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Great performer, should have bought it earlier

Great performer, should have bought it earlier

08-20-2018 01:03 PM by JayT | 20 comments »

About a year and half ago, I was tired of having to leave the shop whenever my compressor kicked on due to the noise level. The compressor was one of the tried and true Porter Cable pancakes and it worked great for everything except my eardrums. Thinking about how I used a compressor, decided to downsize a bit and purchased a small one gallon unit from California Air Tools. Pros Noise Level. This thing is QUIET! I knew it was good from being at a show where CAT had a booth and talk...

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Adds variable speed, subtracts power

Adds variable speed, subtracts power

07-28-2018 12:29 AM by JayT | 18 comments »

A few years ago, I got a great deal on a 10in Jet lathe that was on closeout. I wanted variable speed, but the deal was too good to pass up. I also knew this kit from Penn State Industries existed and thought I could do the conversion in the future and still have less invested than buying a new variable speed lathe. During the recent Mallet Swap, I was doing a lot of turning and finally decided to spring for this kit and was looking forward to not switching belts near as much. Issue #1,...

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Worth every penny, i.e. Quality shines through

Worth every penny, i.e. Quality shines through

04-08-2014 04:25 PM by JayT | 15 comments »

“It is well with me only when I have a chisel in my hand” Michelangelo While I realize the famous artist was talking about sculpting, had he been a modern day woodworker, he may well have been referring to a Two Cherries chisel. Having purchased and using a set of Stanley Bailey chisels that were not meeting expectations, I decided to step up and purchase a couple of individual higher quality tools in the sizes that get used the most. The company I work for stocks wooden handled Two C...

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Hand cut dovetails--faster, cleaner, more precise.  What's not to like?

Hand cut dovetails--faster, cleaner, more precise. What's not to like?

03-25-2014 03:54 PM by JayT | 41 comments »

Like many woodworkers, I wanted to learn to make hand cut dovetails, but struggled with getting a precise joint. After some disappointing early results, I was ready to either quit or get some help. Somewhere along the line I had seen a blog post that linked a David Barron video where he used a magnetic saw guide. I decided to bite the bullet and purchase one of the 1:5 guides and hope that helped my joinery. I know that traditionally dovetails are 1:8 or 1:6, but since the ratio is fa...

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Very nice palm router with one annoying flaw

Very nice palm router with one annoying flaw

10-28-2013 05:09 PM by JayT | 11 comments »

I’ve had this router for nearly two years now, so feel I can give a good review based on actual usage. When looking for a small router to do light tasks, I purchased this one because of the price ($89.99 everyday, purchased on sale for $79.99) and I thought the included larger sub-base with the handles looked like a good idea. It has been used quite a bit and overall has been a good investment. The Good: Soft start. I’ve heard of people not liking soft start motors, bu...

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Good design, inconsistent quality

Good design, inconsistent quality

06-15-2013 10:19 PM by JayT | 14 comments »

Needing a decent set of chisels, instead of my plastic handled beaters, I decided to try the Stanley Bailey 5pc set. Now that I have been using them for about six months, it was time to do a review. The set retails for around $70 for five chisels and a leather tool roll. Initial impressions The chisels look good with brass ferrules and hoops contrasting nicely with the stained hardwood handles. I’m not a big fan of stained handles, but they do look nice out of the box. The in...

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