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a decent starter machine

a decent starter machine

09-01-2016 12:25 AM by Von | 7 comments »

This year there have been a small rash of random YouTube videos and articles regarding the Harbor Freight Saw Mill with 301cc Gas Engine that they offer -sometimes at a ridiculously low price if you catch the sales and coupons. Yes there ARE bigger, better mills out there. Maybe for a lot less than the $1680 I spent on mine, if you managed to build it yourself. I didn’t have the time to do so, nor all of the parts on hand just yet to build my own with all sorts of fancy-shmancynes...

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For all practical purposes DW735 doesn't produce snipe...

For all practical purposes DW735 doesn't produce snipe...

08-28-2016 11:46 PM by CrazyRussianWoodShop | 15 comments »

I am not going to use the micrometer like Matthias Wandel did to measure the snipe in his review of DW735 but I will let you see the lack of it (for all practical purposes) with your own eyes by attaching my camera to the board and sending it through the planer (you will see the straight line that the cutter head produces on both ends) and then checking for snipe with the straight edge. Disclaimer: if you look really close and use the micrometer you will find a tiny snipe. My point is–for ...

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Two bad welds in a row

Two bad welds in a row

08-27-2016 01:32 AM by ColonelTravis | 9 comments »

Not gonna buy a Timberwolf blade again. It took me hours to figure out I had a bad weld the first time, wasn’t sure what the problem was. After putting it on the floor, you can see it doesn’t lay evenly all around. Its replacement also had a bad weld. I’ve read others who’ve said this wasn’t uncommon with TW. Maybe the wolf mascot is biting the blade too hard. The problem blades were resaw blades. I have two other smaller ones from TW that cut fine. But two du...

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Rousseau 5000 L: finally, some real dust collection for a miter saw

Rousseau 5000 L: finally, some real dust collection for a miter saw

08-25-2016 09:05 PM by mzimmers | 13 comments »

I really, really like my miter saw. It’s one of my favorite tools. But there’s no disputing the mess it makes: despite my efforts at locating vacuum or dust collection hoses near the saw blade, chips and dust generally ended up everywhere. This is especially aggravating in my hopelessly overcrowded work area, where clean-up isn’t always easy. Enter the 5000 L to the rescue. Rousseau Co. has been in business longer than I’ve been in woodworking. Located in remote Cla...

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Oneida Dust Deputy Cyclone

Oneida Dust Deputy Cyclone

08-24-2016 02:19 AM by richimage | 15 comments »

The SDD replaces a “Frankenvac” HF through a Thein separator to a plastic barrel, using Rockler quick-connects to each tool. I replaced the HF impeller with the Rikon, and what a difference! I am blessed to be able to just vent outside, so fine filtration is not a concern. The assembled collection corner is amazingly quiet, and has quite a lot ( don’t have the ability to measure airflow) of suction – even on the far end where the SawStop lives. I read of so...

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Inexpensive But Worthy

Inexpensive But Worthy

08-23-2016 11:24 AM by DonB | 4 comments »

I purchased a Earlex 2901 spray station primarily by price over the advertisement. Being on a fixed income, I try to get the biggest bang for my buck. On LJ, Earlex suggested the 2901 as a good entry sprayer. It is light as it is mostly plastic except for the guide and spray needle, which appear to be brass. So far I’ve used it to spray water based finishes such as poly, and various kinds/colors of acrylics. I have not had to thin any material. I considered this when I used acryli...

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Premium Wax with UV protection

Premium Wax with UV protection

08-22-2016 07:52 PM by Desert_Woodworker | 4 comments »

Not to wax the issue… All waxes are not created equal; Years ago, I used Automotive and Minwax paste waxes. Yes they do the job, but for the work that I do (the pieces are getting an extremely amount of sunshine (UV). I currently use a clear wax from http://www.sculptnouveau.com/ ($30 for 8oz.) My pieces endure direct exposure in the AZ sun. My understanding is: 1. your project 2. Your finish (paint, stain and a clear finish). In order to protect the 3 previous steps from UV destruct...

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Paste Wax (Car Wax)

Paste Wax (Car Wax)

08-22-2016 01:26 PM by PPK | 6 comments »

I thought about blogging this, but didn’t know if that was the right spot to put it. Here’s my shameless plug for using paste wax/car wax for woodworking! I am not particular to one brand over another. They all work quite well. The main thing that makes them good is the carnauba wax. This is a really tough wax that stays in place for a long(er) amount of time. I use car wax on my steel surfaces, such as my tablesaw, jointer, bandsaw, etc. This protects them from rust, and...

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Outstanding Work-holding System

Outstanding Work-holding System

08-21-2016 10:03 PM by TheDane | 3 comments »

I have been looking for a better way to hold work on the lathe, particularly for finishing the bottom of bowls and hollow forms. I have tried Cole Jaws, Longworth Chucks, jam chucks, etc. with varying degrees of success but nothing I was completely satisfied with. Then I saw the Frugal Vacuum Chuck … http://www.frugalvacuumchuck.com/ ... in a friend’s shop, and knew I had to have one. At a recent symposium, I connected with Frugal Vacuum Chuck inventor Bob Leonard and came h...

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It lives up to the hype

It lives up to the hype

08-20-2016 10:51 PM by Chashint | 12 comments »

I have been using Freud blades on my table saw and miter saw and have been well satisfied.The cuts on the table saw had become less than smooth so it was time to either get the blade sharpened and tuned up or to replace it.Like most hobbyists I read about how great the Forrest blades are and I guess I have been yearning to try one out.As it turns out over the past day or two I have been spending money like crazy on my woodworking tools and I guess I must have crossed the just get what I want ...

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