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Solid Combo Machine

Solid Combo Machine

03-09-2017 08:23 PM by Goodsh | 8 comments »

Introduction I bought this in 2014 and have now used it enough (and procrastinated enough) that it’s time to do a review. It’s a long one because when I was shopping for this there were no reviews anywhere and now I’m in the same boat with no reviews of table saws I’m looking at so I decided I needed to pay it forward and do my part by doing a detailed review. Hopefully someone finds it useful. In making this purchase I looked at a number of alternatives. I looked at ...

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ER Router Collets.  Beautifully machined and designed

ER Router Collets. Beautifully machined and designed

03-09-2017 05:35 PM by zzzzdoc | 4 comments »

I’m amazingly impressed by these router collets that I just purchased as replacements for the stock collets on my Porter Cable 7518 router. I wanted to step up the precision of my setup, as the stock Porter Cable collets had more runout than I desired. So after hearing about these ER collets sold by Precisebits.com, I purchased ones in 1/4” and 1/2” size. I’m not sure how little runout these collets have. I can’t measure anything that small. I find none ...

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Fantastic clamps that do a lot more than just clamp

Fantastic clamps that do a lot more than just clamp

03-08-2017 01:27 AM by Putttn | 13 comments »

Bought these last year and have had good success with these. They grip better than any other clamps that have this type of hand pull. I used their spreading feature on a bench I put together this weekend and it was so easy making small changes in height. Very easy to dial in to exact dimensions and very well built. Built in the USA with a lifetime guaranty. I have no affiliation but I do know I’m going to order another set.They also are rated at 300 lbs lifting. I debated long and ...

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Lignomat Comes Through Again

Lignomat Comes Through Again

03-06-2017 10:17 PM by pintodeluxe | 2 comments »

I have been using a Lignomat meter for some time now, and I started with the E/D model. It works great, but I needed something that was compatible with remote moisture probes. The mini ligno MD/C model was just the ticket. It is a pin style moisture meter that works by itself as a portable meter, or you can plug it into optional remote wires and probes. The probes are drilled into the core of a lumber sample, and seem to give a true and accurate reading of the moisture content. The MD/C...

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Loctite GO2 Glue for filling a void

Loctite GO2 Glue for filling a void

03-05-2017 07:15 PM by FarmerintheWoods | 9 comments »

One of the blanks I have for my latest project is walnut with fancy grain. In the middle is a small bark inclusion, and in its center was a void/cavity. I used a Dremel with a round-end bit to clean out the cavity, and to get down to solid wood at about 1/8”. With the blank laying horizontal, I filled the void with Loctite GO2 Glue. I figured it would flatten itself, because it seemed runny enough to do that, but it acted thicker and formed a ‘mound’ that rose up above th...

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Not as nice as I thought it would be

Not as nice as I thought it would be

03-04-2017 03:28 AM by Dedvw | 20 comments »

I’ve owned the Delta Unisaw (36-L336) 36” 3hp for a couple months now and have enough time with it to give it a review. I will break this review down into my pros and cons. Pros: Saw makes exceptional cuts. The 3hp motor is very powerful, I cant see much need for more power. The power button is placed in the perfect position, its very easy to turn off with your hip. Assembly is fairly straightforward. The mobile stand is very robust and is actually a very good price for what yo...

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Good Cheap Collet Chucks

Good Cheap Collet Chucks

03-03-2017 04:33 PM by OSU55 | 7 comments »

I’ve tried various methods of holding small diameter material in the lathe spindle with varying degrees of success – examples: tool handles or knobs with threaded inserts or a bolt head epoxied into the wood. I had looked at various collet chucking accessories available, with probably the best value at PSI tools, 4 sizes of collets for ~$95. At a wood show recently I saw this from Brown’s Best: Priced at $20, I almost bought one but decided against it, in part because...

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Replacement Screw (saves a tool)

Replacement Screw (saves a tool)

02-26-2017 11:14 PM by socrbent | 8 comments »

Early last week I had a big oops – dropped my 6” double square on the floor. It broke the tang off the screw that holds the ruler in place. Looked like this tool was toast as a double square. The item was bought from Woodcraft under the Pinnacle name and I didn’t see where they carried parts. After some time searching I got lucky and found a link to this replacement part from Little Machine Shop. The 6” PEC double square they sell seemed to be an exact match which mean...

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Mixed Feelings

Mixed Feelings

02-24-2017 01:38 PM by Dustin | 9 comments »

So I recently order the DeWalt 734 planer and DW7350 planer stand (want to use the planer more before reviewing, but great initial impressions). I got the stand last night and began assembly, and wanted to share my thoughts. PROS:-Excellently packaged. There is no room for jostling or movement of any kind, and everything was easy to find straight out of the box.-Sturdy (...ish. more below). The stand feels substantial, all bolt holes lined up well, and it claims a max load of 300 lbs, w...

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SawStop customer service fail

SawStop customer service fail

02-23-2017 04:24 PM by leftcoaster | 59 comments »

I bought a sawstop PCS 3hp last week. Today I received a flyer saying that they’re giving away the over arm dust collection or mobile base for purchases after march 1. I called sawstop to see if they would exhibit some flexibility on the promotion since it’s an expensive item and a difference of only two weeks. I just finished setting it up and haven’t made a single cut yet. ???? For a company tha touts its customer support awesomeness, this seems like a silly place...

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