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LED Shop Light

LED Shop Light

09-10-2016 05:42 PM by Jim Jakosh | 25 comments »

I have often wanted to replace my 4ft- dual florescent light fixtures with LED lights but they have been too expensive everywhere- until now. The florescent ones come on real low when it is cold and the bulbs seem to burn out a lot and some of them hum. During Menards Labor Day sale these 4’ Smart Electrician LED lights were on sale for $14.88 after rebate. I have been using them for about a week and I can’t believe the difference over the old lights. It seems like I’m in...

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8" Diameter  1-1/2" Wide 180 Grit CBN Wheel

8" Diameter 1-1/2" Wide 180 Grit CBN Wheel

09-09-2016 08:12 AM by Kelly | 2 comments »

I purchased a 1-1/2” wide, eight inch diameter 180 grit wheel from Arizona Silhouette for $147.00, including shipping. It was delivered, from PA to WA, in about three days. The wheel was well packaged. Once opened and at the grinder, it’s obvious the 8” wheel makes the 6” (80 grit) wheel I just bought look like and feel like a toy. That said, the 6” wheel is a good investment and I would recommend it too, from Wood Turner Wonders, but that’s another ...

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80 Grit Wood Turner's Wonders CBN Wheel

80 Grit Wood Turner's Wonders CBN Wheel

09-09-2016 07:35 AM by Kelly | 2 comments »

I ordered the eighty and one hundred eighty grit, six inch diameter, one inch wide wheels. He was out of stock on the one eighty for about four weeks, so I asked him to refund that portion. The refund was quick and friendly. Too, the wheel arrived (Washington state) in about a week or less. Immediately after installing the wheel, I noted a reduction in vibration. I tested the wheel, using Wolverine jigs, to sharpen roughing and detail gouges, skews and scrapers. It made short work...

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Micro Jig Zero Play miter bar

Micro Jig Zero Play miter bar

09-07-2016 12:17 AM by JKN | 3 comments »

I put together a small cut off sled using one of these guide barsIt worked out well and I won’t have to deal with the seasonal swelling of wood runners. It was also easier than using the white plastic UMW (sp?) and having to fit it.2 points:I made the bar fit tighter in the slot than the directions recommend because there was still play in the board until I made the fit tighterI used 3/4” plywood and had to counter bore a 1/2 ” hole 7/16 deep so the short screws would projec...

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JET 16" x 42" Variable Speed Wood Lathe WL-1642-2EVS ~ 2HP, 230V

JET 16" x 42" Variable Speed Wood Lathe WL-1642-2EVS ~ 2HP, 230V

09-07-2016 12:17 AM by XDM525 | 7 comments »

After 10 days of research and comparison I decided on a Jet . Many factors were resolved but the hangup was finding a lathe at the best price from a company that would give confidence in the purchase and the process. I wanted to save the $170 sales tax dollars too. So I got on line looking for the lathe. What I found was lots of companies that did not have the 1642 in stock. Finally, I found one on ebay (eqss1) and at a price 600 bucks less than anyone else. Too good to be true. Long...

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Acceptable

Acceptable

09-06-2016 03:46 AM by Rick M | 4 comments »

Background: I purchased this lathe used from a woodworking club and it saw plenty of use. I have owned it for about 6 months. They were having a problem with it overheating and shutting down and sold it relatively cheap. The control box has vents on top that allow dust and chips to fall into the box and it had become packed with detritus blocking airflow to the electronics. After cleaning out the box I’ve had no problems with it shutting down. This is the 4th lathe I’ve owned and ...

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The Works works for cleaning glue bottles

The Works works for cleaning glue bottles

09-02-2016 04:47 PM by TexAus | 13 comments »

I love stuff that’s cheap and works and The Works toilet bowl cleaner is one such product. I’ve used it before for removing rust from tools but recently found another use – dissolving glue. I had two Glu Bot glue bottles that had been sitting with old glue in them for much too long. When I went to clean them out I found that there was glue that was gummed up in them and some dried in places I couldn’t get to well to clean out. I tried soaking them in water for a fe...

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a decent starter machine

a decent starter machine

09-01-2016 12:25 AM by Von | 7 comments »

This year there have been a small rash of random YouTube videos and articles regarding the Harbor Freight Saw Mill with 301cc Gas Engine that they offer -sometimes at a ridiculously low price if you catch the sales and coupons. Yes there ARE bigger, better mills out there. Maybe for a lot less than the $1680 I spent on mine, if you managed to build it yourself. I didn’t have the time to do so, nor all of the parts on hand just yet to build my own with all sorts of fancy-shmancynes...

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For all practical purposes DW735 doesn't produce snipe...

For all practical purposes DW735 doesn't produce snipe...

08-28-2016 11:46 PM by CrazyRussianWoodShop | 15 comments »

I am not going to use the micrometer like Matthias Wandel did to measure the snipe in his review of DW735 but I will let you see the lack of it (for all practical purposes) with your own eyes by attaching my camera to the board and sending it through the planer (you will see the straight line that the cutter head produces on both ends) and then checking for snipe with the straight edge. Disclaimer: if you look really close and use the micrometer you will find a tiny snipe. My point is–for ...

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Two bad welds in a row

Two bad welds in a row

08-27-2016 01:32 AM by ColonelTravis | 9 comments »

Not gonna buy a Timberwolf blade again. It took me hours to figure out I had a bad weld the first time, wasn’t sure what the problem was. After putting it on the floor, you can see it doesn’t lay evenly all around. Its replacement also had a bad weld. I’ve read others who’ve said this wasn’t uncommon with TW. Maybe the wolf mascot is biting the blade too hard. The problem blades were resaw blades. I have two other smaller ones from TW that cut fine. But two du...

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