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DeWalt countersink set--almost really good

DeWalt countersink set--almost really good

2371 days ago by KDL | 1 comment »

The quick-change driver is easy to use and does it’s job well. The countersinks cut a fine divet—the cutters are small, which gives a clean cut, but they do clob easily, so take a moment to brush them off between holes. The only weak point is the bits. They are brittle and have very little depth-of-hole adjustment. I broke them quickly, but found better replacement bits at a big box store. For the price, it’s a decent set, but having bought them, I would now spend the ...

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Craftsman "All-in-one" Rotary Cutting Tool

Craftsman "All-in-one" Rotary Cutting Tool

2371 days ago by Dadoo | 12 comments »

I bought this tool off of Ebay a couple years ago and although the price was very good (less than $60.00) this tool just don’t “cut it” with me. First off, it’s very loud. Loud enough that you need hearing protection. Secondly, it creates a ton of dust and blows it all around, requiring respiratory protection, a shop vac, mop and bucket, as well as a shower when you’re done. So here’s some more pros and cons that I have found. PROS Plunge router base, c...

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Powermatic 54A 6" Jointer

Powermatic 54A 6" Jointer

2371 days ago by Dale | 3 comments »

I bought this jointer about a year ago as I was building a kitchen table. It has been great! It is very heavy which helps eliminate any vibration. I also bought the mobile base that goes with it – necessary for a small shop like mine. I have run alot of hard maple and red & white oak through the jointer with no problems at all. It is very powerful and does not bog down whith the largest beams run through it. The extra long beds are awesome! They make jointing long boards so much eas...

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In Search of a Plumb Cut

In Search of a Plumb Cut

2371 days ago by deadhead | 6 comments »

I recently had a couple of projects that required some curve cuts in both 4/4 oak and 8 ft. 2×12 pine. I don’t own a bandsaw ( bandsaws, horses, and teen agers all make me nervous) no problem , I had my trusty Skil jigsaw.Forget it! What was supposed to be a perfectly plumb 90 degree cut ended up as a 45 degree edge. I think the blade was trying to run away from the wood. So…, off to Home Depot. I was mentally prepared to spend a few bucks and get the best jigsaw available. I...

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Wow, what a way to join wood!

Wow, what a way to join wood!

2371 days ago by Hawgnutz | 17 comments »

This is a fantastic way to join wood. It works well with little instruction. This method al,ost will eliminate the need for clamps, as the screw pulls the two pieces of wood togerther for drying! There are FEW downsides. One is the cost of the jig, but with the time saved over biscuits or dowels, that is a moot point! Another is that the directions state that the drill should spin at least 2000 RPMs to protect the bit. This elimininates many cordless drills, even though their demonstr...

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The Steel City Drill Press had what I was looking for.

The Steel City Drill Press had what I was looking for.

2371 days ago by Dan Pleska | 16 comments »

I was looking for a drill press with a long quill travel and found it in the Steel City 17” drill press. At 6” it has the longest quill travel that I could find in its price range. It was a little more expensive than the comparable models, but I got it at a show and with the $75 dollar rebate at the time it brought it to within dollars of the competition. With all other specifications being similar, the quill travel was what sold me. It probably isn’t any secret why it...

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Best value even though not specifically for woodworkers

Best value even though not specifically for woodworkers

2371 days ago by kshipp | 3 comments »

I got these calipers about a year ago for some other projects but I have found myself using them many times for wood working. It’s great for checking setups on your tools and seeing exactly where a joint is not fitting. As far as calipers go they are pretty standard but where they stand out is the price. These are on sale now at Harbor Freight for $16 and I think that is about what I paid for them a year ago. I know what you are thinking because I thought the same thing, “How c...

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Basic Router Bit Set

Basic Router Bit Set

2371 days ago by dustynewt | 3 comments »

My search for an all around, shop set of router bits on a budget landed me me at Woodline USA. They had the most versatile set for doing what I do, mainly small boxes and minor furniture pieces. I paid a total of $79.00 for the set, with shipping, although I think they are a little higher now. I received it in 3 days. It arrived in excellent shape. A nice boxed set with the bits nested in their own slot to keep them from bunging each other up. Each bit has a wax/rubber coating to further p...

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Nice rasp but I wouldn't call it a chisel

Nice rasp but I wouldn't call it a chisel

2371 days ago by kshipp | 1 comment »

I got this mainly as a rasp and it performs really well as that. It removes material quickly and has the flat and rounded sides depending on what you need at the time. It also has a file on the side which I haven’t really used yet but I’m sure it would come in handy at some point. The problem is they say this device is also a chisel and it even comes with the protective end cap. I could understand if they called this a screwdriver but not a chisel. Out of the box it was not ...

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Dustless sanding

Dustless sanding

2371 days ago by MrWoody | 10 comments »

This machine works exactly as advertised.Here is a link to their videosClick “Build your own” then “Drum sander demo” Pros: They claim that you can sand painted surfaces without clogging up the paper. It’s true.My third picture is a stir stick that I use to stir my poly. There are at least a dozen coats on it. There was even a large drip. The stick took 3 passes with 100 grit paper. The paper showed no evidence of gumming up or even use.I have sanded several p...

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