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  • DeWalt DW056

    DeWalt DW056

    I needed more outlets in the shop and hired a friend of mine to do the work. When he got out his cordless to remove the wall plates I thought maybe I had made a mistake if he tries to put them back on with this thing. Next he is putting the new box in and I heard this clicking and he was putting the screw in just as much as he wanted to. O.K. I say. What is that Todd. He just laughed and handed it to me. After a few screws, lag bolts and nuts and bolts I knew I had to have one. I gave it...
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  • Sears router

    Sears router

    Nice features for half the price of the higher end products. While I do think that DeWalt, PC, Milwaukee etc. are well made and worth the price they ask for the better names, I do not always have hundreds of dollars to make another purchase at any given time. The new Routers from Sears are certainly a huge step above the Skil and B&D offerings, at only a slightly higher retail. I love the soft start, PC compatable base for bushings, work light and noise level that is not as deafening as some. If...
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  • Steel City Mortiser

    Steel City Mortiser

    Just ordered and recieved the Steel City Benchtop Mortiser and wanted to put a quick review of it up. It's not the cheapest mortiser around at $289 plus shipping, but it feels like a quality piece for the price. I have to admit that this is my first mortiser so that may color my views. To start with, it's heavy, about 90 pounds, with a very solid cast iron base and fence. The DHL guy was good enough to unload it next to the garage so I only had to drag it a few feet into the garage to set it up...
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  • Hitachi SB 10Y 4 x 8 Belt-Disc Sander

    Hitachi SB 10Y 4 x 8 Belt-Disc Sander

    The old 4 x 6 Ryobi was making sounds you don't won't to hear. Might have been the brushes, but that is usually a noiseless affair till the last breath before the vital signs cease to exist. 6 years or hard driving and $99 latter, not bad but not "just" what I needed. I looked at the Jet 6 x 9 for $399. Nice but the price was a bit much. I can't justify that much machine in my case with frequent, but still occasional use. I watched and waited for one to appear used.. but not in a 3 month perio...
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  • Router Edge Guide For Dado

    Router Edge Guide For Dado

    This is a basic project that I thought would be useful for some of you folks that are new to routers. I tried to photo document, even the relatively evident, so a beginner can use the instructions. I am sure I have borrowed heavily from other people in making the jig, however I didn't use any plans so I am not citing references. Material : Material is a matter of choice. I used 3/8" Baltic Birch because I happen to have a good supply due to a friendly woodworker giving me a bunch of cutoffs....
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  • Tapered Legs on the Jointer

    Tapered Legs on the Jointer

    About a year ago I promised a write-up on tapering legs using the jointer. I'm not quick, but I got it done.

    All of the following assumes you've milled your legs to size and have your joinery figured out. In this case I'm using sliding dovetails for the apron to legs, so I did all of that milling first.

    The legs I'm doing are 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 red oak, I'm using a 5/16 depth of cut on the jointer. You can change the depth of cut if you find you're not comfortable with that b...
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  • Belt Replacement

    Belt Replacement

    Hello everyone,

    I just spent an interesting couple of days with my BT3000. I broke a belt and had “one of of those days”.
    First I did a search on this site and read just about everything on belt and arbor bearing replacement.
    I choose Replacing Arbor Bearings on BT3000 by big tim.

    Replacing Arbor Bearings - BT3Central Forums

    And Belt Replacement Instructions By Ed Ellickson

    Belt Replacement Instructions

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  • Shop Fox W1677 3hp Cabinet Saw

    Shop Fox W1677 3hp Cabinet Saw

    Since so many of us are upgrading to bigger saws, I thought it would be helpful to provide a review of one possible alternative route. After deciding to go upgrade to cast iron, I shopped for contractor's saws, hybrid saws and cabinet saws. I eventually realized that I'd end up with a cabinet saw anyway, so why not skip the middle man? After reading lots of reviews and looking at saws in person, I decided on the Shop Fox or Grizzly 1023 (same saw) equipped with a Shark Guard. Full cabinet saw...
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  • Harbor Freight Chisels

    Harbor Freight Chisels

    I picked up a 6 piece Chinese Chisel set for $8.00 at Harbor Freight expecting to find I actually had a 6 piece gasket scraper set (1/4" thru 1 1/2"), but once I cleaned them up with some wet/dry sandpaper and glass (Scarysharp trick) and gave them a little hollow grind with a cool grinder I was delighted to find they work just fine and keep an adequate edge for what I was doing (softwood shaping). I wouldn't expect them to hold up under heavy pounding and abuse, but I was trimming some round tenons...
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  • Jet JJ-8CS 8" Jointer

    Jet JJ-8CS 8" Jointer

    I got this jointer at such a steal that I couldn't pass on it. I was thinking to go with the 8" powermatic, but went jet for 2 reasons. 1. Price that I got, 2. Handwheel control, which I like better on jointers. The jointer came in a large crate and a box. The box contained the stand and motor, and was roughly 100 lbs, the crate contained the jointer top and fence, at around 300 lbs. My rather large friend Steve and I managed assembly on our own. (actually Steve just helped move the top) I...
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  • Powermatic 3520B, 20" Lathe

    Powermatic 3520B, 20" Lathe

    It's big, heavy and has lots of functions, plus it runs quiter and smoother than any machine I have had. If you are considering a new lathe, hyou have to look at this one!
    I have a full review of the 3520B at the link below with photos and a video.

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  • Turning off BT3*00 from left side

    Turning off BT3*00 from left side

    After searching this site, and not being able to find an easy way to turn off the BT3*00 from the left side, I decided to post the very easy, very inexpensive, and quick solution I designed for mine. It is made from ¾” PVC pipe, elbows, a tee, and 2 short pieces of ¾” hardwood dowel. I did not glue the parts together, but they have a tight fit. If you prefer to use glue, please do, but make certain it will work (without modification), by dry fitting the assembly, and trying it before gluing. W...
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  • Replacing Arbor Bearings on BT3000

    Replacing Arbor Bearings on BT3000

    If you are ever in the same boat I was in last week, the following might be of some help.
    Last week I posted that my BT3000 had been making an unusual noise for the previous several days and actually seized up last Saturday. Shortly after it first started, I checked the belts, they were not broken, I also removed the brushes, they were ok and after cleaning those as well as the brushholders re-installed them. Doing that did not resolve the problem and I was starting to suspect bearings. ...
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  • Sears 22114 Hybrid Saw

    Sears 22114 Hybrid Saw

    Sears 22114 First Impressions. 1.Packaging-Surrounded by a steel cage for shipment. a.No dents but several smudges on cabinet could not be removed. b.All parts were included-one bolt left over. 2.Assembly (accomplished alone) a.Instructions were good. b.One instruction referenced a figure number that did not exist but did not cause a problem. c.I thought cast iron wings would be tough to install, but turned out to install easily and lined right up with the holes drilled in th...
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  • Jasper Circle Guide for routers

    Jasper Circle Guide for routers

    I asked in the Tool Talk forum and at an Audio DIY forum about the best way to route nice circles for building speakers. Got some great replies and saw some honest ingenuity and home made jigs to accomplish this task. A few guys mentioned this Jasper Circle Guide and I purchased it at Parts Express. Set it up in no time and was cutting perfect circles up to 18" with no fuss and no fancy adjustments between size switches. Place your material on a backer, drill a 1/8" hole in the center through a...
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