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6" Thein Dust Seperator works great

6" Thein Dust Seperator works great

1324 days ago by rawdawgs50 | 23 comments »

This seperator works great and cost less than $40 if you have scrap MDF/ Laminate laying around. See video of it in action on youtubehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZSK88Hjl3A I wrote up a complete step by step process for building this seperator if anyone is interestedhttp://www.freeforum101.com/charlesneil/viewtopic.php?p=11836&mforum=charlesneil#11836

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Excellent Custom-sized Washable Air Filter for Shop

Excellent Custom-sized Washable Air Filter for Shop

160 days ago by BigRedKnothead | 18 comments »

I have a Jet AFS-400 Air Filter mounted on the ceiling in my shop. I like having it, but I was frustrated with the stock pleated filters. The old filters didn’t hold up well, and they were to expensive to replace often. I’ve seen that Rockler sells a washable electrostatic filter…..but not for my model. So, I hit the internet and found this place: Air Filters Inc out of Nevada. They’ve got a nice website. I priced out the size I needed and was happy to find i...

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Close to true cyclone performance on a budget.

Close to true cyclone performance on a budget.

1778 days ago by dbhost | 18 comments »

I have been getting a few questions about the Thien Cyclones I have been building, and figured I would write a quick review of them, and try to answer the questions I see about them.. For starters a Thien Cyclone Separator is NOT a true cyclone, but does operate in a psuedo cycloninc fashion. Meaning the incoming air stream spins around the outside of the vessel / dust bin and drops its load of dust, and larger particles in much the same way as nearly all the other separator lids do. The B...

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Crystalac Grain Filler

Crystalac Grain Filler

1481 days ago by vicrider | 37 comments »

I have recently discovered a product called Crystalac Grain Filler (Rockler, Amazon). It is water based, easy to apply, dries clear and will fill open grain woods like Oak, Walnut, and Koa in 2 or 3 coats. It is the consistency of loose toothpaste and costs about $25/qt. But a quart will last a loooooong time. IMHO, it is hands down the best grain filler I have ever used. It is not granular, doesn’t require thinning, doesn’t need volatile chemical reducers, doesn’t require stain or color to m...

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Hook & Loop sand paper

Hook & Loop sand paper

1490 days ago by Ken90712 | 29 comments »

From a recommendation of a Fellow Lumberjock ( Sorry Don’t remember who ) I decided to try this sandpaper. It is one of the best prices around that I could find and I needed to restock a bunch all at once. I bought 40,80,100,120,150,180,220 & 320 grits, all 50 per box. Price range from $12.95 to $11.95/box. I received a discount for buying more than fifty dollars worth so I spent around 76 bucks. I have been using Norton’s from Home Depot $14.95 for 25. ( which did not last...

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New Gold Standard of Scrapers

New Gold Standard of Scrapers

120 days ago by RogerBean | 18 comments »

I don’t do a lot of reviews, reserving my efforts for those items I feel work extraordinarily well, or might be of particular interest. Scrapers may not sound all that exciting, but I find that I keep mine close on the bench at all times and use it on just about every project. For years I’ve been using the standard sheet metal shapers that cost about $7. I have all the usual shapes. I recently purchased all three of the new Stewart-MacDonald “Ultimate Scrapers” and these are by far the ...

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4" x 30" V-Drum Sander kit....Build your own Drum Sander!

4" x 30" V-Drum Sander kit....Build your own Drum Sander!

2358 days ago by JonH | 17 comments »

I saw this link via the wood whisperer website. This company, Stockroom Supply (www.stockroomsupply.com) sells the parts to built a face sanding drum sander. Granted its not the full blown thickness sander, but this method suits my needs better. I teach high school woodshop and I would not feel comfortable letting kids run a thickness sander, but this is a machine that is nearly idiot-proof once it is assembled. It doesn’t squeeze the wood between two drums, it instead mounts just u...

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Accept Credit Cards With Square and Your iPhone

Accept Credit Cards With Square and Your iPhone

1110 days ago by odie | 29 comments »

I’ve seen this advertized today on LumberJocks’ pages. I’ve been using it for 2 months and absolutely love it. If you’ve read my blog “So you want to go pro” I complained about the outrageous costs for accepting credit cards. Square is a new company that has NO monthly fees as all other companies do. This uses a card reader (they supply for free) and your iPhone. Compare my experience below: Old Credit Card Company $56.29 / mo. if used or notAll cards ha...

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Excellent Water-Based Lacquer

Excellent Water-Based Lacquer

1211 days ago by TheDane | 32 comments »

I have been using wipe-on poly on all of the Mission/Arts & Crafts, until the most recent project ... This project was built in a class I was taking at the local tech college, and they will not allow polyurethane finishes in the finishing room in the shop. Most everything that comes out of that shop is top-coated with pre-catalyzed lacquer, which students have to buy from local sources. The finish supply stores around here carry only gallons and up, nobody else in the class needed an...

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Ni-Cad Battery Rebuild

Ni-Cad Battery Rebuild

1175 days ago by C_PLUS_Woodworker | 14 comments »

One of the things that really gets to me with the current trend to Lith-Ion batteries is that so many perfectly good tools are being trashed because buying a new drill with a new charger and 2 new batteries is not much more money that just buying replacement batteries. I personally just cannot chuck a perfectly good tool because of a battery issue, regardless of the price differential on a new tool. It goes against everything I am and how I feel towards tools that have served me well. Ex...

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