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  • Shopmade sanding blocks

    Shopmade sanding blocks

    Whilst cleaning up I found an old BT3central post by ejs1097 I printed out from a while back. I had forgotten about it. I made some changes and whipped out a few in a couple of evenings. What I liked about them was they hold the sandpaper tight and snug, the bought ones the paper works loose and sags and gets caught and tears. Also easy and cheap. Also has a square end for sanding into corners and a radius to do curves. I did modify the block so it used thicker stock (easier to hold) and put the ...
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  • AZCarbide carbide cutters for lathe tools

    AZCarbide carbide cutters for lathe tools

    I purchased some carbide cutters from AZCarbide (AZCarbide.com) to mount onto the lathe tools I made, including a 15mm 4inch radius (#RA4), a 14x28mm diamond (#DIA14), a 14mm square (#SQ14), and 16mm round (#RD15). I can't say enough good things about Dale Guilford, the proprietor, and his helpfulness. He sent an email to confirm the order, and responded in short order to some questions I had. The cutters were shipped flat rate for $2, and I received them in just a couple days. They were carefu...
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  • Harbor Freight transfer punch set

    Harbor Freight transfer punch set

    Today we're going to discuss transfer punches. $10 set from Harbor Freight #3577 One trick that some people know is that if you have a drill bit set you also have a fairly accurate set of setup bars. OK, so they're round but you can use the shank end of a 1/8" drill bit to space an item exactly 1/8" away from a fence or set a 1/8" gap between two parallel boards you are fastening down. The transfer punch is one step better - its like a brad point drill bit set with no flutes, just a strai...
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  • Rockler 32866 Wheel marking gauge

    Rockler 32866 Wheel marking gauge

    Sorry about the ratings I never know if 1 is best or 5 is best I just leave it alone. I'm not even sure it its for the author to rank the product or for the users to rank the review, since the ratings are available to both poster and subsequent responders. If you don't use a marking gauge, they are very handy. I won't go into the use, other than to say its for precise marking of a line a user-selected distance from the edge of a board, for cuts, and for hole locations. I'll presume you know ho...
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  • 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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  • 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...
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  • Irwin Chisels 4pk by "Marples"

    Irwin Chisels 4pk by "Marples"

    Picked up a 4pk of basic chisels. By Irwin, labeled Marples on the package. Got them from PMenards on sale for $22. Got them home, handles are cheap plastic, blades very very dull. For $22, I'm not worried too much, but overall, very unimpressed. I will use them to split firewood I guess. I may try to sharpen then, but probably not.
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  • HF 12" quick clamp

    HF 12" quick clamp

    The Harbor Freight 12" quick clamp/spreader looks like a great buy when on sale with coupon for $1.99, however, the main drawback with these units are that they fail when too much pressure is applied. The unit appears to be well made with a steel ratchet bar and a hard dense pvc for the handle. It has non marring pads for the jaws and works very smoothly. My initial impressions at the store were quite good and I picked up 6 of them thinking what a steal. It was only in use did I realize the ach...
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  • Harbor Freight parallel clamps (compared with Jet and Irwin)

    Harbor Freight parallel clamps (compared with Jet and Irwin)

    I own a variety of clamps, and only recently started using parallel clamps. I own a few from Irwin and Jet, and I tried the Bessey clamps in the store. I recently got a sale flier from HF with a ridiculously cheap price on their parallels, so I had to try them. Overall impression: Better than the Irwin and Bessey clamps, not quite as good as the Jets but 1/4 the price. All of these clamps (Irwin/Jet/HF) have nice big handles. The Jets are hard plastic with three rubber strips for good grip. ...
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  • Central Machinery 98303-0VGA T Track Hold Down Clamp

    Central Machinery 98303-0VGA T Track Hold Down Clamp

    Such a simple device, but with so many HF tools having such bad fit and finish, the 98303-0VGA T Track Hold Down clamps were a pleasant surprise. The stamped, and bent steel clamp arms were well dressed, and the finish is nice and solid, the rubber non mar caps are quite simple and effective, and the knob / nut is cleanly dressed with no sharp edges, and the knob feels good and solid. While I could have (and probably should have) shop built my own solution, I needed to maximize shop time on oth...
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  • Pittsburg 34387-2VGA 6" wood handle bar clamp.

    Pittsburg 34387-2VGA 6" wood handle bar clamp.

    I gave the rating a 1 on Documentation, because... Well do you REALLY need documentation on how to operate a bar clamp? I picked up a bunch of these based on price, and a friends recommendation. This review also mimics how I feel about the 12", and 24" sizes which I own, and use as well... The 6" bar clamp sold by Harbor Freight under the Pittsburg name comes with wooden tightening handles, quick adjust lever that you simply depress, and slide to as close as possible to your desired location, ...
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  • Anant Kamal.. better than Anant?

    Anant Kamal.. better than Anant?

    I have seen several ask this question on various forums.. but few responses with the exception of the Kamal #10 rabbet. I don't think many others have been sold and probably because of the bad responses about the standard Anant. I can answer the question about the Kamal #7 jointer at this point. The Highland WW header says it is better machined and a step up from the standard Anant with a thicker iron. And.. the thicker iron resulted in a tighter fit and less gap in the throat opening. But.. not m...
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  • Denali 3- by 48-Inch Medium Duty Bar Clamp

    Denali 3- by 48-Inch Medium Duty Bar Clamp

    Well I bought some of these through the Bargain alert of a couple of days ago and someone asked "I wonder how much flex you would get on this 48" bar." So I decided to write a review. First my subjective opinion. This is a very well built clamp. It is very heavy at about 7 lbs per clamp. It is also in my opinion heavier per foot, that other similar clamps that I own. In other words the 24 clamps I have don't weigh 3.5 lbs, they way more like two. The bar seems thicker in both dimensions that the...
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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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  • Lie-Nelson Low Angle Adjustable Mouth Block Plane

    Lie-Nelson Low Angle Adjustable Mouth Block Plane

    I have put off hand tool work for a few years now. I finally took the plunge on some nice MHG chisels a few months ago due to demands for dovetailing. A set of waterstones ensued to sharpen them. It was clear that I was sliding down the hand tool slope but I still was very apprehensive about hand tools. Frogs, back bevels, spinwheels . . . a whole new world of terms I really had no desire to learn. I picked up a good hand plane book and while full of information it really didn't point me in the...
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