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A Joy to Use

A Joy to Use

12-12-2019 03:40 PM by MagicalMichael | 9 comments »

I have been woodworking for more years than I care to admit. Early on I built a Tage Frid bench with traditional shoulder and tail vises. I never wanted for anything else from a vise, until, after many decades of use both of those vises began to fail. Two years ago I built a new out feed table for a new table saw and outfitted it with a leg vise sporting a Lake Erie screw and the Hovarter scissors. Later I retrofited a 150 mm HNT Gordon Tail vise into that table. The leg vise is nice eno...

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Jet 8" Jointer, unboxing, assembly, set-up, & initial use

Jet 8" Jointer, unboxing, assembly, set-up, & initial use

11-11-2018 10:15 PM by MagicalMichael | 3 comments »

Last Spring I sold my General 6” Jointer and my Williams & Hussey molder/planer with the intention of buying the Rikon 12” Jointer/Planer Combo. Then, looking at a heavy summer travel schedule I decided to put the purchase off till the Fall. When I finally went to execute the purchase, in early Oct., I discovered that the $2700 price had leapt to $3600 with the addition of $900 in tariffs. The Jet had gone to $4200. I balked and spent a month or so hand planing poplar for ...

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Super Fence Unboxing and Assembly

Super Fence Unboxing and Assembly

04-21-2018 01:12 PM by MagicalMichael | 6 comments »

This review can only address the unboxing and assembly because the fence has gone onto a not quite finished bench and so hasn’t been used yet. The unit is very solidly made, and I feel confident I will like using it. However when I first unboxed it I considered returning it to Woodcraft. Instead of a router fence I had a collection of 15+ parts and what looked like maybe a hundred assorted, unidentified nuts, bolts and washers. My first look at the instruction manual suggested tha...

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Many disappointments with this router

Many disappointments with this router

11-15-2017 01:00 AM by MagicalMichael | 30 comments »

I already owned a Festool drill, joiner, sander and dust collector before I bought the router, so I was certainly prepared to really like it. So far it has been a series of disappointments. First, when I opened the box many parts had popped loose and were scattered about. I saw a picture of the edge guide but no edge guide in the box. The last two routers I have purchased – Ryobi & Triton- both came with edge and circle guides so I was surprised and dismayed to see that a $570 r...

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