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Excellent fit/finish and ergonomics, but feels underpowered

Excellent fit/finish and ergonomics, but feels underpowered

11-26-2014 03:30 PM by paxorion | 0 comments »

I bought this sander (actually the Bosch20VSC with the only difference being a canvas bag vs the hard case) on a whim during Home Depot’s clearance of sanders. My rationale for purchasing this sander, was to have a speed sander and to devote separate 5” ROS sanders to different grits of sandpaper. In addition, for the price I paid for it (about $30), I figured I have very little to lose. Good: Overall impression, is that the sander has an excellent fit and finish and stellar ...

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Makes big projects fun

Makes big projects fun

11-26-2014 01:22 PM by jshroyer | 3 comments »

A while back I bought the Kreg Jig HD to build a farmhouse table. I wanted to be able to take the table apart so I decided on pocket holes to do the trick but didn’t think that my normal Kreg jig would do the job. I had tried using it on larger items before and it didn’t work out as well. Then I found the Kreg Jig HD and thought I would give it a try. I went to my local Menards to buy it on one of their 11% off sales (you just get a rebate to go back and get more) and picked one u...

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Well, s**t in my hat, an Aldi jigsaw (No, really)

Well, s**t in my hat, an Aldi jigsaw (No, really)

11-26-2014 07:36 AM by ajw1978 | 1 comment »

OK, fellow jocks, I know you’re snickering: “this newbie bought a power tool at Aldi.” And yes, I probably would have laughed at it too but damn if it isn’t a decent saw. The background: Needed to cut some circles out of plywood. Was going to use points at Sears, but missed the sale on the C3 by a day. Figured I’d just grab something cheap at HFT until I could get what I really wanted. The woman made me stop at Aldi on the way to grab some dinner stuff and ...

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Better than other discount saws

Better than other discount saws

11-24-2014 01:51 PM by damjensen | 0 comments »

This saw is my first table saw. I got it used, otherwise I could not have afforded it. The saw is sold in Europe as AEG, probably in other regions under a different name. I believe Ryobi. This is a portable saw, equipped with wheels. The support legs fold up/down in a matter of seconds, and lock securely in transport. They act as a handle when up, so you can wheel away the saw like a wheel barrel. Quite nice. It’s no small saw, so it won’t fit in small cars, and the handle t...

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Let's get bent!

Let's get bent!

11-24-2014 01:48 PM by AlanJ44 | 7 comments »

Had the idea to use a top and bottom toolbox combo as auxiliary tool and supply storage. My thought process concluded the HF item would fit the deal. Then I would add on with using a two drawer “mid” box to increase space. First ordered a Waterloo two drawer unit online. Fedex literally dropped it at my door. My complaints to the seller resulted in a refund of a third of purchase price. Next found the HF box on sale during a parking lot sale for 299.99, but out of stock...

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Porter Cable 690LR "Ouch"

Porter Cable 690LR "Ouch"

11-23-2014 11:47 PM by captferd | 8 comments »

Been using Porter Cable routers Since mid 80’s. Cant wear them out. Well at least not till now. I was setting the adjustments on my plunge router when the handle suddenly just broke. My thumb got a pretty good slice in the process. Luckily it wasn’t running at the time, that could have been disastrous. My advise to anyone that has one of these routers with the hard plastic handles would be to replace them. I had some rubber ones from another base that fit. I’m not sure if ag...

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My entire history with this saw thus far.

My entire history with this saw thus far.

11-22-2014 03:32 AM by Paul | 4 comments »

The first 2/3 of this will be copied and pasted from the first impressions of the saw and my 6 month review of it on the forums here. The last section will be new. If you have already read my first 2 posts about this or don’t feel like reading it skip to section 3/3. _1/3 Purchased a 35990G as a floor model from my local Steel City warehouse distributor. I figured I’d leave some initial thoughts of the saw as there was not much out there for information before I purchased. ...

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Hammer A3-31 an updated Review

Hammer A3-31 an updated Review

11-21-2014 11:13 PM by Kopion | 24 comments »

I’m going to start from the beginning: I first contacted Felder/Hammer (just “Felder” from here on out) around spring of 2012, a few months before I was going to go back to school (while still working). Not having a Jointer and Planer was really interfering with my woodworking project list (there’s only so much you can do with plywood and borrowing others’ machines, right?). I spoke with their salesperson and he was pretty quick to provide me with a quote (I o...

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Updated ClearVue Mini CV06 with cone is much improved

Updated ClearVue Mini CV06 with cone is much improved

11-21-2014 02:56 PM by Bill1974 | 3 comments »

I saw that ClearVue has updated their Mini CV06 shop vacuum separator. I called them up and asked if it would be possible to update my previous generation CV06 and they said it was possible. They sent me the parts (lower cone, a couple of gaskets and hardware) for $40 + $10 for shipping. Money well spent in the long run. The update really improves the separation to the point with almost nothing gets into the shop vac. I took apart the CV06 off the old shop vac housing that I had at...

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A great little tool every shop should have (Temp/Hum gauge)

A great little tool every shop should have (Temp/Hum gauge)

11-20-2014 01:30 AM by Dreek | 6 comments »

Not much to say about this, just wanted to share my latest and probably cheapest shop acquisition. This AcuRite Temperature and Humidity Monitor cost me $10 at HD, has a clearly readable LCD display, shows current relative humidity, current temperature, hi/lo for each over last 24 hours, and gives you your choice of F or C display. For mounting, it has a spring-loaded belt-clip type device on the back with a pretty strong magnet built in (in the photo you see it mounted using just the magne...

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