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Handplane Shootout No. 4 in D flat Minor

Handplane Shootout No. 4 in D flat Minor

11-16-2016 06:14 AM by WoodWorkLIFE | 9 comments »

I am a hybrid woodworker I suppose, I guess I am really a “get stuff done” woodworker. The electric planer is a thing of beauty for milling up gnarly grain and rough sawn stock. For fine tuning fits, getting smooth finish ready surfaces, and just general enjoyment you are bringing a hammer to brain surgery. There is nothing more rewarding in the shop than taking a good shaving with a hand plane, it is one of those man meets fire moments the first time you do it. I have quite a stable of...

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Norton Ceramic Sandpaper disks

Norton Ceramic Sandpaper disks

11-14-2016 08:47 PM by PPK | 6 comments »

I’ve (unfortunately) used a lot of sanding disks in my history of wood working. One thing that makes sanding a little more pleasurable is having good abrasives. I’ve found that the best abrasive is the Norton Ceramic disks. Coming in Second, right behind these would be the 3M-brand purple disks. I believe these purple ones are either ceramic or a ceramic blend abrasive. At any rate, the ceramic disks do cut more aggressively, so you often have to choose a grit step of two up fr...

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D.H.S. Heavy Duty Leveler Legs w/ Lock Nuts - 600 Lb each

D.H.S. Heavy Duty Leveler Legs w/ Lock Nuts - 600 Lb each

11-13-2016 04:37 AM by Holbs | 3 comments »

These leveler legs are great if you have un-even flooring or if you have to adjust height here and there. I have two cabinet saws that I’m trying to make co-planer facing each other that have to move every so often so re-adjustment will be necessary. I considered cheaper versions but thought since these are attached to 500+lb cabinet saws, I went with playing it safe.D.H.S. Heavy Duty Leveler Legs w/ Lock Nuts - 600 Lb each

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Not nearly as good as it could be

Not nearly as good as it could be

11-08-2016 04:44 PM by jmos | 10 comments »

I recently purchased a SawStop 3hp PCS with the overarm dust collection. I replaced a Jet hybrid saw where I had upgraded the stock blade guard to a Shark guard and had been very happy with the results. I was hopeful the SawStop overarm dust collection would be as well designed, and operate as well as the rest of the saw. Unfortunately, it doesn’t. The SawStop overarm dust collection has a small hose that connects to it, and that narrows to nearly nothing as it goes into the blade...

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Significant Improvement over SawStop Overarm Dust Collector

Significant Improvement over SawStop Overarm Dust Collector

11-08-2016 04:23 PM by jmos | 5 comments »

I recently purchased a SawStop 3hp PCS with the overarm dust collection. I replaced a Jet hybrid saw where I had upgraded the stock blade guard to a Shark guard and had been very happy with the results. I was hopeful the SawStop overarm dust collection would be as well designed, and operate as well as the rest of the saw. Unfortunately, it doesn’t. The SawStop overarm dust collection has a small hose that connects to it, and that narrows to nearly nothing as it goes into the blade...

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It eventually turned out well, but what a pain

It eventually turned out well, but what a pain

11-08-2016 03:00 PM by jmos | 8 comments »

I recently decided I wanted to upgrade my 6” Jet jointer. I had gotten tired of cutting board and re-gluing them, and the beds just weren’t long enough. I had upgraded the straight knives on my Jet to a Byrd head a few years back and knew I wanted a segmented head. I did a bit of research and decided it was worth going for the parallelogram beds; hopefully if I bought a new machine I wouldn’t have to adjust it, but shimming dovetail ways is a whole lot harder then adjus...

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This is What is Sounds Like when Dovetails Cry

This is What is Sounds Like when Dovetails Cry

11-03-2016 05:53 PM by WoodWorkLIFE | 13 comments »

The Dozuki Z saw is a great example of the versatile Japanese back saw great at dovetails, tenons, cross cuts, and case work. As a hand tool woodworker or a hybrid woodworker looking for a little more finesse or a maybe some extra love into a project you have a few options for cutting fine joinery.  For a back saw you can cut on the push stroke with either a pistol grip or an English grip or you can cut on the pull stroke in the Japanese style.  I have used several of each over the years ...

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Oneida conversion kit filter cartridge

Oneida conversion kit filter cartridge

10-30-2016 06:03 PM by mikeswoodshop | 4 comments »

I have an older Oneida DC (1.5 hp) with internal cartridge .. inside the separator. This model is no longeroffered and I needed more power as my shop grew. Oneida offered (for a price ! ) a conversion kit to allowthe cartridge to be located outside the separator and advertised it to “increase flow”. Luckily when originally ordered, I opted for the muffler thus I already had the outlet fitting tangent to the fan housing. This allowed for an easy installation of the ” conv...

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Kreg Step Drill Bits Dull? Get'em sharpened at Kreg!!!

Kreg Step Drill Bits Dull? Get'em sharpened at Kreg!!!

10-28-2016 02:58 PM by Sawdustonmyshoulder | 7 comments »

Do you have a gaggle of Kreg Step Drill bits in a drawer in your shop collecting dust? Well, I had several bits because when one would get dull, I would purchase another. What?......$17 or so? Kreg Tool Company offers a bit sharpening service that is not only economical but is fast and convenient. I mailed off 5 bits and within a week got them back sharp and in a nice storage box. The price today is $5 per bit and that includes return postage. Click on the link here to get the 4-1...

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MLCS PowerLift Pro Router Lift

MLCS PowerLift Pro Router Lift

10-28-2016 01:06 PM by Indiana_Parrothead | 2 comments »

About three years ago I built a new router table and added the MLCS PowerLift model 9450, I had reviewed it here. Since I use a router quite a bit this was a great addition to the shop. With it having a digital readout it gave me a lot precision when it came to the depth of cut and made changing the depth of cut very easy. A few months ago MLCS introduced a new model that incorporated a Android Tablet to control the lift that added a lot of new features. Since I use the router a lot I decided...

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