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Just Got a New Career!

Just Got a New Career!

04-05-2020 03:17 PM by TeleMaker | 19 comments »

I’ve been using a shop built drum sander for five or six years, for building custom Tele style guitars. Worked great, but my wife bought me an anniversary present a couple of weeks ago, so I made the mistake of throwing the old warhorse onto Craigslist. BIG MISTAKE. Spent two hours trying to get the conveyor belt to track. Impossible – Ordered another belt to replace the shredded original belt. (Yes, I installed the plastic “guides”, per the manual.) Forced to make con...

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Promark Soft Close Drawer Slides

Promark Soft Close Drawer Slides

03-31-2020 10:43 AM by ScandiaSawdust | 4 comments »

I’ve installed a lot of drawer slides in my 25 year cabinetmaking career and was looking for some reasonably priced soft close side mount drawer slides for a low-use project. I’ve tried a few brands on a couple of projects but was underwhelmed with one in particular – the Promark soft close slides. Not only were they loud when closed (and not even on the drawer!) but the ball bearing count was less than all the similar brands, they only had one spring and the slide was very ...

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Uncle Bill’s Sliver Gripper

Uncle Bill’s Sliver Gripper

03-30-2020 12:52 PM by TungOil | 17 comments »

I’ve been woodworking for decades, and have gotten my share of splinters over that time. I’ve tried a number of different ‘tools’ for removing splinters, but never found anything that really worked well for the tiny splinters I seem to pick up constantly while building furniture. Until now. I came across the Uncle Bill’s Sliver Gripper about a year ago, so thought I’d give it a try. http://www.slivergripper.net/ This is by far the best tool I have used for removing splinters, ha...

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Time Will Tell

Time Will Tell

03-28-2020 10:18 AM by StateArtCab | 0 comments »

(40 years professional architectural woodworker) This router is a clone of Makita RT0701C but includes plunge base & all accessories. The first one I purchased from Grizzly cost $50, but was returned due to somewhat bogging down (slower rpm just free running with no load), overheated collet-bearing area and eventually an electrical armature varnish burning smell, right out of the box. Not as smooth running as the Makita, which cost $90 . . . with better balanced armature, nice soft ...

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Dremel Fortiflex - wonderful tool for many uses.

Dremel Fortiflex - wonderful tool for many uses.

03-23-2020 11:28 AM by mafe | 5 comments »

Dremel Fortiflex – flexible shaft motor Bought this flexible shaft motor, after reading that so many people talking good about this kind of tool.It’s not cheap, but I have to say it is worth the money.I have used it a lot, since I bought it and for both woodworking and blacksmithing work.The motor has plenty of power, the pedal are well balanced and the two different handle types are making it even more versitile. I prefer the thin handle for fine work, where the bigger one are...

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Excellent dust collection

Excellent dust collection

03-20-2020 10:33 PM by iminmyshop | 8 comments »

My 14 year old 1 3/8hp Powermatic dust collector finally bit the dust (pun intended). I’m glad it did. This 5hp Oneida dust collector puts it to shame. I’m not used to working in such a clean shop. The suction on this is amazing. This model is intended to work with either one 4” port or up to three 1 1/2” ports at a time but I routinely use it on a 4” and one or two smaller ports at once and it does just fine. It is definitely not a quiet machine but seems ...

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Precision and Durability

Precision and Durability

03-14-2020 06:01 PM by EllenWoodHead | 6 comments »

I found a nice deal on Ebay for this set, about half the retail price. My old Stanley combination square was overdue for retirement. It was funky, with lots of slop and no smoothness. I jammed it with toothpicks to hold the head more or less square. The Starrett set is in a different league. All the heads operate smoothly, and when I tighten them they stay put, and do not move out of adjustment. It is a treat to not have to fight them. For me the Starrett difference is they feel wonderf...

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Robert Sorby modular tool rest system

Robert Sorby modular tool rest system

03-12-2020 06:37 PM by hairy | 5 comments »

I was fortunate to receive a $100 gift card for Lee Valley Tools. I used it as a partial payment for this tool rest. https://www.leevalley.com/en-ca/shop/collections/100476-modular-tool-rest-system I didn’t buy the whole package, I was really after the box scraper platform. It works as good as I hoped it would. I was able to get it real close to a piece I was turning, and it really made a difference hollowing. Usually for me, hanging way out over the tool rest gave a pretty rough sur...

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Harvey Alpha Series Bandsaw Review

Harvey Alpha Series Bandsaw Review

03-11-2020 03:15 PM by mckenziedrums | 3 comments »

With a big cutting project on the books to start 2020, we were in need of an upgrade to our trusty old 14” Grizzly. It’s not that I particularly had any dislike of the saw, but it wasn’t a production machine and certainly wasn’t going to run the 1” carbide blades we wanted to run for this project. I shopped everything from Laguna to Grizzly and PowerMatic without really a price range in mind other than maybe $3k or less. Most of what I do is 2” or less thic...

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Metabo SV 13YST

Metabo SV 13YST

03-10-2020 12:42 PM by Dustjunkie | 5 comments »

Very impressed with this 5” variable speed orbital sander, I came across this while I was in Lowe’s and decided to give it a shot for $35. The sander works well and feels good in the hand, no sign of any jitters after use so far. It includes a dust bag, dust bag adapter, 2 vacuum adapters and 2 sanding disc’s and a 12 foot cord.

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