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Start With the Switch, Expand Later

Start With the Switch, Expand Later

01-02-2017 08:01 PM by pintodeluxe | 8 comments »

I was shopping for a remote control for my cyclone dust collector, and came across the iVac Switch. It can function as a remote-control only unit, used with manual blast gates. There are a few companies that make D.C. remotes, but with the iVac you can expand it to fully automated collection. You need one tool sensor and one blast gate for each tool you want to automate. That is when the magic happens. Just turn on your tool, and first the blast gate opens automatically, then the dust ...

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Woodpeckers Coping Sled - easy to use, but could use a few tweaks

Woodpeckers Coping Sled - easy to use, but could use a few tweaks

01-01-2017 12:19 AM by Mike_D_S | 4 comments »

First off, let me say I don’t have a lot of experience with different models of coping sleds. I’ve used a homemade one and the Rockler sled my buddy has. I had a WC gift card that I got for Xmas burning a hole in my pocket and had agreed to make a couple of dozen beaded panel cabinet doors for a kitchen remodel for a small farm house at my parent’s place. So when I saw the WP coping sled, I decided to pull the trigger as I had an immediate project. After getting it ho...

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First Impressions: Stepcraft-2/600 CNC

First Impressions: Stepcraft-2/600 CNC

12-31-2016 04:26 PM by Patrick Jaromin | 14 comments »

It started innocently enough. The woman who was doing engraving work on my guitars was suddenly out of business. When I started searching the web for alternatives, I was presented with dozens of results for engraving machines and very few for services. This got me thinking that I could maybe just do it myself — buy a small, inexpensive engraver for simple things like engraving truss rod covers and neck plates. I quickly discovered that the cheap laser engravers wouldn’t handle steel ...

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Shop Fox Aluma Classic 1720

Shop Fox Aluma Classic 1720

12-27-2016 04:59 PM by DT1 | 1 comment »

Just installed this fence on my saw a 26 year old delta contractors saw.The original fence was never truly square to the blade,what a differance with this new fence. I feel like I bought a new saw.Install was a breeze no drilling required had it installed in about 20 minutes and 10 more minutes to adjust fence to the blade.This fence locks up square every time I would recommendd this fence to anyone without reservation.The only thing I miss is the micro adjustment that was on the old fence.

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Delta customer service

Delta customer service

12-24-2016 05:20 PM by Dedvw | 34 comments »

I guess that if you hear enough people saying the same thing, there might be some truth to it. This was the case with my recent Unisaw purchase. I went to pick the saw up at Lowes and when they brought it out it was packed in a fashion that was screaming damage me. It came in four separate boxes, the table saw body, the saw side table, the fence, and the bar that the fence sits on. As many other people have noted, the fence box and the side table box where destroyed. Laguna does a better job ...

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An Exceptioinal Hand-Cut Rasp Alternative

An Exceptioinal Hand-Cut Rasp Alternative

12-23-2016 02:35 AM by BigRedKnothead | 11 comments »

Most woodworkers have heard of the qualites of hand cut/stiched rasps. They’re not the same animal as the machine-made buggers. But, like anything hand-made….Auriou, Liogier, Gramercy, those babies are expensive. Well, those crazy Italians came up with another option. What if you could use CNC technology to imitate the hand cur rasp? Well, they’ve done it. The Corradi company makes all kinds of files and rasps, but they call this their”Gold”line. You can re...

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The perfect solution for my Powermatic 66

The perfect solution for my Powermatic 66

12-21-2016 02:25 AM by Holbs | 12 comments »

With my shop overhead dust collection completed, I knew the next thing to tackle was overhead dust collection for my Powermatic 66. The existing PM66 splitter was a pain, like any original splitter. I also needed a blade guard that I could see through. And finally, needed dust collection to end the spray of debris back toward my face during cuts. I have my PM66 face to face with my Unisaw (which also has my BenchDog cast iron router table fitted), so any Excalibur or Unisaw boom arm would...

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Festool ETS EC 125/3 5" Random Orbit Sander

Festool ETS EC 125/3 5" Random Orbit Sander

12-13-2016 03:38 PM by TechTeacher04 | 7 comments »

I spent this summer working in a cabinet shop, this was my first exposure to Pneumatic sanders. They used 3m, Dynablade and Mirka variants. I liked the light weight and low center of gravity. I have been using Dewalt and Bosch 5” Random Orbit Sanders for personal projects and in my school classes. The finish was good but I was striving for a better result and to do it quicker. I was on a waiting list for the Festool Pro 5 sanders that sold out so quickly, while waiting I stopped by the ...

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Laguna customer service

Laguna customer service

12-12-2016 11:55 PM by cj5 | 3 comments »

I have had the Laguna 14/12 bandsaw for just over a year and have had no issues with it. Saturday I was cutting some wet wood into turning blanks and burned up the drive belt. Monday morning I called Alex at Laguna customer service to order a new on, expecting to pay for it. Alex asked if I had registered it and the date of purchase. I had and was 4 days over the 1 year warranty. To my surprise they covered the belt and shipping. That sure did make my day !

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Shop Fox Safety Issue - Be Warned

Shop Fox Safety Issue - Be Warned

12-10-2016 03:15 PM by becikeja | 13 comments »

I have a small hobby shop and like to have my tools on mobile bases. The Shop Fox Mobile base seemed well made and strong. Assembly was simple enough, and it was easy to move into place and with a simple turn of the stabilizing screws quickly became immobilized when the bandsaw was in use. I was very happy with the product. A couple of weeks ago I took on the task of cleaning the shop. Behind the Bandsaw I found a chunk of rubber. I could not figure out where it came from. Then I be...

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