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First impressions: Ridgid Compact Table Saw

First impressions: Ridgid Compact Table Saw

12-18-2014 11:50 PM by ajw1978 | 19 comments »

I’ve been wanting—note I didn’t say “need” or any derivative thereof—a table saw for quite some time and when I saw this one, originally a Black Friday special, still available a few weeks after the Thanksgiving holiday and with an assortment of store credits and a Harbor Freight coupon in my pocket, I decided the $50 out-of-pocket outlay was worth it, especially with the lifetime warranty. Finally found one in stock, ran out to get it and after a good week...

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Ridgid Mobile Miter Saw Stand AC9945, Up For Review

Ridgid Mobile Miter Saw Stand AC9945, Up For Review

12-18-2014 08:10 PM by woodshopmike | 2 comments »

This stand is really great. It’s easy to use, easy to move, and doesn’t rock or move while using the saw. Check out the video of loading and unloading the saw and stand from a pickup. No, it’s not light and if you’re slap outta shape you won’t be able to do this, but for me it sure beats heaving a full size chop saw in and out of a truck bed. The video pretty much hits the big stuff about the stand, but if you wanna read a bit more check out my blog post ...

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sawstop pcs175 2 year review

sawstop pcs175 2 year review

12-17-2014 07:02 PM by eddy | 23 comments »

got this saw almost 2 years ago. I run a 1 man shop and do a LOT of production work this saw runs 6 hours some days some times less. 6 days a week I would by this thing again at the drop of a hat no its not perfect but it is a work horse I cant comment about the fence as I never even unpacked it just swapped my incra from my old craftsman zip code saw since I have had the saw I have had 3 issues 1. when I put it together the table was not flat called sawstop had a new table top in 4 days ...

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Exceptional how to turn DVD set

Exceptional how to turn DVD set

12-17-2014 02:52 AM by Dedvw | 2 comments »

I have been using my lathe for about 5 years now. I am no pro at turning, and basically picked up techniques along the way from people at the woodworking stores and turning clubs. Lots of times, I never really felt like the people showing were covering the fundamentals or even knew exactly what they were talking about. Either because they were better at turning and not at teaching I don’t know. I will say that I learned more on the first DVD of this series, than I ever did at a turning ...

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Whiteside Combination Compression Bit

Whiteside Combination Compression Bit

12-16-2014 11:46 PM by Greg..the Cajun Wood Artist | 15 comments »

I have a good number of router bits for different purposes that I have accumulated over the years…some good and some not so good. I have been looking at this spiral combo bit from Whiteside for a while…hoping it would go on sale…but it never seemed to…so and finally decided to buy it. I have given it a good workout before writing this review because it is not my everyday bit and isn’t cheap at $149. I’ve used it in my router table and also with a handhe...

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Milwaukee Heat Gun

Milwaukee Heat Gun

12-16-2014 11:20 PM by Dallas | 2 comments »

About 8 days ago my heatgun went Titsup on my. It wasn’t much, just a cheap Craftsman from about 35 years ago and it worked OK but never seemed to be that great.So a few days ago I was playing on the Bay of E and found a Milwaukee Dual Heat unit for $5, buy it now with $5 shipping.I figured that if it was junk, I wouldn’t lose much so I bought it.It arrived today and I had to try it out for it’s intended purpose, which for me is bending the binding for guitars. I was cert...

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good for 5 minutes

good for 5 minutes

12-16-2014 12:44 AM by lcwood | 4 comments »

it work but I do not recommend it pros:all plastic, cannot rustnice box with nice colorsI can’t find any more cons: I used with water base paint with 50% water – must be really thin or cannot spray first one the motor died in less than 10 minutes – really frustrating second one goes too hot in 10 minutes – time to stop and wait to cool it down 10 minutes more and it is hot again noisy! hose really long ! too long and too bad to step over it long enough t...

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Green Wood Craft - Part of the BBC Mastercrafts Series

Green Wood Craft - Part of the BBC Mastercrafts Series

12-15-2014 07:35 AM by Druid | 9 comments »

I’ve been watching a few BBC programs on “old”crafts, and they are really interesting. The first one that caught my attention was on working with green wood, and here’s the link to it (and the others in the series). The “outdoor workshops” and the hand tools are mostly things that we don’t see these days. You might also find the “workshop” construction interesting for outdoor demonstrations such as craft fairs. Each topic is split into 4 ...

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Mechanical Drafting Pencil: 2.0 mm

Mechanical Drafting Pencil: 2.0 mm

12-14-2014 10:47 PM by TravisH | 4 comments »

I have mainly used whatever pencils left over from the kid’s school supplies but have wanted to try out a mechanical drafting pencil (2.0 mm) but most I have come across were sort of costly and/or also needed to be shipped. I came across this pencil while doing my normal sweep at the store. It was under 5 bucks so put it cheaper than anything else I have come across. I liked the fact it was hexagonal to avoid rolling off the work bench as the clip will be removed (as I find them a...

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Better than nothing (for free), but you gotta wonder about the dye.

Better than nothing (for free), but you gotta wonder about the dye.

12-14-2014 05:01 AM by paxorion | 2 comments »

I picked up one pair of these red Harbor Freight split leather work gloves as a freebie, and use them on occasion for gardening. The gloves do the job to protect my hands, but as the HF site reviews say…the dye can run and get on your hands. If you’re wary of the dye being toxic, consider looking elsewhere. In my mind, they’re a last resort if I’m doing something dirty and don’t want to use my Mechanix gloves.

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