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Craftsman jointer

Craftsman jointer

06-12-2016 10:50 PM by Spoctor | 7 comments »

I work at Sears and had walked by this jointer many times, noting its $229 price tag. I walked by it again the other day and saw that it was being closed out at a fraction of that price. I jumped.It had been on display for a good while. The blade guard had been broken off and the spring lost. The push blocks were also missing, but those are easy to replace. The safety key was missing from the power switch. Fortunately, three of my other power tools have keys that fit it.This jointer weights 5...

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Well worth the price

Well worth the price

06-12-2016 03:01 PM by stefang | 17 comments »

2 years experienceI bought these planes a couple of years ago. I didn’t want to give my verdict on them before getting enough experience with them to really know if I liked them or not. I also wanted to compare them with my regular Stanley planes. The Quangsheng planes are the ones with the light beech totes in the photo above. My Experience with hand planes in generalPrior to this purchase my only experience with hand planes has been my Stanley #5 jack plane I bought about 30 or 40 ...

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Native Style Carving Tools

Native Style Carving Tools

06-06-2016 12:30 AM by Druid | 7 comments »

Today, I came across a site that was new to me, and I thought that I would pass it along for the carvers who are looking for a source of custom made native style knives, including those evasive hook knives. Preferred Edge Carving Knives and Supplies produces a good variety of knives, particularly for native style carving, but also quite suitable for those awkward items that our “standard” carving tools are difficult to adapt to . . . spoons for example.Their site also has good inf...

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Handy, Cheap Utility Handsaw

Handy, Cheap Utility Handsaw

06-05-2016 01:30 PM by CharlesA | 4 comments »

I bought this Do It Best handsaw when I needed one on the road and I had very limited choices. I didn’t have high hopes for it, but thought it would get me out of a jam, and it’s only $13. Turns out I use it all the time. Now when I need to cut a piece off of a rough cut board for milling, etc. I don’t reach for my jigsaw or always stick it on the miter saw. If it is just one cut, I grab this little handsaw and usually have the cut done before I’d have the power ...

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Powertec 70001 Dust Collector Bag for HF dust collector is a great improvement

Powertec 70001 Dust Collector Bag for HF dust collector is a great improvement

06-05-2016 02:14 AM by DW833 | 5 comments »

I had used the bag that came with the HF 2hp dust collector since purchasing it a couple of years ago.Always had lots of fine dust everywhere in the shop. Knew that it wasn’t doing a very good job and decided to upgrade. I purchased this bag from Amazon for 29.99 with free shipping. Installation is no different than the original bag.It is certainly a thicker bag, but still fits the same as the original. The improvement in the reduction of fine dustin the shop is amazing. I estima...

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Cuttermasters C.B.N. wheels are cool, fast, smooth and superb!

Cuttermasters C.B.N. wheels are cool, fast, smooth and superb!

06-02-2016 06:41 PM by CyberDyneSystems | 4 comments »

Cuttermasters C.B.N. Grinding wheels have made drill sharpening easier, cleaner and faster. I had read about these wheels on another sight, and when I had finished rebuilding my 1980s era Darex drill bit sharpening grinder, I decided to splurge on what I had heard was “the best” I am so pleased, I can see myself buying more of these wheels for my regular bench grinder soon. Some advantages of C.B.N. (Cubic Boron Nitride) wheels. -Cool Running: I’m not sure how mu...

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First impression - very well pleased

First impression - very well pleased

05-31-2016 08:08 PM by Jack_D | 13 comments »

This Veritas BU LAJ plane is an upgrade from my Stanley sweetheart BU plane. After months of researching pros and cons between LN and LV BU LAJ, I finally made my decision to purchase the LV. My first impression – very well pleased, no regrets. During my research, I wanted to see actual and latest pictures of both items but google search images seem to look the same. So, now that I have the item, I took pictures in different angles to see every inch of it. See my flickr Hand Plane albu...

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2nd Joy upon my eyes

2nd Joy upon my eyes

05-30-2016 08:20 PM by Holbs | 2 comments »

This follows my “Wixey WR 550 remote planer readout review for my Jet 15””, but this review is for the the smaller Wixey WR 510 upon my Rigid 13” planer. Yes, I have two planers so need 2 Wixey’s! I’ve been using the WR510 for a year and loved it for it’s accuracy and ease. I almost only give it 4 stars because it does not use the popular AAA batteries it’s bigger cousin WR 550 uses but instead uses the lithium coin type of battery (not somet...

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Oh the joy upon my eyes

Oh the joy upon my eyes

05-30-2016 08:11 PM by Holbs | 0 comments »

I bought this Wixey WR 550 for Christmas but just got around to installing in on my Jet 15” planer. I followed fellow LJ “jwisbey” for installation after reading his review. I did not have spare metric socket head bolts so had to go to Ace Hardware to grab a couple. Whalla. Easy installation and easy calibration. Verified with calipers. The first run was off by 0.003.I originally purchased this because my eyes are starting to get old so the big numbers on the LCD scree...

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Precision Machinist Square at a reasonable price

Precision Machinist Square at a reasonable price

05-27-2016 10:40 PM by dschlic1 | 9 comments »

I have been looking for a precision square to align may machines and also my combination squares. I found the PEC tools solid square on eBay. Un like most other low cost squares, it comes with a squareness specification : 0.0006”/6”. I checked it using a dial indicator, it indeed looks to be within that accuracy. You can find this square for sale here. Made in the USA, High precision all for $26! The only downside (if you could call it that) is that it does not come in a cas...

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