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Akeda Works Like Magic

Akeda Works Like Magic

06-10-2015 11:50 PM by pintodeluxe | 7 comments »

Okay when the hype of a new tool is gone, and the dust has settled… here is a review of an older Akeda dovetail jig. This may be a moot point, but hey you might find one on ebay. I have used four different types of dovetail jigs including Porter Cable, Leigh, and an off-brand jig. I felt comfortable with making dovetails, so flipping through the manual was not a big deal. Put the clamp in the correct position, snap in the guide fingers and dust chute and you are ready to rout. CL...

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New Replacement Cartridge

New Replacement Cartridge

06-10-2015 12:49 AM by JimWhip | 27 comments »

I have owned a Pennstate Industries DC2V3 since 2011 and have been very please with it since then. This is my second dust collector from PS upgrading as my shop grew. The original canister on the DC2V3 lasted 4 years when I noticed it started to leak dust around the top edge. I called PS dust collector expert Bill and his initial response was that it should not leak, they should last a life time. After I sent him photographs of the canister he said that PS would replace the filter free of...

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Great Jig and Even Better Customer Service - Amazing - pls read

Great Jig and Even Better Customer Service - Amazing - pls read

06-09-2015 03:30 PM by glen | 2 comments »

I bought the F3 template to go with my D4R dovetail jig as I was going to have a lot of box joints to build and I thought this would be the quickest way to go, rather than setting up a tablesaw jig, etc, especially since I already owned the D4R. I set everything up according to the manual, and went to go cut my first test board. Next thing I knew, the guide bushing had rattled free and was destroyed by my 1/2” spiral bit. Hmmm – I guess I didn’t tighten it enough. I or...

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Kunz Plus #3 preliminary review

Kunz Plus #3 preliminary review

06-08-2015 01:04 AM by knockknock | 6 comments »

Why would I buy a Kunz plane? I blame it on Rob Lee (Lee Valley / Veritas) for not making a bevel down Number 3. I have been using a Wood River #3, but I like a full fisted grip. With my medium sized palm and small fingers, the Wood River #3 squeezes my hand when I use a full fisted grip. So after searching and translating many pages, I decided to try the Kunz Plus #3 which has an open tote / handle. A little background: I am not a highly experienced or professional wood worker. I am an am...

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Grizzly 6" cast iron hand wheel

Grizzly 6" cast iron hand wheel

06-06-2015 04:27 AM by athomas5009 | 10 comments »

I ended up picking up a cpl of these to replace the garbage plastic OEM ones on my Cman 113 saw. I was a little lerious whether they would work because I ran across a few unhappy reviews because of difficulties modifying the fit. Well they arrived today and I couldn’t be happier! The are nice stuffy and turn real smoothly. Installation was a breeze and I don’t see why some would complain. As long as you have a drill press just bore the center hole to 1/2” then pop a 1/4&#...

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A decent self centering doweling jig for 12 bucks

A decent self centering doweling jig for 12 bucks

06-05-2015 09:38 PM by Jerry | 6 comments »

After your 20% off coupon. Compare the exact same jig at Woodcraft for $66.50. I bought this jig yesterday after reading the HF reviews, lots of pros and cons, but the bottom line is you need to clean all the cosmolene off of it, take some time calibrating it, and it’s a great doweling jig for very little money.

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Veritas Variable Burnisher

Veritas Variable Burnisher

06-03-2015 06:31 PM by Matthew Morris | 5 comments »

I did a quick review of the Veritas Variable Burnisher. A great tool that helps make card scraper sharpening a breeze. Watch the video here on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rf6nW1085_k

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Aldi (yes, the grocery store) is selling tools this week, and one of them is a cordless drill

Aldi (yes, the grocery store) is selling tools this week, and one of them is a cordless drill

06-03-2015 08:07 AM by Rob | 10 comments »

Edit: MrRon pointed out that this drill looks an awful lot like the HF one, which has complaints about battery longevity (as in, after about a year it stops charging correctly). Because of that possible issue, I’m dropping my review to 3 stars for now, but if anyone else knows about the quality of Aldi li-ion tools, I’d appreciate your feedback! In any case, it still seems like a decent first drill for a new homeowner and maybe even ok for tossing around the shop. Every so ofte...

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Very Capable Budget 20V Impact Driver

Very Capable Budget 20V Impact Driver

06-01-2015 05:10 PM by CharlesA | 6 comments »

I just finished a putting new decking and railing on our deck (okay, so my son and his friend did a lot of the work). I have two Bosch 12v drivers that I really like for woodworking use, but I figured a more robust tool would come in handy for the deck. I found a pretty thorough review of 18/20v impact drivers at Toolguyd.com—While the Milwaukee, Makita, and DeWalt were all rated really highly, he suggested this Porter Cable was a good budget choice. The prices on the highly rated dr...

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Cheap Construction Compared to Other Jigs

Cheap Construction Compared to Other Jigs

06-01-2015 04:23 PM by pintodeluxe | 7 comments »

I added the Leigh Super jig to my collection of dovetail jigs, which already included a P.C. 4210, and an Akeda DC-16. So based on my past experiences with dovetail jigs, these are the models I will be comparing the super jig to. My first impression was that the jig was very lightweight. This may be a good thing with some tools, but I would rather a large jig like this have some heft to it. The side caps are plastic, which on its own isn’t a bad thing, but the manner in which you at...

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