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  • Rockler-glue-brush-vs-Betty-Crocker-Basting-Brush

    Rockler-glue-brush-vs-Betty-Crocker-Basting-Brush

    In this corner, we have the Rockler Glue Brush, champion of woodworkers all over, known for it's distinctive "Rockler Blue" design.

    http://bt3central.com/attachment.php...1&d=1335900223

    And in this corner, we have the challenger, the Betty Crocker Basting Brush, the darling of cooks everywhere, entering the woodworking ring to become the heavyweight gluing champion of the world!

    http://bt3central.com/attachment.php...1&d=1335900223 (DING! DING!) Okay, seriously, Both bristles were cut down to about 3/8" to 1/2". Both br...
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  • HF Air impact screwdriver Central Pneumatic #90059

    HF Air impact screwdriver Central Pneumatic #90059

    On a lark I bought this from HF for $14.39 (17.99 less a 20% off coupon), it's currently still $17.99.

    http://www.harborfreight.com/air-too...0059-2156.html I have a couple of cordless impact drivers, one 12V from B&D and the other a 19.2V Craftsman C3; keeping batteries is an expensive proposition. The advantages of an impact driver have been discussed before, notably driving high torque screws by impact rotation which is different than constant torque drill drivers for driving screws and fasteners which require you to provide reaction to...
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  • Ryobi JS 480L

    Ryobi JS 480L

    Some time ago, local HD gave me a Ryobi JS 480L as a thank you for finding a pricing error (they slapped a ryobi planer price tag on a Ridgid planer --- wish they would have given me the planer, though!). More recently, my daughter commissioned a woodworking job (a cradle for her doll) - so I finally had a good opportunity to use this saw. The saw has a handy LED light that makes work a little more visible. Newer saws have lasers - which I think are over-hyped. The LED is nice. Another useful feature is the easy blade load/removal lever. I wasn't impressed by the fact the lever is plastic. Still - the feature it...
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  • DeWalt DW788 Scroll Saw

    DeWalt DW788 Scroll Saw

    There are those who are great scroll saw masters who can make works of art using any scroll saw......then there's me. After trying the Ryobi and the Shop Fox scroll saws, I was beginning to think I could never scroll saw. Ryobi vibrated very badly (I have messed up hands and the vibration wreaks havoc) and the Shop Fox's easy pinless blade change system was a nightmare for me (again, bad hands). LOML just blessed me with the DeWalt DW788. This saw is amazing. Here's my review: Ordered from Amazon and delivered within 3 days undamaged. Upon opening the box, the bag with the wrench, blades, screws to mount the table, and the manual were missing....rats. I called DeWalt and spoke to a very nice...
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  • Jigsaws; Hitachi CJ110MV vs. the Bosch CJ260

    Jigsaws; Hitachi CJ110MV vs. the Bosch CJ260

    Menard's had both these tools on sale and I bought the Hitachi from them. Lowes price matched on the Bosch tool, plus an extra 10% off, so I ended up getting the Bosch tool for about $1.50 cheaper. It gave me a nice opportunity to compare these tools. I was looking to replace my cheap - and broken - bandsaw and 20 year old B&D jigsaw. I acknowledge that the Bosch 1590 jigsaws are probably best - not that I've ever tried one - but since this is a tool I don't use every month, I was hoping for a cheaper option. At 69.99, these were worth taking a look at. The Hitachi saw has many favora...
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  • Groz #5 (Jack) Plane Review

    Groz #5 (Jack) Plane Review

    Recently posted about the clearance on Groz planes at Woodcraft (in the Bargain Alert forum). That posting received a lot of comments, so I decided to share my results once my jack plane arrived.

    The short story is that the workmanship from the factory was not great. But after a 1/2 hour of tuning it up the plane cuts great and I would not hesitate to do it again. I feel like it was a great value.


    Updated (1/31/2012 - adding text from pdf file to cover for my technical difficulties with posting a pdf...)


    Groz #5 (Jack) Plane Review
    Purchased the Groz #5 Jack plane from Woodcraft (web) and had it shipped to me in Jan. 2012. At that time, Woodcraft had the Groz planes on clearance and the #5 was ...
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  • DIY Router Box Joint Jig for the BT3

    DIY Router Box Joint Jig for the BT3

    It's really not very hard to make your own jig for very little bucks. 1. Buy a wood square dowel 1/4" - they are usually quite square and accurate. Available at Ace, HD, Lowes. A buck or two for 36" 2. Cut two, 4" pieces of the square dowel. 3. Laminate two 1x4 by about 18" and attach this jig to your miter fence to allow moving sideways - easy with the BT3 fence with slot. Also easy with the Rockler fence clamps if you have them (get some if you don't have them) 4. Use the dado blade set to precisely 1/4" wide (check by using the dowel pieces you cut - should be a slip fit) and cut a 1/4" high dado across the bottom of the attac...
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  • Cutting circles with a router - DIY jig

    Cutting circles with a router - DIY jig

    Cutting Circles with your Router
    Copyright 2012 by Loring Chien

    OK, so you need to cut a large circle or arc in a piece of wood or panel. Freehanding with a jigsaw is a possibility, but for a really smooth and accurate circle the router is the best tool.

    There’s a number of jigs on the market for sale and they cost around $40 to $60 like this one from Rockler:


    And this one from Jasper:


    They are nice but unless you do a lot of circles of different sizes then the DIY solution is much cheaper.

