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Great starter set into turning

Great starter set into turning

12-01-2015 02:21 PM by jshroyer | 4 comments »

My roommate and i have had a lathe for around a year now and only had the old tools that came with it. they were not very good and we didnt use it much because its a bit much to start with. i had been reading about carbide tools for some time but the cost it what kept me away. I saw the rockler set was on sale for $100 over the US thanksgiving weekend so thought it might be worth the try. I am very impressed already! so much easier to use! Other item that people talk about is how you cant sha...

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Does the job, except dust collection

Does the job, except dust collection

11-30-2015 01:13 PM by whope | 3 comments »

I’m making a bunch of chopsticks (72 pairs) for Christmas. I decided that my Rigid sander was going to be too akward to do so many and after reading some reviews, I picked up this little machine. I had to order it as none of the Big Blue Box Stores in my area carried one in stock. I was home when it was delivered and heard a crash as the driver of the Brown Truck dropped it in the truck. Sigh. I opened the garage so he wouldn’t have to carry it up the stairs to my front door. O...

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A worth while track saw consideration

A worth while track saw consideration

11-30-2015 06:32 AM by Holbs | 10 comments »

There are track saws, and there are track saws. For a $200 estimated price tag, this Grizzly T10687 does it’s job wonderfully. This is similar to Sheppach and other European clones of this economical track saw type, but is Grizzly :) It has a riving knife, it plunges, 9 amp motor, dust port, has a 100% functional depth knob, no wobble in the track. All knobs are plastic, but that hard plastic, not the flimsy type. I can easily plunge it with one hand reaching across 4’ plywoo...

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DeWalt DWS7085 Mitre Saw LED Worklight System

DeWalt DWS7085 Mitre Saw LED Worklight System

11-30-2015 04:13 AM by wseand | 8 comments »

A friend of mine gave me this awhile back and I didn’t think I would use it because I realy didn’t need the extra light. Well I guess I should have installed it earlier then I did. I have been using it for some time now and wonder how I cut without it before. I think it is a great accessory, I would say better then a laser light. I believe they run about 35 bucks and I would say well worth the investment. It is quite easy to install even for a knot head as myself. Although, i...

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Gorilla Gripper "Contractor" model

Gorilla Gripper "Contractor" model

11-29-2015 12:41 AM by Holbs | 4 comments »

I forget where I picked this up but wow… I should of used it much earlier than remembering only today it was somewhere in my black hole pile of goodies. This product EASILY makes lifting and moving 4’x8’ sheet goods a breeze. There are 3 versions:Gorilla Gripper ‘GP’ .. 0 to 3/4” (0 to 21mm)Gorilla Gripper ‘Contractor’ .. 3/8” to 1-1/8” (9 to 29mm)Gorilla ‘Door’ Gripper .. 1-1/4” to 2” (31 to 52mm)If you use sheet goods, this is a must have. I picked up 3 4’x8...

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Husqvarna 390 xp review

Husqvarna 390 xp review

11-28-2015 04:51 PM by EMWW | 2 comments »

I bought this saw used but it was rebuilt professionally in a saw shop. The new parts were the air filter, top end of engine, and chain tensioner. The starter cover says 385 XP but that is just a different starter cover. The serial number plate says it is a 390 XP. I like the good power and the quick throttle response. I also like that for the size saw it is it is pretty fuel efficient. I also like the ease of access to the air filter for cleaning. The one thing that I don’t like is how...

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Precision Mid-Size Plunge Base and Edge Guide

Precision Mid-Size Plunge Base and Edge Guide

11-27-2015 03:33 PM by RogerBean | 8 comments »

Micro-Fence plunge base w/edge fence This is the nicest, most precise, best machined, smoothest operating, meticulously designed, all round good-looking router plunge base I’ve ever encountered. It’s also the most expensive. You can buy a complete Festool router for less than this base and fence. That doesn’t imply that you should. I ordered one of the Micro Fence “package deals” which included the model that fits my Bosch Colt variable speed trim router plus the fence assembly the co...

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Grizzly G0771 Table Saw

Grizzly G0771 Table Saw

11-26-2015 02:02 AM by EMWW | 8 comments »

Overall I am happy with this saw. I will start with the good aspects of it. It has a decent fence and is fairly accurate once set up properly. The motor is powerful enough to do repeated 2 inch thick cuts in white oak. The blade raises and tilts very well. The saw is built heavy enough to make it run smoothly. And it can be set up 120 or 240. Now onto the cons, The dust collection is horrible. Even with the saw hooked strait up to the dust collector the majority of the dust stays in the cabin...

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Now a standard part of my workflow

Now a standard part of my workflow

11-25-2015 08:25 PM by Ottacat | 14 comments »

I have been using the Jessem Clear Cut TS Stock Guides for about two months now on my table saw and I felt it was time for a review. These are similar in concept to their Clear Cut Stock Guides for the router table but they have some unique differences that make them significantly better. First, let’s start with unboxing and installation. The guides are beautifully packaged and come with the guides themselves fully assembled. I have a SawStop PCS with the T-Glide fence onto which you...

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Not just a pen lathe

Not just a pen lathe

11-24-2015 01:57 AM by Woodmaster1 | 1 comment »

I purchased this lathe at Johnson’s lumber wood expo in Sept. I can’t tell you how much needed to be assembled as I got the last one and it was the show model. I just completed turning a segmented bowl and it worked great. It did slow down if I got too aggressive but as long as watched that no problems. So far I have turned several Christmas ornaments, 3 lidded bowls, and two segmented bowls. The lathe has performed great. I added the bed extension and the fit was ok but needed to...

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