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It's no Tormek.  But it is a Wen

It's no Tormek. But it is a Wen

03-03-2019 04:03 AM by Holbs | 23 comments »

With the ongoing hand plane & chisel sharpening experience I am working on, I wanted to add something that would benefit my ever increasing arsenal: a wet grinder. This will not replace, but add too my diamond stones and Worksharp 3000 machine.Tormek is well out of my price tag. Though surely more engineering, higher quality parts & motor… I think I would spring for a Laguna bandsaw before going for a Tormek or something else of value. A wet grinder was not a NEED but more ...

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So far, exceeds expectations for under router dust collection

So far, exceeds expectations for under router dust collection

03-03-2019 03:41 AM by Holbs | 4 comments »

With the upgrades done to my router lift and router, along with over arm/under table router table dust collection ducting, it was time to find a solution for the combination of the two. I look all around at reviews, suggestions, DIY solutions, rather spendy ideas. I settled for this little gem.After a good long month of use, 98% no router dust/chips anywhere under my table. Notice, not 100% because the blue boot does not totally fit snug against the router hexagon nut so that the boot is a...

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Robust router lift for Bench Dog only cast iron tables

Robust router lift for Bench Dog only cast iron tables

02-18-2019 03:58 AM by Holbs | 8 comments »

It came time to up my game. This is my first ever router lift after painfully manually adjustments for years. Because I have a Bench Dog table saw cast iron extension, I was limited (I believe) to either the Bench Dog router lift or Incra Mast-R-Lift-II-R . I went with the Incra because…well… what an awesome track record :)What’s to be said about this lift? It’s awesome 5 stars. Installation was a snap. Installed a Milwaukee 3HP 5625 to ensure all routing needs...

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Gravity assisted cross cut mobile stand!

Gravity assisted cross cut mobile stand!

10-17-2018 03:15 AM by Holbs | 0 comments »

Here you will see a 32 degree angled mobile stand to help with cross cutting large panels.Just kidding :) Just me wiggling it into place.For longest time, I used a mini pallet jack and DIY stands for my Powermatic 66 and Unisaw. With the PM66 off to a better home, only the Unisaw remains with me. I never liked the saw being raised 4-5” higher due to the DIY stand but put up with it, til now. With upcoming outfeed assembly table, I wanted the saw as low as possible. Way too many ric...

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Working as intended framing nailer

Working as intended framing nailer

10-07-2018 07:24 PM by Holbs | 5 comments »

With my shed project, I knew a nailer was going to be needed for framing. Not wanting to chuck out $200 or $300 for a rarely used nailer, I opted for the NuMax 21 degree framing nailer hooked up to my 3HP/12 gallon air compressor.I’m thankful I did, after nearly 1,000 framing nails into 2×4’s and paneling.Works as advertised.

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A well done dedicated HVLP paint sprayer

A well done dedicated HVLP paint sprayer

10-07-2018 07:15 PM by Holbs | 2 comments »

There are many hand held HVLP sprayers out there to choose from. I keep an eye on auctions and I see way too many returns of the Wagner Flexio sprayers. Granted, for every 200 Flexio’s, surely 1 has a fault. All these hand held sprayers are plastic, after all. To change it up, I went with the Homeright Finish Max since I own the small/large Homeright spray shelters. Great shelters so wanted to give the sprayer a shot. At a respectful price tag, as well via Amazon.Right out of the ...

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A wonderful eyesight helper for tiny things!

A wonderful eyesight helper for tiny things!

12-24-2017 03:36 PM by Holbs | 4 comments »

I started to reshape a handsaw with my normal sight and then with my reading glasses (1.25 Power…Maybe prescription glasses for higher power would work instead of these). Both were not up to par for the tiny delicate work that was needed. I thought about jewelry professionals that use those monocles and that should be exactly what would work! Out searching I go… I eventually found this magnifier. Found out, can not use monocles as the item has to be a couple inches away from ...

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Mitre slot measuring tool for $12

Mitre slot measuring tool for $12

02-11-2017 09:10 PM by Holbs | 3 comments »

I was in dire need of fine measurement adjustment in my shop: checking dado stack, fence, auxiliary fence, etc. I could of made my own but I’ve been in a rush lately and ordered this little gem from Amazon at $12. Caution: you need your own dial caliper. Also, it does not fit all mitre slots! Read the description.I was all about to purchase another table saw alignment gadget that costs $120 but then saw this tool in the LJ review forum and gave it a shot. Have used it a number of ...

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The perfect solution for my Powermatic 66

The perfect solution for my Powermatic 66

12-21-2016 02:25 AM by Holbs | 12 comments »

With my shop overhead dust collection completed, I knew the next thing to tackle was overhead dust collection for my Powermatic 66. The existing PM66 splitter was a pain, like any original splitter. I also needed a blade guard that I could see through. And finally, needed dust collection to end the spray of debris back toward my face during cuts. I have my PM66 face to face with my Unisaw (which also has my BenchDog cast iron router table fitted), so any Excalibur or Unisaw boom arm would...

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D.H.S. Heavy Duty Leveler Legs w/ Lock Nuts - 600 Lb each

D.H.S. Heavy Duty Leveler Legs w/ Lock Nuts - 600 Lb each

11-13-2016 04:37 AM by Holbs | 3 comments »

These leveler legs are great if you have un-even flooring or if you have to adjust height here and there. I have two cabinet saws that I’m trying to make co-planer facing each other that have to move every so often so re-adjustment will be necessary. I considered cheaper versions but thought since these are attached to 500+lb cabinet saws, I went with playing it safe.D.H.S. Heavy Duty Leveler Legs w/ Lock Nuts - 600 Lb each

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