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Laguna Tools 14/12 initial review.

Laguna Tools 14/12 initial review.

09-26-2014 09:50 PM by PatrickB | 17 comments »

Hello,This is my initial review of the Laguna 14/12 bandsaw. I earlier owned the Grizzly G0555 Extreme which I sold. I pondered getting another Grizzly and found the Laguna on sale at Rockler. BY the time I was done with replacing parts on the Grizzly to reach the Laguna as it came stock I was already over the sale price so that rapidly changed my mind. I remember my old Grizzly was always a little slow on cutting but I didn’t really have any issues with it. There are some changes to th...

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Ridgid 4512 and a 10mm handgun

Ridgid 4512 and a 10mm handgun

09-26-2014 08:13 PM by rantingrich | 20 comments »

I bought a Brand new RIDGID R4512 this spring and this is my story. Got it at HOME CHEAPO 15 miles away. Mother weighed in at 250 plus pounds. Took me and 2 employees to lift it into my truck Took most of the afternoon to assemble, partially because of my 8 pound water head didn’t do it right a couple of times. The MOTOR and table assembly COMES up side down in the box and that is how I cut the box off off it, and it was a real piece of work to get it flipped over with only my se...

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Great little clamp with lots of promise

Great little clamp with lots of promise

09-25-2014 07:23 PM by woodshopmike | 2 comments »

The Hart Tools 2in hand clamps aren’t like your grandpa’s old spring clamps. They’re easy to position, clamp down with up to 50 lbs of force, and release easy as you please. I couldn’t wait to try out these clamps. I didn’t have any glue ups to do, but I did need to make some repetitive cuts with the miter saw. I grabbed a piece of scrap to use as a stop and clamped it in place against the fence on my miter saw bench. These clamps held the stop in place ve...

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Good performance but I wouldn't buy it again

Good performance but I wouldn't buy it again

09-25-2014 02:21 PM by JSB | 25 comments »

The planer itself performs very well. It has a heck of a chip ejection system that will allow you to pipe this into a filter bag without the need for a dust collector. I’ve never had an issue with the amount of power it has even at full 13” wide passes. Snipe is horrible out of the box but the way I have my auxiliary bed setup it reduces it significantly. Lots of upgrades and options available on the internet. The reason I wouldn’t buy it again is that it’s a money ...

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Not perfect but love the table

Not perfect but love the table

09-25-2014 03:09 AM by Ajax86 | 15 comments »

Good points: the table did not take long to assemble. Its sturdy and doesn’t move easily (but not too heavy to change its location). The price was great. Bad points: the bottom shelf was cut too narrow and it keeps falling out of the grooves. One of the drawers would not open/close because the metal drawer slide was defective. Harbor freight said they would send a replacement part out. Some of the parts that came with this table I will not use so if you would like to have my ext...

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Cuts Like a Dream

Cuts Like a Dream

09-23-2014 02:10 AM by grfrazee | 4 comments »

For those of you who don’t know, LJ Wally331 is currently a senior in high school. He also happens to be rather skilled at making hand saws. I commissioned Chris to make me a 10”, 14 TPI dovetail saw. It has a brass back, hand-shaped African bloodwood handle, and hand-filed teeth. The saw’s split nuts are hand made as well. To put it simply, this saw cuts wonderfully. I had no problem sawing parallel lines down a piece of scrap pine and walnut, and the saw rode bea...

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Motor burned out in less than 3 days

Motor burned out in less than 3 days

09-20-2014 08:17 PM by ERQ | 18 comments »

Picked this belt sander up for $50 on sale at the blue box on a Saturday morning. Put it through some admittedly hard use on Saturday and Sunday grinding down some unevenness in some self-levelling concrete I’d patched a concrete slab with. Monday night I went to do the last few spots and started to smell burning emanating from the sander’s motor. Based on this performance, it would be a one-star tool. However, it came with a 30-day money-back guarantee so I was able to return ...

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Handmade Wooden Hand Plane Sets

Handmade Wooden Hand Plane Sets

09-19-2014 08:12 PM by Dennis Zongker | 6 comments »

When I first received the box with a set of handplanes. I was quite impressed with their clean and crisp design also with the marquetry emblem on the side really adds to the overall appearance. I have been waiting to write a review until after I had a chance to use them on a real project. So I used the planes while working my next box, which is made out of sold Wenge, and anybody that has worked with wenge they know it is very hard and brittle. The completed set comes with: one utility pla...

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Ridgid R2601 5" Sander Poor Quality

Ridgid R2601 5" Sander Poor Quality

09-18-2014 05:59 PM by txsawyer | 15 comments »

I bought the R2601 about 18 months ago. This sander has been in the repair shop more than it has been in my shop. I signed up for the Ridgid Lifetime Service Agreement (LSA) which is a joke. When sander started running erratically about a year ago, Ridgid told me to bring it to their repair facility which just happens to be a 5 hour drive for me. Told them I didn’t want to spend 20 hours or 2 days on the road. So the said said bring it to Home Depot which was much closer. Dropped it off...

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Woodpecker's 6" Carpenter's Square

Woodpecker's 6" Carpenter's Square

09-18-2014 04:15 PM by timbertailor | 14 comments »

Not much you can say about any Carpenter’s Square. They have a wealth of uses every day and is probably everyone’s most used measurement and\or layout tool. So why buy the offering from Woodpecker's? For one, it has a unique design that allows the square to sit on its base without falling over. Make’s checking 90 and 45 degree angles a snap. This feature also gives the tool heft which comes in handy. The quality of the materials insures accuracy of the tool over the...

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