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Awesome Back Saw

Awesome Back Saw

11-25-2010 05:33 AM by Marc5 | 2 comments »

I was asked to post a review on this saw by a fellow LJ a couple days ago and looking around there were no reviews on this particular saw or anything coming out of Bad Axe. Quite honestly the name caught my attention first and I figured it was worth a look. After a little research I found out the company is out of Wisconsin and as I am in NW Indiana this was a part of the initial decision to do even more research. I read a couple articles on the company, Mark Harrell and the saws. The n...

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Yet another time wasted disappointment.

Yet another time wasted disappointment.

11-25-2010 12:24 AM by Routerisstillmyname | 15 comments »

Here we go again. This 6 inch capacity SO CALLED self-centering jig from TASK-USA or Telco tools is another example of lousy workmanship.Another so called made in the USA centering jig that’s off by unacceptable tolerances.If I wanted this kind of inaccuracy, I would use the drill press witout my glasses.They claim their jig is within 10000 –5000 tolerance, I guess they need to get back to school or learn to use a calculator. 10000 is = 0.0001 and 5000 = 0.0002.My measurement shows 1/100 =0...

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Great value for the money

Great value for the money

11-24-2010 09:56 PM by Elizabeth | 16 comments »

This drill press costs $299 at Lowes and that seems to be a stable price, as I got it this summer but it’s still listed at that price. However, Lowe’s recognizes the 20% off Harbor Freight coupon so I paid less than that. This drill press has served me very well so far. You’ll need two people to lift the very heavy headstock into place. I haven’t had any vibration issues. The table adjustments are easy though it does tend to slip a bit when you tighten down the ...

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Big, Powerful and CHEAP this Friday!

Big, Powerful and CHEAP this Friday!

11-23-2010 08:58 PM by StumpyNubs | 12 comments »

Black Friday is a migical time of year! Every November my wife spends days plotting her strategy out to get the best deals on stuff we need and some we just plain want. It may mean standing in line freezing our butts of and listening to some idiots jabber on about who know what for a couple of hours, but it has become a right of passage for us, and we love the challange. This year there’s a lot of things we would like to get, but i thought I’d pass on this tidbit to my fellow L...

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Rare Earth Magnets for 15 cents each!

Rare Earth Magnets for 15 cents each!

11-23-2010 01:33 AM by StumpyNubs | 22 comments »

Rare earth magnets have unlimited uses in the shop. I’ve seen more plans than I can count using these little things in woodworking magazines, so when I saw them in Harbor Freight today I grabbed a pack. Of course there’s not much to say about them, they work like any other rare earth magnets, hard to pull apart and dangerous to swallow. The difference is that the Harbor Freight ones are a buck and a half for ten of them! They’re 5/16” round, the ideal size for most ...

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Veritas Low Angle Jack Plane

Veritas Low Angle Jack Plane

11-22-2010 05:25 AM by Gofor | 11 comments »

Purchasing: Done online, no problems, and delivered well packaged on the date promised. Quality: Very impressed. All parts are closely machined and close tolerance. Sole flat, sides square, and irons sharp, but I did hone them with 2000 grit wet/dry paper (scary sharp method) and green buffing compound. Comparability: Comes in a little larger than a Bailey #5 (more like 5 1/2), in width, length and weight. Iron width is 2 1/4” vs #5 Bailey at 2” and #6 at 2 3/8”. Hand...

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Not well made

Not well made

11-22-2010 01:52 AM by Billyboy | 25 comments »

I’m a DIY guy who’s getting into my 60’s and have learned that it pays to buy good tools. In other words, you get what you pay for. That’s why I felt good when I bought this Milwaukee hammer drill. Milwaukee makes good stuff, right? Not. I hadn’t used the drill more than a dozen times when the variable speed feature quit. Now, you don’t want to be using a high torque 1/2” drill without variable speed – unless you don’t care if your arm ...

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One Smooth operator

One Smooth operator

11-21-2010 09:34 PM by pintodeluxe | 31 comments »

This has been quite an upgrade from my previous methods of sanding – hand belt sanding (never comes out at quite 90 degrees), or drum sanders on the drill press (I can never find sanding drums taller than 1-2 inches. The sander is marketed to homeowners, and small businesses and it really fills a niche. It won’t replace a random orbit sander, but it is a great compliment to any shop. I selected the Ridgid sander based on my positive experience with their tools in the past (drill p...

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Porter Cable PSH1 Excells at spraying Lacquer

Porter Cable PSH1 Excells at spraying Lacquer

11-21-2010 10:26 AM by pintodeluxe | 8 comments »

Have you ever been frustruated spraying lacquer? The PSH1 comes with a 1.5mm tip that will spray lacquer beautifully. I thin mine 20% with lacquer thinner, and spray with 35 psi at the gun. The gun comes with it’s own requlator to it is easy to adjust. I like to use a spot light to really see what the finish looks like when it goes down. With this gun it always looks great – no sputtering or inconsistent patterns – just a smooth even finish that looks like it was layed ...

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Peachtree Drill Press Dust Collector

Peachtree Drill Press Dust Collector

11-21-2010 01:50 AM by TheDane | 7 comments »

Does what it is supposed to do …you can adjust the hose to any position you like and it stays right where you put it. The box includes everything you need to install on a standard drill press … unless you have an 8”, 10”, and some models of 12” benchtop drill presses. I assume this attachment is intended for use on floor models, but you can using it on benchtop models is a buit of a challenge. I considered returning it, but this was a deeply discounted deal...

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