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A note for those just getting started ... Don't do it!

A note for those just getting started ... Don't do it!

01-20-2008 04:31 PM by RayW | 20 comments »

I learned basic woodworking from an uncle many years ago while helping him remodel his him. I was an enjoyable time for me I loved the smell of the wood shop and was constantly learning. My uncle was a cabinet and furniture maker, with a long waiting list, in his spare time so he had all the equipment you can dream of. Well, it’s 20 years later now and I’m working a desk job in IT and need a hobby that is not at a computer and I remembered the smell of the fresh cut wood. So in...

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Great Shop Vac

Great Shop Vac

01-20-2008 08:01 AM by gizmodyne | 11 comments »

I bought this as a bundle with my Domino. Previously I used a Craftsman ShopVac that was powerful but incredibly loud. Excruciatingly loud. The CT22 comes assembled other than a little cord hanger that must be screwed on. It comes with a vac hose to fit Festool Tools. A variety of connectors are available. Cool FeaturesVariable suction control.Built in tool plug for automatic start when the tool is turned on.HEPA filters. Dust free bag change. There was ZERO dust in the case when I chan...

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Festool Domino Dominates or Don't hate me 'cause I'm beautiful

Festool Domino Dominates or Don't hate me 'cause I'm beautiful

01-20-2008 07:39 AM by gizmodyne | 27 comments »

This is an amazing tool. It does one thing very well. Loose tenons! It works as advertised. Accurate mortises in a tight hand-held machine. I consider it a biscuit jointer on steroids. In fact, I have to decide if my biscuit joiner is going away. The tool must be used in conjunction with dust collection. To use the tool:1. Pick a tenon size. For example 6×40 mm2. Install the correct bit: 6mm in this case.3. Set the depth to half the length of the tenon. 20 mm in example.4. Plu...

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A mind of its own

A mind of its own

01-20-2008 03:21 AM by YooperCasey | 16 comments »

This is a tool I wish I never would have purchased. I would have prefered to get by using a coping saw and dealing with a blister or thirty. This tool generates such a level of frustration that it is amazing that the same engineers who design Dewalt, Porter Cable, and Delta could allow such a monstrosity to leave the lab. This particular unit has a quick blade release, variable speed, variable orbital action and an adjustable base. The quick blade release does release the blade quickly ...

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Simplicity with Perfection

Simplicity with Perfection

01-20-2008 03:02 AM by YooperCasey | 11 comments »

One of the first purchases I made was a Veritas sharpening jig. I had been researching woodworking for several years before buying a single tool while I attended MTU. One thing I noticed time and time again was the fact that tools must be sharp. Beyond sharp they must be properly sharp, with a proper angle, back bevel and micro bevel! After much intimidation about the whole process I decided to pick up the Veritas jig. I purchased it in the full kit with an included waterstone to get me go...

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...at least it spins.

...at least it spins.

01-20-2008 02:46 AM by YooperCasey | 8 comments »

We all have made a bad tool choice. For alot of folks I hear of that old favorite the wobble dado cutter. For me it has been a few Black and Decker tools. I bought this drill for approximately $30. It is a rather featureless drill, it has a keyless chuck which is the one reason it got more then one star. The chuck holds tightly and I have yet to have a bit spin loose and I can still loosen it by hand. The other star got added because at least it spins. Now to the interesting points. ...

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Review of the Video "Sam Maloof: A Fine Woodworking DVD Profile"

Review of the Video "Sam Maloof: A Fine Woodworking DVD Profile"

01-20-2008 12:26 AM by Mark A. DeCou | 6 comments »

Wow, want to feel overwhelmed, and very inadequate? Sort of like being the last kid to get underarm hair in gym class. I am in the process of building three more Maloof-Inspired Rocking Chairs. Two for a commission, the third as a piece for speculation sale. I have been working through my notes from the last one and preparing wood, and I ran across the Sam Maloof DVD as a recommended Amazon item. You know, those annoying multi-week advertisments from Amazon that keeps track of ever...

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Review of the Porter-Cable Orbital Sander Model 333

Review of the Porter-Cable Orbital Sander Model 333

01-19-2008 07:23 PM by Mark A. DeCou | 18 comments »

To be blunt, this will be my last Porter Cable Model 333. It is my third. The only one I like was bought in 1997, and I still use it. The one I bought in 2005 is dead. The one I bought in 2007 stinks. Now, don’t get me wrong. I “used” to love anything about a Porter Cable tool. My first warning sign was my laminate trim router I bought in 1997, and every P-C rep I talked to denied ever hearing about the problem with the collet getting crimped onto the bit sh...

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Review of the Grizzly G1023SL Cabinet Style Table Saw

Review of the Grizzly G1023SL Cabinet Style Table Saw

01-19-2008 06:54 PM by Mark A. DeCou | 11 comments »

To put it bluntly, I love this Saw. Not, “Love” in the same sense as the way I feel for my wife, or my kids, or my dog, but this Saw is great. I was quite reluctant to buy it frankly. At the time, I had recently quit a job teaching woodworking where I was able to use a Powermatic Cabinet Saw that was about 20 years old, and I also loved that Saw. When I decided to buy my own Table Saw after leaving that job, I had to decide what to get. I didn’t have any money, an...

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A REALLY nice Compound Miter Saw find.

A REALLY nice Compound Miter Saw find.

01-19-2008 06:40 PM by Coffinmaker | 4 comments »

I have always looked at Hitachi Tools when they first came out and starting reading all the reviews I could find on there new line of tools.I was REALLY impressed because after reading( the reviews..) on them I never once read anything bad about there products.I even posted questions on several Woodworkers forums.When the time came to replace my tired old Delta I chose an Hitachi 12 inch Compound Miter Saw,well also for the fact I got a great deal on it too..!!As always when buying a new too...

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