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Festool CT-F Bluetooth remote for CT Vac

Festool CT-F Bluetooth remote for CT Vac

09-28-2021 01:20 AM by ic3ss | 7 comments »

Oh man, I love this thing! I bought a CT26 vac last month and have loved using it. I have it parked next to a wall hanging tool cabinet. I’ve grown tired of bending down to turn it on for a quick cleanup but it’s not that big a deal. The other day I leaned down to turn it on and when I stood up I nailed my head on the bottom of the tool cabinet door, knocking a few tools onto the floor. Oh God it hurt so bad and a few bad words came out, but hey, I didn’t throw anything a...

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Jess Em Rout-R-Fence II

Jess Em Rout-R-Fence II

09-21-2021 04:24 AM by ic3ss | 3 comments »

First thing was to mount the fence rail mounting rails. They have four screw holes each that are for the screw holes under the phenolic table. They’re not threaded, just holes for screws. The directions, which are not very good, tell me to screw those rails to the bottom of the table top using “the 6×45mm screws”. It doesn’t mention how many, doesn’t say that they’re included although it’s implied. No screws found. I’m no math genius but I ...

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Not at all happy with it.

Not at all happy with it.

09-10-2021 02:28 AM by ic3ss | 14 comments »

I bought this to go on top of a cabinet I’m working on. I just put in my Jesse router lift an come to find out the lockdown screw holes are misaligned. The top comes with these plastic blocks for the levelers and lockdown screws that you screw into the bottom. That’s my first complaint is other companies will machine a shelf in the hole for the plate to sit on, not here. And now after I’ve drilled into this thing and can’t take it back I find out I can’t lock it down. So thanks Kreg, and J...

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A major shop upgrade

A major shop upgrade

08-25-2020 11:11 PM by ic3ss | 14 comments »

I was able to save some cash and bought a SawStop 3hp PCS last year. I sold my trusty old Unisaw to a buddy. I bought it right after I moved into our new house and it sat sadly in the box for over three months while I was traveling for work until I could get to it. I had a new toy that I couldn’t play with. My 3 car garage/future shop was full of boxes and disassembled tools, my bench was in pieces, it was a mess. I was in woodworker Hell. Well I’ve been using it since ...

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Pretty good, but now wish I'd bought the D4R

Pretty good, but now wish I'd bought the D4R

08-22-2020 01:53 AM by ic3ss | 2 comments »

I’m building a desk, a really nice one for my wife and I needed to make four drawers. Dovedails were the only joint I was willing to make for them but I’m really not very good at hand cutting them so I picked this up from Woodcraft for the job. I knew the setup would take some time but it took me all damn day to get one good test cut out of this thing. By the time I had finished the drawers I had gotten pretty good at changing the setup and had developed a better understanding of ...

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I can see not wanting to work without it in my future

I can see not wanting to work without it in my future

04-05-2016 03:06 AM by ic3ss | 14 comments »

I scratched an old itch a couple of weeks ago and bought a Domino. I’m making a bed frame and this was the perfect project for this tool. Lots of slats and rails, lots of domino joints. It needed a slight calibration out of the box but was pretty easy to do, and has been a real force multiplier in saving me lots of time. I still have a ways to go on it and the domino work is mostly done, but it really has surpassed all of my expectations. It really is simple to use and as accurate you w...

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Lithonia T8 shop lights

Lithonia T8 shop lights

01-12-2016 04:45 AM by ic3ss | 9 comments »

This is my second attempt at shop lighting. I had picked up an LED fixture a couple of weeks ago but was generally unimpressed with light output and color. My review is here I took it back and ordered three of this fixture at HD, they delivered free to my house if I ordered three. At $22 per I figured I couldn’t go wrong. Well I got the three put up and bought some tubes for them I wanted to experiment a little with the color. All tubes are 2900 lumen at 32 watts. I bought two 5000K ...

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Does what it says, just not enough light

Does what it says, just not enough light

01-03-2016 09:52 PM by ic3ss | 20 comments »

Shop lighting is on my to-do list this year. I found this light had a good review on LJ so I bought one at HD for $55 yesterday. It says it produces 4000 lumens at 4000K light temp. I can’t verify the light intensity but in my garage shop with the other lights off and the door closed, this is what it looked like. The picture is just slightly darker than reality but not much, this is pretty accurate. I know everything would be brighter if I went ahead with more of these for the re...

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Gramercy Holdfast works well after tuning

Gramercy Holdfast works well after tuning

04-26-2015 11:42 PM by ic3ss | 13 comments »

I recently completed my Roubo bench and a set of holdfasts were the last item. Between the hand forged really nice and expensive ones and the cast iron made in china break on the first use cheap ones, there were these. They are not cast, so they have flexibility to not break under normal use. The cheap ones at woodcraft and rocker are cast, and they will break because they are cast. Nor are they hand wrought by a blacksmith. These are the best ones because they have the texture on the shan...

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Simple tool but its great at what it does

Simple tool but its great at what it does

03-23-2015 11:28 PM by ic3ss | 3 comments »

This was a Christmas gift and this is the first time I had to use it today on the chop of my workbench I’m building. A sanding block is something that almost doesn’t deserve a review I think but I really like this. It’s size is perfect for straightening out an edge which is what I used it for today. It fits perfectly in the hand and I think this may reduce fatigue ‘cause I used the heck out of it and my arm was tired but not my hand. I wasn’t sure how well the...

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