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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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  • GMC $39.95 Router Kit

    GMC $39.95 Router Kit

    Wasn't sure where to put this but wanted to be sure it was seen. I purchased this at the bottom price of $39.95. There was at least one post on the forum that cited a problem with the bit rising and falling when the router was turned on. I wanted to be sure that mine did not have this feature. I guess I am satisfied with the purchase, but only because it was inexpensive. Had I paid full price I would certainly return this tool. Setting bit height is not very smooth and the scale to do this...
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  • BT3K Shim Replacement

    BT3K Shim Replacement

    Since it seems time for my semi-annual maintenance and due to several posts asking how to lately I deciced to take pictures during mine. Keep in mind this is specifically for the BT3000 only.

    Step 1: double un-plug saw at outlet and onboard outlet. Remove throat plate, Sharkguard, Big dog clamp, and splitter (or the stock POS []). Remove blade and spacers.

    Step 2: remove left side cover and dust shroud.

    Step 3: remove the four...
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    Last edited by Black walnut; 08-31-2018, 10:36 PM.

  • All About The World Of Clamps

    All About The World Of Clamps

    *I will be updating this over the next few weeks with additional clamps such as the newer ratcheting style spring clamps, etc.

    Outline of issues addressed in order:
    • What types of Clamps are there?
    • How many Clamps do I need?
    • What is an F-Clamp? What is a Bar Clamp?
    • What is a Parallel Clamp, Parallel Jaw Clamp, “K-Body”, “Cabinet Master”, “Bessey”?
    • What is a pipe Clamp? What is a "Pony" clamp?
    • What is an Aluminum Bar Clamp?
    • What is a Steel Bar Clamp ? What is an
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  • Edge jointing large stock with a router.

    Edge jointing large stock with a router.

    There has been much discussion about how to joint with a router. The often made assumption is that one does not have a jointer, thus requires use of a router for this task. I do have a jointer, but still edge joint with a router for long boards. I find it easier to control, and sometimes quicker. Moving large or long stock over a 6" jointer isn't always an accurate process. My method involves 4 items. - A router - doesn't really matter what one, but runnout is a concern here. - A flush trim ro...
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  • Frued LU88R010

    Frued LU88R010

    Purchased this blade 2 weeks ago when Amazon had them reduced. While I can't compare to a WoodWorker II, the blade performs very good for me. I recently ripped some 1" curly maple, paduak and tiger wood with no chattering, binding, burning and nearly no saw marks. It cuts through these woods like butter and crosscutting is even better. Absolutely no tear out (slowed down near the end). I was having a some problems with burning, especially with the padauk prior to intalling this blade. The ripping...
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  • Mortise and Loose Tenon video w/ plunge router.

    Mortise and Loose Tenon video w/ plunge router.

    Mortise and tenon is a hallmark of craftsmanship, but it doesn't have to be painful. This type of joint can be made easily with no "special" equipment, such as a mortiser, or a tenoning jig. There are as many ways to do M&T as there are to skin a cat ( I suppose, never skinned a cat though ). My personal favorite is mortise and loose tenon with my bosch plunge router. Mortise and loose tenon VS traditional mortise and tenon: The difference between these two joints is that with a loose te...
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  • Powermatic's PM2000

    Powermatic's PM2000

    I was lucky enough to get a pm2000 for christmas, and it's been an interesting upgrade, to say the least. The good: This saw is powerful, cutting through 3" red oak without any trouble. I've ripped, cross-cut and taper cut that stock for a table project I've been doing. The built in casters are a nice feature, nicer than a mobile base, as they retract entirely leaving the saw very stable. The riving knife design is truly inspired. The entire mechanism can be removed to allow for a cross cu...
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  • Drill Powered Drum Sander for BT3000

    Drill Powered Drum Sander for BT3000

    Drill Powered Drum Sander for BT3000 Designed by Jim Frye This setup is based on an old Portalign drill accessory and a 3/4” plywood router mounting plate. The Portalign is a useful little gadget, but adding the router plate gave it added stability. I didn’t have a drill press when I put this together, so this rig allowed me to sand curves in wood with better control than hand sanding. I routed a 1/2” deep recess in the under side of the plate to receive the Portalign base and used the two mounting holes in the base to secure it to the plate with flat head machine screws and nuts. Using the Portalign’s depth stop as a height adjuster, you can set the height of the sanding drum relative to the BT3K table. Note the four steel washers epoxied to the underside of the mounting plate to provide crush protection when the plate is bolted to the BT3K table. I believe the Portalign is no longer marketed, but Wolfcraft makes a modified version of a drill guide. ...
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