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My Kingdom for a Set of Antique Center Bits

My Kingdom for a Set of Antique Center Bits

01-13-2017 08:48 PM by Ron Aylor | 11 comments »

 As you may or may not know, I recently completed a hand crank drill press inspired by a drawing of one reportedly depicted in Siever’s ‘Il Pianoforte…” 1868.         I thought it only fitting to have a set of antique center bits to accompany my new/old drill press. Well, we all know these are had to come by. So, my next best option was to find something to emulate those wonderful old bits, and spade bits seemed like a logical solution. Most of the spade bits I examined though had rather s...

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Luckily You Don't Always Get What You Pay For!

Luckily You Don't Always Get What You Pay For!

01-13-2017 04:48 PM by Ron Aylor | 26 comments »

 Having read mixed reviews of Windsor Design chisels from Harbor Freight, I decided to check them out for myself, and I’m very glad I did. As most of the reviews were dated, some going back as far as 2012, I do believe the Windsor Design folks have taken notice. For the unbelievably low price of $9.99, the six-piece set #62641 is quite remarkable. Out of the package the grinding was somewhat rough, but like all new chisels they need sharpening. The handles seemed fine to me, hefty an...

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What's a Mujingfang?

What's a Mujingfang?

01-10-2017 01:56 AM by Belford | 13 comments »

I own several types of woodworking planes. My German (ECE) planes are like driving a semi across a sheet of Rice Paper. My American planes (Stanley) are cantankerous until sharpened and set with an exacting procedure that I can never get exactly correct. My English (Record) planes are mere replicas of the American Stanley or vice versa. All have some good features and bad and for the most part get the job done. I don’t own any Japanese planes and therefore have no remark upon them. Now com...

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Great sharpener for small blades

Great sharpener for small blades

01-10-2017 01:08 AM by ColonelTravis | 5 comments »

If I were a famous person I’d endorse this product. If I were Charles Neil I’d get on YouTube and say: “Alright now, I wanna tell you all about something. This thing right here – zoom in some more so you can see it. Alright, this thing right here don’t look like much but it’s gonna knock your socks off.” (I love Charles Neil.) Lee Valley sells it. It’s an incredible tool for sharpening small blades. I’ve got a good setup for sharpening ...

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Harbor Freight 5 Drawer Tool Cart

Harbor Freight 5 Drawer Tool Cart

01-09-2017 02:16 AM by Belford | 29 comments »

Assembly of the Harbor Freight Five Drawer Tool Cart Before you even begin to think about the assembly of the Harbor Freight Five Drawer Tool Cart you should take about seven or eight Valiums then wait for 20 minutes before you begin to unpack the tool cart. Don’t be fooled by the fact that you were the only person in the continental United States to get a packing crate with no holes or rips in the cardboard. That doesn’t mean a thing, you will find that the Chinese are very adept about...

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Woodcarving Course & Reference Manual

Woodcarving Course & Reference Manual

01-08-2017 12:13 AM by Druid | 13 comments »

I’ve just finished reading my new copy of the “Woodcarving Course & Reference Manual” by Chris Pye which I received as part of my Yule presents.Even though I have been carving for some time now, I found it well worth my time to read completely through from cover to cover, and I was pleased to glean quite a few tips and techniques that Chris shares. His explanations and photos make the information very understandable, and he includes good insights into his reasoning behin...

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Preliminary review with useful shipping carton size information

Preliminary review with useful shipping carton size information

01-04-2017 06:44 PM by Jeff Mazur | 17 comments »

This isn’t a full review – haven’t even opened the box yet – but I want to post it in order to help others who may have had my same concerns about the size of the carton. FYI, the saw came shipped with cartons and pallet in EXTREMELY good condition (vendor was Woodcraft, shipped via UPS.) So, so far, 5 star experience with a happy surprise, read on for the surprise… My concern was about whether I could get the saw all the way into my workshop without having ...

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Comparing Finger Joint Jigs

Comparing Finger Joint Jigs

01-04-2017 04:26 AM by ca8920 | 14 comments »

Rockler Finger Joint Jig Last year one of my Christmas presents was a Rockler Finger Joint Jig. Product Information: This jig is for use on virtually any router table with a standard 3/4” miter slot. The jig features a smooth-sliding backer sled and three precision-machined aluminum indexing keys to give you air-tight joints with either 1/4”, 3/8” or 1/2” spacing. Works with stock up to 3/4” thick. I found that this jig works well but isn’t extr...

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Start With the Switch, Expand Later

Start With the Switch, Expand Later

01-02-2017 08:01 PM by pintodeluxe | 8 comments »

I was shopping for a remote control for my cyclone dust collector, and came across the iVac Switch. It can function as a remote-control only unit, used with manual blast gates. There are a few companies that make D.C. remotes, but with the iVac you can expand it to fully automated collection. You need one tool sensor and one blast gate for each tool you want to automate. That is when the magic happens. Just turn on your tool, and first the blast gate opens automatically, then the dust ...

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Woodpeckers Coping Sled - easy to use, but could use a few tweaks

Woodpeckers Coping Sled - easy to use, but could use a few tweaks

01-01-2017 12:19 AM by Mike_D_S | 4 comments »

First off, let me say I don’t have a lot of experience with different models of coping sleds. I’ve used a homemade one and the Rockler sled my buddy has. I had a WC gift card that I got for Xmas burning a hole in my pocket and had agreed to make a couple of dozen beaded panel cabinet doors for a kitchen remodel for a small farm house at my parent’s place. So when I saw the WP coping sled, I decided to pull the trigger as I had an immediate project. After getting it ho...

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