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Precision and Durability

Precision and Durability

03-14-2020 10:01 PM by EllenWoodHead | 6 comments »

I found a nice deal on Ebay for this set, about half the retail price. My old Stanley combination square was overdue for retirement. It was funky, with lots of slop and no smoothness. I jammed it with toothpicks to hold the head more or less square. The Starrett set is in a different league. All the heads operate smoothly, and when I tighten them they stay put, and do not move out of adjustment. It is a treat to not have to fight them. For me the Starrett difference is they feel wonderf...

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Ridgid R4512 table saw a best value

Ridgid R4512 table saw a best value

03-03-2020 06:31 AM by EllenWoodHead | 15 comments »

I was using a DeWalt 745 portable table saw for some years, and was happy with it. It’s a little 10” jobsite saw, and it did everything I asked: rough cuts, fine cuts, bevel cuts. It cuts fast and clean, and I love the rack-and-pinion fence. When I set the fence at whatever measurement I want, I get that exact cut. It has two downsides: the miter slots are junk. They’re plain slots, not T-slots, and they are sloppy. The other downside is no dust control. This is a messy litt...

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Nice for the price, eeks so much plastic

Nice for the price, eeks so much plastic

02-29-2020 01:55 AM by EllenWoodHead | 6 comments »

Couple years ago I decided I needed a laser cross-line level. I know, real woodworkers climb ladders with 6-foot long bubble levels, and effortlessly hold them in place with one hand as they draw their lines, and never need to climb down, but move their ladders with graceful hip movements, like dancing the mambo. (Me, I’m more Funky Chicken, but the mambo is better for scooting ladders.) But I digress. There are laser levels for all kinds of purposes, like marking 90-degree an...

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