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Mortiser for the masses

Mortiser for the masses

03-01-2008 05:17 AM by Karson | 12 comments »

I had been looking at this mortiser for sale by Wilke Tools in PA. It was being sold at $245 plus shipping. And then one time I went looking again and they had it for sale at $185.00 I ordered it. It didn’t come with any chisels. What sets this mortiser apart from others for a reasonable price is that it has an X, Y and Z alignment. The table as shown in the two pictures moves from left to right about 7” so you can cut a 7” mortise without loosing the grip on the piece...

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Tablesaw Essentials.

Tablesaw Essentials.

03-01-2008 04:43 AM by gizmodyne | 18 comments »

Well you could get by without them. $15 a pair from Rockler. What the heck are they? They hold aux. fences and stopblocks to your existing rip fence, for crosscutting and dado operations where the blade would otherwise obliterate your existing fence. Just rip a piece of ply, melamine, or other stable stock, drill two holes for the clamps, and clamp away. The biesemeyer aux. fences with clamps are around $150. The only advantage I see is that their fence is exactly 1” thic...

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Great Machine, intructions leave something to be desired.

Great Machine, intructions leave something to be desired.

03-01-2008 03:46 AM by Greg3G | 10 comments »

I purchased this machine after reading a lot of top reviews. My inital take on the machine was it is pretty well made. However, when I went to set it up, the instructions were very lacking…there were several steps missing, and they did not even address how to attach the upper work hold down clamp. After l looking closely at the pictures on the web, I finally figured out how to install it. The machine was very stiff to use at first. After a run of about 10 mortices, I reshapred the ch...

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light and strong

light and strong

03-01-2008 03:45 AM by dlgWoodWork | 12 comments »

This drill is great. It has plenty of power. The best part is it only wieghs about 3 lbs. I bought this drill about one month ago. It seems like I haven’t put is down since. I looked over several drills before I bought this one. Most woodworkers can do fine with a 14.4v drill. I looked at several of them. I figured I could get one that wieghs less than a 14.4v, but was stronger at the same time. That is why I chose this. Another cool feature is the LED light right above the trigger. I ...

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Great Saw for a Great Price

Great Saw for a Great Price

03-01-2008 03:38 AM by teenagewoodworker | 8 comments »

This is my first Miter Saw so i have nothing to compare it to but i think that it is a great Miter Saw. Just to start off this saw costs 140$ at Lowe’s and i bought mine without a laser. A wise man once told me that the blade does that cutting and not the laser, and he wants to see where the actual thing that’s doing the actual cutting is going to actually cut. Now back to the saw. it came ready to run right out of the box and all the different angles that i checked were right ...

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Cheap Lathe Conversion

Cheap Lathe Conversion

03-01-2008 03:08 AM by BillyUP | 8 comments »

There was a yard sale ad that said: “Lathe with tools, $40”, so I hustled right out.I found a “Junk” French or Canadian lathe that is only good for turning Spindle work, but came with about $300 worth of new Craftsman tools. The tools were an assortment of things I did not have.I converted the lathe to a “Buffing machine”, using a threaded rod that is screwed into two turned wood blocks. I will be adding more buffing wheels by simply moving these two alon...

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One square, two square...

One square, two square...

03-01-2008 03:04 AM by Bill Butler | 13 comments »

...on your way to four-square, this jointer just can’t be beat. I wasn’t looking for high end professional quality in a jointer, and I wanted something more than a benchtop unit. I came across this jointer available at your local HD for $399. I decided to buy it based on the predominance of 4 and 5 star reviews at their site. The unit is easy to assemble, however you should definitely have two bodies to handle delivery, and physical assembly. (I can pickup my DeWalt 735 p...

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Accurate to within 1/128"

Accurate to within 1/128"

03-01-2008 02:49 AM by Bill Butler | 7 comments »

I took a chance on a $29 digital caliper from Rockler. Having used other high quality caliper and micrometers before, I didn’t think it possible to buy a quality unit for that price. I was wrong, and this unit rocks. It has readouts in decimal inches, decimal mm, and fractional inches. It provides surfaces for inside, outside and depth measurement. I have used it frequently over the last several weeks and I always keep it near by when doing setups.

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Leigh Super 18 Jig

Leigh Super 18 Jig

03-01-2008 02:27 AM by trifern | 7 comments »

Leigh Super 18 Dovetail Jig – Rout Through, Half-blind and Sliding Dovetails as well as two sizes of box joints and single pass Half-blind dovetails. Additional joints are possible with an optional Finger Joint Template and an Isoloc template. Everything you need in one box. Features: Infinitely adjustable guide fingers, Variably spaced through dovetails, Variably spaced half-blind dovetails, Sliding dovetails, “Single Pass” half-blind dovetails, 5/16” & 5/8” box joints, Non slip...

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Nice compressor for small jobs.

Nice compressor for small jobs.

03-01-2008 02:15 AM by kshipp | 0 comments »

I got this compressor to carry around the shop or the house for small nailing jobs. It does really well at that, but not as good as some of the new things that have come out since. It has a 2-gallon capacity which allows you to drive a good number of brads before refilling. There is an adjustable pressure regulator and a quick connect valve. A nice feature is the little storage box on-board for small small accessories and the handle on the top. I tried carrying a lot of the small compre...

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