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 Bench Dog Accessories

Bench Dog Accessories

06-01-2019 10:49 PM by hairy | 2 comments »

I bought my ‘89 Unisaw 11 years ago. It did not have a bladeguard , splitter or any safety equipment. Among the first accessories I purchased was the Bench Dog featherboard. I use it a lot. A couple years ago I bought an Ark Shark guard, for safety as much as dust collection. I use it as much as I can. The Bench Dog push stick is great for when the fence is near the guard. It looks kinds flimsy, but it is pretty stout. I always thought the Blade Loc was a gimmick. I got one at a y...

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Festool Mobile Systainer Base/Cart

Festool Mobile Systainer Base/Cart

06-01-2019 09:40 AM by LittleBlackDuck | 27 comments »

Boys and Girls, For a comprehensive review, one must set the atmosphere… and if you don’t need to breathe, scroll down to the first picture of the mobile base (about 1/2 way down… but then you wont know what I was talking about). Years ago I was like a lot of you LJers and avoided Fe$tool like the plague because of it$ price tag$. However years ago back in 2008 when I was young and naive, I bought a Makita Cordless 4 Mode Impact Driver (BTP140) for $830… yep $830 fo...

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The SawStop meets or exceeds my expectations (so far)

The SawStop meets or exceeds my expectations (so far)

05-27-2019 12:30 AM by NoSpace | 2 comments »

I finally got the SawStop. I bought it just before prices went up and couldn’t bring it home for a month until I cleared space in the 1-car shop. I can’t compare this to other saws of its class, but my experience may be useful for those in a similar situation, where I had a DeWalt jobsite saw that I was able to make suit my needs and should I upgrade or not? The safety mechanism I figured I couldn’t justify NOT getting, as losing a finger could ruin my day job, and what&#...

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 Laguna 12" Jointer - Outstanding

Laguna 12" Jointer - Outstanding

05-24-2019 08:44 PM by BGGigHarbor | 2 comments »

After 2 months of significant use, my assessment is this jointer is OUTSTANDING! I am incredibly pleased. It’s an awesome beast of a jointer and is a pleasure to use. I’ve spent nearly 3 years researching and testing out every 8” jointer I could lay my hands on. I’ve used 12” & 16” jointers (thanks to a woodworking club a few hours away) and even some European models. But never could I find this one to test out. I’ve visited the regional authorized repair center that works on various manu...

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Wood River #7  Jointer Plane

Wood River #7 Jointer Plane

05-15-2019 09:31 PM by Dimensions | 8 comments »

So i just added my newest hand tool to my collection, the Wood River Number 7 Jointer Plane. This thing is a BEAST! At 22 ” and 9.6 lbs you definetly realize you are holding a well made tool. It has plenty of heft to take on gnarly grain in very hard woods. I will be putting it to the true test soon, as i build my first “real” workbench. I wanted to use this plane to assist in flattening the top of the bench. If you want to see my initial thoughts on this tool, you can ch...

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Another Rockler Innovation with sub-par product execution

Another Rockler Innovation with sub-par product execution

05-13-2019 10:07 PM by CaptainKlutz | 12 comments »

Have owned one Rockler All-Terrain moble base for almost two years, and couple months ago bought another to replace mobile base that shredded it wheels. Felt it was time to share my findings in a review. DESIGN: (4 of 5 stars) This ‘All-Terrain’ mobile base is only base that offers 5” wheels available for retail sale. It also has the highest ground clearance of any base I have tried in market (and I have tried most of them). Here is comparison picture with Portamat...

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Very Good Plans for Model A Ford

Very Good Plans for Model A Ford

05-11-2019 10:45 PM by Redoak49 | 5 comments »

I recently bought two sets of plans for a Ford Model A. I reviewed the one from Gatto earlier and was not happy with the way it was printed on blue paper and hard to read. This one from Forest Street Designs is much better and clearly printed on white paper and very clear. This allows me to copy various parts of it to make the parts. I have looked briefly through the plans and it seems to have very good details. While I do not expect to completely follow the plans, I do expect to uti...

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Good Plan but Poor Printing

Good Plan but Poor Printing

05-11-2019 01:38 PM by Redoak49 | 2 comments »

I recently purchased the Model A Roadster Plan from Gatto Plans. The details in it are pretty good but the printing is not good. The plans arrived and printed on blue paper. This makes it very difficult to make copies to use while making the model. In addition, the printing is small and looks like it was typed and probably was as it is copyrighted in 1990. For my older, more mature, eyes, this plan is very user unfriendly. I have tried scanning to black and white with different sett...

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Sulphur Grove bandsaw tires

Sulphur Grove bandsaw tires

05-06-2019 07:55 PM by hairy | 3 comments »

I needed new tires for my Jet 14” with riser. When I needed tires for my old Delta, I went with Carter, and have been satisfied with them. I don’t know if Sulphur Grove was around back then,but I just learned of them. I read that Carter tires were a bad fit for Jet. They were easy enough to put on. I left the wheels on and took off the blade, table, trunnion, and guides. I got it started on at the top, clamped on a 1 hand fast clamp and rolled the wheel around till the clamp w...

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Infeed roller modification

Infeed roller modification

05-03-2019 01:08 PM by Jarrhead | 4 comments »

I was having a problem with my planer’s infeed roller leaving marks on my work pieces on the outfeed end. Apparently this is a very common problem, not just with my brand/model of planer (Grizzly 15”), but with many other brands as well. It seems the new industry standard for infeed rollers is to produce them with these rather aggressive serrations that end up embossing the wood surface. If you don’t take a rather substantial cut, the embossing will still be very prevalent after the work p...

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