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Best screws ever

Best screws ever

2007 days ago by motthunter | 23 comments »

No matter how many years I have been driving screws into wood, I still end up stripping the heads every once in a while and or slipping off with my power driver and foolishly marring the wood in a project. I switched to square drive screws and I have not made a goof like this in ages. I first started using them in pocket hole joinery, but now I use them for everything. There are several sources for these screws but I get mine from McFeeley’s. They have a good selection and prices ...

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Hartville Tool Mortise Chisels and Bits

Hartville Tool Mortise Chisels and Bits

2009 days ago by Matt (Upper Cut) | 4 comments »

I recently ordered the set for my new Jet JFM-5. I am very disappointed and will be buying a higher quality bit set. I’ll keep these cheaper chisels for rough work. I’m sure they won’t last long. You can find the link to the set here. Pros:1. Cheap Cons:1. This is a short set. This means that you’ll have to add your arbor extension to your mortiser.2. Not sharp, so you’ll have to sharpen them.3. Not ground to standard angle. I used the Lee Valley hones. A...

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Best Value on a sander

Best Value on a sander

2009 days ago by kshipp | 18 comments »

I have had this sander for almost a year now and have used it on a few projects. I was just working on a rocking horse project (link coming soon) and was reminded how much I like this tool. I originally got it for the oscillating spindle and just figured the oscillating belt was a bonus feature. The belt is probably the feature I use the most and it has come in handy numerous times. The table came almost perfectly flat but there are also adjustment screws on the table so you can make it pe...

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Ridgid  TS2400LS table saw I can't do without.

Ridgid TS2400LS table saw I can't do without.

2009 days ago by scrollworkman | 17 comments »

I have owned my Ridgid portable for two and half years and now the brushes need replacing. This will be a two week wait for the parts to come in. I will borrow my Dad’s 60 year old Sears table saw while I wait.A life time warranty does not make up for quality.I don’t recall my father’s saw needing repair and if it did the parts were readily available. I love the portability and performance of the Ridgid TS2400LS but I would prefer a two for one deal over a life time warra...

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Makita Contractor Bag

Makita Contractor Bag

2012 days ago by toolman | 0 comments »

We just got done reviewing the Makita contractor bag. Very nice bag. Lots of outside and inside pockets for tools and other items. We really liked that Makita went the extra distance and used metal clips for the shoulder strap instead of plastic. One item that some may find useful, even though we doubt we would ever use, is the rollers on the bag. Basically Makita made the bag like a suitcase with a telescopic handle and small wheels on the bottom to roll your tools to the jobsite. Again s...

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An Old Master

An Old Master

2012 days ago by DannyBoy | 3 comments »

I happened across a suggestion for this jig in a modern day Arts and Crafts furniture book. I was surprised that I found an old tool like this suggested there since usually books like that are full of merchandise someone paid to have put in there. Anyway, I found one on Ebay and paid about $32 with shipping to have it in my hands. Then, I stuck it in a drawer. And it got covered in dust. Then it was shoved to the back of the drawer to make room for some inferior Craftsman screw drivers...

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12-1/2" benctop planer

12-1/2" benctop planer

2013 days ago by rwyoung | 7 comments »

For the same reasons I wanted a benchtop jointer, I wanted a benchtop planer. There are a few reviews of the 13” model around and looking at their manals on line, the 12-1/2 is quite similar and somewhat cheaper. The unit came well packed with two pieces of form fit styrofoam and a nice heavy poly bag to protect the planer. Also in the box was a chip collection shroud with a 4” port in addition to the stock deflector. As near as I could tell, the collection shroud is a ̶...

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6" Benchtop Jointer

6" Benchtop Jointer

2013 days ago by rwyoung | 15 comments »

I decided that I would like to have a 6” jointer for my garage shop. The combination of limited working space and the size of my expected projects pointed me to a benchtop jointer. Depending on what review you read, most of the models in this class are limited to 3 ft or 4 ft workpieces. That length limitation was not an issue for me as most of my projects in the queue are cabinets and small furniture. I received the unit in good order and the packaging was quite well done with tw...

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Makita LXT Reciprocating Saw - BJR182

Makita LXT Reciprocating Saw - BJR182

2013 days ago by toolman | 3 comments »

We used this saw the other day and it is a great saw. I have always been a fan of the Sawzall, but this has sold me. Obviously it doesn’t have the power the V28 Sawzall has, but I love the blade change system. When the blade is in place, it stays in place, even if it binds. If you want to take it out, it will come out very easy. The best thing is you can change the blade with one hand. The locking system will lock into place and allow you to insert the blade easy. Besides the blade s...

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