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Magic Oil

Magic Oil

06-03-2009 08:06 PM by Smeric28 | 8 comments »

I don’t have a single new power tool in my shop. I have inherited quite a collection and what I don’t have i like to buy from craigslist / ebay. This means that I do a lot of cleaning up and rust removing. So far I have bought a ridged contractor table saw circa 2000 a delta homecraft jointer circa 1950. As you can Imagine they didn’t run so smooth at first. The table saw had been rusting in an aircraft hanger for a few years and had a light coating of rust on everything....

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Shop Air Cleaner

Shop Air Cleaner

06-03-2009 05:03 AM by Karson | 13 comments »

There have been posts on LJ’s and other places about taking a box fan and putting a furnace filter on it to filter the shop air. When I was on my Mini Shop Tour a couple of weeks ago, I noticed a home made one hanging in the shop of Greg3G. On my way home from my surgery my wife asked me if I wanted to go shopping. I was willing. We went to an Salvage store called Ollie's Bargain Outlet While I was there I spied this box fan. It was $25.00 I asked my wife what box fans cost now a ...

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Sweet Jig

Sweet Jig

06-02-2009 07:50 PM by Smeric28 | 18 comments »

Though i thought it was a little expensive when I bought it from woodcrafters I think this honing jig is awesome. I use the scary sharp system and it works great for it. the best part about this jig is that the guide you attach let’s you set a consistent square bevel every time. when you try it you’ll be surprised how far some of your chisels have gotten from spec. I found a few things about the jig confusing (the manual wasn’t very clear) so i’ll give you guys some...

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A solid performer

A solid performer

06-02-2009 04:16 AM by loupitou06 | 12 comments »

Hi, I’ve just received mu Grizzly G0513×2 band saw. I’ve selected it for it’s price, the reviews I could read on LJ and of course the free shipping the Grizzly is offering right now. Warning : please do not make the same mistake I did and call grizzly before you order your equipement because back order is pretty long. The Band saw came 90% assembled in a cradle and most of the assembly work consists of clean/install the cast iron table, install the fence and th...

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A great buy for the price at Lowes Hardware

A great buy for the price at Lowes Hardware

05-31-2009 08:56 PM by cabinetmaster | 16 comments »

My boss went to Lowes Hardware the other night and came back and handed me this combo set of drill and impact. Lowes has this on sale this week for only $149. The Impact by itself sells for $129. I used it all day Friday and let me tell you. This impact alone has more power than the regular 12 volt Hitachi impact driver. And light. Every time I pick it up I wonder if someone took the battery out. This impact and drill are so light weight and comfortable. You can use these drills all day an...

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I can't believe its not butter

I can't believe its not butter

05-28-2009 08:05 AM by Webb | 6 comments »

From what I can see, the mechanics of this jigsaw appear identical to the corded version (the DW331K). Wow – this saw really surprised me. I wound up doing a lot of carpentry recently (cabinets in the garage made out of 2×4’s and plywood) and my B&D drill died. For my anniversary, the loml bought me a DeWalt 18v drill/impact driver combination kit which started me looking for a way to score another battery. Since I had a “lowest price I could find” B&D I t...

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Great for its purpose

Great for its purpose

05-27-2009 10:50 PM by JPKnapp | 5 comments »

For anyone that doesnt have a dedicated shop space this saw is great. I have to set up and tear down my shop every weekend and this is the perfect table saw for me. Pros:Cuts everything I have thrown at it so far. Mostly Poplar, Maple, and Ply.Saw came perfectly set up out of the box Fence is solid and mitre gauge works wellT-slots are nice as these parts can be upgraded if necessaryEasy to clean – Just stand it up and vac bottomVery easy to set up and tear down Drawbacks:No rivin...

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Woodhaven Shelf Pin Jig

Woodhaven Shelf Pin Jig

05-25-2009 04:38 PM by Chris | 11 comments »

I was half way into my current project of building a pair of Chimney Bookcases when I realized I would benefit from a shelf pin jig instead of trying to make my own. I have very little time for my hobby lately and so using a pre-made jig is far more cost effective for me so I borrowed this Woodhaven jig from a friend. The package comes with the pins that let you align it to the side of the workpiece (with extras) as well two other pins (5mm & 1/4”), the 1/4” is shown in the...

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Leecraft Phenolic Insert GE-3

Leecraft Phenolic Insert GE-3

05-25-2009 04:27 PM by Chris | 16 comments »

Purchased this insert from Woodcraft in Jacksonville for a couple of reasons; first and foremost it was cost effective. Secondly, I have had little luck making my own from plywood or other such materials due to the fact that I can’t tweak the height (no leveling screws). The first pic shows the insert alongside the factory supplied insert from General. There is a screw on one end and one side to adjust the lateral fit and small hex screws at the four “corners” to adjust t...

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Half-Blind Dovetail Jig

Half-Blind Dovetail Jig

05-25-2009 02:53 AM by CanadaJeff | 5 comments »

I found this at Busy Bee Tools in Canada, during one of their sales. Normally it retails for $99 CND and at that price I would rather hold out and save a bit more for something of a better name, but for their sale price of $52 CND, I figured it was at a price point that was worth the risk. Overall, the jig is not too bad, it works pretty standard as similarly designed jigs, like Rockler’s, and has a removable aluminum plate that can be changed out for various other sizes. Clearly...

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