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Great for Hardwood Joinery

Great for Hardwood Joinery

03-15-2016 04:03 PM by pintodeluxe | 13 comments »

This is a review of the 8” Infinity Dadonator stacked dado set. I have a low-end Freud dado set that actually worked quite well until I had it sharpened. Nevertheless, the one complaint I had about my old set (two-wing chippers) is that it would chip out the side shoulders when cutting tenons. That is what made me look for another set. The Dadonator excels at cutting tenons, rabbets, and half laps in hardwood. My test pieces were mostly white oak, a hardwood notorious for chipout...

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Customer Service Matter Resolved

Customer Service Matter Resolved

03-14-2016 09:15 PM by Wildwoods | 13 comments »

I am a small cabinet shop. I have bought many parts from ereplacementparts over many years. I recently ordered a part for my sander that cracked somehow, a shroud that directed the dust into the bag. I looked at the schematic and with the descriptions, I determined that the part, described as a dust collection support seemed to be the right part. Upon arrival, I saw the it was not the right part and so disassembled the sander further and found that what I was looking for was described as a br...

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Rigid R2601 Random Orbital Sander

Rigid R2601 Random Orbital Sander

03-12-2016 07:47 PM by JetDriver | 3 comments »

I received my Rigid Orbital sander for Christmas this year and since then have had a chance to put it to good use on several projects. It’s my first Orbital Sander so I can’t compare it to other models based on personal experience but my choice was based on internet research that showed it to be among the best on the market at this time. Overall I would say it has fulfilled my expectations and I think my old Craftsmen palm sander is likely to start collecting a lot of dust in the future. T...

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All Star Performer

All Star Performer

03-11-2016 05:11 PM by pintodeluxe | 9 comments »

This is a review of the LU86 thin kerf 40 tooth general purpose blade. I have been using this blade for all rips and crosscuts, and I must say I’m quite impressed. For ripping I was mentally comparing it to my Freud 24 tooth dedicated ripping blade. It seemed to rip 13/16” stock just as effortlessly as the 24 tooth ripper, but with a cleaner edge. There was no chipout at all with the use of a ZCI. My ripper often chips out the underside of hardwood cuts. I also look for a ...

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Harbor Freight 14" x 40" Wood Lathe: Best for the Small Shop?

Harbor Freight 14" x 40" Wood Lathe: Best for the Small Shop?

03-11-2016 04:15 PM by ThomasLightle | 6 comments »

As always comments are welcome and encouraged. I have been looking into buying a lathe for some time now. I mainly need it to turn some simple dowels, but I would like to pick up the skill of turning beautiful pieces as well.The Harbor Freight 14” x 40” wood lather is mostly written off by critics mainly because it is an entry-level tool by Harbor Freight. I use this video to highlight why I think it is perfect for my shop and my needs at this moment. Here are a list of some...

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Initial review of 14bx 220

Initial review of 14bx 220

03-09-2016 05:20 PM by djg | 5 comments »

i purchases the 14 box along with the articulating 220v halogen lamp, mobility kit and 3/4 resaw king blade. When delivered it was well packages. Probably the best I have eve seen. It was packed tightly inside a box in molded styrofoam. The box was in perfect shape and I had now double that it had travelled safely to my home. Initially the machine looked great. I have had the machine now for several weeks and have yet to use it. There have been many issues with setup mainly due to la...

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Full Spectrum Laser H-Series 5th Gen. 20" X 12" 45 Watt

Full Spectrum Laser H-Series 5th Gen. 20" X 12" 45 Watt

03-08-2016 06:36 PM by jawqn87 | 2 comments »

Today I am reviewing the FS Laser H-series 5th generation 45 watt laser. This was originally purchased to make my wedding invitations and I figured I would be able to make a lot of other things with it. In the hobby market, there are a few lasers that are available, however, price quickly becomes a factor. I really only looked at an Epilog laser and the Full spectrum 5th generation laser. Obviously, in the end, I went with the FS laser based almost solely on price. The lasers to me were ...

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My new lathe!

My new lathe!

03-07-2016 06:25 PM by turninburls | 5 comments »

I just wanted to post my opinion about this lathe. I purchased it about 3 months ago for $500.00. Please keep in mind that my previous lathe is a pre 50’s Delta. I wanted to upgrade so I had more versatility, size accomodation and variable speed. I researched different lathes for several months prior to my purchase and could not find anything about this Woodtek. Its a well built machine that runs smooth and quiet. I was a bit concerned that the 3/4hp motor may not be suffient but I have...

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Nice upgrade

Nice upgrade

03-05-2016 04:07 PM by Jarrhead | 8 comments »

I’ve been woodworking for about 15 years now. One of my first machines was a Jet JJ-6CSX jointer. It is your basic entry level floor standing machine. It has served me well over these many years, but I frequently found its capacity lacking. I wanted to upgrade to a 10” or 12” jointer, but was stymied by the fact that my shop is in my basement, and the only access is very limited. So I settled on an 8”. I figured it would do 98% of all the jointing I will ever need. So, 8” it is; but wh...

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RTJ-400 Dovetail Jig review

RTJ-400 Dovetail Jig review

03-05-2016 02:26 PM by Jarrhead | 7 comments »

Working on a dresser for my daughter. I decided to do the drawers with dovetail joints. Let me preface with what I am about to say with the facts that I never owned a dovetail jig, and I have never cut dovetails by hand. I have a very close friend who has a Rockler dovetail jig, and he graciously offered to let me use it. Meanwhile, I kinda had my eye on purchasing the Leigh RTJ400 jig. Well the dresser project got around to the point where I had to get to work on the drawers, but I hadn...

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