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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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Metal Coatings

Metal Coatings

05-31-2015 10:51 PM by Desert_Woodworker | 3 comments »

http://www.sculptnouveau.com/ 5 stars. They have plenty of free tutorials and I love incorporating metal into my work. I chose “Jay” as my subject for my respect to his no nonsense woodworking. In conclusion, its good stuff.

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WoodRiver Ultimate Cabinet Maker's Kit (planes)

WoodRiver Ultimate Cabinet Maker's Kit (planes)

05-28-2015 03:43 AM by Wally331 | 13 comments »

I bought this kit about three years ago and have since used these planes on just about every project done since. I’ll split up the review into three parts- one for each plane in the set, then I’ll follow that up with general comments. #4 Smoother- This plane has been my go to plane since receiving the tools. Out of the box it definitely needed a honing and a good wipe down of the cosmoline covering the tool. The blade was nearly perfectly flat- didn’t take much work to br...

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Wonderful Experience at Marc Adams School of Woodworking

Wonderful Experience at Marc Adams School of Woodworking

05-28-2015 12:57 AM by IHRedRules | 9 comments »

This course is a 5 day course on basic cabinet making. Day 1 was spent learning about cabinets and their construction, safety, breaking down sheet goods and doing the face frame. Day 2 was assembling the basic cabinet. Day 3 was work on the door and drawer. Day 4 was assembling the drawer, work on the baseboard trim. Day 5 was the top, back, and any final finishing details. Lunches were provided and were good. Tuesday night also offered a supper for us followed by a slide show of the v...

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Loosens wood glue, saved me from my screw up

Loosens wood glue, saved me from my screw up

05-26-2015 01:08 PM by BinghamtonEd | 9 comments »

I was recently working on a small chest, and after doing parts of the glue up around midnight after a long day, I found the next day I had glued the legs on in the wrong orientation. There was a lot of cursing. The legs were joined using 3/4” deep haunched tenons on the top and bottom, with unglued panels in between, using Titebond III. I picked one of these up at the BORG for $39. It has 12 selectable temperatures, which I could see useful for the various applications one would n...

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This review is for the three tool set Rougher smoother and detailer in Medium and in small

This review is for the three tool set Rougher smoother and detailer in Medium and in small

05-25-2015 04:13 AM by thedude50 | 4 comments »

Turning can be one of the most rewarding activities in a woodshop. There are many reasons for this but I will offer these for a start: You can quickly go from rough stock to finished project in under an hour. It is simple to learn to turn and it can easily be picked up on a video or from a book. The work can be quite beautiful and can sell for a large amount with a small investment. There are many other reasons turning can be your favorite task in your shop, and in fact there are many woodwor...

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