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Blog series by kenthemadcarpenter updated 05-04-2016 09:36 PM 6 parts 6546 reads 13 comments total

Part 1: Table Saws buying guide for newbies

07-20-2015 04:57 PM by kenthemadcarpenter | 0 comments »

Nothing is worse than buying a tool that you learn later on is one you wish you never bought especially if you are new to wood working. The most utilized tool in most woodshops is the table saw. There a vast amount of table saws on the market, finding the one that best fits your needs can be confusing. Some people like the idea of a portable saw, especially if they have limited workspace. Others prefer the cabinet style fixed location. Either one is fine, however certain things you want to ma...

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Part 2: Routers, Routers, and more routers, oh my!!! for newbies

07-20-2015 05:24 PM by kenthemadcarpenter | 0 comments »

There is no such thing as a bad router, There are basically two types of routers, plunge routers, and fixed/stationary base, and ok i lied sorta of, the optional combo fixed router with a plunge base. Which one do you need? That really depends on what you are using it for, Myself i have three routers, i have my fixed base in my router table, i have my plunge router that i use in conjunction with a jig for cross grain dado’s then my other fixed base router for no other reason than it w...

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Part 3: Kreg pocket hole jig R3

10-16-2015 08:47 PM by kenthemadcarpenter | 1 comment »

I’ve seen the commercials, I knew I had a couple project where this would come in handy, I debated and procrastinated for months. Finally I decided to buy one of these jigs, I decided on the R3 because the sound of $40 vs $100 was a better bet. Overall it’s a great little tool to have on hand. How ever there are certain things they don’t mention so I will. There screws are not as self tapping as they claim. A self tapping screw should bite and grab these one you need clamp y...

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Part 4: How many router bits do You really need- for newbies

12-12-2015 12:33 PM by kenthemadcarpenter | 6 comments »

This is probably one of the most asked questions for those just getting into wood working. Obviously there is no real right answer. My self getting and choosing router bits is a simple enough decision to make. While in some some sense buying a 150 – 172 would over all have cost benefits in overall savings, other ways it would be a huge waste of money because my chances of using all of them would be slim. The best way at least for me when choosing a bit is I ask myself the following ques...

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Part 5: Cross Cut Sled

01-13-2016 03:18 PM by kenthemadcarpenter | 2 comments »

I never had a need for a cross cut sled, and not really sure if I ever will have a need for one to be honest with you, I say this because 90% of any thing I need to make a cross cut on, My Radial arm saw does the job, and anything that I can’t do on the radial arm saw, well that is what my circular saw is for. How ever a friend of mine who is just getting started asked me how to go about making one. His table saw is the same as mine so making a sled using my table as the basis was simpl...

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Part 6: Jigs. Jigs, and more Jigs.

05-04-2016 09:36 PM by kenthemadcarpenter | 4 comments »

There is no question about it, ‘at some point during our trek into the world of wood working we are going to need some sort of jig, whether it is a temporary one or a permanent go to Jig. Of course if you google it, you no doubt will get flooded with every type of jig imaginable, go to you tube and you find find countless video’s to build all sorts of nifty jigs. In my wood working most of my jigs are temporary jigs. Pending on what you your self are doing you may need more than o...

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