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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-Ripper® 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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Shopsmith Joint Matic - Horizonal Router

Shopsmith Joint Matic - Horizonal Router

04-05-2008 05:20 AM by Dan'um Style | 27 comments »

First I must say that the photos are not mine. I surfed the net and found them. This review is for a discontinued tool. Can’t buy it new anymore, but if you find one, grab it. It is a rare tool. Shopsmith originally sold for $999. There is currently one for sale on craigslist.org in Dallas for $600 I bought mine on eBay a few years ago. It came with a Porter Cable router base that fits my 690.Even came with the optional Shopsmith stand. I got one heck of a bargain. Paid twice a...

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My First New Tool For New Shop - What is it?

My First New Tool For New Shop - What is it?

04-03-2008 06:42 AM by ND2ELK | 31 comments »

I bought a solid oak cabinet at the prison industries auction 2 years ago. I brought it home and hung it in the garage. I am starting to clean out the garage where my new shop is going to go. I was taking the screws out of a brace on the bottom of the cabinet. While holding on to a 2 X 4 fastened on the side of the cabinet, it felt like it moved. I got to looking and this is what I found. It is a Prison Shank!!!!! You figure out what it could layout.

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Rockler's Tape Keeps Things Stuck!

Rockler's Tape Keeps Things Stuck!

04-01-2008 07:56 PM by Jim Crockett (USN Retired) | 9 comments »

I don’t know about anyone else, but I find new uses for double-sided tape nearly every time I am in the shop. I have been using Rockler’s Turner’s Two-Way Tape for a couple of months now and have been very impressed. It sticks tenaciously and I haven’t had any two parts I have joined slip when template routing or aligning for installation. I sometimes wonder if I actually need screws and glue with this stuff. 1 inch wide, 25 yards I gave it four stars because som...

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Finishing A to Z: Beyond the Books

Finishing A to Z: Beyond the Books

04-01-2008 06:44 AM by sandhill | 4 comments »

Finishing A to Z: Beyond the Books – So how useful is the set of DVD’s going to be? “Very much I hope” My finishing skills leave a lot to be desired – A REAL LOT so much in fact that if you see most of my projects on LJ they are all hand applied and natural finishes with no stains or dyes. The price of this DVD set was about $120.00. The first one bought was got and watched was not impressive it was very limited in content and Charles and Bob spent too much time just talking with...

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Nice and flat ... once I flattened it

Nice and flat ... once I flattened it

04-01-2008 05:12 AM by johnjoiner | 11 comments »

I had been using sandpaper on a test plate to flatten my water stones. I found myself avoiding flattening the stones because of the time to set up and the mess. So I bought the Norton flattening stone. The price was right, $27 after a 10% off at Rockler. I almost didn’t check it. After all the instructions say, “engineered for superb flatness.” But before I gave the flattening stone it’s maiden voyage I slapped the straight edge onto it. Not even close. The f...

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Ashley Iles Bench Chisels - Beautiful but they will need some edge work

Ashley Iles Bench Chisels - Beautiful but they will need some edge work

04-01-2008 03:14 AM by ChicoWoodnut | 11 comments »

After using a set of older Craftsman chisels for years, I decided I wanted a fine set of bench chisels. The Craftsman chisels have served me well and I will continue to use them, but they are a little short thick and unwieldy. I like fine tools so I decided to treat myself for my 50th birthday. I have been looking for a good set on e-bay but the prices the older sets of Stanley chisels fetch these days is silly. I landed on the Ashley Iles because they are known for fine edge tools. ...

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