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Seen in my local hardware store, didn't even buy - feedback please!

Seen in my local hardware store, didn't even buy - feedback please!

12-03-2014 04:24 PM by Jeff Mazur | 20 comments »

Perhaps this is an odd thing to do in a review, but it feels like a big chunk of the context of my woodworking life has just been torn away. Ever since I can remember there has been a Lufkin folding ruler in the house, usually the brown wood one with the sliding extension, whether it was my family home when I was a kid, or in my toolbox as an adult. I own one of the model named, bought a couple years ago to replace another I’d broken, and it is as always had been accurate, durable, an...

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Jessem Roller Guide - FIVE Stars

Jessem Roller Guide - FIVE Stars

12-01-2014 09:20 PM by Kopion | 13 comments »

I’ve posted a lengthy review or two, but this one will be comparatively short. I broker out the Jessem Clear-Cust stock guides for the second time this weekend, and I was just amazed at a) how well they work, and b) how well they’re made. As I was working with them, I decided that they belonged in a very elite category of tools that exceed expectations so much that you immediately cannot remember what you did before you had that tool. Off the top of my mind, the best example of...

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I hope this circular saw will be the last I ever need?

I hope this circular saw will be the last I ever need?

11-30-2014 01:37 AM by paxorion | 3 comments »

If anyone were to ask me what to look for in a circular saw, I would say my must-haves are: A cast shoe Lever-locks for adjustments for easier Arbor lock for blade changes A good feel in your hands A decent price at or below $100 (at today’s prices) This Porter Cable met all of the criteria in a very bare bones way. After about 6 months of use, it has not disappointed me. I’d consider this to be an example of the perfect non-track circular saw for me. The Goo...

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Project EVS Vacuum pump

Project EVS Vacuum pump

11-28-2014 03:04 AM by iminmyshop | 5 comments »

There are many different kinds of vacuum presses. Wading through which you need can be daunting. Buying a vacuum system can also be costly. I went with the EVS Project at http://www.veneersupplies.com/pages/DIY__Vacuum__Press.html. These pumps require putting some parts together and some very simple wiring. I had never done this sort of thing. I’m a woodworker, not an electrician and had no idea what a manifold was. But everything I read about the company from its customers was very po...

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Great workhorse for my woodworking, but I often wish I have variable speed

Great workhorse for my woodworking, but I often wish I have variable speed

11-26-2014 03:59 PM by paxorion | 14 comments »

This Dewalt sander was a phenominal upgrade to my old Craftsman sander. I got this sander to replace the Craftsman it because vibration feedback I felt from my Craftsman tended to leave my arm with a “funny tingling” feeling after extended use. Fearing long-term issues, I thought I was due for a replacement. Good: The sander has been my go-to sander for well over a year now. It took a little getting used to the power switch from a rocker style on my Craftsman, but over time,...

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Excellent fit/finish and ergonomics, but feels underpowered

Excellent fit/finish and ergonomics, but feels underpowered

11-26-2014 03:30 PM by paxorion | 6 comments »

I bought this sander (actually the Bosch20VSC with the only difference being a canvas bag vs the hard case) on a whim during Home Depot’s clearance of sanders. My rationale for purchasing this sander, was to have a speed sander and to devote separate 5” ROS sanders to different grits of sandpaper. In addition, for the price I paid for it (about $30), I figured I have very little to lose. Good: Overall impression, is that the sander has an excellent fit and finish and stellar ...

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Makes big projects fun

Makes big projects fun

11-26-2014 01:22 PM by jshroyer | 4 comments »

A while back I bought the Kreg Jig HD to build a farmhouse table. I wanted to be able to take the table apart so I decided on pocket holes to do the trick but didn’t think that my normal Kreg jig would do the job. I had tried using it on larger items before and it didn’t work out as well. Then I found the Kreg Jig HD and thought I would give it a try. I went to my local Menards to buy it on one of their 11% off sales (you just get a rebate to go back and get more) and picked one u...

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Well, s**t in my hat, an Aldi jigsaw (No, really)

Well, s**t in my hat, an Aldi jigsaw (No, really)

11-26-2014 07:36 AM by ajw1978 | 10 comments »

OK, fellow jocks, I know you’re snickering: “this newbie bought a power tool at Aldi.” And yes, I probably would have laughed at it too but damn if it isn’t a decent saw. The background: Needed to cut some circles out of plywood. Was going to use points at Sears, but missed the sale on the C3 by a day. Figured I’d just grab something cheap at HFT until I could get what I really wanted. The woman made me stop at Aldi on the way to grab some dinner stuff and ...

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Better than other discount saws

Better than other discount saws

11-24-2014 01:51 PM by damjensen | 0 comments »

This saw is my first table saw. I got it used, otherwise I could not have afforded it. The saw is sold in Europe as AEG, probably in other regions under a different name. I believe Ryobi. This is a portable saw, equipped with wheels. The support legs fold up/down in a matter of seconds, and lock securely in transport. They act as a handle when up, so you can wheel away the saw like a wheel barrel. Quite nice. It’s no small saw, so it won’t fit in small cars, and the handle t...

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Let's get bent!

Let's get bent!

11-24-2014 01:48 PM by AlanJ44 | 10 comments »

Had the idea to use a top and bottom toolbox combo as auxiliary tool and supply storage. My thought process concluded the HF item would fit the deal. Then I would add on with using a two drawer “mid” box to increase space. First ordered a Waterloo two drawer unit online. Fedex literally dropped it at my door. My complaints to the seller resulted in a refund of a third of purchase price. Next found the HF box on sale during a parking lot sale for 299.99, but out of stock...

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