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Nice for the price, eeks so much plastic

Nice for the price, eeks so much plastic

02-29-2020 01:55 AM by EllenWoodHead | 5 comments »

Couple years ago I decided I needed a laser cross-line level. I know, real woodworkers climb ladders with 6-foot long bubble levels, and effortlessly hold them in place with one hand as they draw their lines, and never need to climb down, but move their ladders with graceful hip movements, like dancing the mambo. (Me, I’m more Funky Chicken, but the mambo is better for scooting ladders.) But I digress. There are laser levels for all kinds of purposes, like marking 90-degree an...

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VERITAS Optical Centre Punch

VERITAS Optical Centre Punch

12-30-2019 09:08 PM by LittleBlackDuck | 13 comments »

Boys and Girls, I have quite a few dodgy items in my workshop as no-one has written a review prior to me purchasing… or I was too lazy to do a search! As it’s not fair to review my own jigs, for your edification I thought I might take the time to review this Veritas offering that I received as a Christmas present and Santa wasn’t successful in reversing the inappropriate delivery. Now most of my scribes and centre punches seem to have tolerances in the caliber of 1/16”+. If you don&...

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JessEm Wood Sabre Marking Gauge Makes the Cut

JessEm Wood Sabre Marking Gauge Makes the Cut

12-02-2016 09:15 PM by Rich | 3 comments »

I had been looking for a good marking gauge. There are several out there that are great products, but when I saw the JessEm Wood Sabre gauge, I had to have one. I have the JessEm router lift and the 08350 doweling jig, so I expected that their marking gauge would live up to my expectations. I was not disappointed. The fit and finish is on par with their other fine products. It’s solidly built, and weighs in at 17 ounces. The face is approximately 3 inches wide and 1-1/2 inches t...

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 Woodpeckers OneTIME Tool® - One Piece T-Square: TS-3

Woodpeckers OneTIME Tool® - One Piece T-Square: TS-3

08-18-2016 05:43 PM by cmmyakman | 3 comments »

I have three favorite tools in my shop and the TS-3 is one of them. The other two favorite tools are an after market glue container (FastCap Glu-Bot Glue Bottle (16 Ounces) available on Amazon) and my Saw Stop table saw. Woodpeckers is one of my favorite tool suppliers. I really enjoy their squares, triangles and the table saw set-up gauge (http://www.woodpeck.com/sawgauge.html). I also have a router lift (Sidewinder) that Woodpecker doesn’t make anymore (it has a crank on the side)...

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Laser wood engraving on the cheap works surprisingly well.

Laser wood engraving on the cheap works surprisingly well.

07-02-2016 01:17 AM by MadMark | 62 comments »

I make a lot of boxes & cabinets and have long wanted to put pictures and words on items. The latest thing in the tool catalogs are ‘affordable’ laser engravers / cutters that start at several thousand and go up rapidly from there. Obviously that’s out of reach for a dabbler. Searching the internet shows lots of units for between $100 and $200 – all from no-name Chinese cos. Gearbest listed several models from 200mw to 5w. I settled on the 1600mw unit as the bes...

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Fantastic Value

Fantastic Value

02-20-2016 04:47 PM by momalle3 | 13 comments »

So over the years it’s hit me that the tool I reach for most often, and use ALL THE TIME, is the combination square. Use it for rough squaring, for marking and layout quick 45 degree marks, general measurement and marking of depth, etc. I’ve been using a cheap one I got at Home Depot—I think it’s the “empire” brand. it’s been adequate, but it’s not exactly square, and more annoying the rule doesn’t want to stay where you set it—t...

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Blue Spruce Large Marking Knife

Blue Spruce Large Marking Knife

10-17-2015 07:17 PM by kd_walmsley | 6 comments »

Very happy with the product. Fit and finish are excellent. Delivery time was only a few days. I use it as you would hold a pencil and it fits my large hand well. Blade was sharp and useable out of the box.

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Cheap Woodcraft Wheel Marking Gauge--It works!

Cheap Woodcraft Wheel Marking Gauge--It works!

04-08-2015 05:02 PM by CharlesA | 19 comments »

Since I have been on my quest to learn to hand cut dovetails, I have been giving my marking gauge a workout. I have been using a Crown Rosewood cutting gauge, and I have been frustrated by my inability to make an absolutely straight clean line every time. I sharpened the knife on it and still would end with a wobble here and there. I thought that the combination of the cutting knife and the very short fence was the culprit: I checked reviews and was about to pull the trigger on a Ham...

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Where has this thing been my entire woodworking career?

Where has this thing been my entire woodworking career?

01-12-2015 08:06 PM by paxorion | 5 comments »

The recent announcement of the Wood Peckers precision framing square sent me down a dangerous path of wondering where I can pull a few hundred bucks out of my budget for an impulse buy. After sanity checking myself, I decided that I need to bring myself back to reality and ask if there was an alternative to consider. Enter the Veritas Square Fence. If a framing square were Tom Cruise, it would say “you complete me” to this Veritas innovation. I spotted this innovation in the...

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Another Great Woodpecker Product

Another Great Woodpecker Product

01-11-2015 01:12 AM by scarpenter002 | 6 comments »

I purchased this set of squares of few months ago, when it was on sale as part of their weekly specials sent to their Eclub members. The set arrives in custom MDF case. I will not be utilizing the case, as I have custom brackets made to hold these. These are made of thick Aluminum, making them sturdy, yet light weight. There are measurements on both the inside and outside of the blade. The inside measurements start at the notch of the square, allowing easy measurement on projects. A c...

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