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Best tool money I've spent in a long time

Best tool money I've spent in a long time

02-06-2016 03:56 PM by Dan Morgan | 12 comments »

I will add my .02 and second the love for this air compressor. I’ve had several Porter Cable pancake compressors, mostly a special included with a nail gun purchase from the big box store. Like everyone else this has produced a love/hate relationship. Love the light weight and portability but hate the racket. Since we purchased the house were in I’ve been working on setting up shop in the garage and I was thrilled when my boss let me buy a big Porter Cable air compressor tha...

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Grizzly G0771 Table Saw Review

Grizzly G0771 Table Saw Review

02-05-2016 04:22 PM by Kristian_S | 8 comments »

Thanks to everyone for their advice regarding my table saw choice. Now that I have it set up, I thought I’d share my observations and experience with it, hopefully this will help someone in their choice. Delivery was reasonably quick (to CA), I purchased liftgate service and they brought the pallet into my garage for me. I feel sorry for whoever was receiving the pallet of Apple desktops I saw in the truck, a tall heavy package had toppled over and pierced about three of the boxes… SE...

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Impressed, good value so far

Impressed, good value so far

02-05-2016 08:28 AM by momalle3 | 5 comments »

I had for years been using an old Delta 12 inch saw that I got on Craigslist. It was wearing out in multiple ways all at once and all the problems were hard to fix since it’s long discontinued, plus it only has a 6 inch resaw capacity and for most of what i do eight would be about right. I did a lot of research, including reviews here, and settled on the Craftsman BAS 350 which is the same as the Rikon 10-321, only @200 bucks cheaper. I was thinking about the Rikon 10-325, but itR...

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First impressions (and with limited experience)

First impressions (and with limited experience)

02-02-2016 07:40 PM by bonobo | 8 comments »

I’ve only used it for an evening but unless something strips or breaks, I’m very satisfied with it. My only previous experience was with Garrett Hack’s block shaped scratch stock found at Fine Woodworking. My problem with it was that an instant of inattention mean’t that the fence could lose registration, jump, and tear up the bead. It happened enough that I was planning to build a more traditional style version. When this scratch stock came up, I figured what the h...

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A Lot of Value for the Money

A Lot of Value for the Money

02-01-2016 04:02 PM by jaysuzi | 7 comments »

This package comes with a lot. First as the product says, it has both a fixed base and a plunge base. It is 2 HP, plenty for most hobbyist, especially if used as a hand held router. I think the build quality is very good. I have not used it for a long time, but I certainly like it much better than the Craftsman router that I bought 12 years ago. The price is also very good. The website says regular price is $214, but I have NEVER see it for that much. The sale price online is $106, whi...

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Branding iron on the go.

Branding iron on the go.

01-31-2016 06:25 PM by mafe | 8 comments »

Branding ironon the go Do I need a branding iron on the go? Naaaaaa…... but it’s one of those things that just needed me.For others, it can be a fair priced way of getting a branding iron for your tools and projects. So what is this thing?A small 3D printed object that can be mounted on your BIG lighter and like this it will be able to make you smoke and look smoking hot (also wait for quite some time before it gets hot).But: the iron gets too hot and melt the lighter, worst...

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Powerful Dust Collection with Some Work

Powerful Dust Collection with Some Work

01-30-2016 06:24 AM by Severian | 4 comments »

I installed a CV 1800 system a few months ago in my shop. I’m just a hobbyist, not a pro by any stretch, but I’m blessed to be able to own some nice tools. The CV takes a good amount of work to assemble and get the system running—it’s far from turnkey—but I rather enjoyed the process. The instructions were reasonably clear, and you can find YouTube videos too. The CV support was outstanding when I had questions and when one part needed to be replaced due to s...

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From a Pinto to a Ferrari

From a Pinto to a Ferrari

01-26-2016 07:38 PM by kenthemadcarpenter | 14 comments »

When you go from the planer like in the third picture to a newer model, there is going to be an obvious world of difference. After fifteen years of using my H&W planer which is to say been very good to me even with some of the finagaling i had to do some days to get her to run right. I decided finally it was time to purchase a new Planer, so for six months of researching all the different planers I finally opted for this Dewalt, Now i have only used it a few times to more or less test it ...

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more than I will ever need

more than I will ever need

01-26-2016 10:31 AM by kenthemadcarpenter | 6 comments »

I had gotten this as a christmas gift about four years ago. This is more than I will ever need in a circular saw. It has several features that I really l like, Tool free bevel adjustment is quick and easy to use. Tilt lock Handle adjustment is a nice addition. She is a beast when it comes to power, she cuts through materials like butter.

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Install of iGaging DRO for 20" Grizzly planer

Install of iGaging DRO for 20" Grizzly planer

01-25-2016 01:31 PM by zatoechi | 3 comments »

I just wanted to briefly share a different approach to mounting a DRO on a planer that does not require complicated fabrication. This is not meant to be a comprehensive product review but instead piggyback on a previous (and very good) review – http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/2573 There are two main differences in this approach. The first is using an aluminum extrusion as the main means of mounting the DRO to the planer. The extrusion used is 1” x 1.5” cross-section with...

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