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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 slig...
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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, 45F, 200 lbs, no lift. I backed my Ranger up to the trailer and we slid...
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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 ...
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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 t...
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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 managa...
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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 ...
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  • Excelsior Mini Lathe MC1018 (Rockler)

    Excelsior Mini Lathe MC1018 (Rockler)

    Received this 10x18 mini lathe for Christmas. LOML picked it up on sale week after Thanksgiving when on ad for $150. It was extremely easy to set up right from the box. Came with 6in tool rest, 3in faceplate, spur and live centers, in addition to setup tools. "Instruction manual" is only a parts list with warnings - in fact, section IV "Adjusting the main spindle speed" is dead wrong; its exactly the same as the HF though, including side-panel belt access on bed, rear panel access on headstock;...
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  • Craftsman 22401 14in Bandsaw

    Craftsman 22401 14in Bandsaw

    I had an older aluminum frame Craftsman 12in bandsaw that finally gave up on me so I needed (read wanted) a new saw. I done a lot of research and found alot of saws I wanted but could not justify. I went to Sears and took a long hard look at the 22401 and was impressed but still not sold. I read all the reviews I could find and again was impressed but not sold. I went back to Sears and decided to go ahead and order the saw. The clerk gave me a number of discounts that brought the final cost of the...
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  • Chicago Electric #98194 12" Sliding Compound Miter Saw Out of the box review.

    Chicago Electric #98194 12" Sliding Compound Miter Saw Out of the box review.

    This is NOT a usage, or long term review, this is just a fit and finish sort of thing. So if that is what you are interested in, read on... I picked up a Chicago Electric #98194 on Friday with a coupon I have been sitting on for a few months that expired on Sunday, so it was a use it or lose it sort of thing. The coupon brought the price for this 12" sliding compound miter saw down to $109.99, and then throw the 2 year warranty on top of that, and taxes and I walked out the door for just a few ...
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  • A Tenon Jig for the Ryobi BT3000

    A Tenon Jig for the Ryobi BT3000

    Originally Posted by Highland Hardware in the category Traditional Table Saw Jigs - BT3000 Style A multi-purpose tenon jig like the one shown here is easy to build and easy to use on the BT3000. The jig is designed to ride on the rip fence, providing the capability for sliding movement accurately parallel to the blade as well as very easy positioning for centered or offset tenons, lap joints and bridle joints. The vertical tenoning fence can be removed and replaced with a right-angle cradle for splining miters, either individual pieces or assembled frames. An H-2 toggle clamp (see the clamp section of our main catalog) secures stock quickly and releases it instantly after cutting. ...
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  • Grizzly G0572 Hanging Air Filter w/ remote initial impressions.

    Grizzly G0572 Hanging Air Filter w/ remote initial impressions.

    NOTICE: I had posted this review on another forum (Lumberjocks). This is a copy / paste of that review that I had authored there. Full text of the original review follows. For starters, I am not claiming this is an all inclusive review, but rather this is an initial impressions write up for the Grizzly G0572 Hanging Air Filter w/ remote. I have been watching price tags on these machines for quite some time now, and had considered the smaller Jet, Penn State, Delta, even Harbor Freight models, ...
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  • Grizzly T10223 Sliding Table Attachment Install & First Impression

    Grizzly T10223 Sliding Table Attachment Install & First Impression

    I thought that there might be some interest on this forum in my experience ordering for and installing the Grizzly T10223 Sliding Table on my SawStop cabinet saw and my first impression on how it works. I ordered the sliding table via the internet on a Saturday, got confirmation that they received my order within a few hours. Monday they send me the order number, confirmed the cost of the unit $525.00, a discount of $25.00 to equal the UPS brokerage fee (I live in Toronto, Canada) plus ...
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  • Shark Guard 10.4 initial impressions

    Shark Guard 10.4 initial impressions

    I was lucky enough to have an early Shark Guard (Version 4.0 I believe) on my BT3100 when I bought it, and it worked well enough, except for the lack of anti kickback pawls always left me feeling a bit uneasy, and the dust collection port was 2" instead of 2.5", meaning connection to my dust collector required a reducer, and a more than liberal application of duct tape to make the connection work at all... The few shortcomings I saw with my early Shark Guard were more than amply addressed with the re...
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  • Harbor Freight pocket hole jig

    Harbor Freight pocket hole jig

    Has anyone here tried the HF pocket hole jig # 96264 as yet? I saw one in their local store the other day and decided to try one....on sale for $49.99 down from the usual $69.00. I haven't actually used it on a real project as yet , but have made a couple of test cuts and joints using the jig on some scraps and it works surprisingly well so far! Good points: (1) 4 different drilling positions for the pocket holes in different thickness of stock. (2) good quality, adjustable stock holding clamp (3) a...
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  • Handheld Metal Detector

    Handheld Metal Detector

    I recently purchased this scanner to check lumber prior to planing and am very pleased with its performance and quality. I realize its from China, but hey what isn,t nowadays. Overall its very sensitive and easily scans a width of 8 inches. The price was great and although shipping take a few weeks I,m very impressed with the quality of this product and highly recommend it to others here. Heres the listing at E-Bay,.., http://cgi.ebay.com/Handheld-Metal-D...d-ECA05-/20048...
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  • 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 cutoff...
    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
  • How to identify a Ryobi BT3000/BT3100/Craftsman 22811 or 21829 clone saw by sight
    by LCHIEN
    So you want to buy a BT3 clone. Been out of production for a while. Shopping on Craigs list or for sale ads is hard

    You have to keep an eye out and you have to be used to spotting the appearance giveaway features of the various models... Ryobi BT3000, BT3100, Craftsman 22811 and 21829
    There are certain things that clue you in and there are many ads that don't give model numbers and have crappy photos. Search for keywords RYOBI, Precision, System are often used i ad listings and
    ...
    12-20-2022, 01:53 AM

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