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Ryobi BG828G 8" Bench Grinder

Ryobi BG828G 8" Bench Grinder

12-08-2014 12:17 AM by Homunculus | 0 comments »

As with all Ryobi products, you pretty much have to start the review with “good tool, for the money.” 3 amp motor which was plenty strong for sharpening chisels, lathe tools etc. No slowdown whatsoever, which I was worried about since I’m used to using my dad’s 6 amp Delta grinder. That said, long windup, takes maybe 30 seconds to get to full speed? Slower than a 6 amp, but that’s about all I noticed when it comes to the less powerful motor. That said, if you ...

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Great design, good execution, excellent buy if on sale

Great design, good execution, excellent buy if on sale

12-06-2014 05:26 AM by paxorion | 6 comments »

These clamps were the first of my F-style clamp purchases to replace my HF F-style clamps. As of the review posting date, I have a set of 4 of these clamps. For full disclosure, my first choice would have been to get Bessey Tradesman with the 2K handle, but those things are rarely (if ever) on sale. I also have a set of 6 Bessey Tradesman in the 12” size so this review is a bit of a comparative review. At the full retail price, it’s , it’s a no brainer I would go for t...

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Out of box near perfect

Out of box near perfect

12-05-2014 06:11 PM by dozer57 | 8 comments »

Incra 1000hd with no adjustment is near perfect on angles. I am new to segmented turning and my miter fence for my craftsman table saw was junk, Three stops and sloppy fit in the track, never able to repeat angles. I would have to sand each piece to get a fit that I was happy with. NO more ordered Incra 1000hd from Amazon.com took it out of the box and installed it on the table saw with only adjustment made to T-track. First thing noticed was how smooth the track slid in the slot. Miters were...

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First Impressions, Second Thoughts & the Third Degree: Ridgid Compact Router

First Impressions, Second Thoughts & the Third Degree: Ridgid Compact Router

12-04-2014 10:55 PM by ajw1978 | 11 comments »

Today, I picked up this very popular—judging from the reviews on this site and others across the web—little offering from Ridgid. It’s was the fourth compact/palm/trim router I’ve tried in the last few weeks, but I think I’ve got a keeper. Earlier this summer, I purchased my first router; a Craftsman combination fixed/plunge base kit with a router table. And so far, so good. They’ve been very adequate for my incredibly-basic skill level, though I found m...

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Sandstrom 28A Dry Film Lubricant

Sandstrom 28A Dry Film Lubricant

12-04-2014 07:34 PM by woodshopmike | 9 comments »

I recently received a sample of this product to review on my woodworking tools. So far I’ve only applied it to my wood lathe, but I’ll soon be treating my table saws with it too. 28A is a dry film lubricant that has a working temperature range of -320°f to 320°f and can withstand loads not in excess of 100,000 psi! This product does not have lead or graphite in it. Instead is has Molybdenum Disulfide as it’s lubricative agent. The short and sweet is that this produc...

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The Ultimate Band Saw Box Book

The Ultimate Band Saw Box Book

12-03-2014 10:23 PM by Donna Menke | 4 comments »

It is strange to review my own book, but here goes. First a note of background:At the beginning of 2007 my book came out with the Sterling Publications company. They printed 16,000 copies and we sold them all. In 2010 the book went out of print- sad face. I made a digital download and a CD copy to keep the book alive since there were no used copies available- for less than a whole lot.Just this month a fine company, Echo Point Books, has published a wonderful new issue of the book. The cover ...

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Seen in my local hardware store, didn't even buy - feedback please!

Seen in my local hardware store, didn't even buy - feedback please!

12-03-2014 04:24 PM by Dreek | 18 comments »

Perhaps this is an odd thing to do in a review, but it feels like a big chunk of the context of my woodworking life has just been torn away. Ever since I can remember there has been a Lufkin folding ruler in the house, usually the brown wood one with the sliding extension, whether it was my family home when I was a kid, or in my toolbox as an adult. I own one of the model named, bought a couple years ago to replace another I’d broken, and it is as always had been accurate, durable, an...

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Jessem Roller Guide - FIVE Stars

Jessem Roller Guide - FIVE Stars

12-01-2014 09:20 PM by Kopion | 12 comments »

I’ve posted a lengthy review or two, but this one will be comparatively short. I broker out the Jessem Clear-Cust stock guides for the second time this weekend, and I was just amazed at a) how well they work, and b) how well they’re made. As I was working with them, I decided that they belonged in a very elite category of tools that exceed expectations so much that you immediately cannot remember what you did before you had that tool. Off the top of my mind, the best example of...

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I hope this circular saw will be the last I ever need?

I hope this circular saw will be the last I ever need?

11-30-2014 01:37 AM by paxorion | 3 comments »

If anyone were to ask me what to look for in a circular saw, I would say my must-haves are: A cast shoe Lever-locks for adjustments for easier Arbor lock for blade changes A good feel in your hands A decent price at or below $100 (at today’s prices) This Porter Cable met all of the criteria in a very bare bones way. After about 6 months of use, it has not disappointed me. I’d consider this to be an example of the perfect non-track circular saw for me. The Goo...

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Project EVS Vacuum pump

Project EVS Vacuum pump

11-28-2014 03:04 AM by iminmyshop | 5 comments »

There are many different kinds of vacuum presses. Wading through which you need can be daunting. Buying a vacuum system can also be costly. I went with the EVS Project at http://www.veneersupplies.com/pages/DIY__Vacuum__Press.html. These pumps require putting some parts together and some very simple wiring. I had never done this sort of thing. I’m a woodworker, not an electrician and had no idea what a manifold was. But everything I read about the company from its customers was very po...

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