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Makita 18v 3pc combo kit

Makita 18v 3pc combo kit

03-14-2015 01:36 AM by Hooligan | 10 comments »

I recently decided to purchase a new driver/impact for the shop and went with the Makita kit. I was reluctant after reading a lot about the battery life being short, but after thinking about the speed of recharge and the light weight nature of the tools decided that since I am just a hobbyist I could deal with the down time between charges. I placed the batteries on the charger today for the first time to find that neither would take a charge! Sure it felt like a bonus that they included the ...

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problems but fast customer service

problems but fast customer service

03-12-2015 08:06 PM by Ray s | 5 comments »

I purchased a new Rikon 70-220VSR lathe on the 11th of November 2014 from Woodcraft. I turned a few pieces and the Rikon stopped working. I called customer service and they sent a new control board via two day mail. It took very little time to install and the lather worked like a charm. One caveat, you must stop the motor and wait for the speed indicator to clear prior to changing from forward to reverse of vice-verso. Cheers for the customer support for the fast identification and deliver...

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Mast-r-lift with Incra magnalock plates

Mast-r-lift with Incra magnalock plates

03-11-2015 03:36 PM by philba | 12 comments »

This lift is “sorta” branded by Incra but it’s basically the JessEm Mast-R-Lift II with the Incra MagnaLock insert plates. I am assuming this is made and shipped by JessEm. I purchased it through the Incremental Tools web site. In some ways this JessEm/Incra partnership is a tale of two companies (apologies to Mr Dickens). While all the Incra products I have bought have had superb engineering and packaging, the JessEm kind of came up a bit short. I also installed a ne...

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FESTOOL KAPEX - WOW! (BUT Not quite 5 Stars (4.5 STARS))

FESTOOL KAPEX - WOW! (BUT Not quite 5 Stars (4.5 STARS))

03-10-2015 03:54 PM by Rockne | 24 comments »

This will be a quick review and really somewhat of a comparison between the Festool Kapex and the Bosch Glide 12”. I replaced my Bosch Glide Saw with a Kapex. It made absolutely zero economical sense, especially given that I’m just a very occasional hobbyist, but when Festool had their “sale”, I jumped on one. My primary motivating factors were 1) the dust collection (not so much for my health, but my hatred for cleaning), 2) the promise that the Kapex would cut 45&...

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Excellent beginer plane

Excellent beginer plane

03-09-2015 02:37 AM by Mambrax | 3 comments »

For a while i have been curious about the all hand plane movement. So i decided, I had to start somewhere, so i read a little them i jumped in. I ordered the 12-920 from Amazon for about $35. The unit came in perfect condition. The overall first impression is that the unit is well build and surprisingly heaving. Quick check and as suspected it did need to have bottom flatten and the blade seriously sharpen. That took a little bit of time but i have to say that is the first one i did so not be...

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Line boring machine.

Line boring machine.

03-09-2015 01:41 AM by Steve | 1 comment »

Well finally got a set of 5mm. boring bits and installed them in my machine. The bits fit quite tight into the 10mm chuck and I am hoping that when I need to change them out it can be done with no issues. The machine is quite noisy but there is a hearing protection required warning sign on it. I bored a couple sets of holes in a piece of baltic birch plywood and also a piece of pine, the machine worked fine and the bored holes were very clean with no tear out. This machine seems to be constr...

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3 Blade Pack - Curve/Ripping/Resawing

3 Blade Pack - Curve/Ripping/Resawing

03-08-2015 11:38 AM by Alongiron | 23 comments »

I have been a long time user of Woodslicer band saw blades from Highland woodworking but a friend of mine told me that Timber Wolf blades cut better and are less expensive, so it was time for new blades and I went to www.timberwolfblades.com and ordered the 3 blade assortment pack: One each blade for Curve, Ripping and Resawing (14” with riser & 16” saws) 105”. With Shipping thee blades came to only $70. I liked the description of the blades: “Our exclusive use of low tensi...

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Woodstock cross slide vise

Woodstock cross slide vise

03-08-2015 05:59 AM by TheFridge | 6 comments »

Terrible machining but can be made to function decently with some scraping, filing and sanding.

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Awesome blade

Awesome blade

03-08-2015 05:38 AM by TheFridge | 13 comments »

I got it for Christmas and have used the hell out of it. Rips and crosscuts cypress, pine, poplar, mahogany, wenge, sapele, walnut, maple, and ply like butter. There may be better blades out there for a little bit cheaper but I haven’t tried them. I’ve only used Freud Diablo blades and cheap hand me downs up to this point. I believe it costs about 45-50$ for Forrest to sharpen it back to factory specs so that is a plus.

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Solid drill press

Solid drill press

03-08-2015 05:26 AM by TheFridge | 6 comments »

Ive been using it regularly for a couple weeks now. Mainly with a 5” cross slide vise to mill and drill wood and metal. Pros – being able to put the handles on either side of the press – runs smooth with little runout – the laser setup is actually nice for drilling consecutive holes. I haven’t found it to be off when adjusting table height – I didn’t have to pay more for an under powered jet benchtop. Cons- the base is a ...

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