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not perfect but next best thing.

not perfect but next best thing.

06-28-2010 06:17 PM by charlie48 | 5 comments »

I finally decided to make the switch to a cabinet saw, thinking maybe magically it would make me a better woodworker? well I think the jury will be out for awhile on that one, but like the tool man Taylor I do have more power! I had it delivered to my local lumber yard, I cant thank them enough for helping me out this way!! I had these visions of my brand new magical saw comming in all dented and broken,but it arrived in great shape, so thanks to all the drivers that cared for my new toy on i...

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Norton Waterstone set IM83  in box

Norton Waterstone set IM83 in box

06-28-2010 04:55 PM by Ollie | 7 comments »

This is just a quick review of the Norton waterstone set in a carrying case.I only purchased this set after a lot of deliberation and bargain hunting. I paid £230 for the set, after first checking the price of all the stones individually, including the flattening stone.It worked out that I was only paying £20 for the box and free DVD that comes with it. I think that having the box is worth it just to keep the stones out of harms way and ready to go. Upon receipt of the kit I first watched ...

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Kreg Deck Jig Hidden Fastener System

Kreg Deck Jig Hidden Fastener System

06-28-2010 04:36 PM by knothead | 7 comments »

I was very excited to get the Kreg Deck Jig this summer as I am replacing the deck at my home. The new deck is a 10’ X 16’ floating deck, framed in the usual manner with PT lumber for the structure and Western Red Cedar (5/4×6) decking and trim. I have a most favorable opinion of Kreg tools generally, however in the Deck Jig they might have missed the mark just a little bit. I have a few observations….... 1. The jig is formed of the familiar blue plastic, but I fi...

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Ridgid 12 in Sliding Compound Miter Saw

Ridgid 12 in Sliding Compound Miter Saw

06-28-2010 04:51 AM by Randy L. | 4 comments »

I recently purchased a Ridgid MS 1290LZ 12 in Sliding Compound Miter saw. I was looking for a saw to take the place of both a radial arm saw and a miter saw, so I decided on a 12 in slider. I did not have room (or money!) for both types of saws, so i decided that this would be a good way to get some of the benefits of both. I have had this saw for about two weeks now and am just about done trimming out my entire house with it. So far I am very happy with it and feel as if it was money wel...

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Wixey planer readout is incredible

Wixey planer readout is incredible

06-27-2010 06:36 AM by Eric_S | 11 comments »

This morning I decided to start my time in the shop by installing this new Wixey Digital Planer Readout. It was very easy to install, although I do recommend a helping hand. It will make setting the leveling screw go much quicker. It took an hour to install from start to finish, mainly because I was the only one around and trying to set and tighten the leveling screw while checking for level was difficult to do with one pair of hands. Besides that, it was a breeze to install and I was ama...

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Lee Valley’s Veritas Dovetail Saw Guide System.

Lee Valley’s Veritas Dovetail Saw Guide System.

06-27-2010 04:05 AM by Gord Graff | 28 comments »

.........................”perfect fitting hand cut dovetails in a matter of minutes without the learning curve”. Veritas® 1:6 Guide with Saw Are you intimated by hand cut dovetail joinery? Have you avoided incorporating dovetail joinery into your woodworking because you feel that the learning curve for hand cut dovetails in far too steep and you don’t want to commit to complicated and expensive router jigs? Let me assure you that your fears are no longer warranted. Le...

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I should have bought this before trying to sharpen anything!

I should have bought this before trying to sharpen anything!

06-27-2010 03:16 AM by NewPickeringWdWrkr | 4 comments »

Since jumping into this wonderful hobby, I have always dreaded one thing. Sharpening. Sure, I’ve read plenty of how-to on sharpening from scary sharp method to using accessories to good old fasioned oil or water stones. The methods out there are numerous and opinions even more so on which method is best for a beginner. It’s all just soo confusing and frustrating. A beginner can spend a lot of money and even more effort in trying to find a method that works. I sent a plane...

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The Craftex Blue Tornado Dado Set........... a cut above the rest.

The Craftex Blue Tornado Dado Set........... a cut above the rest.

06-26-2010 07:06 PM by Gord Graff | 8 comments »

The Craftex Blue Tornado Dado Set (CBT017) 8”X24 Cutting dadoes and rabbets in sheet material such as veneer coated plywood or particleboard or melamine coated particleboard is a routine procedure in woodworking. What isn’t so routine is cutting splinter free dadoes and rabbets in this type of material but now that’s a thing of the past with the Craftex Blue Tornado 8” CBTO17 dado set. The Craftex Blue Tornado line of saw blades, router bits and shaper cutters is exclusive to Busy ...

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Groz Smoother #4 Plane

Groz Smoother #4 Plane

06-26-2010 06:06 PM by Gerry | 10 comments »

The Good: 1. The plane has all the parts needed, and the sole was relatively flat to start. From there, the tool began to fall short. The Bad: 1. The frog surface was not flat. 2. the blade-breaker combination was not easy to align, 3. The rear handle was loose, and 4 cleaning all the grease off the tool was time consuming, but expected. Here is the detail of my experience, and what I did to correct the tool and make it quite usable: I have a Stanley block plane and an older Stanley Bai...

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Two more cents on the Griz 453Z

Two more cents on the Griz 453Z

06-26-2010 04:15 AM by alnandy | 7 comments »

Just got mine in earlier this week. I’d been using a Delta 13” planer, which was doing a very good job. However, Delta got bought out and no longer produces this planer, so parts will be a problem in the future. Also, I’ve got several hundred board feet of curly maple to work through, and that would overwhelm the Delta. So, I bought the Grizzly. My experience was exactly the same as the previous review, except that my machine arrive without problems. The caster mechani...

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