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Expensive but Awesome

Expensive but Awesome

09-04-2014 04:23 AM by Manitario | 9 comments »

I hate emptying the bin on my cyclone, but I hate even more when I forget to and fill my filters with dust and chips; basically means an evening wasted cleaning out chips from the filters and then multiple rounds of blowing the fine dust out. I have my cyclone in its own room to keep the noise down so I can’t see the bin…I originally had a Oneida Dust Sentry, it was ok but was inconsistent. After moving to a new shop and filling the filters 3 times in a row, I looked for an altern...

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GOBSMACKED WITH DISBELIEF - Can this really be true?!!!

GOBSMACKED WITH DISBELIEF - Can this really be true?!!!

09-04-2014 01:47 AM by Jerry | 34 comments »

I am so glad I took the precaution of calling Skil’s support department before I purchased this SANDER. Not understanding how I would be able to replace the sandpaper on the detail accessories I called to ask. I was ASTONISHED to be told that the sandpaper on the 8 detail accessories can NOT be replaced, rather you have to BUY A NEW SET OF DETAIL SANDERS EVERY TIME THE SANDPAPER ON THEM WEARS DOWN. NOTE: I’ve edited this part of the original post because of new informatio...

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Trend AirShield Pro, Up for Review

Trend AirShield Pro, Up for Review

09-03-2014 01:34 PM by woodshopmike | 10 comments »

I’ve owned the Trend AirShield Pro for two years now. This piece of equipment is definitely a keeper and has made woodworking much more enjoyable now that I no longer suffer from the congestion and sinus perils that used to plague my woodworking. The full right up of pros and cons can be found on my blog. Thanks for reading guys, I hope this helps! Regards, Mike

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I hate my Tablesaw a little less now

I hate my Tablesaw a little less now

09-02-2014 09:02 PM by 47phord | 10 comments »

First, some back-story: I’m the less-than proud owner of a Craftsman 21833 tablesaw and, for those of you who don’t know, it’s a TS that’s not known for being consistently precise (read: I spend a lot of time adjusting it). I had been using the old, cheap, method of a brass tack driven into a board that was then clamped to the miter gauge for aligning the blade to the table. It worked ok, but I never could seem to get it to where my joints were perfectly square and...

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Good planer so far

Good planer so far

09-02-2014 12:37 AM by Mimeda | 9 comments »

Hello everybody, this is my first review on this forum. I am a hobbyist woodworker, just working on small projects late at night or during weekends and learning on the way for the past 2-3 years. I started just with a bunch of hand tools and gradually evolved to buy a few indispensable tools. I bought this planer from Amazon, total price including shipping at my door in 2 days $299. As seen below it arrived in a sturdy box, no dents or scratches. After removing some styrofoam and pr...

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Great introduction to Japanese hand tools!

Great introduction to Japanese hand tools!

08-30-2014 02:40 PM by StumpyNubs | 3 comments »

Who doesn’t like pine? It’s inexpensive, abundant, it looks great and the smell reminds me of the air freshener in my car. But the best thing about pine is how easy it is to work with hand tools, making it the ideal material for a project done in the old-timey style. And that’s just what you’ll see in the new video series from Fine Woodworking: “Country Pine Hutch with Andrew Hunter”. ( For more articles, videos and woodworking goodness check out our new website at Stumpynubs.com! ) And...

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Better drill than I expected, serviceable impact driver, so-so radio

Better drill than I expected, serviceable impact driver, so-so radio

08-29-2014 11:47 PM by Dan Lyke | 8 comments »

This is not a brand I would have ever expected to have in my shop, but… From my Twitter stream, on April 30th 2014 I got a follow from @RIDGIDPower, and said I’d be an unlikely customer. Surprising me, they engaged! We sent email back and forth, their rep offered to send me a battery powered tool combo kit with a drill, impact driver, and radio. I actually declined, on the basis that I didn’t need another set of chargers and batteries in my shop, but by that point the box wa...

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3 styles of folding sawhorse

3 styles of folding sawhorse

08-29-2014 03:24 AM by Loren | 8 comments »

I get sent products to review sometimes. I’m an amazon vine reviewer. If you review a lot of stuff they’ll probably invite you to be one too. I reviewed a lot of books to start with. I haven’t reviewed many books lately due to the time required to read them. Once in awhile something I can really use becomes available. Here’s my comments on the Portamate folding sawhorses (about $100 a pair) compared to other styles (about $60 a pair) I use as well.

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Super Dust Deputy

Super Dust Deputy

08-28-2014 02:12 AM by Tennwood | 4 comments »

I modified my DC system for the ‘nth time, this time replacing my Woodcraft garbage can cyclone lid for the Super Dust Deputy. The trash can lid did fine but I was still getting a lot of dust and chips into the bag and filter. I really hate changing the bag and cleaning out the filter. It is a dirty messy job that kind of defeats the purpose when dust is going everywhere in the shop just to get the bag off, and to take the filter off to get it outside to clean. So I bit the cost and modif...

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Horizontal Boring Machine

Horizontal Boring Machine

08-25-2014 10:44 PM by rad457 | 2 comments »

Assembled my G0540 Single Spindle Horizontal Boring Machine and thought I would post some of my observations and opinions. Machine was packed well and pretty easy to remove from crate, assembly was very easy and instruction were there and quite clear if needed! The washers were the wrong size not a big problem.I found that for my purposes the table should raise higher so will have elevate it in the future when I find the time.The X -Y feature works very well with the exception that the table...

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