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  • Handscrew Clamp Tutorial

    Handscrew Clamp Tutorial

    I have posted the tutorial as a PDF file attachment as it was picture intensive and I didn't want to have to mess with formatting the file here.
    Please download and view the PDF file....
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    Last edited by LCHIEN; 02-25-2021, 02:38 PM.

  • Ryobi BT3000 and BT3100 Manuals

    Ryobi BT3000 and BT3100 Manuals

    The manual from the old site is out of date and many of the links in it were broken. The downloadable .PDF manuals are attached below.

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  • Ridgid 18v Cordless Drill Driver and Impact Driver combo

    Ridgid 18v Cordless Drill Driver and Impact Driver combo

    Hi there, Back in 2010 my wife insisted we install mirrored doors in both our master bathroom, and my daughters bedroom. At that time I owned a Skil 14.4v drill driver that was on it's last legs and would no longer hold a charge. So I donated that to Goodwill, and set about finding myself a new updated drill driver system. I went to Lowes and picked out a Porter Cable 18v Drill Driver with two Lithium-Ion batteries and a charger. I have other Porter Cable tools so I felt confident in the brand. To ...
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  • Preventing and fixing a slipping drill press chuck.

    Preventing and fixing a slipping drill press chuck.

    Have you ever chucked up that big bit, say a 3" Forstner bit, and without thinking just line up your hole, power up the drill press and start drilling away only to have the drill press bog down and end up with the chuck slipping, or even falling off the taper? Well, the fix is plenty simple. First off. Avoid slipping the chuck at all. This means you need to make certain of the following. #1. Your bits are good and sharp. A dull bit will grab the workpiece instead of cutting it. You'd bog down...
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  • Harbor Freight 5" Random Orbit Sander

    Harbor Freight 5" Random Orbit Sander

    I am in the process of restoring my cedar deck and knew that there would be a lot of sanding in the process. Rather than overwork and potentially destroy my PC Random Orbit sander, I chose to pick up a cheap HF sander--on sale for 24.99. FOr the basis of this review, I will compare to my PC 333 5" Random Orbit. The HF specs will always be listed first: Motor: 2a vs. 2.4 No power issues. I ran this sander last night for almost 3.5 hours non stop. It got slightly warm, but nothing serio...
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  • PennSt:Variable Speed Midi Lathe Conversion Kit: for Turncrafter , Jet & Delta Lathes

    I bought this unit to turn my Turncrafter lathe into a variable speed lathe. In the kit, you get the new brush motor, speed controller, and associated hardware to make the conversion. I bought this unit in Dec 2011. It worked like a dream for 6 mos. Had good linear speed control. Then, during a project I was turning for my sister's birthday this weekend, the unit died. The controller has failed. This was just with occasional use. The motor brushes are fine, the fuse is fine, reset switch is f...
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  • Stihl 441 w/ mtronic carb

    Stihl 441 w/ mtronic carb

    I know chainsaws aren't exactly considered fine wood working tools but...I gotta share this.

    Took a new Stihl 441 w/mtronic carb and 25" bar and reg chain out for break in this morning. I only ran through several tanks before the weather went south. This thing is smooth and doesn't bog down. I was blocking 20" to 24" round wet cottonwoods and fir.

    I can't wait to see what kind of monster this would be after full break in and skip chain.
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  • Primer on air fittings for the woodshop

    Primer on air fittings for the woodshop

    Most common places to use air fittings in a home shop:
    Air compressor to hose or female QD fitting
    QD female fitting or male stud to hose
    male stud to tool (such as - air nozzle, nailer, screwdriver/drill/impact driver etc, spray painter)
    any semi-permanent 1/4" NPT to 1/4" NPT fitting

    To add to the confusion, there's nothing on a 1/4" NPT that really measures 1/4". THe threads are visibly tapered and the overall outside size of the male NPT...
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    Last edited by LCHIEN; 07-15-2023, 11:30 AM.

  • 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.


    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!

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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.


    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...
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    Last edited by LCHIEN; 06-28-2022, 02:42 AM.

  • 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. Anoth...
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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 A...
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  • DIY Table Saw Box Joint Jig for the BT3

    DIY Table Saw 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...
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    Last edited by LCHIEN; 07-15-2023, 11:54 AM.

  • 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.

    Theres 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...
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    Last edited by LCHIEN; 10-29-2021, 02:32 AM.

  • 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...
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  • BT3000/BT3100 rip fence and miter fence stop block
    by LCHIEN

    With the small t-nut for the front of the rip fence and miter fence, I made a new stop block that can be used on both

    When used on the rip fence , it can set a stop for cross cutting fixed lengths off a piece against the miter fence without risking a kickback from continuous...
    02-17-2024, 01:43 AM
  • Small T-Nut for the Left side of Rip Fence and Front of Miter Fence on BT3x saws.
    by LCHIEN
    Small T-nut for the left side of BT3 rip fence or front of miter fence (Article Version)

    11-30-2023, 04:00 PM
    I have found a perfect T-nut for the front of the BT3 miter fence and for the left side of the rip fence (same extrusion used both places)

    Its actually a weld nut, but fits the T-slot described above.

    Weld Nut: #10-24 Thread, Tab, 1/32 in Base Ht, 3/8 in Base Wd, 5/8 in Base Lg, Steel, 50 PK
    Item 1LAJ3 Mfr. Model 1LAJ3​ (WW Graingers)...
    12-07-2023, 12:19 AM
  • Special DIY T-bolt for BT3000 Miter Fence, Rip Fence and Rails
    by LCHIEN
    After a bit more thinking, some universal T-bolts for the rip miter fence make more sense than fixture blocks.
    The two big slots in the rip fence and the miter fence and the front and rear rails are sized to take 1.00 inches wide x 1/8th and 1-1/8" wide x 1/8th.

    So I took some 1/8th flat Aluminum 1.00 inches wide and cut 1-1/8" long to make a 1" x 1-1/8" rectangular plates; I used a short rip fence Block to space the length but not cause a kickback with the...
    07-09-2023, 02:37 PM
  • How to make a BT3x00 Rip Fence/Miter Fence fixture block for mounting jigs
    by LCHIEN

    DIY BT3000 FIXTURE BLOCK for Rip/Miter Fence extrusion

    Simple shop construction - no machining.

    This is intended to fit the top T-track on the Rip and miter fence (uses the same extrusion) on the Ryobi BT3x00 / Craftsman 22811 family of saws
    You must make the Block and Base parts; you can make them 1.5" or 3 inches long or modify to any other length.
    Make the base from 1/8” aluminum bar, you can get 1.5”, 2”, and 3” at Lowes...
    05-24-2023, 09:55 PM
  • Another Thin Strip Jig
    by twistsol
    Ripping thin strips can be accomplished in a number of ways, but this jig is the best I've found so far.

    • There is no need to move the fence so every strip comes out exactly the same.
    • It is incredibly easy to build
    • It keeps your hands well away from the blade the whole time
    • It keeps control of the strip you are ripping all the way through the cut and past the blade
    • It doesn't interfere with the blade guard.
    • You can cut strips from any length of stock
    In the starting position,...
    04-16-2023, 10:42 AM

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