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Lancelot,Squire by King Arthur Tools

Lancelot,Squire by King Arthur Tools

2114 days ago by jockmike2 | 14 comments »

This tool along with or by itself, the Squire fits on any 4 or 4 1/2 inch handgrinder and what it is is basically a miny chainsaw. I’ve owned one for 4 years or more and would’nt know what I’d do without it. I’ve used it on wood on the lathe to hog out wood, to hog out seats when making chairs, anytime you need to get rid of a lot of wood without using a saw or rasp or chisel. You can rake it along the wood and it’s like taking a chainsaw and raking it along a pl...

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Ridgid JP0610 Jointer/Planer

Ridgid JP0610 Jointer/Planer

2116 days ago by ferstler | 35 comments »

OK, before I purchased the JP0610 I owned a 30-inch Delta JT160 tabletop jointer/planer. (Shown to the right in the wider-angle photo.) I still have the thing and now store it on a shelf where it can be quickly hauled out onto my shop’s workdeck for rough-and-tumble work that does not involve longer boards. The 45-inch-bed Ridgid JP unit has replaced it as a precision tool (some have complained of table alignment problems, but mine seems perfect in that respect), and of course the ne...

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Ridgid BS1400 Band Saw

Ridgid BS1400 Band Saw

2116 days ago by ferstler | 36 comments »

Note: while this review is of the BS1400 model, the owner’s manual calls it the BS14002. I do not know if the addition of the number 2 signifies an upgrade or is just the full number not listed correctly in the catalog. The earlier “gray” version might have been the plain, old BS1400. In any case, the one being reviewed here is the orange version seen easily at any Home Depot store, usually selling for about $350. OK, this is a pretty basic band saw in the old style. It c...

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Ridgid MS1290LZ Sliding Compound Miter Saw

Ridgid MS1290LZ Sliding Compound Miter Saw

2116 days ago by ferstler | 14 comments »

I am reasonably new to woodworking, if one can call getting into it seriously only four years ago as “new.” I will also note that it was four years ago that I retired from a 35-year career at a university library. Once I retired I told my wife that I wanted to get a few tools so that it would be easier to do home-improvement projects. One thing led to another and now I have a workshop full of tools. My woodworking neophyte status notwithstanding, I am not new to reviewing produ...

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Master Woodworking Plans

Master Woodworking Plans

2117 days ago by disgruntled | 8 comments »

The online digital purchase of the Master Woodworking Plans turned out to be a great disappointment.Their website advertises in a very deceiving way plenty of wood working plans that in reality are just a collections of outside links to other websites in cyberspace where one has to sift through more ads to finally realize you can buy their plans. I was very disappointed since the same result can be achieved by searching in any search engine and leave this review so others might be able to r...

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Dewalt DC845KA Impact Driver

Dewalt DC845KA Impact Driver

2118 days ago by Will Mego | 2 comments »

Thus far, I love everything about this driver! Faced with a roof job on my folks terribly rotten roof, and recalling the last time I was driving screws through simple plain old pine and how I couldn’t get screw in without stripping it, I decided to bite the bullet, and buy an impact driver. I looked at a few, but decided to splurge and get the 18V dewalt (in a kit, which included the 2 batteries). I’m glad I did. So far, it drives pretty much ANYTHING through ANYTHING. It’...

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Pimp My Plane

Pimp My Plane

2122 days ago by Doug S. | 15 comments »

I’d been lusting after an Infill plane for a while and this one jumped up and bit me. Talking with Ron Brese, I decided to Pimp My Plane with something a bit extra on the level cap screw. So after getting the counterbored screw and some abalone and epoxy, here’s the inlaid cap screw. So far I’ve tried this out on Jatoba, Red Oak, Ipe, Purpleheart, Mango, and Maple, all with excellent resuls. It really doesn’t matter whether you plane with or against the grain a...

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Back Savor (Needed this a long time ago!)

Back Savor (Needed this a long time ago!)

2128 days ago by Les Hastings | 11 comments »

On my recent trip to the IWF in Atlanta I came across this little jewl. Its made by Southworth. Its an electric hydraulic lift table. Comes fully assembled ready to go, Just plug it in and your set. The lifting capacity is 1500 lbs. with the press of a foot pedal. The top measures 30’ x 60”. Starting at 6” off the floor and rasing to 42” at its tallest position. This is a jewl! I wish I had this a very long time ago. I’ve only been using for a few day...

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Table works great though installation is finicky

Table works great though installation is finicky

2128 days ago by JLYoung | 8 comments »

I ordered this router table insert plate on a Thursday afternoon and received it on Monday afternoon which I think is an excellent delivery time. The shipment arrived well packaged with everything in it. The instructions to install this thing are very detailed and laid out in a logical step by step manner, which though very complex and daunting upon first review, became quite logical once you take the time to follow the instruction procedure. It took me quite a bit of time to get this plat...

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Grizzly 8" jointer comparisions

Grizzly 8" jointer comparisions

2129 days ago by tooldad | 21 comments »

It is not too often someone other than a writer from a woodworking magazine gets to buy 2 different models of the same tool and compare them. I looked through the Grizzly catalog and website and did some paper comparision. I chose the G0586 for the school shop. It was $100 cheaper and had handwheel adjustments for both the tables and the fence. Once I got down to Springfield to pickup the tools, I went shopping for myself (this was planned) My first intention was to get the same jointe...

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