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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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Great all around saw

Great all around saw

03-31-2008 05:19 PM by Mat | 7 comments »

Since I didn’t have a handsaw of any type around the shop, I went ahead and picked up this very usual looking item at the big box store for $20. So far I’ve only used it to cut/trim a some 2×4 and 1×3 stock for some garage storage that I’ll post as a project when I have more time. The grip – The saw has a nice long grip that’s made of some type of rubber…it’s fits nicely in my large hands and does’t slip at all with the texturing o...

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Just not the same anymore.

Just not the same anymore.

03-31-2008 08:06 AM by hobbylogger | 22 comments »

I have been using the porter cable 690 for over 20 yrs. About 4 yrs ago I was at a Home depot, and they had them for $99.00. I thought, what a deal, so I bought two. “Well”, I got them home and packed them away to use as backups because my old ones still ran great, but eventually I did need them, and the first thing I noticed was the poor fit and finish. The threads on the collar were rough and did not feel the way they used to, and after about six or seven months of normal use, t...

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Starrett Fixed Sqaure

Starrett Fixed Sqaure

03-31-2008 04:44 AM by USCJeff | 12 comments »

I’m hesistant to post this given I’ve heard nothing but praise concerning Starrett. This square was inexpensive, but I thought given the reputation it would be accurate if treated properly. After struggling with some botched miters I checked the square for accuracy. I did the simple test of using a known straight edge and drawing a line with a sharp instrument. Flip the square and draw another. Lines intersected after 5 inches. Tested a few other measuring tools to verify the...

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Carving & shaping made easy

Carving & shaping made easy

03-31-2008 01:01 AM by Grumpy | 8 comments »

You don’t have to be an expert carver to justify buying this tool (thats what you tell the ladies anyway, or the hubby if you are a lady Jock). it fits on an ordinary 4” (100mm) grinder). http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff192/GRUMPY1946/Reviews/Arbortech%20Carving%20Disc/ArbortechCarvingDisc-04.jpgIt has three circular tungsten cutters which can be rotated when the lose the sharp edge. http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff192/GRUMPY1946/Reviews/Arbortech%20Carving%20Disc/Arbort...

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Craftsman Mini Circular Saw model #Model # 112.10872

Craftsman Mini Circular Saw model #Model # 112.10872

03-30-2008 03:06 AM by ToddO | 10 comments »

The spec’s are:Diameter: 3 in. Type: Circular saw Motor:Amps: 2.8 Speed Range RPM: 2800 rpm Product Overview:Main Handle Grip: Ergonomic soft grip Handles:Main Position: 3-position I bought this saw for rough cutting plywood sheets instead of having to lug out my full size saw. Because I seldom do this task, I didn’t want to buy a battery powered saw or one that was twice as expensive. The barrel grip is comfortable to hold but is a little awkward when reac...

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Height Gage

Height Gage

03-29-2008 11:36 PM by ToddO | 5 comments »

I received this along with the Wixey angle gage for Christmas. The spec.’s are as follows: Measuring Length:4-1/4 in. (109mm ) Resolution:Decimal = .001 in.Fraction = 1/64 in.Metric = .05 mm Accuracy:Decimal = +/- .001 in.Fraction = +/- 1/500 in.Metric = +/- .025 mm Battery:6 months life; type CR2032 Functions: - IN /MM- ON/OFF- ZERO- Auto shut off I have used this to set blade height and the fence width (below 4”) and was very happy with the results. The ...

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Finishing A to Z Beyond the Books

Finishing A to Z Beyond the Books

03-28-2008 05:20 PM by mikega | 5 comments »

“If you can’t finish, you can’t build” This is the comment Charles Neil made to me when I first meant him last year. By now many of you know who Charles Neil is and that he is on a mission to teach other woodworkers what he has learned from over 30 years as a professional woodworker. His latest DVD set that he just released is called Finishing A to Z Beyond the Books.As you can see from the picture above this a 10 DVD set. There is about 15 hours of information on ...

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Earlex Spray Station 5000

Earlex Spray Station 5000

03-28-2008 06:59 AM by thewoodwhisperer | 43 comments »

To sum up, I thought the Earlex did a darn good job spraying pretty much everything I put in it, including oil-based poly, water-based finishes, lacquer, and latex paint. I would probably recommend purchasing some of the smaller tip sets though, since they will increase performance on the water-based stuff. The 5000 does lack some of the spray controls typically found in higher-priced 3 and 4-stage units, but sometimes those extra features are just unnecessary. I found the simplicity of the u...

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Enlightening

Enlightening

03-27-2008 03:33 PM by DannyBoy | 8 comments »

I just got this book in the mail yesterday after I had found it on amazon while looking for another book. I was able to read the introduction before I ordered and I was already impressed. Sam Sherrill takes an ecological, economic, and just common sense approach to addressing the waste that our society generates by not treating felled trees of our urban forests as assets or inventory but as waste to be thrown away. I haven’t completed reading the book cover to cover yet, (I’m...

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