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First Saw and Glad I Bought It

First Saw and Glad I Bought It

04-06-2009 02:38 AM by Mookie | 20 comments »

This is my first post and it’s about my first saw. I started woodworking a couple of years ago almost as a fluke. I bought a drill press because it was only $99 and from there I started buyng other power tools and suddenly discovered I really liked woodworking. I bought the Hitachi at Lowe’s after asking a guy at Woodcraft what he thought about the specs of the Hitachi for a beginner. I had no idea what or how much I would be cutting and $500 was a HUGE investment at the time....

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Makita 4351FCT Whatajigsaw!!

Makita 4351FCT Whatajigsaw!!

04-05-2009 10:28 PM by matt garcia | 12 comments »

I know there are a lot of Bosch lovers out there, but I took a chance on this jigsaw and man did it pay off! The website indicated it was 40% less vibration than other brands. When I received it, and chucked up one of the new Starrett Dual-Cut blades and turned it on, you could barely feel any vibration. What a huge improvement over the POS Craftsman jigsaw I received as a gift a few years ago. This saw, in unison with the new Starrett blade yielded splinter free cuts on 3/4” oak ...

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Bosch 1297DK

Bosch 1297DK

04-03-2009 05:59 PM by bensaw | 5 comments »

I picked up this sander last night at Lowe’s for $52. Seemed a little sturdier than the bargain basement ones from Black and Decker and Skil. The sander seemed stable and was coformtable in my hand so I brought it home. The ROS20VSK from Bosch already has a review here on Lumberjocks. In fact, that review is what sealed the deal when I was at the store. I wanted to see if the experience of this sander would be the same as the ROS20VSK. I don’t know the relationship between the ...

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Perfect broom for cleaning up the shop

Perfect broom for cleaning up the shop

04-03-2009 01:44 AM by GaryK | 16 comments »

Not exactly a woodworking tool, but a tool for the shop that everyone needs. Tired of getting the sawdust out of tight spaces? These little brooms do an amazing job. In Tagalog they are called a “Walis tambo”, and you can pick them up in most Asian stores and probably Pier 1 Imports. As far as I know they only come in the longer version, so I just cut one down to use on the bench or tablesaw. They get into the tightest places, behind, under and around things. They are ...

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Made the switch

Made the switch

04-02-2009 06:43 AM by bayspt | 18 comments »

After using almost a whole tub (1lb) of SC Johnson paste wax in the last year or so, I caught Renaissance wax on sale at Woodcraft this month and reluctantly bought a can. I say reluctantly since the street price of this stuff is 26 bucks for 200ml or 7 fl. OZ. Little can for 26 or big ole pounder for 8. Ability to buy at Borg or local department store (blue, biggest in the world) or have to buy at specialty shops or order online. You can see my apprehension. But after the rave reviews b...

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Tap it...

Tap it...

04-02-2009 04:47 AM by dmann | 4 comments »

I picked up a new Nova lathe at the Woodcraft sale last month and have been adjusting to the new spindle size. I sold all my old faceplates with my old lathe I am slowly gathering accessories for the larger spindle size of the new lathe. This gave me a perfect excuse to spring for a Beall Spindle Tap. Using this tool you can tap threads into a block of wood and thread it directly on your lathe spindle. Previously I could only create cusom chucks by clamping a block of wood in my scroll chu...

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Maybe I got a bad one, but I'm getting a Grex.  This P-C is a loser

Maybe I got a bad one, but I'm getting a Grex. This P-C is a loser

04-02-2009 03:10 AM by RalphB | 34 comments »

I bought one of these and have been thoroughly disappointed with it. No matter what the air pressure or length of the pin it only sinks them to flush at best. And of course you can’t adjust the depth. If I sand one bit you get a nice shiny (until it rusts later) little 23 gauge nailhead looking at you. I also do not like the fact that it lacks a soft nose. So if you try and hold it a little tight to get the pin sunk as far as possible you get a dent in the wood that is a lot worse ...

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new General drill press

new General drill press

04-02-2009 03:01 AM by bern92 | 11 comments »

this was my christmas gift(from me to me). I was looking to buy a drill press for a long time. It’s a nice tool, cast iron head and base and it’s heavy so it’s stable. The motor is 3/4HP and has enough power for me. It is made by General so like all the tools they do it is perfect…..

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Extraordinary Abrasive

Extraordinary Abrasive

04-01-2009 06:11 PM by Tony | 30 comments »

I have recently been undertaking a lot of experiments with the relatively new product called Abranet, made by a Finnish company called Mirka. I have been using their cloth and paper backed disks for many years, with excellent results and feel very confident with the company for quality and reliability. However, after being given some of the Abranet product to trial – I am replacing all my paper and cloth backed disks with this new product. The Abranet comes in grades P 80, P 100, P ...

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A New and Improved Miter Saw (circa 1900!)

A New and Improved Miter Saw (circa 1900!)

04-01-2009 02:57 PM by littlecope | 3 comments »

It being April Fool’s Day, I couldn’t resist reviewing this old dandy! The restaurant I worked at in 1999 was housed in an 1800’s built brick factory building. My Parents say that when they were young it had been a meat packing and processing plant and in the basement there were tracks and hooks for transporting sides of beef and what not. Also in the basement was a corner that was devoted to a small carpenter’s shop and it was there that I found this baby collecting d...

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