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Woodpeck Parallel Guide System

Woodpeck Parallel Guide System

07-28-2021 05:42 AM by Rich | 3 comments »

When I decided to get a track saw, I began to review parallel guides. I looked at the Woodpeck, the TSO and the Festool options. Ultimately, I chose Woodpeck. Here is the system. If you want to see it neatly packaged in the Systainer, look at the Woodpeck site. The key to its accuracy is the position of the first arm—or rail—in the connector, and is not something you want to have to do every time you use the guide. In fact, that first step of getting it calibrated is the most critical...

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Clean, Perfect Dados Every Time ( with Video )

Clean, Perfect Dados Every Time ( with Video )

07-27-2021 05:53 PM by pintodeluxe | 8 comments »

Here’s the video of the jig if you’d rather start there… https://youtu.be/AoKwj5jgeks And here’s the long-winded version. So first impressions of the Woodpeckers exact width dado jig is that they thought of EVERYTHING when designing and engineering this jig. Not only is it setup to make exact width dados and grooves for undersized plywood, but it also has built-in clamping plates, and sliding router stops for stopped dados. But they didn’t quit there…...

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Not Perfect, but pretty close for me + Great Customer Service

Not Perfect, but pretty close for me + Great Customer Service

07-19-2021 11:19 PM by whope | 19 comments »

I’d give it a 4.5. I rounded up for the excellent customer service. This is my third dust collector. The machine I replaced was a Jet DC-1100VX that I’d had for just a few years. My first was a Delta that Lowes was selling for cheap. I’ll mention up front that when I upgraded to the Harvey, I also added 6” metal ducting which I’m sure had a big impact on performance. But it should, I spent about the same in ducting as I did for the G700 (about $2,500, includin...

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Buyer Beware

Buyer Beware

07-14-2021 06:06 PM by TucsonTim | 28 comments »

May 1, 2021 - Let me start this review on a positive note – There’s a lot to like about this table saw. Price, cast iron top, built in mobility, smooth operation, accurate cuts, a great fence and a steel (not aluminum) rail system. It was everything I was looking for in an upgrade from my 10 year old jobsite saw. I loved my new Delta table saw – for the first 35 days. Then, it happened. Humming noise from the motor during power on, blade would not turn. I was ru...

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DeWalt 8 Inch Dado Stack

DeWalt 8 Inch Dado Stack

06-29-2021 01:50 PM by stevejack | 13 comments »

I had had it with the last 4 Retail store Dado stacks over the last year. All of them were awful. Seems the more expensive they were the worse they cut. SO I decided to pull the trigger on a Ridge Carbon Set for $400. AT that time they were out of stock. UGH! So I watched some more Youtube vids and ran across some about the the DeWalt 8 inch set for $150. Every one seems to love them. So I bought one. Finally used it yesterday. WOW It really did a great, clean, sharp job. NOT perfect b...

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"The Age of Wood" by Roland Ennos

"The Age of Wood" by Roland Ennos

06-23-2021 11:32 PM by Phil32 | 11 comments »

This book published by Scribner presents the idea that human pre-history went through an Age of Wood comparable to the Stone Age, Bronze Age, or Iron Age. Wood has often been overlooked by archeologists because artifacts of wood do not survive for thousands of years like the other materials, but have played a similar, vital role in the development of civilization. 318 pages including notes and references.

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Wood-Mizer LX55 initial impressions

Wood-Mizer LX55 initial impressions

06-14-2021 12:30 AM by bigblockyeti | 13 comments »

I originally ordered an LX25 on March 1st and decided I needed something bigger less than 2 days later so I changed my order to an LX55 with the upgraded 14hp engine. The original expected delivery date was the third week in July and I was pleasantly surprised to have that bumped sooner two times to May 21st. I recieved confirmation that it shipped to the dealer on May 19th and with the 21st being a Friday before they were closed all weekend I was anxiously awaiting a call as early as possib...

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Cooking Up Things In the Shop

Cooking Up Things In the Shop

06-12-2021 09:51 PM by Kelly | 6 comments »

This is, as much as anything, a tip about silicone [and glass] kitchen mats normally used for baking and such, but which prove great for around the shop. These measure 16” x 24”, so they are a nice size for many projects. They’ll fight off carpenter’s glue, but I haven’t test driven them with Super Glue type products. They are water proof and will take a lot of heat. They roll up, then flatten again without problems. I paid about $12.00 for two of them. ...

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The new laguna PX planers

The new laguna PX planers

06-01-2021 09:08 PM by Surfridge | 1 comment »

I’m not big on using message boards but I was doing research for the new Laguna planer models and couldn’t find anything so this is my review for others checking out the Laguna planer redesign. First basic info: I am a one person custom furniture and cabinetry shop in LA. Been in business since 2013. 1400ish sqft shop. I replaced my dewalt 735 bench top planer which I had upgraded with the Byrd Shelix cutter years ago. Great little machine with the upgrade but I’ve pus...

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Solid Bandsaw

Solid Bandsaw

05-30-2021 07:24 PM by EarlS | 6 comments »

Let’s try this again – I did something wrong this morning and it didn’t load: A couple months ago, I finally jumped in with both feet and ordered a Harvey 14” bandsaw, a huge step up from the little WEN and Delta bandsaws I owned previously. I wanted a bandsaw with sufficient power to resaw and cut rough lumber while being capable of doing more detailed work as well. I waited for a few weeks while the priced bounced around. They seem to change the discount near...

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