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Rigid R2400 Trim Router

Rigid R2400 Trim Router

09-29-2016 08:21 PM by Wildwoods | 22 comments »

I am rather peeved about this router and Rigid’s policy regarding standing behind their product. Okay, I didn’t immediately register the router after I bought it. If you register, they offer a lifetime warranty. If you don’t register it is three years. I didn’t register. Out of the box, it never worked right. I thought maybe I missed something and besides I had a Ryobi that has lasted me at least 15 years which I had as a back-up – I thought. I kind of forgot ab...

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Great content, easily sidetracked

Great content, easily sidetracked

09-27-2016 01:21 PM by Rick M. | 7 comments »

I thought I would review some woodworking (and related) podcasts. I often prefer podcasts over music while in the shop or on drives. Previously I reviewed the 360 Woodworking podcast. Shop Talk Live is a twice monthly, 1 hour, podcast by Fine Woodworking’s Tom McKenna, Mike Pekovich, Matt Kenney (It seems they switch this up once in awhile). Mostly they answer listener questions but also have guests and talk about the magazine and woodworking trade shows. I’ve been a listener s...

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Milwaukee 2897-22 Drill and Impact Driver Kit

Milwaukee 2897-22 Drill and Impact Driver Kit

09-23-2016 10:31 AM by PPK | 4 comments »

I didn’t see any reviews on the recent Milwaukee line of FUEL drills/impacts/tools on LJ’s yet, so here’s my contribution. I recently bought the drill/impact driver kit. It’s the M18 kit with the items shown in the stock photo above. The batteries are 5.0 amp hour and last a LLLOOOOONNNNGGG time. I couldn’t get one to heat up either when using it hard, so that’s a good sign. The drill: Not much heavier than my 14.4 volt makita. Has more RPM’s, a...

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Ultimate lunchbox

Ultimate lunchbox

09-22-2016 04:08 PM by Joshh | 2 comments »

After spending the whole weekend planing some 2×4s and trying to find my way from under a mountain of shavings I finally decided on a power planer. I got a refurbished one but would be probably better off buying new for the piece of mind that the one was not too abused.See how the table is not in pristine shape out of the box. With the planer I did more in half an hour than I could do with hand planes in two days. It works exceptionally well on changing grain near knots where no ma...

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WR365 - Makes woodworking more fun

WR365 - Makes woodworking more fun

09-19-2016 10:13 PM by Rick M. | 9 comments »

I hate the phrase, “game changer,” but honestly it fits this product. I’ve always dreaded changing angles on my saws because getting them to any specific angle can be fiddly. But getting perfect angles with the Wixey is a breeze. My daughter wanted to build a cube with all edges mitered, so each corner was 3 compound miters meeting at a point. In the past I would have said no way because if your angles are off even a hair, it will show in the final product. But we had no tro...

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Handy for rough measurements

Handy for rough measurements

09-19-2016 10:01 PM by Rick M. | 1 comment »

I keep this pocket caliper in my apron or on my saw mostly for round items. It’s useful for things like dowels or bolts, also for inside measurements where I don’t need the accuracy of a digital caliper. The dowels at my local mom & pop hardware store are all labeled in inch sizes but some are actually metric and this prevents me from buying the wrong size. It was a little stiff at first but loosened up quickly and with a drop of oil slides easily. I appreciate the numbers bei...

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Excellent, stays on topic

Excellent, stays on topic

09-19-2016 02:47 PM by Rick M. | 3 comments »

I thought I would review some woodworking (and related) podcasts. I often prefer podcasts over music while in the shop or on drives. 360 Woodworking is a woodworking education focused company founded by Glen Huey and Chuck Bender. Bob Lang is no longer part of 360 Woodworking but is listed as a contributor. I am not a member but do enjoy their podcast. The 360 guys publish a podcast that is limited to one topic and 15 minutes. It is by far my favorite of all the woodworking/making podca...

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A serious consideration if after space saving & 100% flatness

A serious consideration if after space saving & 100% flatness

09-18-2016 11:14 PM by Holbs | 6 comments »

This would be the 2nd largest new $$$ item I have purchased in the wood working arena on sale at Rockler for $249 (full retail is $329). This is the Promax RT, full cast iron, made to fit between the rails of your contractor / cabinet saw (space limitations apply such as motor being in the way on left tilts). I came from the Bosch benchtop router table (RA1181) that was giving me some…gruff. When I was looking to upgrade to more robust router solution, I came across this Bench Dog. ...

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I did not know it was that easy

I did not know it was that easy

09-17-2016 01:35 PM by jwmalone | 12 comments »

Hello lady’s and gents, I’m not new to hand saws by a long shot. But I am new to dovetails, until today ive been trudging along with a crosscut back saw. Wasn’t that bad but I knew I could do better???? but couldn’t make it look like Roy Underhill’s (Maybe one day?). Well my veritas 20 tpi dovetail saw was in the mail today (woodcraft, got it in 3 days) so I took a piece of scrap slapped some marks on there and man let me tell ya. that thing is sweet. Clean cuts,...

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Ridgid 14 Gal - Wet Dry Vac

Ridgid 14 Gal - Wet Dry Vac

09-15-2016 07:20 PM by Redoak49 | 10 comments »

My 25 year old Craftsman shop vac finally gave it up and started making weird noises and electrical smell… time to pull the plug on it. I looked over various Ridgid vacs and decided on the 14 gal. 6.0-Peak HP Wet Dry Vac. I know that there was a more powerful and larger vac but this one fit the size I needed and the cost was not too bad ($100). The one I got has the blue filter which is for fine dust but not HEPA rated. Things I like about this vac— —It is quieter...

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