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Delta 46-460 12-1/2" Variable-Speed Lathe and Optional Stand

Delta 46-460 12-1/2" Variable-Speed Lathe and Optional Stand

12-24-2009 03:37 AM by Padre | 11 comments »

I purchased this lathe two weeks ago when it was on sale at Woodcraft. I brought it home, opened it up, and set it up. It took about an hour to completely set it up. The lathe stands level and true, and the tail stock/head stock are perfectly aligned. It is a variable speed, but some belt changes are needed for different speed “ranges.” It is a cinch to change the belt. Picture #2 shows how you pull a lever, change the belt, re-tighten the lever, and off you go. It is a...

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Powermatic 3520b, superstar

Powermatic 3520b, superstar

12-24-2009 03:29 AM by Padre | 9 comments »

I’ve had my Powermatic for almost a year now, and I have used it a LOT. It runs true and smooth. The lathe was perfectly level/square right out of the box. I have had NO problems with this lathe. It is quiet, powerful and it feels good to be at. It makes you comfortable knowing that you will be able to do what you want to do. At first, being a new turner, it intimidated me a little, but now, we are best friends. I would not hesitate to recommend this lathe to anyone.

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Rockler Mortise Machine Table And Fence

Rockler Mortise Machine Table And Fence

12-23-2009 07:33 PM by TheDane | 2 comments »

This table/fence solved a lot of problems, and really improved the performance of my Jet JBM-5 Mortising Machine. It provides a much larger work surface than the stock table, and comes with 2 of Rockler’s Rotary Guides that help secure the workpiece against the fence, but allow movements to the right or left so you can slide the workpiece as needed. I made one small modification when I installed the fence. I have never trusted wood screws in MDF for this type of fixture, so instea...

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Jet JBM-5 Bench Mortising Machine

Jet JBM-5 Bench Mortising Machine

12-23-2009 07:24 PM by TheDane | 8 comments »

I have been using my JBM-5 for over 3 years now, and consider it a good investment for my home workshop. I haven’t kept track of the number of mortises I have done with it, but just about everything I build uses mortise and tenon joinery. The JBM-5 fence can be a pain to set. The fence is attached to a steel hex rod that is held in place by a thumb screw. There is no rack & pinion fence adjustment (like the one on Delta’s mortiser), so getting the workpiece positioned corre...

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Quality plane for years to come.

Quality plane for years to come.

12-22-2009 09:36 PM by Rick | 4 comments »

In my book Veritas builds high quality planes with a dash of new and innovative thinking for a reasonable price. It’s not a cheap price but if you’re looking to be happy with a plane in every way, then this is the first brand in the price range. In my opinion. I use this plane for everything except for smoothing a wide board. This will handle end grain and even the side grain of birds eye maple. However, you need to get your plane iron sharp. I suggest the A2 steel. You s...

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Perfect for when you need precise setup

Perfect for when you need precise setup

12-22-2009 08:47 PM by Rick | 2 comments »

When ever I need to set my table saw or router to an exact height or router table fence to an exact depth, I grab this. If you’d like to get this kind of precision but don’t like the price… Just buy it and get it over with. I was the same way. You’ll end up getting it someday so you might as well get it now.

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Every woodworker should have one of these.

Every woodworker should have one of these.

12-22-2009 08:37 PM by Rick | 10 comments »

This is used nearly every time my pencil is used. It’s just great. Perfect layouts are so much easier in every way now. I don’t really have much else to say. The picture is pretty self explanitory. Oh, I use the 6 inch because I usually make smaller things. Even if you make large projects most of the layout is at the end of the board for joinery and what not so the 6 inch should be fine for that too.Get one. I can’t imagine you’ll wish you hadn’t.

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Love it!  Use it all the time.  Wish I bought it sooner

Love it! Use it all the time. Wish I bought it sooner

12-22-2009 08:29 PM by Rick | 15 comments »

I love this drum sander. I use it every time I dimension pieces for a project. I used to go to my ridgid 12 inch planer every time, and I still do if more needs to be taken off. But I prefer the finish the drum sander puts on my pieces before I start cutting them up for whatever I’m making. If you do a lot of inlay this is a must have machine. You can sand a piece down to 1/32 inch with this one. I usually only go to 1/16 or just past that for my inlay. Then I cut the strips to w...

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Pretty good so far

Pretty good so far

12-22-2009 08:03 PM by Rick | 7 comments »

I just bought a can of this at a rockler store. I think it was on sale for $14. I was finishing up a christmas present that I wanted to use wax on and I wanted the best for this one. I had read other review and everything seemed pretty positive about it. My experience wasn’t any different. It “seems” to work well and I’m not really sure how much protection it provides. I was hoping that it would dry harder than it does. It also doesn’t dry “instantly...

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Great value, can be honed to a razor edge and holds it well

Great value, can be honed to a razor edge and holds it well

12-22-2009 05:36 AM by jake | 7 comments »

These are a great value and should be in every tool chest if your working with wood and can’t afford the high end tools. These are far and away a step up from the cheap tools you find at the big box discounters but not too much more money. They hold an edge well and with a little work can be honed to a razor edge. They hold their edge well, as I completed entire projects without sharpening them. One prior off brand set I bought were being sharpened more often than I was wood the wood. T...

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