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Modifying HF's Dust Collector for Better Mobility, Sturdiness & Electrical Capacity

Modifying HF's Dust Collector for Better Mobility, Sturdiness & Electrical Capacity

08-23-2014 01:02 AM by GJK | 13 comments »

Over the past six months, I modified my 22’ x 22’ British-style backyard conservatory to serve not only as my gym, as it has since 1997, but also as my workshop (see, photo 1) [If interested in this conversion, including heroic saga of my fighting off tens of thousands of carpenter ants and rebuilding after they ravaged the structure, see my video on VIMEO http://vimeo.com/103100319] In sharing exercising and woodworking in a closed space, I decided that it was imperative to my good h...

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Cheap, flexible, and accurate enough

Cheap, flexible, and accurate enough

08-21-2014 06:47 PM by jshroyer | 5 comments »

I always loose tape measures. I buy another and work really hard to keep it in the same place then loose it. I dont know how its possible all the time. So i decided to go to harbor freight and buy a few of these then buy 1 good one and keep it in a special location (pain in the butt). I just use these for rough cutting and measuring stock. i dont use this if its under 1”. I work as an engineer as we use metric at work. I love having this thing at work. No one will ever steal it becau...

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Acrylic Finish

Acrylic Finish

08-20-2014 11:24 PM by Roger | 9 comments »

Just my quick 2-cents on this Dr. Kirks Micro Magic 3-pack of wax finish. Very simple, after dry sanding up to 600 on any acrylic pen, or any other acrylic/plastic blank turned on a lathe, a little dab of this Red/White/Blue, in that order, (easy to remember), takes the place of the wet-sanding, and plastic polish I used to do to finish any acrylic blank on the lathe. Very simple, very affordable. I do want to thank a fellow LJ, James, http://lumberjocks.com/Thewoodman2000 for recommending th...

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Amazing clean cuts, even on home center plywood crosscuts w/o a ZCI

Amazing clean cuts, even on home center plywood crosscuts w/o a ZCI

08-19-2014 07:27 PM by paxorion | 13 comments »

I’m a firm believer that tool ratings should come with caveats and comparison. I have been using the (new-ish) Irwin Marples 40T general purpose blade in my Dewalt DWE7491 table saw for a few months now and can confidently say that it is an incredible value (dollar to performance ratio). It won’t go outshining premium blades, and my only premium blade comparison is a full kerf Freud Premier Fusion, which performed better (rips faster, and easier to get clean crosscuts). Key hig...

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Perfect for beginning but will want for more

Perfect for beginning but will want for more

08-19-2014 02:18 PM by jshroyer | 18 comments »

When i was just starting out woodworking i didnt know anything about tools. I went to school for engineering and did mostly metal working. From this i knew i didnt want a tiny little tool that wouldnt work worth a darn and to make sure that the model i bought was common enough to get parts and accessories. After searching google for table saw review and beginner table saw i found the bosch 4100-09. It was just what i thought would be perfect. A portable table saw for moving apartments. It ran...

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New And Improved Stumpy Nubs Box joint Jig

New And Improved Stumpy Nubs Box joint Jig

08-17-2014 11:43 PM by fl13 | 6 comments »

Recently I purchased plans from the Stumpy Nubs Website for his improved Box Joint jig. $10.00.I spent the better part of a Saturday putting it together despite some confusing instructions, not a big deal, still managed to construct a working jig, just using the photos .I have built other jigs in the past and have constructed a few Beehives . (bees have a way of fixing sloppy joints), still I wanted to construct some small boxes with tighter and more accurate joints.This jig does the trick. S...

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After Market Table Saw Splitter, Shark Guard

After Market Table Saw Splitter, Shark Guard

08-15-2014 06:29 PM by woodshopmike | 7 comments »

Worried about kickback on your table saw? Who isn’t really? Most if not all modern saws arrive with either a splitter or riving knife that prevents wood from pinching the back side of a table saw blade as the stock is run through the saw. This little piece of material pays dividends in preventing kickback. So if most saws come with such a device already installed, why write a review about an after market product? Because if you’re like me, you use vintage machinery. In my case...

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Can't believe how smoothly this jigsaw cuts

Can't believe how smoothly this jigsaw cuts

08-15-2014 01:52 AM by CharlesA | 29 comments »

For years I had a Skil jigsaw, a hack tool if there ever was one. I got in the habit of always cutting well outside the line and then sanding down to the line because of the roughness of the cut, no matter the blade or cutting mode on that machine. I found this Bosch on the CPO website for about $95 18 months ago. The first thing I noticed was how big and hefty it was compared to the Skil I think that helps stabilize it on cuts. I’ve mainly used it for rough work. Yesterday I ...

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Ryobi 18-Volt One+ Lithium-Ion- Drill Driver and Circular Saw Kit +charger

Ryobi 18-Volt One+ Lithium-Ion- Drill Driver and Circular Saw Kit +charger

08-14-2014 12:54 AM by Routerisstillmyname | 19 comments »

Since home depot doesn’t like publishing a negative reviews that points out the obvious, I might as well review it here.So what we have here is a definite value. Drill with clutch, 5 1/2 inch saw not one but two entry level +1 lithium ion 18v batteries and a charger and all for just 79.00You can’t beat that.Batteries (although entry level) and charger alone cost more than that individually. The drill is nice with 24 position clutch setting and runs true no wobble like the yellow D drills.An...

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SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers

SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers

08-11-2014 08:49 PM by Grumpymike | 13 comments »

SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers DVD (The Basics) Dave Richards, the narrator of this DVD, is an authorized SketchUp trainer and he draws plans for Fine Woodworking Magazine. A very talented man indeed; however, in his vast knowledge and computer skills he has forgotten that a huge percentage of his audience is in the well over 50 category that grew up with slide rules and mechanical adding machines long before the computer age. In Dave’s fast paced narration, he does not annunciate hi...

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