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Missing 3/8 die, 1/4x20 tap is questionable

Missing 3/8 die, 1/4x20 tap is questionable

04-17-2015 04:56 AM by Rick M. | 20 comments »

I bought this cheap set for cutting threads in wood. For example, making shop knobs by cutting threads directly in hard wood without having to bother using threaded inserts. Also occasionally to fix a munged thread or to clean paint from threads, light duty stuff. For those purposes the quality and carbon steel would be fine. Here is what you are supposed to get:COARSE: 6-32 NC, 10-24 NC, 12-24 NC, 1/4 in. -20 NC, 5/16 in. -18 NC, 3/8 in. -16 NC, 7/16 in. -14 NC, 1/2 in. -13 NC and 1/8 in....

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Everything I wanted in a digital caliper

Everything I wanted in a digital caliper

04-14-2015 04:12 AM by Rick M. | 14 comments »

Sold by the same folks who sell the Accuremote digital inclinometer. I chose the IP54 after watching a thorough review on Youtube by Gadget Class. Inside the retail box was a decent plastic case that held the caliper, two batteries, the instructions, and a random piece of brown waxed paper (no idea why that was in there) but it was 0.004” thick. Both batteries were good. The plastic case that came with mine is slightly different than the picture on Amazon. Of course I set out to meas...

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Solid on the outside, issues with accuracy and precision

Solid on the outside, issues with accuracy and precision

04-14-2015 03:50 AM by Rick M. | 14 comments »

From the outside in … The packaging was attractive and consistent with other products sold by iGaging (makes no difference but shows the company takes some pride in their products). Inside the retail box was a sturdy white cardboard box that contained the inclinometer, a nice storage pouch, the instructions, a 9V battery, and a tiny screwdriver. I expected the AccuRemote to be made of plastic but it’s actually a cast metal, possibly zinc, quite sturdy and heavier than expected. Th...

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No manual lock, auto brake doesn't work, frustrating to use

No manual lock, auto brake doesn't work, frustrating to use

01-02-2015 07:54 AM by Rick M. | 9 comments »

Woodcraft donated a bunch of these as door prizes to our local woodworking club. The guys passing them out were making fun of them. At first glance it seems like a nice tape measure. It fits the hand well. Looks good for plastic. Has a good rubber grip. The numbers are easy to read and the fractions are clearly marked. The problem is it has no manual lock, instead it has an auto brake so when you pull it out it’s supposed to stay then you press a button to retract. Unfortunately the bra...

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Easy to read, good grip

Easy to read, good grip

12-31-2014 06:54 AM by Rick M. | 12 comments »

I have enough tape measures for every room in the house and a couple for the shop but today I was 25 miles from home and the tape I brought wasn’t large enough. So rather than make a 50 mile round trip into a 100 mile round trip, I went to a nearby Ace Hardware with a plethora of tape measures, Stanley, Lufkin, Dewalt, generics, and others. I liked the Dewalt best but it was $25 which I felt was too much so I bought a Stanley Max 25’. Normally I wouldn’t review something onl...

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Woodwork Visualized by Ross Cramlet - vintage book review

Woodwork Visualized by Ross Cramlet - vintage book review

12-10-2014 06:18 AM by Rick M. | 2 comments »

Woodwork Visualized by Ross Cramlet is a book of illustrations detailing everything you should have, could have, or did, learn about woodworking in your high school industrial arts program. [TLDR version: fledgling woodworkers should get a copy of this book or read it online for free.] Ever wanted to predict which way a stick of lumber will warp? Curious why heartwood is more stable than sapwood? Cramlet crams much useful information about how trees grow, why and how lumber warps, how t...

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Easy and works

Easy and works

12-18-2013 09:45 PM by Rick M. | 5 comments »

Disclaimer, this was a free sample I received many months ago. Odie’s Oil is a mix of wax(es) and oil(s) that works like a friction polish but can also be applied to flat work. I don’t know exactly what is in it and it has a very distinct smell that I find pleasing. The claim is a little bit will go a long way and initially I tried applying with a paper towel and was disappointed, not only does the towel absorb too much of the finish but the paper sticks and leaves little fuzzb...

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The very best super glue you will ever use.

The very best super glue you will ever use.

09-07-2013 03:58 AM by Rick M. | 20 comments »

I have used a lot of CA glue brands over the years, all the name brands, some generics, and some speciality brands that were popular among model builders but Loctite Professional is the creme de la creme of super glues. Apparently they set a world record for super glues by holding up a billion pounds or something with a few drops but my needs are more modest. Here’s what you want to know: 1. $6 /bottle (20g)2. It will actually stick things together nearly instantly, so tightly you ca...

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Cheap and easy rust remover

Cheap and easy rust remover

08-17-2013 04:30 AM by Rick M. | 20 comments »

Cost: $1 for 24 oz. at The Dollar Store. Tried this on a few rusty nails that I kept for who knows what reason and on a shiny new zinc covered screw. Put them in a jar with just enough Works to cover and it started bubbling right away. I left the jar outside and went to dinner. About 5 hours later I remembered to check on them and they were rust and zinc free. I rinsed everything in water and dried with a paper towel. This stuff does create some nasty fumes and it’ll wash the pupils ...

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Quick changes and fast cutting

Quick changes and fast cutting

05-25-2013 04:35 AM by Rick M. | 12 comments »

This last year I’ve been doing more with metals and have been using my Dremel with two types of cut off wheels. One type cuts well but wears quickly, the other type is brittle and prone to exploding. Either way, changing wheels meant removing a screw from the mandrel, replacing the wheel and returning the screw. I spent more time screwing around than cutting. The EZ lock mandrel and wheel starter kit was around $11 and is the bee’s knees for Dremel cutting. Wheel changes only t...

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