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Solid Bandsaw

Solid Bandsaw

05-30-2021 07:24 PM by EarlS | 6 comments »

Let’s try this again – I did something wrong this morning and it didn’t load: A couple months ago, I finally jumped in with both feet and ordered a Harvey 14” bandsaw, a huge step up from the little WEN and Delta bandsaws I owned previously. I wanted a bandsaw with sufficient power to resaw and cut rough lumber while being capable of doing more detailed work as well. I waited for a few weeks while the priced bounced around. They seem to change the discount near...

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The best dust collector I've owned

The best dust collector I've owned

02-20-2021 02:06 PM by EarlS | 22 comments »

Summary: 35 gal unit dimensions: 24” x 24” x 72” max vacuum: 97” WCInlet: 4” hoseoutlet: 5” hosepower: ~5HP from 3 motorsFilter: MERV 16 – 40 sqft, 99.97 removal of 0.3 micronnoise: 80 dBAmax air flow: 465 cfm Pros:plenty of suctionworks as both dust collector and shop vaccompact sizeback pulse mechanism to clean the filtervery heavy duty, quality product Cons:Expensive &#...

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Heavy Duty Wall Storage

Heavy Duty Wall Storage

02-14-2021 01:58 PM by EarlS | 6 comments »

I’ve been reorganizing my 1 stall garage shop to re-claim more floor space and generally get the tools I use most often organized so I can find them quickly and easily. One obvious way to do that is to install a wall storage system such as peg board or a slat wall system. After looking at the pegboard system I decided it wasn’t heavy duty enough to handle the weight of the unifence and miter bars that I want to hang behind the table saw when they aren’t being used. In a...

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Dries too fast

Dries too fast

01-10-2021 04:34 PM by EarlS | 9 comments »

Product Description Old Masters® Masters Armor™ water-based acrylic finish provides a beautiful topcoat with excellent clarity and durability. It is easy to apply, dries to the touch in just 30 minutes, and is ready for recoating after 1 to 2 hours. This means you can easily apply three coats in a single day. Lends a beautiful finishing touch to floors, cabinets, furniture, and almost any other type of interior woodwork. Available in flat, satin, semi-gloss and gloss sheens. Conclusion:...

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Lots of good ideas, some misses

Lots of good ideas, some misses

09-13-2020 03:10 PM by EarlS | 10 comments »

I’ve been using the JessEm Excel II router table package for about a year. JessEm Excel II router table package – $1543.99 includes:Mast-R-Lift Excel IITA FenceALTS StandALTS Caster SetClear Cut Stock Guides Accessories:Pow-R-Tek Switch – $49.9910 piece insert ring set – $42.99 2 fence stops -$34.99 each There are also other accessories (Wixey digital readout, Mite-R-Slide II) that I use in conjunction with the table package. Those will be reviewed separatel...

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Handy marking tool

Handy marking tool

09-06-2020 01:00 PM by EarlS | 6 comments »

Product Details:“Woodpeckers Saddle T-Squares improve your lay out accuracy with three unique features – a series of holes to guide your pencil, an edge that wraps around your work, and a high-contrast laser-engraved scale.” 4” version currently costs $54.99 + shipping Summary:Having preset holes at 1/16” intervals makes for faster, more accurate layout work parallel to the side of the board. The 3/4” saddle means that thinner boards have to be stacked o...

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Solid miter bar with some limitations

Solid miter bar with some limitations

09-05-2020 02:26 PM by EarlS | 18 comments »

I’ve been using the JessEm Mite-R-Excel II for 8 months. Product Details:The Mite-R-Excel II™ features nine miter detents with a spring loaded indexing pin at the most common angles. The front fence extrusion is 20” in length with a telescopic stop that extends up to 36”. The adjustable flip stop can be used with a sacrificial fence up to 3/4” thick. There is also a fence locating knob that allows quick reset of fence back to the correct distance to the blade. Sp...

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Good storage system for a garage

Good storage system for a garage

09-04-2020 04:59 PM by EarlS | 8 comments »

Bora wall mounted lumber metal storage rack (~$50)6 Levels, each level has 110-lb. (50 kg) weight capacity41”- height12.5” – shelf depthUp to 72” widthPowder-coated 1” steel tube construction Summary:Compact, narrow storage rack that works well on a garage side wall Details:I installed this unit on the wall of the garage. Installation was straight forward. The vertical supports are screwed into 2×4 studs and the horizontal supports are inserted into the appropriate slots. ...

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Clamp storage option if you aren't able to make your own

Clamp storage option if you aren't able to make your own

09-04-2020 03:44 PM by EarlS | 3 comments »

The 32” CLAMP RACK-IT SYSTEM includes a 32” base plate, 3 large arm sets (13” long), 2 small arm sets (10” long), and the necessary hardware – current price $155 + shipping. I purchased this unit last fall (2019) The Rack-It System is capable of holding 6 Bessey Revo clamps per large arm and 4 Bessey Revo clamps (or 9 Jorgensen bar clamps) per small arm. Summary: While the overall unit is quite sturdy, I gave this 3 stars due to some MAJOR shipping mistakes an...

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Great way to organize drawers full of tools

Great way to organize drawers full of tools

10-23-2018 04:39 PM by EarlS | 8 comments »

I bought several sheets of FastCap Kaizen foam to use to organize my tool drawers after seeing pictures of it on Rockler’s website. I really like the way that I’m able to keep all of the tools displayed and organized so I know where they belong when I clean up the shop. I give it 4 stars rather than 5 because of the lack of instructions on how to properly work with the foam. The pictures on label don’t qualify as instructions. Rockler’s price and free shipping ma...

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