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For a fistful of shekels.

For a fistful of shekels.

08-18-2020 12:52 PM by LittleBlackDuck | 41 comments »

Boys and Girls, This is my response to pottzy’s review of the Bosch Dual-Mode Orbital sander. I couldn’t make a supportive comment as I haven’t experienced a Bosch attack and it would have been totally unfair to say anything negative, so I decided to back up my opinion with this ”review“ of the Fe$tool ROTEX. Yes, it is expensive(er), as I spell it with the $, however, just remember you cannot buy a Rolls in Kmart, unless it’s a baloney roll. Rather than go into all the pros ...

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Nail It.

Nail It.

07-09-2020 06:57 AM by LittleBlackDuck | 7 comments »

Boys and Girls, Young Patron did a review on this little gem back in 2011, which according to my majuvla (Ivan) calculator is approx. 09 years ago (OK., the leading 0 is exactly as per my calculator’s display… no approx. there maj’). With age, Patron’s posts has percolated down to the pits of archival obscurity and I thought it may be time to herald its existence to all you unfortunates that haven’t had the pleasurable encounter. A friend also needed use of it, whi...

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"Small" item, big grunt, bigger price.

"Small" item, big grunt, bigger price.

05-12-2020 08:27 AM by LittleBlackDuck | 10 comments »

Boys and Girls, Recently I made a box for my new Milwaukee trimmer and hacked together a video on using my Frontline Clamps for making the panels for the box. I thought that to give closure to the topic I should write up some kind of review on the trimmer. To spare some people the pain of reading (ugh), most will pull the ripcord when I mention the cost of $365 (Aust) for just the skin…. BYE… BYe… Bye… bye… by… b… … Anyone still there? When I first read a review about this trimmer I...

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Bigger not Always Better!

Bigger not Always Better!

04-30-2020 01:30 PM by LittleBlackDuck | 9 comments »

Boys and Girls, There are times when even Tim the Toolman Taylor (Home Improvements) might agree with me that bigger isn’t always better. Sometimes a bit & brace is far too big, as even the drill press Adding a smaller chuck is not much use,while further downsizing doesn’t cut the mustard, The solution is in a pin vice,to do justice to my mini dovetails, The ruler in gallery picture #3 gives an indication of it’s size. The vice is stainless and functions very smoothly a...

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Far reaching tweezers

Far reaching tweezers

04-24-2020 11:14 AM by LittleBlackDuck | 20 comments »

Boys and Girls, I just finished a bit of drivel about laser engraving pens which left me with a penchant for sharing some of the different tools I have access to, that others may not be aware of. Now not everyone is going to undertake the construction of a wooden ship and try to get intimate with the close proximity of a hard to reach mast’s base and all those “ropes”, and consequently never experience the aid it was to me on that rigging, however, you may find some...

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Softly, Softly Sanding

Softly, Softly Sanding

04-20-2020 07:50 AM by LittleBlackDuck | 11 comments »

Boys and Girls While I was on the roll for sanding blocks, I thought I’d do a quick review of these Sponge Sanding Pads.I blundered across them when I was looking for sanding media for my flap sander. I read the splurge on their WEB site and being gullible believed all the hype and ordered the Mixed Grit Box (25 of each grit)… When it arrived and tried, I was not disappointed… in fact I was so impressed, I gave some friends samples and took up orders to do a bulk buy of each grit (w...

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There's Life Left in That There Sanding Disc

There's Life Left in That There Sanding Disc

04-20-2020 05:42 AM by LittleBlackDuck | 18 comments »

Boys and Girls, I have been using these sanding blocks long before Moses started building the ark. While they are my goto sanding savior, I was surprised to hear that many people have never crossed paths with them. I am not spruiking any brands but rather the product. You can find a supplier by Googling 150mm disc sanding blocks. =============================================================== Late amendment for you imperial tragics…. Google using 6” discs…. =...

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Soldering On

Soldering On

04-20-2020 02:20 AM by LittleBlackDuck | 19 comments »

Boy and Girls, If you don’t wield a Ryobi 18V tool in your workshop read no further as this is only a skin and is totally of bugger all use without a battery. This is my “Christmas tree” populated for the photo shoot. My soldering prowess sucks nearly as much as my welding… and my welding ability is only second to my number of sober days. Needless to say, I quickly discovered that welding electrical wire was not an easy task, even with a deftly manipulated MIG welder. I didn’t ow...

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Rockler ho'-downs.

Rockler ho'-downs.

01-24-2020 03:25 AM by LittleBlackDuck | 7 comments »

Boys and Girls, The question was voice (in text), so I thought I’d do a review (my opinion) on these Rockler Auto-Lock T-Track Hold Down Clamp (herewith referred to as Rockler clamp). While I have given them 5 stars, I would probably only rate them as 3 without my modifications. The gallery pictures show the clamp holding one to three 19mm separate pieces on the same tension setting. In all fairness, the pressure on the 3 pieces is less than that on the one, however, is still suffic...

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Heart-Starter... not from a bottle.

Heart-Starter... not from a bottle.

01-09-2020 11:57 AM by LittleBlackDuck | 39 comments »

Boys and Girls, As a lot of us are reaching our senior years, this “Review” may save your life. This is more a review of a concept rather than a full evaluation of a product. If you read on, you’ll understand and if you leave I’ll certainly understand. Up front, I haven’t used the product as of yet and hope it won’t be on me. Consequently this review is based on hearsay and what little reading I have done. Last Christmas day, 25th. Dec 2019 (and because of the time differe...

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