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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 | 24 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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Pretty happy with the Kit

Pretty happy with the Kit

04-18-2021 08:40 AM by whope | 3 comments »

I was the Washington Woodworkers Guild booth at a woodworking show in Northern Virginia the last weekend before Covid shut everything down in 2020. I had decided to build an assembly table for the inside part of my shop. We had a couple of Noden Adjust-a-Benches in our booth and decided that I would use the kit as a starting point for my assembly table. There was a Noden booth at the show, so I stopped by and ordered the kit. At the time, I decided not to get the mobility kit. The kit a...

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Nice, inexpensive shop lights

Nice, inexpensive shop lights

02-28-2020 12:43 PM by whope | 12 comments »

One of my fluorescent lights went out in my garage shop and I was already planning on redoing my shop layout so I started looking at upgrading my lights. The big blue box store had a nice LED light but they appear to no longer stocking that item. So I checked the jungle and found these in 6-packs for $44 a pack. The one I was looking at were $21 each, so much cheaper. Wanting to put 4 per bay in the garage, I ordered 2 packs and 3 sets of 5’ connector cables. My son was in town, s...

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Nice, quiet, and probably too nice for a shop

Nice, quiet, and probably too nice for a shop

08-10-2019 01:55 PM by whope | 5 comments »

About a year ago, I decided that needed to get a real air cleaner for my shop. While poking around for reviews, I found a review of this Rabbit Air unit (mine is the 700 sub-model) on another woodworking website. It costs a bit more than the traditional air cleaners, but with the extra features, I decided it was worth it. It has 4 layers of filters, some you can clean, some you need to replace. You have a choice of the final filter and I went for the ‘toxins’ filter. Features I...

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A decent table for the price

A decent table for the price

08-10-2019 01:24 PM by whope | 3 comments »

I had a shop built table that I generally liked. But it was heavy and came too close to the height adjustment crank. So when a friend of mine was helping me move the drill press and broke the table, I wasn’t terribly upset. So I was looking for a replacement and not having time or inclination to make one, I found this new release from Wood River. For $100, sure, why not. The table is reasonably nice. I prefer a taller fence as that provides something to hold narrow pieces against, so...

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A great source of ideas

A great source of ideas

09-23-2017 02:20 PM by whope | 2 comments »

A few years ago I decided that I wanted to produce items with an Asian influence. To get more information and ideas, I browsed around Amazon and found this title. Seemed like it might be what I wanted. Indeed it is. It covers eight countries (and various regions) from India to Korea. Each chapter discusses general style of furniture and factors that contributed to that area’s style. Then there are many photos showcasing examples. There are also a couple pages on region wood and to...

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A nice tool (also sold under the Baileigh Industrial brand)

A nice tool (also sold under the Baileigh Industrial brand)

07-30-2016 08:14 PM by whope | 10 comments »

I was using a sled with my planer and the results were okay, but with large stock, it was too un-wieldly and dangerous, so when I received a nice bonus at work this past spring, I purchased this jointer. I would have preferred the 12”, but the bonus wasn’t that nice. I had to run 220v to the garage so that was almost an extra grand. I also had 20amp 110v line put in as the garage only had one 15amp outlet so I had been tapping into the garage door opener outlets as well. ...

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Does the job, except dust collection

Does the job, except dust collection

11-30-2015 01:13 PM by whope | 3 comments »

I’m making a bunch of chopsticks (72 pairs) for Christmas. I decided that my Rigid sander was going to be too akward to do so many and after reading some reviews, I picked up this little machine. I had to order it as none of the Big Blue Box Stores in my area carried one in stock. I was home when it was delivered and heard a crash as the driver of the Brown Truck dropped it in the truck. Sigh. I opened the garage so he wouldn’t have to carry it up the stairs to my front door. O...

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It works, but I wouldn't recommend it as a benchtop

It works, but I wouldn't recommend it as a benchtop

10-17-2015 04:32 PM by whope | 3 comments »

My dad was coming to town to visit and at the last minute I decided that we would start working on a workbench for my shop. I chose the workbench from the Oct. 2015 FWW. Feeling rushed, I decided to purchase this top instead of making one. When we got it home from Woodcraft and removed the cardboard wrapping, I was disappointed that the long edges had a 1/4” round-over. I’m surprised Woodcraft didn’t carry the squared edges. Needing to mount a vise and to make it a bit...

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A Decent Jig

A Decent Jig

08-25-2015 09:44 PM by whope | 5 comments »

I had picked this up at least a year ago and the project I had in mind never made it beyond the thinking stage. I finally opened it up to do a simple walnut disk (will be posted later). I had used the smaller guide (M200) and have been happy with it. This jig centers very easily with a 1/4” steel pin and an insert that fits into the router opening. It fit fine on my DeWalt 618. The guide pivots around an 1/8” steel pin that you put into the hole that marks the size of the circl...

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