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Finally a Serious Bandsaw

Finally a Serious Bandsaw

01-14-2015 03:48 AM by chem | 8 comments »

The band saw is an amazing tool, or so I am told. I must admit that with my Craftsman 12 inch saw (similar if not the same as the Rikon with 8 inch resaw) that I was not always feeling the thrill. Part of this may have been the fact that I tended to use a compromise blade to avoid changing between resawing and scrolling optimization. I don’t have the patience for band saw blade changes and the subsequent tuning. The path of least resistance from my perspective was to get a saw optimized for ...

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I hate writing negative reviews, but.....

I hate writing negative reviews, but.....

01-13-2015 05:53 PM by njcraftsman | 25 comments »

Got it as a freebie so I have a hard time complaining, but mine was off by 5/16”. With all the math involved in creating an average piece of furniture….it’s a pain to have to correct for the tape as well. Otherwise decent quality (for inexpensive tapes anyway). Mines relegated to missions to my local wood monger, where precision is not needed. I have since checked multiples at the store, and have yet to find one thats dead on. Oh well it was FREE.

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Could have been so much better....

Could have been so much better....

01-13-2015 09:03 AM by Nate L. | 10 comments »

I will start this review with an email that I sent to the Rikon Tech support team about a week ago. “I have had my 70-220VSR lathe for about a month now. First let me say that the customer service has been great. The CS department has done what they need to do so far to take care of me. I originally ordered the lathe through Woodcraft. The lathe showed up in a timely fashion. After unboxing, I conducted a function check and noticed that the spindle was not spinning true. I remo...

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Shelix Head Ugrades the 735 Planer

Shelix Head Ugrades the 735 Planer

01-13-2015 12:52 AM by pintodeluxe | 17 comments »

I installed a Shelix cutterhead in my Dewalt 735 planer. It is a segmented cutterhead that has a helical shape, and uses individual carbide inserts. OLD THREE KNIFE CUTTERHEAD: With the old cutterhead I was losing about 10% of my stock to severe tearout. Even switching to the slower finishing speed, and skewing the board at an angle did not correct the problem. Walnut and maple seemed to plane okay, but the figured QSWO I usually mill was a problem for the factory cutterhead. I was chan...

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MicrogJig's GRR-RIPPER GR100 Up For Review

MicrogJig's GRR-RIPPER GR100 Up For Review

01-12-2015 09:16 PM by woodshopmike | 4 comments »

I recently reviewed the GR100 by MicroJig and was pretty impressed. The green grippy surface really does it’s job on keeping a secure hold on your work as you use it on the table saw. It was especially helpful when making 2” deep cuts on the tablesaw through cherry. I used the GRR-RIPPER to push the stock against the fence, and a regular push stick on top of the board to help advance the stock through the blade. I’ll have a video on my YouTube of this soon (I hope). ...

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Where has this thing been my entire woodworking career?

Where has this thing been my entire woodworking career?

01-12-2015 08:06 PM by paxorion | 5 comments »

The recent announcement of the Wood Peckers precision framing square sent me down a dangerous path of wondering where I can pull a few hundred bucks out of my budget for an impulse buy. After sanity checking myself, I decided that I need to bring myself back to reality and ask if there was an alternative to consider. Enter the Veritas Square Fence. If a framing square were Tom Cruise, it would say “you complete me” to this Veritas innovation. I spotted this innovation in the...

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Simple and user friendly, just the way I like it

Simple and user friendly, just the way I like it

01-12-2015 07:43 PM by paxorion | 2 comments »

During a Woodworking Show, I saw the merit of ruler stops and cabinetmaker rulers for my layout. I impulse buy for a WoodPeckers Rule Stop-1 (the smaller brother of the Rule Stop-2 review that gave me the motivation to get to writing this review) and eventually decided that $30 was too much money to splurge. After waltzing over to the Lee Valley/Veritas booth, I spotted this Veritas Ruler Stop in their catalog and I figured it would be a good alternative. I picked this up and a 12”...

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Another Woodworking Rule Accessory

Another Woodworking Rule Accessory

01-11-2015 02:58 AM by scarpenter002 | 2 comments »

I purchased this Hook Stop along with a 36” Woodworking rule. (Rule reviewed here.) This stop can be attached to the end of several y Woodpecker Woodworking Rules with the included screws and hex wrench. It is milled to perfectly mate with the Woodpecker Rule, tightly affixing to it. I have only used this accessory once so far, but expect it to perform as well as other Woodpecker products. Thanks for reading.

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Nice Addition to the Woodworking Rule

Nice Addition to the Woodworking Rule

01-11-2015 02:51 AM by scarpenter002 | 2 comments »

I purchased this Rule Stop along with a 36” Woodworking rule. (Rule reviewed here.) This stop can be easily slid onto any Woodpecker Woodworking Rule of up to 2 1/4” wide. It is milled to perfectly mate with the Woodpecker Rule, tightly affixing to it. I have only used this accessory once so far, but expect it to perform as well as other Woodpecker products. Thanks for reading.

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Same Quality as other Woodpecker Measuring and Layout Products

Same Quality as other Woodpecker Measuring and Layout Products

01-11-2015 02:41 AM by scarpenter002 | 0 comments »

Just received this product about two weeks ago. As with other Woodpecker products, I got this on sale as part of their weekly specials sent to their Eclub members. It is made of thick Aluminum, making it sturdy, yet light weight. There are measurements on both sides of the blade. One side is a standard scale from 0” to 36” in 1/16” graduations (see photo 2). The other side is Center scale, 18” to 0” to 18”, also in 1/16” graduations (see photo 3). ...

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