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Excellent Joinery System

Excellent Joinery System

01-29-2015 04:07 AM by edwood1975 | 6 comments »

When I was designing one of my first projects (Router Cabinet) I came across this pocket hole system and its awesome and forms extremely strong joints. The kit comes with everything you need to create a somewhat hidden joint, especially when you use the Kreg Plugs. If you build frames for anything from cabinets to pictures this method is awesome.

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SawStop Customer Service

SawStop Customer Service

01-28-2015 07:39 PM by RobS888 | 12 comments »

I purchased my saw in December and had some vibration problems, that re-tightening all the stand bolts mostly eliminated, but hey this is an $1,800 saw, so since I’m home this week, on Monday I filled out a service ticket on the website and got an email later in the day asking if it was just during slowdown, I said no always when on, a tech called me at 11:00 on Tuesday (yesterday) and had me do some tests with the belt disconnected from the motor and it still vibrated, so he said that ...

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Harbor Freight Mortising Machine

Harbor Freight Mortising Machine

01-28-2015 06:47 PM by MrRon | 1 comment »

I bought a Harbor Freight mortising machine around 5 years ago and have not used it on a project, other than to test cut. I now have a project that needs mortising, so I tried it out and I was surprised as to how well it worked. I did have to tweak it and make some modifications which are common to most HF tools. I bought an X/Y cross slide vise and mounted it in place of the hold down device. The bit and chisel was not very sharp, so I diamond honed the chisel and the bit. It now cuts quite ...

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Harbor Freight Router good for the price.

Harbor Freight Router good for the price.

01-28-2015 12:08 PM by TheLorax | 7 comments »

What’s in the box: You get the 2 HP 11 AMP Fixed base router, a 1/4”,3/8”, and 1/2” collets, two wrenches for changing bits one to hold theshaft and one to loosen the bit, it comes with a 1/2” shank 1/2” straight cut bit and finally it has an edge guide that comes with it. So far I’ve used it to cut some dadoes and some mortises while mountedto a homemade table for it. It appears to have plenty of power I’vecut through maple and plywood with...

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Fat Max backsaw must be the homeowner line

Fat Max backsaw must be the homeowner line

01-26-2015 10:39 PM by Pat83 | 1 comment »

I purchased this saw because I had misplaced my Buck Brothers el cheapo that works just fine. The price was very reasonable, about $20. The teeth feel sharp to the touch but I always feel like I’m cutting a pinched board when sawing. I’ve tried it on pine and ash, both were difficult to cut and I think the kerf is narrower than the rest of the blade. I will be replacing this saw very soon.

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Excellent Small Bandsaw

Excellent Small Bandsaw

01-25-2015 02:12 PM by OSU55 | 6 comments »

I kept running into situations where a bandsaw would have made a particular step in a project very easy vs trying to use a jigsaw. I researched bandsaws, with most of the info surrounding 14” and larger saws. There wasn’t a lot of info on smaller saws, and I didn’t give them a lot of thought. After some research I realized a smaller saw would do about all the things I had needed one for, have a smaller footprint, be a lot smaller expenditure, and if the smaller saw was any g...

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Good for Small Jobs

Good for Small Jobs

01-24-2015 03:20 AM by Dave Rutan | 2 comments »

I bought this band saw three years ago as part of the 3 benchtop tools that I felt I needed. I don’t remember shopping around much, but it was just before my surgery, so I may have had better things to remember. I do know that the price of the saw at Lowes was a deciding factor. Out of the box I only had to install the table with four bolts (supplied.) The tools come with the saw for any adjustments you need to make. You get a metric wrench (10mm/13mm) and an 1/8 inch (by my caliper)...

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My One Line Review

My One Line Review

01-23-2015 10:37 PM by Roger | 17 comments »

It Works!! OK, there is more than one line.. It’s a short novel. lol Thanks to this gent on youtube, (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amzUACmIKDs), and this good deal on Amazon, (http://www.amazon.com/PSI-Woodworking-LR110-3-110-Volt-Collector/dp/B00004S9AI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1422052792&sr=8-1&keywords=long+ranger+III), I finally got it, and I’m happy as a tick on a hound. While at the lathe spinning the ga-zillion pens and such, I used to have to walk over and...

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MIRKA DEROS - NOT WHAT YOU THINK IT IS!!!

MIRKA DEROS - NOT WHAT YOU THINK IT IS!!!

01-22-2015 06:23 PM by Rockne | 8 comments »

I received my brand new MIRKA DEROS just yesterday. It appears to be a very well made product, with the same quality of Festool. It even smells like a Festool. Unfortunately, that’s as much of a review that I can provide, because I (fortuantely) didn’t get a chance to use it before finding out that the DEROS the Deros that is sold in the US is not the same as the Deros sold overseas. This info came to me straight from the (very kind) Mirka folks in Twinsburg, Ohio. What’s...

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disappointed in Veritas

disappointed in Veritas

01-22-2015 04:21 PM by libraryman | 12 comments »

My son presented with me with a Veritas low angle spokeshave for Christmas. We were going to use it for shaping an oak axe handle we had cut out. I initially tested it on Christmas day using some pine and cherry scraps around the shop. Worked great on this fairly soft wood. However when we later tried to shape the oak handle the problems began. The blade is held in place by two bolt heads which contact side bevels on the blade. The instructions for the shave say you need to sand the back of ...

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