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Wow, what a way to join wood!

Wow, what a way to join wood!

02-29-2008 05:03 PM 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.

02-29-2008 04:50 PM 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

02-29-2008 04:29 PM 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

02-29-2008 04:29 PM 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

02-29-2008 04:15 PM 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

02-29-2008 04:05 PM 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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General 15” Wood Bandsaw

General 15” Wood Bandsaw

02-29-2008 04:00 PM by toyguy | 3 comments »

Without a doubt, the most used/loved machine in my shop is my old reliable General 15 inch bandsaw. This particular saw is an older tool inherited from my Dad. It was manufactured in 1970 in DrummondVille, Que, Canada. Model number of this saw is the 490 and it is still manufactured today, a testimonial to its quality. This is an original General product; not to be confused with the now available General International products that are manufactured off shore. Like a lot of the tool manufactur...

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Well built, reliable, great performing machine

Well built, reliable, great performing machine

02-29-2008 03:44 PM by JLYoung | 12 comments »

I bought this planer about a year and a half ago and it has served me very well. The cutter head lock has pretty much eliminated snipe. The only time I get it is if I try and feed a wide board though without first jointing one face. (I know this is not the proper way, but if a board is short and wide, won’t fit on my jointer and I’m taking off 1/4” I figure I can flatten it quite well by continuously flipping it around). The blades on this planer apparently aren’t ...

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Plenty of power in a small package

Plenty of power in a small package

02-29-2008 03:43 PM by Sawdustmaker | 11 comments »

I purchased this sander after reading numerous other post and reviews. Several post I’ve seen talked about the tracking adjustment screw and the spring being weak with the need for constant readjustment. I have not found that to be true with mine at all. The unit is kind of wide for my hand but I’ve found like others that the place where the cord enters the unit is a good location for holding it and works fine for controlling the unit. I don’t have a large shop but I’v...

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The Little Victor Plane from Lee Valley

The Little Victor Plane from Lee Valley

02-29-2008 03:15 PM by rikkor | 7 comments »

I bought this little plane mostly on a whim. I am simply amazed by how useful it has turned out to be. It is easy to use either one or two handed. It has Lee Valley quality throughout. The iron was very sharp when I got it. It has a cast iron body that just feels right. I believe the current price is about $35.00.

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