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Blog series by woodshopnerdery updated 02-18-2022 10:53 PM 10 parts 15938 reads 43 comments total

Part 1: Worx Tools - Why Did I Buy So Many? Review and Description

09-03-2021 01:48 PM by woodshopnerdery | 3 comments »

Since every tool retailer in the known universe is running a Labor Sale, including Worx, I thought I would share a video I made about the Worx tools I own and why I ended up buying them. These are mostly tools I use in my woodworking hobby but some are lawn and garden type tools. Could it have to do with something related to cordless tool batteries?

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Part 2: Zyliss Vise for Woodworking: Solution for Multi-Purpose Mobile Workbench

08-27-2021 09:03 PM by woodshopnerdery | 17 comments »

This versatile vise may just be the Goldilocks solution I have been looking for. Large heave wood and metal vise, which are permanently attached to the bench, do not serve my small garage woodworking shop well. I have a single bench that serves as an infeed/outfeed table, layout table, assembly table, painting and staining station, sanding station, and much more. I need a flexible vise which can be taken on and off so the bench can serve the immediate purpose.

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Part 3: Shopsmith or Wen Thickness Planer: Help Me Decide Which to Keep

10-22-2021 09:11 PM by woodshopnerdery | 3 comments »

Come winter, I’ll be sharing my garage workshop with two cars. It’ll be here before you know it. So I have to thin out some of the tools and materials that I accumulated over the summer to make it work.

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Part 4: Masterforce Ratcheting Clamps: Disappearing from Menards' Shelves Soon?

11-03-2021 01:25 PM by woodshopnerdery | 4 comments »

I’ve noticed that some of my favorite woodworking clamps are not being re-stocked at my local Menards store. And, I saw on the Menards Website the fateful “Low Inventory Alert” and “While Supplies Last” tags on these items. In my experience that means Menards will no longer carry those items. Here’s my take on these clamps and why it would be a shame if they disappeared.

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Part 5: Diamond Sharpening Stones System: Moving on From Waterstones

12-25-2021 01:22 AM by woodshopnerdery | 2 comments »

UltraSharp Diamond Stones are broken in and prepared for use. My old waterstones are great and produce a fantastic edge, but in my garage woodworking shop dealing with the soaking the stones and the clean up is simply not practical. By upgrading to the diamond stones I will be able to sharpen much more conveniently, which mean I will ACTUALLY DO IT!

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Part 6: HSS Shaper Cutters: Worthless in the Age of Carbide?

01-07-2022 10:01 PM by woodshopnerdery | 2 comments »

I explore the value of the old style three edge shaper cutters made from high speed steel. Should I continue to develop my woodworking skill around these tools or toss them in the trash?

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Part 7: Brand New Stanley 4 1/2 Tuning

01-14-2022 10:52 PM by woodshopnerdery | 0 comments »

I knew this plan would take some work to get in shape, but boy was I surprised by how many problems it had. Part I – Following the manual. Part II – What the manual didn’t say.

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Part 8: USA Made Hand Screw Clamps: Worth the Additional Cost?

01-21-2022 10:46 PM by woodshopnerdery | 0 comments »

Hand Screw Clamps from 5 brands are compared; Harbor Freight Pittsburgh, Dubuque Micro-Moose, Jorgensen, Menards Tool Shop, Rockler.

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Part 9: Taylor Toolworks Replacement Plane Blade: Answer to Stanley Blade Problems?

01-28-2022 10:06 PM by woodshopnerdery | 11 comments »

Will the TayTools replacement blade be the answer? I’ve lost faith that the stock Stanely blade will ever shape up no matter how much lapping I do. Before I give up on this plane completely, I give the inexpensive blade from Taylor Toolworks a try.

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Part 10: Cordless Drills for Woodworking: Alternative to the Worx AI Drill

02-18-2022 10:53 PM by woodshopnerdery | 1 comment »

I’ve been locked in, for better or worse, to the Worx battery platform. Several year ago I bought a package deal containing the Worx AI Drill and an Impact Drive. I got it to do remodeling and maintenance projects around the house. But when I started using the AI Drill for woodworking, I noticed some pretty big short comings. So the Worx AI Drill have been disappointing as a woodworking tool. I explain why and demonstrate what may be the perfect alternative.

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