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Not sure what to think of these, but felt misled by Lee Valley

Not sure what to think of these, but felt misled by Lee Valley

01-20-2010 04:07 AM by funchuck | 14 comments »

I have mostly seen high praise of Lee Valley, but I bought these 2 items and felt that their website was misleading. The 2 pictures above are from their website. They are: 1. Pocket Folding Squares – they have a 45 deg, 90 deg and 135 deg setting. They are supposed to be accurate to within 0.06 deg. I bought the 6” version. 2. Engineer’s Squares – they are machined to 0.001” deviation per inch. I bought the 2” and 4” versions. If you l...

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Not bad, until you use something better

Not bad, until you use something better

01-20-2010 03:15 AM by funchuck | 10 comments »

This was my first major tool purchase about 5 or 6 years ago. It was a whopping $100 from Lowes. At the time, I thought that was a lot of money! This saw has some limitations: The miter gauge slot is not standard, so you can’t upgrade to a better one. The table is very small The insert is just a thin piece of metal, which will make it hard to create an insert. I found the fence to be surprisingly good. When I lock it down, it doesn’t slip, and it locks down at ...

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Pretty Good Drill Press

Pretty Good Drill Press

01-20-2010 02:49 AM by funchuck | 5 comments »

Bought this from Lowes a few years ago. I don’t remember the exact price, but it was less than $100. This is a benchtop model and it has a laser sight that works very well. This is a feature that I like a lot. To change the speed, I need to open the top and change the belt to one of the other pulleys. A nice touch is that there is a drawer on the base that can be used to hold the chuck, as well as other tools for servicing the machine. One limitation of this drill press is...

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Good for a Black & Decker

Good for a Black & Decker

01-19-2010 10:39 PM by funchuck | 9 comments »

This was my first real drill. I know Black & Decker gets a lot of knocks here, but it really wasn’t too bad a drill. I’ve had this drill for probably 5 years. I’ve done a lot of home improvements with it. This includes: Installation of a new garage door opener Putting up a patio lattice made of all pressure treated lumber (6×8s, 4×8x, 4×4s, 2×6s) Various wood working projects (mostly shelves and storage). I have used it to drill 3...

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How could they even sell this?

How could they even sell this?

01-19-2010 10:17 PM by funchuck | 18 comments »

I was very excited to order this. A 10” Jointer/Planer for only $420? That’s a great deal! And it’s a JET! Well, when it arrived, it looked like the box had been through hell. The top and bottom flaps were opened, the stand was missing, and all the nuts, bolts and washers were scattered all over the place. I was ok with the missing stand, since I had an extra stand from an old Delta table saw I can use. I just had to make sure none of the other parts were missing....

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Rolling Trades PCW

Rolling Trades PCW

01-19-2010 07:59 PM by saxophone | 5 comments »

“This is awesome,” said host John Palanca, on an episode of DIY Network’s “Under Construction.” “It’s a great concept, great idea that is well thought out by a carpenter. Half the job on a jobsite is setting up and this is already set up for you.”

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Not a bad little mini-driver but would look for the TEK4 version

Not a bad little mini-driver but would look for the TEK4 version

01-19-2010 05:00 PM by David Craig | 12 comments »

I have been looking for a mini-driver that I could put in my pocket for small tasks around the shop and assembly work. I have the Ridgid 18v cordless for the larger tasks but it is sometimes a pain in the hip (literally) to have on my holster. Since I pre-drill all my holes before adding fasteners, I just needed a light duty driver for screws. This would give me the flexibility of having a drill already prepped with a bit for drilling and another set for driving. I didn’t want to invest...

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Adapter that will transform your HF lathe

Adapter that will transform your HF lathe

01-19-2010 05:55 AM by David Craig | 4 comments »

A friend of mine gave me a Harbor Freight last year to help support my interest in turning. It isn’t a bad beginner lathe and I am definitely not one to complain about such a thoughtful gift, but I did find the mounting and remounting of turned pieces on a faceplate frustrating over time. The lathe has a proprietary 3/4 inch x 10tpi spindle which makes purchasing 3rd party vendor chucks nearly impossible. I recently discovered, though, that Penn State Industries manufactures adapters fo...

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Infiniter Laser guide

Infiniter Laser guide

01-19-2010 02:34 AM by cliffton | 5 comments »

This is an aftermarket laser guide that replaces the outer washer on your arbor. The packaging says that it will fit an arbor that is 7/16×5/8. the package says that it will not fit these 12” miter saws, Ridgid, pro-tech, makita ls1221, dewalt dw705s produced before 2005. It will not fit these circle saws: Porter cable quick-change , all worm drives and skil. I just put this on my GMC 10 inch sliding compound miter and i have to say it works pretty good. the laser is turned ...

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IGAGING digital angle cube

IGAGING digital angle cube

01-19-2010 02:11 AM by cliffton | 8 comments »

I bought this from Rockler about a week ago, it was on sale for 10$ cheaper than the wixey, so i figured why not, if it sucks i can return it. So far I have to say this thing rocks.Pros:-has really strong magnets in it, wont slip at all off of a highly polished blade.-cheaper than wixey-has hold button for odd position angles-numbers auto flip when you turn it upside down to make it easier to read-takes a 9v battery-has magnets on 3 sides ( i dont know if the wixey does)-has machined metal b...

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