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Rikon Mortiser with XY Table

Rikon Mortiser with XY Table

01-01-2015 06:07 PM by panofish | 8 comments »

I really wanted to give it 4 stars, but the inconsistency of the chuck and the weak motor left me wishing for more.If I had $1200 to burn … I’d prefer the large standing Powermatic mortiser, but unfortunately I have to make due with this $300 mortiser from Rikon. The table and clamping mechanism are great however. I made a video review on youtube… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3ta3OTK5Wg

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Easy to read, good grip

Easy to read, good grip

12-31-2014 06:54 AM by Rick M. | 9 comments »

I have enough tape measures for every room in the house and a couple for the shop but today I was 25 miles from home and the tape I brought wasn’t large enough. So rather than make a 50 mile round trip into a 100 mile round trip, I went to a nearby Ace Hardware with a plethora of tape measures, Stanley, Lufkin, Dewalt, generics, and others. I liked the Dewalt best but it was $25 which I felt was too much so I bought a Stanley Max 25’. Normally I wouldn’t review something onl...

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Excellent Saw On a budget

Excellent Saw On a budget

12-30-2014 07:11 PM by edwood1975 | 11 comments »

Well what can I say, my wife bought me this saw for Christmas and she did an awesome job. I really like the size of the saw 10” is just what I need, also the Laser Trac system is extremely helpful.It came with a 10” 40tooth saw blade that does a great job, but if you are planning on doing detailed finished work I would get another blade. I built a mitre saw cart and all in all I couldn’t be happier./!

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Harbor freight lathe not for me

Harbor freight lathe not for me

12-30-2014 05:55 PM by RichM | 8 comments »

I got this lathe after reading reviews and off the word of a few people who have this lathe but it did not preform on any level, I might have just got a bad one but I was not going to give it another chance. heres a link to one issue you will want to fix evan if your motor ends up working ( mine did not) in this video the issue I fix is a common problem with this lathe. http://youtu.be/0NREUdfQozI

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An Honest Review of the MicroJig GB-1 Push Block

An Honest Review of the MicroJig GB-1 Push Block

12-30-2014 05:52 AM by ontheworkbench | 5 comments »

I received this as a gift this holiday season, and not from MicroJig. I got a chance to test it out and much to my surprise, it really does live up to the hype that I see on-line. Compared to my old smaller push blocks, this one is larger, has extra push feet, and an accessory mount to provide extra shielding from a saw blade or a router bit. Pros:-Griping surface really grabs the wood-Push feet drop with gravity-Ergonomic handle Cons:-Could be too large from some applications-If not ca...

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Free CAD/CAM Software for the Hobbyist and DIYer

Free CAD/CAM Software for the Hobbyist and DIYer

12-29-2014 01:08 AM by Dirk Van Essendelft | 15 comments »

I’ve been a woodworker and computer geek since I was a little kid. Now I have a shop of my own and some disposable income to spend on woodworking. As you may have seen if you follow my woodworking, I like to do CNC woodworking. Even before that I would use 3D CAD software to design my projects so that I would know how to cut my materials. It is definitely worth it to model and assemble your projects virtually before you do it in expensive woods. At any rate, I was looking for aff...

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Testing drills and impact

Testing drills and impact

12-27-2014 11:48 PM by grosa | 12 comments »

Of all the drills I have, I really like the Dewalt XR brushless. They are very smooth running drills and I like the three light setup. They do have more power than the 18v. The Porter Cable is a nice drill but, it didn’t feel comfortable in my hand and the length of the grip is to short. The Dewalt is the one I like the most. It is heavier than the Makita but it has twice the power. The Dewalt 5 hour batteries are well worth the money.

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Begininng with the Installation of the EEZE FEED infeed table

Begininng with the Installation of the EEZE FEED infeed table

12-27-2014 07:48 PM by psient | 2 comments »

I was on You Tube looking for someone’s experience installing Lee Jesberger’s EEZE FEED infeed tablesaw table. I did not find any videos capable of helping my installation. Here, I’ve started to describe my own installation as a review and something of a guide for others. I’ll be installing the EFIT on my powermatic PM3000 7 HP table saw: http://www.powermatic.com/Products.aspx?Part=1720305K I purchased the saw several years ago. This was as much a health deci...

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Formby's not so Tung Oil Finish

Formby's not so Tung Oil Finish

12-22-2014 05:40 AM by Thomas berkey | 14 comments »

I have used Formby’s Tung Oil Finish for years since it is readily available at the local home improvement store and is easy to use. They sell this product as a “mix of tung oil and other fine penetrating oils” and appears to be nothing other than a wiping varnish with maybe a tad bit of oil in it with tons of thinner. The can says You wipe it on with a rag and buff it into the wood and do this maybe three times to get a nice close to the wood finish that has a good amoun...

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Smooth wood handles? Hands slipping? Non-Slip Grip Tape

Smooth wood handles? Hands slipping? Non-Slip Grip Tape

12-20-2014 04:44 PM by JoeinGa | 14 comments »

As I age, I find my grip just isn’t as strong as it used to be. Simply opening a pickle jar is sometimes a pain and this carries over into my shop as well, especially during the colder weather. Several years ago I had several glue-ups fail while making cutting boards and upon close inspection I realized it was because the clamps could have been tighter during the gluing process. I had also noticed that sometimes my hands would slip on the smooth wooden handles of my Jorgy clamps. N...

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