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Terrible design flaw and weak materials in this latest O.S.S.

Terrible design flaw and weak materials in this latest O.S.S.

06-20-2016 05:39 PM by CyberDyneSystems | 5 comments »

We’ve wanted an O.S.S. in the shop for some years. This year we had a windfall from the University and I was given 30 days to spend the money. (this is sort of a thing at Universities!) For new machines in the $1,500.00 price range, I had settled on the Jet JOVS-10 some time ago based partly on my experience with the bench-top JBOSS-5. (which I have reviewed favorably in the past, and own at home) Low and behold, Jet has replace the JOVS-10 with a newer model that sports many impr...

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Awesome Bench Chisels!

Awesome Bench Chisels!

06-18-2016 07:15 AM by fatman51 | 19 comments »

For a good couple of decades, I got by just fine with a 9 piece set of Stanley # 60/professional hinge butt mortising chisels that my father bought for me new when I was in middle school. I have no idea what ever happened to the original 1-1/4 inch chisel. I keep hoping that I will find it in my truck. Given the fact that I always got my work done, I cannot make an honest argument that I ever needed more chisels but over the last decade, the folks at the local flea market have sold m...

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Big Quality of Life Improvement

Big Quality of Life Improvement

06-17-2016 07:02 PM by jonah | 7 comments »

I’ve been wearing plane jane, relatively cheap hearing protection for a long time. I have several different pairs, including a pretty comfortable 3M pair that I like. However, I had always wanted some way to play music while working in the shop. The wireless headphone + hearing protectors were always too much money (> $100) for me. Until I saw that Amazon had a lightning deal in December for this 3M Worktunes Wireless. I jumped on it for $65. The very same pair costs $85 at Home Depo...

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Fastcap RCV remote is a great timesaver

Fastcap RCV remote is a great timesaver

06-15-2016 02:01 AM by DW833 | 7 comments »

Recently I’ve completed several improvements to dust collection in my small shop. One of the goals was simple, to use the DC at all times. However, I had a floor switch for the DC that I had to walk to and press to turn on DC.Purchased this unit at Rockler for ~$30. Installation was less than 5 minutes. I have it connected to a HF 2hp DC.Have no problems with it and now I carry the remote with me using a clip. Not only do I use the DC more often, it is a timesaver too.

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Craftsman jointer

Craftsman jointer

06-12-2016 10:50 PM by Spoctor | 5 comments »

I work at Sears and had walked by this jointer many times, noting its $229 price tag. I walked by it again the other day and saw that it was being closed out at a fraction of that price. I jumped.It had been on display for a good while. The blade guard had been broken off and the spring lost. The push blocks were also missing, but those are easy to replace. The safety key was missing from the power switch. Fortunately, three of my other power tools have keys that fit it.This jointer weights 5...

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Well worth the price

Well worth the price

06-12-2016 03:01 PM by stefang | 17 comments »

2 years experienceI bought these planes a couple of years ago. I didn’t want to give my verdict on them before getting enough experience with them to really know if I liked them or not. I also wanted to compare them with my regular Stanley planes. The Quangsheng planes are the ones with the light beech totes in the photo above. My Experience with hand planes in generalPrior to this purchase my only experience with hand planes has been my Stanley #5 jack plane I bought about 30 or 40 ...

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Native Style Carving Tools

Native Style Carving Tools

06-06-2016 12:30 AM by Druid | 7 comments »

Today, I came across a site that was new to me, and I thought that I would pass it along for the carvers who are looking for a source of custom made native style knives, including those evasive hook knives. Preferred Edge Carving Knives and Supplies produces a good variety of knives, particularly for native style carving, but also quite suitable for those awkward items that our “standard” carving tools are difficult to adapt to . . . spoons for example.Their site also has good inf...

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Handy, Cheap Utility Handsaw

Handy, Cheap Utility Handsaw

06-05-2016 01:30 PM by CharlesA | 4 comments »

I bought this Do It Best handsaw when I needed one on the road and I had very limited choices. I didn’t have high hopes for it, but thought it would get me out of a jam, and it’s only $13. Turns out I use it all the time. Now when I need to cut a piece off of a rough cut board for milling, etc. I don’t reach for my jigsaw or always stick it on the miter saw. If it is just one cut, I grab this little handsaw and usually have the cut done before I’d have the power ...

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Powertec 70001 Dust Collector Bag for HF dust collector is a great improvement

Powertec 70001 Dust Collector Bag for HF dust collector is a great improvement

06-05-2016 02:14 AM by DW833 | 5 comments »

I had used the bag that came with the HF 2hp dust collector since purchasing it a couple of years ago.Always had lots of fine dust everywhere in the shop. Knew that it wasn’t doing a very good job and decided to upgrade. I purchased this bag from Amazon for 29.99 with free shipping. Installation is no different than the original bag.It is certainly a thicker bag, but still fits the same as the original. The improvement in the reduction of fine dustin the shop is amazing. I estima...

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Cuttermasters C.B.N. wheels are cool, fast, smooth and superb!

Cuttermasters C.B.N. wheels are cool, fast, smooth and superb!

06-02-2016 06:41 PM by CyberDyneSystems | 3 comments »

Cuttermasters C.B.N. Grinding wheels have made drill sharpening easier, cleaner and faster. I had read about these wheels on another sight, and when I had finished rebuilding my 1980s era Darex drill bit sharpening grinder, I decided to splurge on what I had heard was “the best” I am so pleased, I can see myself buying more of these wheels for my regular bench grinder soon. Some advantages of C.B.N. (Cubic Boron Nitride) wheels. -Cool Running: I’m not sure how mu...

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