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Can't get better for the price

Can't get better for the price

02-06-2015 01:50 PM by sgreen | 6 comments »

After watching Rob Cosman’s videos on the new V3 planes and his videos on sharpening blades I decided to go get a Wood River #5 Jack Plane. As Rob says, the plane comes covered in thick oil to prevent rust but you can just take it off with some mineral spirits. All the adjustments were easy to make and everything moved smoothly. The sole was dead flat against my straight edge and you can’t beat the tolerances in the chip breaker and blade. All it takes is 10-20 minutes of setup an...

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(Not So) Straight Edge

(Not So) Straight Edge

02-05-2015 06:20 PM by Hawk_Guy | 19 comments »

I recently purchased an 8” Jointer and cabinet table saw and needed a precision straight edge to properly tune and align my new toys. I have some Woodpeckers products already and am pleased with them (router plates and such)so I had absolutely no reservations about purchasing their product. I received my precision straight edge in a really nice particle board case that had a recess in which laid the straight edge, protected from harm. I took it out and was very pleased with the fit...

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Stanley still has problems milling the bed correctly

Stanley still has problems milling the bed correctly

02-04-2015 03:36 PM by jakep_82 | 16 comments »

I should have listened to the people on Amazon complaining about machining problems. I posted largely the same review on Amazon. The sole on mine was cupped slightly front to back and side to side. The lowest point is right at the mouth. The adjustable toe is also machined so that it’s about .002” below the rest of the sole. They also left several burrs on the bed that prevented the blade from sitting perfectly flat. And on the topic of the bed, I found the same problem as man...

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T5HO Lighting Fixture - cheap, lots of light, easy install

T5HO Lighting Fixture - cheap, lots of light, easy install

02-04-2015 07:59 AM by brtech | 11 comments »

I’ve hesitated to post a review for this, mostly because I wasn’t sure how long the offer on them that I used would last. It’s been nearly a year, so I’m going for it. This is an 8’ fixture (actually 92”), that holds two lamps. So they are end to end, not side by side. The lamps are not included. Buy the fixtures here:http://www.ebay.com/itm/LITHONIA-LIGHT-FIXTURE-2-BULB-120-277-VOLTS-MS5-1-54T5HO-277-OSPS-GMF-/121246665458?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_...

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Fallkniven Dc521 Diamond Bench Sharpening Stone

Fallkniven Dc521 Diamond Bench Sharpening Stone

02-03-2015 09:48 AM by L-H Johnsen | 4 comments »

I have used water-stones when sharpening chisels and plane-irons for a while. They work but I donĀ“t enjoy the sharpening-process, which leads to less sharpening=bad results.So I looked at different diamond-stones and choose Fallkniven Dc521. I’ve had the smaller version (DC4) in my pocket for several years and it has been great, the final finish of the ceramic-side pops hairs without a trouble.I also tried the Dc521 when visiting a professional woodworking shop, and besides a Tormek-sys...

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Part 1, So Far NOT So Good!

Part 1, So Far NOT So Good!

02-02-2015 07:08 PM by Hawk_Guy | 30 comments »

So I recently purchased the Shop Fox W1741 8” Jointer (Grizzly G0490). The machine came packed into 2 separate boxes and arrived with absolutely no damage. I’m going to write this review in a few separate posts as I progress through building, tuning, and operating this particular jointer. First let me start by saying that to my surprise this machine came with the serpentine belt and pulley as opposed to the v-belt on the older version. I was delighted to find this as this...

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Taking a chance on some known issues...

Taking a chance on some known issues...

02-02-2015 06:57 AM by MrZ2u | 29 comments »

It took some doing but I convinced SWMBO that I needed this…and that she should buy it for me as an anniversary+birthday gift…and since she wants me to build some cabinets for a recess in our new home and that I REALLY needed it because my other say ‘aint cutting straight anymore…must have got damaged in the move” Didn’t really feel like the effort to explain how the portable plastic body cheap-o I have really aint up to the tasks I am about to ask of it a...

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FastCap Gave Me The Finger ...

FastCap Gave Me The Finger ...

01-30-2015 04:19 PM by TheDane | 31 comments »

... and I like it! A few weeks ago, I responded to a promotional email from FastCap and they sent me their new ’11th Finger’ for free. Some people here on LJ’s scoffed at it, but I actually kind of like it. It stands within easy reach on my saw’s fence or the table, and works as well as any other push stick I have ever used. There is one downside … the two rare-earth magnets in the base are just friction fit and can come out if you mistakenly lay the ...

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Excellent Joinery System

Excellent Joinery System

01-28-2015 08:07 PM by edwood1975 | 11 comments »

When I was designing one of my first projects (Router Cabinet) I came across this pocket hole system and its awesome and forms extremely strong joints. The kit comes with everything you need to create a somewhat hidden joint, especially when you use the Kreg Plugs. If you build frames for anything from cabinets to pictures this method is awesome.

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SawStop Customer Service

SawStop Customer Service

01-28-2015 11:39 AM by RobS888 | 19 comments »

I purchased my saw in December and had some vibration problems, that re-tightening all the stand bolts mostly eliminated, but hey this is an $1,800 saw, so since I’m home this week, on Monday I filled out a service ticket on the website and got an email later in the day asking if it was just during slowdown, I said no always when on, a tech called me at 11:00 on Tuesday (yesterday) and had me do some tests with the belt disconnected from the motor and it still vibrated, so he said that ...

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