat, flat and did I mention waterproof? You wont find it in Home Depot or Lowes, I have looked. I have had success at many of the local lumbery...

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