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Craftex CX404 Damaged and DOA Out of the Box

Craftex CX404 Damaged and DOA Out of the Box

06-05-2017 05:33 AM by Shaun | 11 comments »

Thanks to everyone for the advice on dust collection a few months back. I decided to start with a decent dust collector that could pull off > 800 CFM. Being in Canada, we have limited options and sometimes it’s hard to choose a good piece of equipment. The equipment that everyone swears by might not be available in Canada or it might cost a mint to get it here. And it’s also noteworthy that even the most reputable company might produce a lemon from time to time. Having looke...

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sharkguard

sharkguard

06-04-2017 05:25 PM by michelletwo | 22 comments »

installed my sharkguard without a hitch. Simple , and very well made product. I had no riving knife, or cover on my saw. I used it for 30 yrs just a blade sticking up . When I found this product I ordered it immediately and I am glad I had the sense to do so. Lee was good to work with and if I ever need any of his products , I will not hesitate to order from him again.

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Resharpening- W.D. Quinn Saw Co.

Resharpening- W.D. Quinn Saw Co.

06-02-2017 03:04 PM by HassanMirza | 17 comments »

I had a chance to go see the W.D Quinn Saw Co. located in St. Louis, MO. I was looking for a place that would resharpen saw blades, only place that I could find was Woodcraft, when friend told me about W.D Quinn. I got in touch with them and Joseph (who runs the company along with his brother was very helpful). He offered to show me around if I was interested and I jumped at the chance to go. They have an amazing state of the art facility, this is not a bunch of guys that are covered in meta...

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Faithfull No.7 Jointing Plane

Faithfull No.7 Jointing Plane

06-01-2017 09:52 AM by steliart | 14 comments »

Faithfull No.7 Jointing PlaneThe other day I had a HUGE surprise and an unexpected gesture that left me speechless from a buddy and fellow woodworker Bill Giglio AKA builtinbkyn who send me an incredible gift… a Faithfull No.7 Jointing Plane.WOW… a huge thank you Bill !!!!!!! The plane out of the box it looks massive and strong with cast iron body, brass locking screw and tuning knob and wooden handles. I would say a very good quality.As expected the plane was not ready at all out of the b...

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CRC 3-36 Multi-Purpose Lubricant and Corrosion prevention

CRC 3-36 Multi-Purpose Lubricant and Corrosion prevention

05-31-2017 08:11 PM by newwoodbutcher | 15 comments »

Granted we don’t have major moisture or rust issues in Southern California but untreated metal still does rust here. For the rust prevention process in my shop the first few years, I used Camellia Oil to prevent rust on hand tools and cast iron surfaces. It worked “OK” and it was expensive (about $15.00 for an 8 oz bottle). It went a long way but still. I used it dutifully with a kind of cool applicator that came with the first bottle I bought. Still there were these seemingly insignific...

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Harbor Freight 2 hp dust collector modification

Harbor Freight 2 hp dust collector modification

05-30-2017 01:28 AM by wuddoc | 7 comments »

A number of LJ’s have written about the quality, problems, solutions and modifications concerning the Harbor Freight 2 HP 70 gal. dust collector. We have encountered all the same kinds of problems and decided to modify the unit. Minimizing equipment footprint is always a concern due to shop space. The HF DC took up additional space because the dust collector dual 4” plastic dust inputs extended out over the carts side footprint. In addition the base was flimsy as other LJ have indicate...

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Silky Woodboy Dozuki Saw, 240mm ( X-FINE Teeth )

Silky Woodboy Dozuki Saw, 240mm ( X-FINE Teeth )

05-30-2017 12:41 AM by Rich | 5 comments »

I picked this up on a clearance table at my local Woodcraft for half price. It is a beautiful saw, and the folding feature means I can toss it in my workbench drawer and not worry about damaging the teeth. It cuts very smoothly, and feels good in my hand. As can be seen in the photo below, it has a second locking position allowing the handle to be up and out of the way for flat cuts. Even though I got it for half price, if I lost it, I’d buy another one without hesitation. Sp...

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E C Emmerich 649P Adjustable Block Plane

E C Emmerich 649P Adjustable Block Plane

05-25-2017 01:15 AM by Rich | 7 comments »

I’ve had my eye on this plane on Amazon for quite a while. All of my block planes are low angle, and for a standard angle plane, I decided to go a different direction from my usual Lie Nielsen selections and ordered one. Here are my initial impressions. The plane arrived nicely boxed. On removing the plane from the box, the fit and finish were immediately apparent. My first step was to remove the blade and begin preparing it. It was actually extremely sharp to begin with, but I ...

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Not a HF Gem - But Adequate

Not a HF Gem - But Adequate

05-15-2017 03:06 PM by jonah | 3 comments »

I recently moved and had to leave behind three of my homemade rolling stands that previously housed my drill press, oscillating belt/spindle sander, and DW735 planer. Rather than building my own again, I decided to take a shot on a HF stand. It came out to around $20 after a 20% off coupon. The stand is actually fairly sturdy, even with the pressboard top and relatively thin steel legs and braces. It has no problem securely holding my ~90lb DW735. However, it is an absolute pain to assembl...

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Woodcraft customer service

Woodcraft customer service

05-13-2017 03:57 PM by jtriggs | 12 comments »

I wanted to give a thumbs up to Woodcraft’s customer service. Here’s my story. I have bought many pen kits from Woodcraft and over the last year I’ve been trying to find a click pen kit that my wife would like. Most pens are too big and heavy for her. I bought a couple Wall Street click pen kits and everything went OK until I tested them after assembly. One of them stopped working very quickly. The pen wouldn’t stay extended. The same thing happened on a specialty w...

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