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Grizzly Jointer Review

Tool Review: Grizzly 8″ Jointer (Model 490X)

Part 2: Review of Functionality, Quality, and Performance In part one of this review I explained my rationale behind choosing this tool, and gave some perspective on the set up process. Now I will take a look at some of the machine’s key attributes and put it through a few shop tests. Levers vs. wheels…. Read more

Grizzly 8" Jointer Review

Tool Review: Grizzly 8″ Jointer (Model 490X)

Part 1: Selection, receiving, and initial setup I bought my 6″ jointer in June of 1997, and outgrew it by January of 1998. I have been researching and planning for my upgrade to an 8″ model ever since. I like to put myself through something of a “cooling off” period when I get the urge… Read more

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Woodmaster 718 Review Part 2: Sanding, Ripping and Molding

In the first installment of this review, I looked at the set up of the Woodmaster 718, shared some initial impressions, and shared the results of my planing tests. In this segment I will look at the remaining functions that the 718 performs; drum sanding, gang ripping and molding, and will also share some observations… Read more

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4 Must Have Electronic Gadgets

The digital/electronic age has been with us for some time now. If it hasn’t found its way into your shop, you’re missing out. There are a variety of electronic gadgets you can use in the shop to make your work easier, and more accurate. Here are my fave four: Digital Fractional Calipers. Here’s an excellent… Read more

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Sander Reviews: My Five Favorite Sanders

I used to loath finish sanding because it was slow, super dusty, and just down right boring. These days I embrace the process, and rather enjoy the steps involved in creating a smooth surface, but I still find the work boring! The reason for this dramatic attitude change is due to technical advances in today’s… Read more

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Hock 1″ Carving Knife

While I don’t consider myself a “real carver”, I find myself applying details on a regular basis that are too fine for power tools. In these situations, I have generally reached for a utility blade, pocket knife, chisel, or whatever other sharp object is within my reach, to attempt the task. Every time I have… Read more

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Porter Cable Pin Nailer & Pancake Compressor Combo

I blame it on Norm. Ever since I saw him “shoot a couple brads to hold things together until the glue dries” some 15 years ago, I have been fascinated with pneumatic nail guns. I feel almost superhuman as I drive 2+ inch nails into rock maple in a split second, perfectly countersunk, and without… Read more

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3 Great Table Saw Blades

One of the coolest table saws I ever saw was an old Oliver (and I mean old). Turning a crank on the front of the machine rotated one blade out of the way under the table and brought another one up. What an easy way to change blades… no wrench required. For the rest of… Read more

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DeWALT Anti-Fog Dual Mold Safety Goggles

Pet Peeve # 173: Safety goggles that fog up when I wear a dust mask with them. I like to wear a dust mask when I am making sawdust, but I commonly have to choose between shielding my eyes and protecting my lungs, which is a horrible choice to have to make. I have at… Read more

Makita LS1040 10″ Compound Miter Saw review

Makita LS1040 10″ Compound Miter Saw

I wasn’t asking for much as I hunted for a new miter saw. I simply wanted a unit that was rock solid with no slop in any moving part, super lightweight for portability, easy to adjust, precise locking locations for common cuts, high powered, and under $200. I was willing to forego the depth capacity… Read more

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