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For [Sloppy] Carpenters, Not Cabinet Makers

For [Sloppy] Carpenters, Not Cabinet Makers

02-09-2016 10:32 PM by Kelly | 5 comments »

I have a Bosch digital angle gauge I can and do rely on to accurately determine angles for cuts for things like crown molding. However, it isn’t something I want to carry around in my tool bag for occasional use. For that, I looked to the Starrett PRO SITE 505A. Unfortunately, my Dial Protractor, like so many others produced by Starrett, is about a half degree off. For example, if the black gauge reads “0,” the miter cuts shows “44.5.” For rough carpentry, an...

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A Long Enough Cord and I can Log the World

A Long Enough Cord and I can Log the World

02-09-2016 10:12 PM by Kelly | 5 comments »

This is a well built electric saw. That fact became evident the time I first picked it up, when I noted it weighs, probably, twice what any of my previous three electric saws weighed. It feels like and appears to be built using the same standards Makita and the other big name companies apply in the construction of their heavy duty, commercial worm drive circular saws. Installing and removing the bar, or adjusting the chain during use, is as simple as it gets. It requires no tools. I was le...

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A Saw For a Lifetime, Even for Proffessionals

A Saw For a Lifetime, Even for Proffessionals

02-09-2016 09:57 PM by Kelly | 5 comments »

For reference, this is my third Bosch saber saw. I bought my first one over twenty years ago. Before it, I bought “high end” B &D’s and others touted as professional quality. They all died within six months of heavy use. In contrast, I sold my first Bosch to my brother seven years after I bought it, when I upgraded [to the first model not requiring a screw driver for blade changes]. My first Bosch was a barrel and was bought by mistake. I had never used one before. A ...

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Good and Even Versitle, With Effort

Good and Even Versitle, With Effort

02-09-2016 09:49 PM by Kelly | 2 comments »

I use these on my cabinet saw, band saw and router table. Once set in place and locked down, they hold their position well. I could replace the plastic, expanding slides that lock in the miter track with aluminum ones I have in my jig accessory box, but, for now it would be more cosmetic than necessary. These go on working well enough, though they don’t release their grip as well as my aluminum ones. For those with a right tilt table saw, a band saw and a router table, you need on...

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Not Just a Sander, But an Investment In Efficiency

Not Just a Sander, But an Investment In Efficiency

02-09-2016 09:37 PM by Kelly | 0 comments »

I had just completed an oak, over-the-post stair railing system. It turned out beautifully, but because of construction methods required by the home owner, the fillets between balusters varied in height and sometimes raised as much as an eight of an inch above the two long pieces of oak sandwiching them and the balusters. Sanding them by hand would have involved rasps, several grits of paper and a week of hard work. Seeking a better way, I looked at other well known detail sanders, such as...

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An Indispensable Addition to My Sanding Equipment

An Indispensable Addition to My Sanding Equipment

02-09-2016 09:33 PM by Kelly | 4 comments »

I’ve had this unit since about 2006. From shortly after I bought it and yet to this day, I consider this tool an indispensable addition to my sanding equipment. I think highly enough of it that I would upgrade to the floor model, if I didn’t have other upgrades to tend to first. The unit is a heavy, well built piece of equipment and, certainly, had much to do with my considering other Jet equipment purchases. In the years I’ve used this machine, it shows no signs of wear ...

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Nail Pullers

Nail Pullers

02-09-2016 09:23 PM by Kelly | 1 comment »

I’ve had this tool for well over five years and have put a lot of miles on it in that time. I’ve used it on several remodel jobs. I liked it so much, I bought a second for my wood shop. Big or small, each of my crowbars often require significant effort to pull nails. As a claw gets farther from the wood from which a nail is being pulled, the leverage advantage disappears. Frequently, I have to scrounge around for something to put under the claw, to raise it, to get my leverage ...

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From Dust Pump to Dust Collector

From Dust Pump to Dust Collector

02-09-2016 08:50 PM by Kelly | 0 comments »

My three horse Jet had four nylon bags. The first time I ran it I suspected it had something in the area of twenty micron bags. In reality, they were probably five micron bags. Either way, it was nothing more than a chip collecting dust pump. I swapped the bottom bags for plastic ones, which took care of the bottom half. After shopping and comparing various bags, I found these. After installing them, I noticed an immediate improvement. They fit well, but I still noticed some occasion...

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 I Just Can't Say Enough Bad About This Sander

I Just Can't Say Enough Bad About This Sander

02-09-2016 07:37 PM by Kelly | 5 comments »

Let me make it clear up front, I am a huge fan of Bosch tools and own several, including a sliding miter, a job site table saw with a gravity base, hammer drills, a saber saw and a trim router. I am pleased with all of them and made that clear in my reviews I have written about Bosch equipment. But, then there is this little tool. Of course, for a sander to work, you, first, have to mount sandpaper on it. This tool allows that. You just shouldn’t turn the sander on and expect it to h...

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Happy Camper No. 2,17685 (give or take a few)

Happy Camper No. 2,17685 (give or take a few)

02-09-2016 07:34 PM by Kelly | 5 comments »

I’ve primarily used this for mortised and tenoned frame corners for a kitchen (cuts done with the styles and rails at ninety degrees to the table) and splined corners (cuts done with frame corners at twenty-two and a half to forty-five degrees to the table). The results are, I am very pleased with my purchase. This is a lot of jig for the money. Just lifting it makes clear the fact it’s not a toy. I believe this tenon jig will provide years of service. Though another reviewe...

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