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Dust Cobra Dust Extractor, 17 Gal

Dust Cobra Dust Extractor, 17 Gal

04-25-2018 01:52 AM by JBrow | 2 comments »

Purchase. The 17 gallon Oneida Dust Cobra Dust Extractor along with the optional 2.5” x 25’ CleanShop Vacuum Hose Kit replaced a 1980s Craftsman Shop Vac outfitted with Oneida’s Dust Duty. The Craftsman was showing signs of wear. The Craftsman began making noise when shut off, probably dry bearings. Shop vacs and dust extractors were considered, but the Dust Cobra seemed to offer more. It is designed for a 2-1/2” hose. An Industrial Dust Cobra, which includes a drum dolly...

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Powermatic PJ-882HH 8-Inch Parallelogram Jointer & Mobile Base Review

Powermatic PJ-882HH 8-Inch Parallelogram Jointer & Mobile Base Review

04-26-2016 05:06 PM by JBrow | 12 comments »

Purchase Decision. Woodworking is a hobby in my 2 car commandeered garage. I thought it time to upgrade from my 6” Craftsman jointer with its 36” long bed. The Craftsman never let me down since the late 1980’s, continued to work well, and was a great entry level jointer. However, it lacked the convenience of a long and wide bed. Replacing straight knives was always a challenge. In addition to an 8” wide X long bed, I wanted a helical cutter head and tables mounted with a parallelogram...

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Laguna Compact Shaper 4 Speed 3HP, Model MSHAP4SPD-3-0130

Laguna Compact Shaper 4 Speed 3HP, Model MSHAP4SPD-3-0130

04-12-2016 03:48 AM by JBrow | 7 comments »

Requirements and Order. Woodworking is a hobby. A long time ago I considered a spindle shaper but committed to the router table. A little over a year ago, I decided to upgrade the router table. The found the upgrades I wanted to make would be costly and a lot of time to put into effect. That led me to researching spindle shapers. The Laguna Compact Shaper 4 Speed 3HP 1Ph (MSHAP4SPD-3-0130) was my choice. I ordered it from M&M Tool Parts. Receipt & Set Up. The shaper arrived...

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PM 719T Hollow Chisel Mortiser Review

PM 719T Hollow Chisel Mortiser Review

01-21-2016 02:18 AM by JBrow | 6 comments »

Problem. I prefer the mortise and tenon joint. Most of my projects join ¾” thick stock. I am not one to create a mortise by chopping with a chisel, drilling a series of holes that are then squared up, or setting up the router – I am just not patient enough. For years, I used a mortise attachment on my Craftsman floor model drill press. It was a constant struggle to use the attachment and get centered mortises plus cutting mortises took the drill press out of commission until they were ...

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Electric Radiant Heat in the Workshop Review

Electric Radiant Heat in the Workshop Review

01-19-2016 02:44 AM by JBrow | 12 comments »

Problem. Prior to 2013, I heated the attached 2 car garage 450 square foot workshop with open flame heat. I started out with propane, but it was loud and consumed a lot fuel. I switched to tall style kerosene heater and stuck with it for about 5 years. The kerosene heater did a great job keeping the shop warm, but the fumes would enter the house even with weather stripping on the tight closing door. And then there was purchasing fuel; it seemed that every two to three weeks I had to ma...

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CV 1800 Bundle Review

CV 1800 Bundle Review

01-05-2016 05:24 AM by JBrow | 15 comments »

My Requirements and Purchase Decision. I used a ½ hp dust collector with an awful filter bag for about 10 years before I outfitted it with a shop made cyclone from the “ShopNotes” design in 1998. I used that machine up until August 2015, when I purchased the Clearvue CV 1800 cyclone bundle. It was a shop upgrade long overdue, but probably like many woodworkers, I would rather spend money on wood cutting tools than on a vacuum cleaner. My decision to upgrade dust collection occurred earl...

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Grizzly “G0636X – 17 Inch Ultimate” Bandsaw Review

Grizzly “G0636X – 17 Inch Ultimate” Bandsaw Review

01-04-2016 02:42 AM by JBrow | 23 comments »

The first post to Lumberjocks was this review, which I posted in the Forum, Under Tools etc. It was recommended that I re-post this review in the Review section of Lumberjocks. Purchase. I have been woodworking as a hobby since 1985, but never owned a bandsaw – until now. Previously, I re-sawed on the table saw and used the jig saw & router for curved cuts. Before making my bandsaw purchase, I saved my money and researched bandsaws. I considered 14” to 19” bandsaws from every manufact...

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