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The Ultimate Orbital Polisher – Gem Industries Takes on Wood!

The Ultimate Orbital Polisher – Gem Industries Takes on Wood!

09-12-2009 05:44 AM by Eric M. Saperstein | 18 comments »

This is Artisans’ first blog tool review! We’re planning to provide a series of articles discussing the various equipment, chemicals, tools, and other resources and services we employ to complete our projects. It seemed like a good idea to start with this particular tool as we have been trying it out for well close to a year now and we’re quite pleased with the results. Keep checking back as we’ll intertwine these product reviews within our array of postings as often as we can. OK let’s di...

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Ridgid 4511 Granite Table Saw:  Really good saw at a great price.

Ridgid 4511 Granite Table Saw: Really good saw at a great price.

09-10-2009 09:54 PM by mandmj | 29 comments »

I thought I’d post a review of my Ridgid 4511 Granite table saw for those who are interested. I purchased this in the spring w/ the ultimate power deal (or whatever they call it) for about $450. I’ve used it for several small projects now and have been pleased w/ the saw, but like most things in life, it wasn’t perfect. Pros:Granite top is uberflat. And hard. And rust free. Nice fence, easy to adjust and accurate, also easy to add faces (UHMW, etc) Herculift base is really amazin...

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Finally, a Hand Sander That Allows You to Sand...

Finally, a Hand Sander That Allows You to Sand...

09-10-2009 04:02 AM by CaptainSkully | 13 comments »

I’ve been using that damn rubber thing with the nails sticking out of each end for years. No wonder I hardly ever did any hand sanding. I bought this because the action looked like it would be easy to switch out paper. It’s so easy, I switch grits without a care. The best $20 I ever spent at the woodworking store. As a recent improvement in my woodworking, I’ve started to hand-sand the orbital swirl marks out of my stuff. This makes that as easy as the wood will allow.

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Turning Furniture Parts by Charles Neil

Turning Furniture Parts by Charles Neil

09-09-2009 12:30 AM by mikega | 5 comments »

Turning Furniture Parts is Charles Neil’s latest DVD series. This is a 2 volume set that includes 4 DVD’s. The title of volume 1 is “The Basic – a Foundation”. This volume is designed for the woodworker who wants to step their furniture building up notch and has not done any turning before or for the turner who has not done much spindle turning. He begins with an overview of the lathe and then moves onto the different chisels and how to use them. Don’t worry...

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Cutlist Plus Woodworking Software: Indispensible!

Cutlist Plus Woodworking Software: Indispensible!

09-07-2009 02:50 PM by FoggyGarage | 10 comments »

A few years ago I found Cutlist Plus from Bridgewood software. At the time, it was the only consumer-level layout + cutting diagram software I could find. (I have recently found the cutlist plugin for Sketch-Up, and I will talk about that at the end of this review). Cutlist is available from the Bridgewood Design website: http://cutlistplus.com/ The software is available in a few different versions. The $90 Silver version allows you to create a modest project with 50 parts, but the b...

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Yardstick style measuring compass

Yardstick style measuring compass

09-05-2009 06:26 PM by Bob #2 | 12 comments »

I saw this item during a small ordering spree with woodcraft and added it to my order givng it little thought as it was quite simple and what could go wrong? First thing is it was back ordered and shipped separately at a later date.That would be fine if I had been advised but there was nothing mentioned on the invoice so I assumed it had been overlooked and proceeded to buy another one locally ( different style but same application.) When this one arrived I at first tried it on the y...

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Great 115 Volt Saw

Great 115 Volt Saw

09-01-2009 04:11 AM by Ben | 11 comments »

I finally received my supersaw after two months on backorder. It was worth the wait. Jet ran a Fathers day deal in June and I got it cheap. Assembly I spent the better part of a Saturday putting the whole machine together. Everything was packaged well and there was no damage. I would rate the manual a 7 out of 10. I did spend 20 minutes looking for one package of bolts that they had packed inside one of the fence rails with the cap on it. I finally read the manual very closely to ...

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Heavy, Heavy Duty, and a Very Good Performer

Heavy, Heavy Duty, and a Very Good Performer

08-31-2009 10:02 PM by PurpLev | 36 comments »

After getting a Jointer, I realized very quickly that I should have gotten a planer FIRST. I was able to flatten a board, and joint an edge, but that is something that I can do fairly easily with hand planes. thicknessing that board on the other hand is sometimes a bit more challenging to do by hand – especially when you have multiple boards to mill. Price I have limited funds, and so visit craigslist often for tools. I was actually not expecting to find the Dewalt 735 in my budge...

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Problems with adjusting the height of the cutter

Problems with adjusting the height of the cutter

08-31-2009 09:52 AM by velocette | 5 comments »

I have the 3 1/4 HP Triton router and over time have been reading the reviews and note the main complaint is the under the table adjustment. In Australia where the Triton company started there is a large range of wood working accessories. The Triton router table provided easy access to the ratchet winder and the fine adjuster, there is also a dust collector bucket that has two inputs one for the table and one for the router and the bucket is attached via another hose to a vacuum cleaner. I...

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Skil 10 in 15 amp tablesaw

Skil 10 in 15 amp tablesaw

08-29-2009 01:49 AM by kosta | 20 comments »

Yo whats up everybody on Wednesday of this week I got my skil tablesaw and I just wanted to give a quick review of it. Now the tablesaw setup will be episodes 40,41,42. In episode 42 I give a quick review of the saw after I make my first cut. Now I have used powermatic, delta/rockwell, jet,and dewalt tablesaws before and this one stood out. For the price I recommend this saw to anyone. The only problem I saw with it was that it didnt have extension wings and I was kinda pissed that it didn...

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