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  • A Review of the Sommerfeld Router Table and Fence

    A Review of the Sommerfeld Router Table and Fence

    Over the years, Iíve had multiple router tables. Everything from a small aluminum Craftsman benchtop model, to the router mount on my BT3000, to a custom built version in my old ultimate tool stand and another custom built one in the wide table of my saw. In every case there was something missing or just not quite up to par. The Sommerfeld table and fence change all that and meet nearly all my criteria....
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  • Katana Edge Band Set from MLCS

    Katana Edge Band Set from MLCS

    Summary
    The setup for both bits in the set took some time to get right, but once set up properly the bits made mostly clean cuts. The reasoning behind the bearing placement on the bit set escapes me but all in all, the set performed well and functioned as advertised. ...
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    Last edited by cphelps; 06-23-2016, 06:01 PM.

  • Model making And wood work.

    Model making And wood work.

    To stay relevant in a Craft one only needs to make the most of his or her talents. The minds eye interprets the drawing the will of the crafts person takes the leap of faith. This is my 5th attempt at the model....

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  • Model making And wood work.

    Model making And wood work.

    My instalment this week is just an idea. Many of the replicas I make are of civilian but I think this could interest even the most die hard framers. Some of you may have seen this team at one time or another. My idea is to hand a trio or more from a stand on the celling. I'll post later got some honey do's to do.... ...
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  • FlashCell cordless battery-less power screwdriver Review

    FlashCell cordless battery-less power screwdriver Review

    I have owned a Coleman Flashcell screwdriver since about 2009. it does not replace the drill driver (Craftsman 19.2V C3 drill driver with lithium ion cells and clutch) but it replaces small powered screwdrivers for doing repetitive screw driving. The no longer sell them and haven't for several years. I've been wanting one to have handy in the garage shop or house rather than running back and forth.

    The advantage of a cordless, batteryless driver is that it uses a supercapacitor to drive...
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    Last edited by LCHIEN; 01-10-2017, 03:05 AM.

  • HF Silver & Deming Drill Bits

    HF Silver & Deming Drill Bits

    In a recent shop project to make a lathe chuck / center organizer, I needed to drill some holes to accommodate the MT2 shanks of my live centers and drill chucks. For my purposes (a nice snug fit at a certain height), I needed 11/16 holes. None of my forstner bits (also HF) were this size. For some threaded spur center inserts, I needed 9/16 holes. No love there among the forstners either.

    So I found this set of the Silver and Deming bits at HF: http://www.harborfreight.com/silver-and-deming-drill-b...
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  • Shopmade sanding blocks

    Shopmade sanding blocks

    Whilst cleaning up I found an old BT3central post by ejs1097 I printed out from a while back. I had forgotten about it. I made some changes and whipped out a few in a couple of evenings. What I liked about them was they hold the sandpaper tight and snug, the bought ones the paper works loose and sags and gets caught and tears. Also easy and cheap. Also has a square end for sanding into corners and a radius to do curves. I did modify the block so it used thicker stock (easier to hold) and put the paper retainers in the end rather than the top. I used a 2x4 Planed one side on the jointer so its dead flat and smooth, edge...
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  • Dremel vac operated Rotary tool

    Dremel vac operated Rotary tool

    I saw this and Lowes has it for $30 and for some reason Amazon has it for $44, so I bought on a whim but its not a winner. The promise was a rotary tool and vacuum tool that cleared the debris as say you were engraving or grinding. It has the blue ring you turn to adjust that allows some vacuum to bypass and thus control speed. It has a few accessories and a clear guide for flat work. It fits most all dremel bits that are 1/8" diameter shank. In reality the RPMs were low (I measured 15,000 with my tach and a smaller Ridgid shop vac) and it had low torque. T...
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  • Facebook Connection

    Facebook Connection

    The site is now integrated with Facebook. You have the option to connect your facebook account with the SawdustZone site which allows you to share posts here with your Facebook friends. The integration is completely optional and can be turned on or off. Note that Facebook cannot post to our site, but you can share almost anything here with Facebook.

    To link your account to Facebook, click on the connect icon in the header and log in to your Facebook account. A popup will appear for you to log in to your Facebook account.


    Once your account is connected, you can Like and Share threads with your Facebook friends ...
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  • The Sawdust Foundation 501(c)(3) Information

    The Sawdust Foundation 501(c)(3) Information

    The Sawdust Foundation, Inc. which runs the SawdustZone website is recognized by the US Internal Revenue Service as an exempt organization under internal revenue code section 501(c)(3) and has been classified as a Public Charity under section 509(a)(2). The effective date of our exemption and classification is 2015-June-16. Unfortunately any contributions made prior to this date are not deductible. The content on the site is openly available to all whether you are a financial contributor or not and therefore the tax value of what you receive for your contri...
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  • The Sawdust Foundation Annual Report 2015

    The Sawdust Foundation Annual Report 2015

    This week, the SawdustZone administrators held the first annual meeting. A summary follows.

    Financial Update
    You may have noticed we haven't had a fund drive in a while. We are not only solvent, but have an operating buffer and a little room for some enhancements

    The cost savings implemented when the server was moved in October 2012 from Windows to Linux were significant.

    The current balance between membership, advertising, and affiliate revenue has put us in a position where the site is sustainable long term.

    Site Traffic
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  • Terms of Use

    Terms of Use

    By visiting our site either as a guest or as a registered member you agree to abide by the rules as stated below: Avoid politics. Politics includes discussion of political figures and political parties as well as political ideals. Current events and news may be discussed as long as they are not specific as to political leaning. Avoid religion. We don't discuss the differences in religion here. We don't preach a specific religious view. We don't allow negative comments about others religion. We do respect the religious beliefs of others and in Around the Coffeepot seeking prayers or good wishes is an approved activ...
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  • Forum history

    Forum history

    In the 1990's our founder, Sam Conder joined the old Ryobi tools forum. Ryobi produced a new type of tablesaw, the BT3000 (BT3K) which was designed to be a much lighter table saw where everything referenced off the front rail for alignment. It offered precision for a rather reasonable price point. It was different and attracted a cult-like following partly due to the way BT3K owners were treated on some of the popular wood working forums of the time. Most of our early members also were members of the Ryobi forum. What Sam found was many great ideas he wished to save for use at a later date. He started converting interesting posts into PDF documents...
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  • Sharpening Woodworking Chisels

    Sharpening Woodworking Chisels

    While attending a "fundamentals of woodworking" class taught by Marc Adams at the Indianapolis woodworking show a few years ago, I was most impressed with his simple yet effective method of sharpening woodworking chisels. I contacted Marc and asked him for permission to write an article for BT3Central on how to sharpen chisels using his method. As expected, Marc was very receptive to the idea of sharing one of his "secrets". His exact response to me was " Absolutely, please feel free to teach anything you learned from me." So let's dive right into this and sharpen some chisels.
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  • Irwin SpeedBor bit, 1 inch diameter

    Irwin SpeedBor bit, 1 inch diameter

    I started the wiring in my shop this afternoon and decided I needed a new drill bit in addition to the other stuff. I noticed the Irwin Speedbor at Lowes. They were high on all the wiring stuff but I went back anyway to get the bit and an extension. My local Lowe's didn't have the 6 inch extension so I got a 12 inch. I was able to put 1 inch holes through as many as 6 back to back 2x4s with this bit. It pulls itself through HARD. I used my Ryobi cordless on low speed. I was going through Lithium ion batteries pretty quickly. I...
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