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Great value cast bronze router kit from ebay.

Great value cast bronze router kit from ebay.

02-27-2016 02:05 AM by Babieca | 3 comments »

I decided to build a router plane and went on ebay looking for a blade and instead came across this cast bronze kit from St. James Bay Tool Co. This model normally comes as part of a 2 router set for $85, but this single without handles was $25. I assume these were on ebay because the castings aren’t perfect. As you can see on the photos above, one of the mounting holes for the wood handles was a little out of round. The set screw was also not finished. However, the bottom is flat an...

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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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