    Here’s my solution and it cost me a scrap piece of cedar 5-1/2” x 12” long x 5/8” thick. $0.00. Probably hardwood would be better but this works fine.
    On the long axis I drew a center line. About a inch and a half from the end I drilled a ˝” hole carefully centering the hole (marked”A”) on the centerline and the cro...
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  • Rockwell Bladerunner

    Rockwell Bladerunner

    I rec'd the BR for Christmas from my wife. Based on the mixed reviews, I wasn't sure whether I'd like it or not. Finally got time to open it up today and try it out. Here's my 2 cents: 1. I didn't find the blades or allen wrench in the box. I thought they were missed at the factory or I'd rec'd a repackaged unit. I kept looking. After looking longer than I'd care to admit, I finally saw the little bin at the top with the picture of the white blade on it. Can we all say "Eye Exam"? The bin on the bottom is a dust collection bin. So, if you buy this, look for the blades/wrench in the little bin at the top right under the cutting table. I then dropped the little blade bin on the floor and i...
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  • Harbor Freight 2-in-1 18gauge stapler/nailer contractor series

    Harbor Freight 2-in-1 18gauge stapler/nailer contractor series

    I was wanting to get a staple gun and based on some good feedback from another poster here, I decided to give Harbor Freight a try on this model

    http://www.harborfreight.com/18-gaug...7524-3795.html This is the blue contractor series and not the red and silver. The gun is normally $29 and it was on sale for $15.99 so I thought I'd give it a try. Out of the box, the gun feels good in the hand. The trigger is metal as are all other major parts. The gun is slightly heavy for it's size, but not too heavy. It actually...
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  • Grizzly G0555P (Polar Bear series)

    Grizzly G0555P (Polar Bear series)

    My GrizzlyG0555P Polar Bear 14" Bandsaw arrived yesterday (Thursday) from the Muncy, PA warehouse. It was ordered Monday AM. Pretty quick for truck delivery over 1000+ miles. I was called on Tuesday by UPS and given a time between 1PM and 5 PM as delivery by a UPS freight truck (not their normal delivery vans). I was asked if anyone would be here to accept it. I said "SURE!" Well, they were here promptly at 1 PM. Light rain, 45°F, 200 lbs, no lift. I backed my Ranger up to the trailer and we slid it into the bed, almost 2 feet lower. No Problem. Next, I drove to my shop in the back yard and slid it out onto a dolly and rolled it into the shop. I need to note that the Riser Kit arrived Wednesday; I ordered a mobile base (HTC 1000) on Tuesday from Amazon. I have Amazon Prime so I got a free 2 day delivery. It arrived ab...
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  • How to use Digital Calipers for Woodworking

    How to use Digital Calipers for Woodworking

    Digital calipers like these are available for 10-30 dollars. The size quoted as in "6-inch digital calipers" refers to the maximum measurement. The resolution and accuracy of these are typically .001 or one-thousandth of an inch. Some have an additional digit that shows 0 or 5 for half a thousandth. I recommend the six-inch Harbor freight ones, they work very well and are of surprisingly high quality. The stainless body ones are better than the composite plastic body ones although the plastic ones are cheaper. HF has the Stainless ones on sale for $10-20 frequently with "regular" prices at $30. Links at the end of the article. Familiarize yourself with the parts of a caliper: First we will measure the outside of an item (could be a piece of wood measuring the t...
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  • HF 67241 3-Piece 11 drawer Tool Chest

    HF 67241 3-Piece 11 drawer Tool Chest

    HF had their 67421 3 piece tool chest on sale for $149 Thanksgiving weekend and I have been looking at that model for some time. Since moving back to the States, I have been "space short", especially for my mechanics tools and even woodworking tools. With permission from LOML, I purchased one and happily brought it home. I was a little concerned after reading a review on the HF web site that listed them as being dented and light weight. My impressions: The tools boxes were in great shape, not dents, scratches or warps. The tool box cons...
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  • Ryobi AR2074 Ryobi Speed Load Plus 17-Piece Titanium Drill Bit Set

    Ryobi AR2074 Ryobi Speed Load Plus 17-Piece Titanium Drill Bit Set

    What can I say about these? The bits are well made, each with a semi ball ended hex shank. When chucked directly into the drill, they are spot on accurate, or at least within a thousandth of an inch accurate. No discernible runout from any of the bits. The set consists of fractional bits in 1/16" increments up to 3/8", and a Speed Load bit holder all housed in a fairly well made plastic case. Where the inaccuracy comes into play is with the whole Speed Load thing. The holder and bits click together in something akin to an air hose quick co...
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  • Harbor Freight Multifunction tool

    Harbor Freight Multifunction tool

    Out of the box: Comes with straight cutting blade, round cutting blade, scraper, and sander. Pros: Tool body is well made, machined aluminum and heavy abs plastic. Feels much more substantial than the orange Chicago Electric tools (it's maroon) Double insulated. Easy changing of attachments (30 secs or less) Good documentation with full diagrams $35 after sale & coupon Cons: Loud--wear ear protection There isn't much resistance between the on/off position on the switch, but it's managable. Some attachments better than others First Use: I needed to cut some oak baseboard while still on the wall. Decided to try this as it was much ...
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  • Festool Domino Settings for Evenly Spaced Mortises
    By member twistsol
    I was in the shop this weekend and was trying to figure out the math for the settings on the Festool Domino to space the mortices evenly and centered across a cabinet front to back. After a bunch of trial and error with my math, I gave up and got close enough and cut the Domino slots for most of the cabinets before my shop time ran out. It was still bugging me, so I figured it out on the plane on the way to work.

    Very simply, we need to subtract the width of all mortises created from...
    01-29-2018, 01:46 AM

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