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Book: Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work

Book: Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work

07-03-2009 01:42 AM by Jim | 2 comments »

Well, I’m not as good a writer as Publisher’s Weekly so I’m going to defer to them for this description of this book. Also there’s a review of it in the June 22, 2009 issue of the New Yorker magazine. “Philosopher and motorcycle repair-shop owner Crawford extols the value of making and fixing things in this masterful paean to what he calls “manual competence,” the ability to work with one’s hands. According to the author, our alienation from how our possessio...

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G0513X2 17" Bandsaw

G0513X2 17" Bandsaw

07-02-2009 05:04 AM by Don K. | 37 comments »

This will be kind of a “Duel” review….One over the G0513X2 17” Bandsaw, and one over Grizzly’s customer service. I received the Bandsaw several weeks ago, but because I had been so busy….I did not have time to even un-crate it. It stood in the corner of my shop for about a week and a half before I could even open it up and start to put it together. I opened up the saw, looked it all over….no scratches,dents,blems etc..so we’re off to a goo...

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Move over Big Foot...The Rockler All-Terrain Mobile Base Rules the Shop!

Move over Big Foot...The Rockler All-Terrain Mobile Base Rules the Shop!

07-02-2009 04:02 AM by Andy Brownell | 7 comments »

I recently broke down and dropped some cash ($180) for this new product from Rockler. My shop space is limited and I have little space to move around my table saw. The parts are gigantic, and almost over the top, but in a good way. The wheels, thickness of steel and bolts are all over-sized. Assembly was so easy, there were no instructions…It can accommodate for just about any standard sized piece of small shop equipment, but it offers some extension sets (longer metal bars) to allow fo...

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Rikon Belt/Disc Sander

Rikon Belt/Disc Sander

07-01-2009 10:26 PM by Wayne Precht | 12 comments »

I came into a little money horse trading some rough oak, so I decided to spend it picking up a couple of much needed tools. The first one is a Rikon 6”x48” Belt / 10” Disc sander. It was on sale at Woodcraft, $50 off. Even though Springfield is a bit of a hike, this weighs a ton, so shipping would have been eye-wateringly expensive. This tool filled a gap in my lineup. Previously I had a little Delta 1”x42” Belt / 6” Disc sander that was just this side of useless for furniture making. A...

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Rockwell Sonicrafter Does a Great Job

Rockwell Sonicrafter Does a Great Job

07-01-2009 10:15 PM by EricWrights | 8 comments »

I had looked at the Fein Multimaster, but couldn’t justify the price. I bought the Sonicrafter specifically to sand between the rails of a baby crib I built for my daughter. This tool will see as much use as my random orbital sander! It’s very well made, and does a superb job. A couple of experiential comments: 1. The tool is a fast worker, let IT do the work for you. 2. The dust collection attachment gets in the way, and is useless. 3. I haven’t found a s...

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Very little vibration on this little guy

Very little vibration on this little guy

07-01-2009 06:14 PM by sIKE | 12 comments »

As I blogged yesterday my old PC 333 ROS went to the great tool yard in the sky in the middle of my project. I needed something quick so I could finish the project. After looking through the reviews here at LJ’s this was the one my mind was set on. It was $70 at Lowe’s but I got them to honor a coupon from the BORG and got $5 off. PRO’s - Very little vibration, unlike the old PC- Dust Collection was very effective as previously noted- Nice long power cord – seem...

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Just another offshore replica?

Just another offshore replica?

07-01-2009 11:39 AM by charlton | 37 comments »

DisclaimerI’ll preface my review with a warning to prospective readers that I can be obsessive about details and my day job entails finding design flaws. This review will be long. If you’re interested in purchasing this saw, you may find value in pouring over the details. Otherwise, you’ll likely be bored out of your mind. In the beginning it was the 50100…The bandsaw buying process was a very long and arduous one for me. I’ve always felt that the newer Europe...

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What a Great Tool

What a Great Tool

07-01-2009 08:41 AM by Taigert | 8 comments »

The 22-44 Oscillating Sander was a Luxury on my wish list. But I have no regrets at all. It does everything it claims it will do and then some.It comes in three boxes, the base, sander head, feed table. Make sure you have some muscle on hand to assemble this monster. To save on a hernia repair it wouldn’t hurt to have a chain fall, come along to lift the sander head. Besides being very heavy due to the solid cast iron construction, it is a off balanced lift. 90% of the weight is at on e...

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What Delta says they are trying to improve, and will get it right.

What Delta says they are trying to improve, and will get it right.

07-01-2009 07:55 AM by Taigert | 26 comments »

Update Delta finally made contact with me!!!!!!! I was suprised when I answered the phone and the caller said he was from Delta, seen as it was in the evening outside of normal business hours. He agreed that they have been having some problems, but they are trying to get everything ironed out.He agreed that evrything shoild have been there as one shipment. I didn’t mean for it to sound like I figured the mobile base is part of the saw package. It was added as a option, my point is n...

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"Cooler" Hearing Protection

"Cooler" Hearing Protection

07-01-2009 12:20 AM by handi | 1 comment »

I love my Worktunes earmuffs, and use them with my iPhone in the shop to listen to my music and podcasts. But this time of year, they get mighty warm! So when I saw that AO Safety had come out with earplugs that could be used with my MP3, I had to try them out. As expected, these are much cooler to wear in the heat than the big earmuffs, but they are not an exact replacement. The Blockades are rated at 24 Db instead of the 29Db that the Worktunes are rated. 5Db may not seem like much, but ...

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