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Milwaukee 2799-22CX M18 Compact Brushless Hammer Drill/Brushless Impact Combo Kit

Milwaukee 2799-22CX M18 Compact Brushless Hammer Drill/Brushless Impact Combo Kit

09-14-2016 10:26 AM by Rob_s | 4 comments »

new hotness vs old busted BACKGROUNDI was a Dewalt guy for years, and have had an old nicad drill and driver for the last 10 years or so that have served me well, but after my old drill got dropped on the concrete floor and cracked, I decided to treat myself to a brushless setup. I had been wanting to go brushless for awhile and this was the excuse I needed. I pretty much settled on the Milwaukee line due to a variety of factors, including the availability of the 18/12v combo charging ...

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FastCap PMS12 Pro Carpenter Metric/Standard Measuring Tape

FastCap PMS12 Pro Carpenter Metric/Standard Measuring Tape

09-12-2016 09:08 PM by jgt1942 | 7 comments »

Recently I received the FasstCap T2001 Flatback Measuring Tape as a gift and was very impressed with it but it is a standard measuring tape and in my efforts to go metric (just because it is SO much easier to add, multiply, subtract and divide measurement) I was disappointed. I called FastCap and they were kind enough to send me a PSM12 Metric/Standard tape and I’m super pleased with it, following are some of the highlights.1) I already mentioned that it is a metric/standard tape.2) The...

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straight-up the best miter saw I've ever used

straight-up the best miter saw I've ever used

09-12-2016 02:23 PM by Sundowner | 4 comments »

I’ll start out by saying that after years of wrestling with big 10” and 12” size miter saws and sliding compound miter saws, this little bugger is a revelation. Like most of us, a miter saw is a heavily used tool in my shop, and like most of us, the slide rails suck up more space than I can sacrifice in my shop. Being a happy Festool owner, I had pondered the Kapex, which does not have this problem, but at $1400, it’s a non-starter and doesn’t have the usual Fes...

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Lee Valley Veritas Scraper Plane

Lee Valley Veritas Scraper Plane

09-12-2016 08:48 AM by PPK | 3 comments »

I have been using my new scraper plane on oak so far. I am very pleased with how it works. It is definitely the same concept as using a card scraper. It doesn’t remove nearly as much wood, nor remove wood as fast as a regular plane. However, for scraping and smoothing surfaces with funky grain, this is great. I read that others had a difficult time getting this thing to work. Either I’m lucky, or just that good – I had it scraping nice curlies within 5 minutes of unboxing...

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LED Shop Light

LED Shop Light

09-10-2016 12:42 PM by Jim Jakosh | 23 comments »

I have often wanted to replace my 4ft- dual florescent light fixtures with LED lights but they have been too expensive everywhere- until now. The florescent ones come on real low when it is cold and the bulbs seem to burn out a lot and some of them hum. During Menards Labor Day sale these 4’ Smart Electrician LED lights were on sale for $14.88 after rebate. I have been using them for about a week and I can’t believe the difference over the old lights. It seems like I’m in...

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8" Diameter  1-1/2" Wide 180 Grit CBN Wheel

8" Diameter 1-1/2" Wide 180 Grit CBN Wheel

09-09-2016 03:12 AM by Kelly | 2 comments »

I purchased a 1-1/2” wide, eight inch diameter 180 grit wheel from Arizona Silhouette for $147.00, including shipping. It was delivered, from PA to WA, in about three days. The wheel was well packaged. Once opened and at the grinder, it’s obvious the 8” wheel makes the 6” (80 grit) wheel I just bought look like and feel like a toy. That said, the 6” wheel is a good investment and I would recommend it too, from Wood Turner Wonders, but that’s another ...

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80 Grit Wood Turner's Wonders CBN Wheel

80 Grit Wood Turner's Wonders CBN Wheel

09-09-2016 02:35 AM by Kelly | 2 comments »

I ordered the eighty and one hundred eighty grit, six inch diameter, one inch wide wheels. He was out of stock on the one eighty for about four weeks, so I asked him to refund that portion. The refund was quick and friendly. Too, the wheel arrived (Washington state) in about a week or less. Immediately after installing the wheel, I noted a reduction in vibration. I tested the wheel, using Wolverine jigs, to sharpen roughing and detail gouges, skews and scrapers. It made short work...

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Micro Jig Zero Play miter bar

Micro Jig Zero Play miter bar

09-06-2016 07:17 PM by JKN | 3 comments »

I put together a small cut off sled using one of these guide barsIt worked out well and I won’t have to deal with the seasonal swelling of wood runners. It was also easier than using the white plastic UMW (sp?) and having to fit it.2 points:I made the bar fit tighter in the slot than the directions recommend because there was still play in the board until I made the fit tighterI used 3/4” plywood and had to counter bore a 1/2 ” hole 7/16 deep so the short screws would projec...

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JET 16" x 42" Variable Speed Wood Lathe WL-1642-2EVS ~ 2HP, 230V

JET 16" x 42" Variable Speed Wood Lathe WL-1642-2EVS ~ 2HP, 230V

09-06-2016 07:17 PM by XDM525 | 7 comments »

After 10 days of research and comparison I decided on a Jet . Many factors were resolved but the hangup was finding a lathe at the best price from a company that would give confidence in the purchase and the process. I wanted to save the $170 sales tax dollars too. So I got on line looking for the lathe. What I found was lots of companies that did not have the 1642 in stock. Finally, I found one on ebay (eqss1) and at a price 600 bucks less than anyone else. Too good to be true. Long...

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Acceptable

Acceptable

09-05-2016 10:46 PM by Rick M. | 4 comments »

Background: I purchased this lathe used from a woodworking club and it saw plenty of use. I have owned it for about 6 months. They were having a problem with it overheating and shutting down and sold it relatively cheap. The control box has vents on top that allow dust and chips to fall into the box and it had become packed with detritus blocking airflow to the electronics. After cleaning out the box I’ve had no problems with it shutting down. This is the 4th lathe I’ve owned and ...

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