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Lie-Nielsen no 4 1/2 with 55 degree frog

Lie-Nielsen no 4 1/2 with 55 degree frog

07-18-2016 09:37 PM by TheFridge | 14 comments »

My first LN plane I bought it with a 55 degree frog to work heavily figured and prone to tear out. It’s been a dream. Works just as good on straight grained wood as well.

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Exceptional saw at a terrific price!

Exceptional saw at a terrific price!

07-18-2016 03:58 PM by John Mills | 7 comments »

After my disappointment with Central Machinery, I have been cautious about purchasing large shop equipment, but I couldn’t be happier. I went down to the Grizzly scratch and dent sale in Springfield, MO this past June. I was specifically looking for a new bandsaw as my old 12” Craftsman (circa 1965) was just worn out. There were plenty of store models out in the tents, and a few really banged up saws too. I picked the G0555P which was selling at $545 minus the 10% discount for mil...

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Gramercy Holdfast

Gramercy Holdfast

07-18-2016 02:36 PM by PPK | 4 comments »

I have to add my two cents about these holdfasts. They are awesome, in short.I use them in my 3” thick workbench top. I did take some sandpaper and rough up the part that drops into the dog holes, because I had a tiny bit of problem with them popping loose at the very beginning. I think this may also be due to the fact that I had just wiped everything down with bioled linseed oil, including the dog holes, so it was probably just too slick. They are sturdy, lock into place with one wa...

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Another disappointment from Harbor Freight

Another disappointment from Harbor Freight

07-18-2016 04:51 AM by John Mills | 3 comments »

I would have rated it Zero, but you don’t allow me that option. I bought the Harbor Freight Central Machinery 14” 4 speed band saw while living in Casper, WY back in 2009. They shipped it to me in three packages, each weighing 50+ pounds. Each box arrived on different days, the last being two weeks after the first arrived. After assembling it and trying to make sense of the chicken scratch they call instructions, I had a good idea how it was to go together. However, that ende...

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Phony Amazon Reviews ???

Phony Amazon Reviews ???

07-16-2016 09:51 PM by AandCstyle | 6 comments »

I bought this moisture meter on Prime Day partially based on the price ($18) and the 400+ reviews with an average rating of 4.3. I wasn’t expecting tremendous accuracy although the manufacturer claimed ± 1%. I was hoping for consistency. My thought was that if the wood got to a constant moisture content, it would be ready to use. Unfortunately, when I tested 4 samples of wood that has been in my air conditioned shop for months, the values ranged from 1% to 20%! I also brought home ...

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Hopefully this will be an awesome jig, once I finish making it.

Hopefully this will be an awesome jig, once I finish making it.

07-11-2016 12:27 AM by vulgarviking | 14 comments »

Having too many beers, Amazon Prime and one touch ordering on my Amazon account resulted in my delivery of the DELTA 34-184 Universal-Deluxe Tenoning Jig this Sunday morning.So onto the rant….umm? I mean review. Unboxing and light assembly, this jig seemed pretty decent, until I put it on my saw. Holy shit did it wobble! The bottom plate is a 3/8 cast iron plate with weight reduction recesses underneath it. And the surface is not machined at all, but instead finished with a heavy on...

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LED T8 replacement shop lighting

LED T8 replacement shop lighting

07-10-2016 06:40 PM by greatview | 16 comments »

I just finished replacing all my shop T8 bulbs with these which are directly replaceable for modern T8 ballasts. However, they also work without a ballast directly from 110V or 220V. I started by simply removing the old T8’s and replacing them with the new. I then got rid of the ballasts altogether which took about 10 minutes per fixture. They have more light and really white light (5000K) which I really like. Amazon has them on sale for $34.99 for four or less than $9.00 per bulb!

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Nova DVR Galaxi Lathe Enhancements

Nova DVR Galaxi Lathe Enhancements

07-10-2016 02:39 AM by Jim Jakosh | 10 comments »

In my first review of this new lathe, I brought up 3 things that I felt needed improvement. One was the tailstock quill thread that was reversed, the second was the indexing was hard to read and the third was the on/off switches being flat and in different locations. Well two out of three are fixed and the third I’ll have to live with ( maybe). The new quill and screw were installed in the tailstock but I had to relocate the key pin to the bottom so I could read the graduations that ...

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Oneida Mini Gorilla

Oneida Mini Gorilla

07-07-2016 08:52 PM by TigerTed | 4 comments »

Took a couple weeks to get dust collector. Not bad. Had some hesitation with housing being plastic. Then again car intake manifolds have been plastic for a long time. It is very light. Putting it together took some patience. There are many fasteners. It would have been good to segregate them to make finding them easier. Didn’t expect to be drilling holes or applying a peel and stick gaskets. Not a big deal. Could/should have been done by manufacturer. I was surprised to find ...

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New Jointer

New Jointer

07-07-2016 12:10 PM by TigerTed | 14 comments »

Jointer was delivered into my garage 5 days after ordering. That included the weekend and 4th of July holiday. I did pay for the lift gate service. Packaging was very good and in great shape. Broke down easy for recycling. Assembly was very straight forward. I did start off using jacks and jack stands to get top close to installed height. Turned out to be waste of time. Friend and myself easily picked up the top to put on the stand. Table checks with a 3’ Starrett showed the ...

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