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Nova DVR Galaxi Lathe Enhancements

Nova DVR Galaxi Lathe Enhancements

07-10-2016 02:39 AM by Jim Jakosh | 10 comments »

In my first review of this new lathe, I brought up 3 things that I felt needed improvement. One was the tailstock quill thread that was reversed, the second was the indexing was hard to read and the third was the on/off switches being flat and in different locations. Well two out of three are fixed and the third I’ll have to live with ( maybe). The new quill and screw were installed in the tailstock but I had to relocate the key pin to the bottom so I could read the graduations that ...

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Oneida Mini Gorilla

Oneida Mini Gorilla

07-07-2016 08:52 PM by TigerTed | 8 comments »

Took a couple weeks to get dust collector. Not bad. Had some hesitation with housing being plastic. Then again car intake manifolds have been plastic for a long time. It is very light. Putting it together took some patience. There are many fasteners. It would have been good to segregate them to make finding them easier. Didn’t expect to be drilling holes or applying a peel and stick gaskets. Not a big deal. Could/should have been done by manufacturer. I was surprised to find ...

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New Jointer

New Jointer

07-07-2016 12:10 PM by TigerTed | 14 comments »

Jointer was delivered into my garage 5 days after ordering. That included the weekend and 4th of July holiday. I did pay for the lift gate service. Packaging was very good and in great shape. Broke down easy for recycling. Assembly was very straight forward. I did start off using jacks and jack stands to get top close to installed height. Turned out to be waste of time. Friend and myself easily picked up the top to put on the stand. Table checks with a 3’ Starrett showed the ...

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Unlucky purchase, took it back

Unlucky purchase, took it back

07-05-2016 04:49 AM by Big_T | 14 comments »

Not an expert by any means so you can take my review with a grain of salt. Now in retirement I decided I wanted to build stuff like built-ins for my TV room, interior barn doors, and real wood kitchen cabinets. Just one thing, I’ve never built anything interesting other than subwoofer boxes in college some 30 years ago, and though they sounded great – they weren’t pretty. Fast forward to 2016, I have started buying a variety of tools and decided I needed a decent drill pr...

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Awesome lights. Low price

Awesome lights. Low price

07-05-2016 02:48 AM by vulgarviking | 9 comments »

So, I’ve been working in my shop for the past three years with a single 100 watt bulb and grew sick off how shitty the lighting was. So, I splurged and swapped out the single bulb fixture for an electrical outlet and had gotten 6 of these LED light fixtures to plug into (3 per side). And I must say, I’m VERY please with this upgrade! These things are great! At 30 watts a piece and 3200 luminaries (whatever the Hell that means) they light up my shop perfectly; which is only a 25&#...

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My Review of the Grizzly G0532 Dry Spray Booth

My Review of the Grizzly G0532 Dry Spray Booth

07-03-2016 10:24 PM by kennymac | 3 comments »

Note, I have edited this review to add more information. Hi Everyone, Here’s another stab at a tool review, I seem to remember doing one once before. Still fairly new to woodworking, I’ve been at it for about a year and a half now. I’m amassing some nice tools along the way, and lately I’ve started to delve into spray finishes. I recently bought an Earlex 5500 HVLP spray system and I knew I was going to need a spray booth for the fumes. I got incredibly lucky b...

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Laser wood engraving on the cheap works surprisingly well.

Laser wood engraving on the cheap works surprisingly well.

07-02-2016 01:17 AM by MadMark | 49 comments »

I make a lot of boxes & cabinets and have long wanted to put pictures and words on items. The latest thing in the tool catalogs are ‘affordable’ laser engravers / cutters that start at several thousand and go up rapidly from there. Obviously that’s out of reach for a dabbler. Searching the internet shows lots of units for between $100 and $200 – all from no-name Chinese cos. Gearbest listed several models from 200mw to 5w. I settled on the 1600mw unit as the bes...

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Quieter, better filtration than standard shop vac

Quieter, better filtration than standard shop vac

06-28-2016 05:34 PM by pintodeluxe | 7 comments »

How I Use Dust Collection In My ShopI use a dust collector, as well as two shop vacuums for dust collection. One is a “6.5 hp” Ridgid that stays at the router table, and disconnects easily for shop cleanup. The other one is a small Ridgid vac dedicated to the miter saw. These vacs seem to do their job, and the howling noise they make doesn’t bother me much because the tools they are attached to are just as loud. Furthermore, the miter saw and router table tend to be used...

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4 years later for this workhorse

4 years later for this workhorse

06-26-2016 10:51 PM by Cato | 3 comments »

First reviewed this saw a few months after getting it in March 2012. 4 years later and I am as happy today as when I first got the saw. This saw runs smooth, is powerful, and is easy to maintain. The fence is true and stays accurate without needing adjustment, ever. Modular blade guard that it shares with Powermatic is great. Table top has been terrific and when I had to store the saw when we moved just a coat of WD specialist sprayed on it protected it from humidity and moisture ...

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Excellent Lathe Fixture

Excellent Lathe Fixture

06-25-2016 08:22 PM by TheDane | 3 comments »

I love my lathe … but I hate the built-in indexing system! Enter the Alisam Engineering Indexing System ( http://alisam.com/page/14g9e/Woodworking_turning_OT.html ) Here is what the manufacturer says about it: The system consists of a 10 inch, extensively laser engraved with index lines every 5 degrees and degree marks every 15 degrees, anodized aluminum plate with the appropriate ID for your spindle, with three concentric rows of indexing holes. There are three rows of indexing h...

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