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My first REAL cordless driver!

My first REAL cordless driver!

04-15-2008 04:35 AM by Tess | 6 comments »

Bought this 18V Lithium-Ion Drill-Driver from Home Hardware, refurbished, for $190 CDN. Sound steep? Well, I’ve got to tell you, it’s worth every penny! I used to do home renovations for fun and now I’ve gotten into professional contracting. I’d gone through a few cheapie cordless drills just with the around-the-house use and I was never happy with them. They were never robust enough (any screws over 2” and I wouldn’t have even tried the cordless). ...

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New twist on M.D.F.

New twist on M.D.F.

04-13-2008 06:16 PM by Lee A. Jesberger | 39 comments »

Hello all; I thought it would be nice to post new products or materials, or little know products and materials, that are a great asset to us woodworkers. This first product is made by Norboard, out of Canada. Their website is: http://www.norbord.com Their 800 number is: 1-800-850-8061 Here’s some information on the company and also may help to locate a distributer in your area. Norbord Inc. is an international producer of wood-based panels with assets of $1.5 billion. W...

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Drive Belt Dampens Vibrations

Drive Belt Dampens Vibrations

04-13-2008 09:51 AM by jockmike2 | 20 comments »

I’ve used this belt on a couple different machines and it does dampen vibration by at least 50%, if not more. It’s really unusual too. It is so simple to take links out or add links to make it longer or shorter, it’s a breeze. It also lasts forever. I’d say it lasts longer than a regular v-belt. I’ve used it on an old lathe and it settled a bouncing lathe down. Also an old table saw I had was vibrating pretty bad and I had done everything I knew to straighten it ...

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DeWalt DW735 Heavy-Duty 13" Three Knife, Two Speed Thickness Planer

DeWalt DW735 Heavy-Duty 13" Three Knife, Two Speed Thickness Planer

04-10-2008 05:58 AM by tooldad | 44 comments »

I have had the opportunity to use about 4 different planers. I owned a Ryobi 12.5” for about a year and returned it because rollers wouldn’t work, They bought a Ridgid and it lasted about 3 months, same problem (Ryobi, Ridgid, and Milwaukee are same corp) Finally I bucked up and bought Dewalt after seeing this at the wood show. However I am not the average weekend woodworker being a shop teacher so minimum duty tools just dont’ cut it for me. I also had a Delta 12.5”...

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My first planer... cheap, easy to use, and portable

My first planer... cheap, easy to use, and portable

04-09-2008 10:42 PM by Shopsmithtom | 14 comments »

Well, for anyone who expects an in-depth review that has it’s foundation in a thorough understanding of wood planers, you’re going to be disappointed. This is my first planer and I’ve only actually been near an operating one once before, so all you’re going to get is a novice’s impression of a machine that’s probably meant for a novice. Maybe that makes me the perfect guy for the job, after all. This model sells locally for $239.00 and (of course) lis...

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I would like a review of the Timesaver Speedsander

I would like a review of the Timesaver Speedsander

04-08-2008 06:38 AM by tooldad | 7 comments »

I am putting together a proposal for my school shop to get a wide belt sander for the upcoming school year. Had my eye on a grizzly, however prefer local reps and us made Timesaver. Looking at the Speedsander series for about $9k, the grizzly about $10k, or the timesaver 1300 series – $14K+4K setup. I obviously want the Timesaver 1300, but at half the cost I can get the speedsander if all goes well with approvals. I would like any reviews I can get on any of the 3 listed. Thank...

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Spiral cutters worth the cost!

Spiral cutters worth the cost!

04-08-2008 06:33 AM by tooldad | 12 comments »

I was recently able to obtain a 5hp Grizzly 1033X 20” Planer for my school shop. Our old 20” planer has been around for 10 years and has seen better days. I convinced admin that this was the way to go and the extra cost would be worth it to cut on noise levels. I have always heard of this but have never experienced it until just a month ago. Boy were they right! We now have 2 planers in the shop. The spiral cutter is quieter standing next to the machine than standing in the ...

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Pusher System

Pusher System

04-07-2008 08:25 PM by CharlieD | 25 comments »

Recently I played a three way game of catch with my table saw and a small piece of maple plywood. As a result I attempted to catch a 250 MPH plywood line drive with my right thigh. After ensuring my right leg was still attached to the rest of body I decided I needed a little more safety and purchased the GRR-RipperĀ® precision pusher system. It’s purpose is to serve as a virtual movable blade guard that you hold, rather than a blade guard that is affixed to the back of the table saw...

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finally found something to carve out the bowl of a spoon

finally found something to carve out the bowl of a spoon

04-06-2008 09:06 PM by Joey | 7 comments »

Ever since I started making spoons and spatulas back at christmas, I have been looking for a tool that makes carving the bowl of a spoon easier. I started out using a dremel. The problem with the dremel’s is that you can’t find carving heads big enough. All of the power grinders I had found were $300+. But Woodcraft has a new tool made by Wecheer. It is simply to use, and has more than enough power using carving bits with 1/4” shanks. The first time i used it, I cut th...

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Big bang for little buck

Big bang for little buck

04-05-2008 05:15 PM by Jamie | 9 comments »

Just to start, my oldest daughter Karen was cleaning polish off of her nails at the dining room table when she accidentally tipped over the bottle of nail polish remover. It proceeded to run across the table top and eat through the finish… I decided to strip down the top of the table and refinish it, but I knew that my random orbital sander was on it’s last leg so in a way… this gave me good justification for a new shop tool! Now for the review… I was originally...

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