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Only $60 but that was $60 down the drain.

Only $60 but that was $60 down the drain.

05-23-2009 04:13 AM by TNBodger | 21 comments »

It’s cheap (cheap as in poorly made and from bad materials). It took me an hour of adjusting and more adjusting to get an ALMOST decent half blind dovetail out of this piece of _! Clamping the pieces in place is time consuming and requires way too many turns to hold the wood securely in place (which also means way too many turns to release the piece after routing it). Also, the screws that hold the template in place is positioned in a way that will prevent clamping thinner pieces of ...

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Nice going Pal

Nice going Pal

05-23-2009 04:03 AM by Routerisstillmyname | 15 comments »

If you have a contractor TS and extra 20 dollars burning hole in your pocket then maybe you should splurge on one of these before the gas goes back up to 4 a gallon.And that’s just what I did today. I didn’t need them or have to have them to align the 3660. I had already got it to 0.001. But I’ve never been fond of contractor saw trunnions. When I finally got my saw last year,(Table saws scare the heck out of me) it took slight modifications to get my saw to register 0.001. And during that ti...

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Good concept but made from poor materials

Good concept but made from poor materials

05-23-2009 03:48 AM by TNBodger | 5 comments »

I wouldn’t mind having a 6” x 48” belt sander, but like many weekend woodworkers, I don’t have the floor space for one. I have always managed fairly well with the smaller benchtop 4” x 36” machines so when it came time to buy a new one I looked at everything I could find out there and settled on the Ryobi BD4600 sold at Home Depot. I liked the easy way belts are changed by the flip of a lever. Aligning the belt is done by a quick turn of the thumb wheel. Bu...

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Amana tambour door router bit set - slick idea

Amana tambour door router bit set - slick idea

05-21-2009 09:58 PM by Brandon | 8 comments »

I have been wanting to build my wife a roll top desk for some time but the dilemma always came in on how to make the tambour. The new bit set from Amana is a great idea! No more having to glue slats to canvas or drilling the slats to run a cable down through them. The bits worked great and made it real easy to use different woods. The one drawback that I found was in the instructions and video. They state to mill the stock to 1/2” x 1 15/16” and that is what I did. The iss...

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Wixey WR300 Digital Angle Gauge

Wixey WR300 Digital Angle Gauge

05-20-2009 08:58 PM by Emeralds | 31 comments »

The Wixey WR300 angle gauge is the perfect device for setting up a table saw, jointer table, bandsaw or any device that requires specific angle juxtaposition. Beyond setting your tool at a 90 degree angle, the WR300 allows you to get +/- 0.1º and for those in need of accurate angle cuts, this can only be a good thing. Aside from setting the tools themselves this little device takes all the guess work out of jig construction, drill press hole angles and anything requiring a precise, repeat...

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Why did it take so long?

Why did it take so long?

05-20-2009 04:32 AM by JuniorJoiner | 12 comments »

I have wanted one of these saws since I first laid eyes on one. Rob Cosman had a set of these in his toolkit , and I first got to handle one about 4 years ago. The problem was that rob’s was kinked. so I didn’t get to use it. My new Lie-Nielsen panel saw arrived today, so the first thing i did was rip open the packaging and put it through it’s paces.I may not be extremely accomplished as a furniture maker, but i have done my share of construction with hand tools, and feel...

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Bosch PS30 -- whole lotta torque

Bosch PS30 -- whole lotta torque

05-19-2009 08:11 PM by Jim | 6 comments »

My 18V Makita finally died and I needed a replacement. I decided to get a more compact drill driver because I wanted to be able to get inside drawers, tight spaces, etc., not to mention the handyness of carrying a smaller tool. The PS30 isn’t as small as the PS20. The chuck is 3/8” – which I also wanted. And that’s what I got—not as big as a 1/2” drive, not as small as a 1/4”. Heavier and more powerful than just a driver but not as heavy as an 18V...

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Bessy double headed clamp

Bessy double headed clamp

05-19-2009 02:49 AM by kosta | 27 comments »

Yo whats up everybody I was at lowes today getting another toolbox for all my stuff and I saw this double headed c clamp. Now i was like what the hell is that but if you think about it you can clamp 2 seperate pices of wood to your bench with 1 clamp. Now this is a 12 in c clamp and it cost me like $10 so I was like well jet beat bessy out with the paraell bar clamps so this is there way of coming back and it is really a good idea. The jaws are padded so they wont screw up the wood or what e...

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14" Band Saw Riser Kit for Harbor Freight Band Saw

14" Band Saw Riser Kit for Harbor Freight Band Saw

05-17-2009 11:21 PM by FJPetruso | 22 comments »

About 5 years ago I purchased a Harbor Freight Band Saw & the Riser Kit. I never installed the riser kit & stored it away until I needed it. Last month I failed to use my metal detector & while resawing some walnut I hit a foot peg, like the ones linemen screw into power poles, that the tree had completely grew around & ruined my band saw blade. So I took this opportunity to install the riser kit. I figured I would be playing with & tuning the saw up the whole day. Bu...

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Upgraded mini-lathe

Upgraded mini-lathe

05-17-2009 10:27 PM by Sawdust2 | 6 comments »

I’d been using a Carba-Tec mini-lathe for so long I can’t remember when I bought it.When my 65th birthday came around (remember my b’day cake?)I decided to get the variable speed version. A while back I had tried to make my old mini-lather variable but you just can’t do that with an old AC motor So here is a picture of the new one right out of the box I also order a 4 jaw chuck so I could try some new turning stuff. One thing that surprised me is the tool kit ...

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