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Taper jig for us lazy folks

Taper jig for us lazy folks

02-25-2008 04:23 AM by sIKE | 16 comments »

Got this when I was in the Cambridge Rockler store. I had been thinking about making my own but this one is only $15 and I couldn’t pass. It works as designed, both sides of the fence. Some specs from the Rockler site: Cut tapers up to 3’’ per foot/15º slope. Graduated metal scale makes it easy to cut tapers at desired angles. Easy to use and easy to adjust. Offers measurements in degrees and inches per foot of taper. I cut the the piece of red oak in the bottom of th...

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Evapo Rust - Awesome Awesome Awesome

Evapo Rust - Awesome Awesome Awesome

02-25-2008 04:15 AM by sIKE | 15 comments »

I posted up a project about refinishing an old plane and Mark Mazzo refered to a product on his sites blog for removing rust. In my best Hank Hill voice…I tell you what. This stuff just works! I had to let it soak for a couple of days but man, all I had to do was rinse off the pieces then lightly use a stainless still brush to remove the remaining paint. I have used navel jelly, wire wheels, WD 40. They all pale greatly in comparison. If you have something small that is heavily rusted a...

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Grizzly 17" GO513 BS

Grizzly 17" GO513 BS

02-24-2008 07:32 PM by Al Killian | 8 comments »

I bought a Grizzly 17” bs model#513 a few weeks ago. It arrived in exellent condtion and took less then a hours to put it together and fine tune it. I have now resawn aroung 20bdft of apple, 5 bdft of walnut and several others. It has not bogged down much, only when cutting a 1/4” peice off of a chunk that was 11-1/2” tall. This may also due to the fact that it is running on 120at this time and shareing the circuit w/ a few lights. All in all it is a exellent machine and wel...

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A good starter Dado Set

A good starter Dado Set

02-24-2008 06:12 AM by IowaWoodcrafter | 4 comments »

Having never used another dado set I am unable to make any comparisons. I recently built a mission style bed that required the use of a stacked dado blade set. Being on a tight budget after buying all the quarter sawn white oak I went looking for an inexpensive set. I decided early on that I didn’t want to try my luck with a wobble blade or something from a low cost tool store. I looked online at several of the well known woodworking stores but couldn’t justify the cost of...

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Great dado for under $100

Great dado for under $100

02-24-2008 04:00 AM by jstewart | 11 comments »

I’ll start by saying that this is the only dado blade I’ve ever used. So, if you’re expecting a comparison to other dado blades, I’m not the person that can provide that for you. A good friend of mine loaned his dado set (this one) to cut some channels in some 3/4” MDF. Since I hadn’t used a dado set before I decided to make a number of test cuts first. I had some scrap red oak and yellow pine laying around, so I used that for some practice. The SD20...

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Great Small Plane - Like a #3

Great Small Plane - Like a #3

02-24-2008 02:44 AM by RickH | 10 comments »

The tool I have owned for about a month is the Lee Valley-Veritas Low Angle Block plane, with optional rear vertical tote and wooden front knob. I originally bought in order to have a really high quality block plane, and decided to order the optional rear handle and front wooden knob in case I wanted to use this plane that way. On it’s own this LA plane is a fantastic tool:> Has adjustable front mouth to fine tune / optimize shaving control in difficult woods.> Very comfortable to...

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3M™ SandBlaster™ Flexible Abrasives

3M™ SandBlaster™ Flexible Abrasives

02-20-2008 10:31 PM by leonmcd | 3 comments »

I just discovered these and used them on my Valentine’s Box 2008 project. Because of the small size of the box and the rounded bottom made by the bowl/tray router bit, I needed something flexible to follow the curves. I also need something that I could agressively work some problem areas left by the router. My regular sandpaper didn’t seem agressive enough and foam backed sanding pads are too stiff on the sanding surface to smoothly follow the tight curves. These pads are mu...

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Video Review - my first thickness planer

Video Review - my first thickness planer

02-19-2008 08:55 PM by John | 19 comments »

Just purchased a Grizzly G0505 12.5” portable “Lean & mean” planer. Here’s a video of the setup and the first couple passes over some pretty hard sycamore. Here’s the planer for sale on the LumberJocks shopping site: G0505

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14 Inch Jet Bandsaw

14 Inch Jet Bandsaw

02-19-2008 04:50 AM by Dano | 30 comments »

I ordered this saw from Amazon on Monday and it was delivered on the following Friday utilizing their free shipping. I was worried that it might be damaged in route as it seems other have had similar experiences. However, it arrived in pristine condition, shrink wrapped to a wooden pallet. The saw was easy to assemble as there are only 4 pieces, the base, the saw, trunnion, and the table. Instructions are good and everything was there. The base does not have any “feet” and thus...

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This Japanese Saw "Pulls" Its Weight

This Japanese Saw "Pulls" Its Weight

02-18-2008 03:07 PM by Eric | 14 comments »

I just got my very first Japanese handsaw the other day, and have really enjoyed breaking it in. I thought I’d just give you this review via some bullet points. Just know that my handsaw experience to date is a cheap Stanley crosscut saw (like any guy would own) and a Crown gent’s saw. Pros: Because the saw cuts on the pull stroke, I found it extremely easy to start a cut with zero downward pressure. The saw cuts fast and does not require a lot of elbow grease to keep it go...

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