Strategies For Choosing Router Bits

by on ‎02-15-2014 01:42 PM

What router bits to buy is one of the more common questions that come up on discussion forums. As with many popular topics, there are usually as many different opinions about which bits to own as there are members who reply.... 

 

With very few exceptions, solid carbide or carbide tipped bits will outperform steel or high speed steel bits, and will have many times longer edge life....

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Current Saw Blade Bargains

by ‎07-15-2013 03:07 AM - edited ‎07-22-2013 02:59 AM

Forrest, Infinity, Ridge Carbide, Freud Fusion, and Tenryu Gold Medal are all great saw blades. It’s hard to go wrong with any of them if you’re willing to plunk down $70-$125. Try getting a good blade with a budget in the $10-$40 range, and the odds of getting a good one fall dramatically. No need to despair….for those who missed out on the great Leitz/Irwin, Leitz/Delta, Onsrud, and CMT clearance deals in recent years, below is list of current deals that I think represent a “good bang for the buck” on some very decent blades....

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Table Saw Crosscut Extension

by ‎10-04-2012 08:27 AM - edited ‎10-04-2012 01:46 PM

Every now and then the crosscut capacity on my table saw is a bit less than what I need....This 4” extension was very simple, stays in place, and doesn’t take up any extra space...

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Quickie Flip Top Cart

by ‎10-01-2012 06:15 AM - edited ‎10-01-2012 06:20 AM

As part of the reorganization process, I built a flip top cart to store my planer and sander.  The total square footage saved isn't really that much, but I don't have much to start with, so every little bit really does help.

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Router Circle Jig

by ‎09-27-2012 03:24 AM - edited ‎09-27-2012 04:35 AM

As part of my shop tuneup/re-organization, I decided to build a router circle jig out of a 3/8" piece of acrylic. 

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Shop Tuneup

by ‎09-26-2012 08:02 AM - edited ‎10-01-2012 06:21 AM

...during that time I used and neglected my shop pretty badly….to the point where it was just unpleasant to use whenever I actually needed to. 

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Router Coping Sled

by ‎09-26-2012 06:36 AM - edited ‎09-26-2012 06:36 AM

While organizing my shop recently, I ran into a small piece of 1/4" plexiglass that I had originally "acquired" with the intent of building a router sled with it

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Table Saw Classifica​tions - Stationary Saws (Part 2 of 2)

by ‎09-21-2012 11:33 PM - edited ‎10-04-2012 04:18 AM

Buying a new table saw can be a little confusing to an inexperienced buyer. The models, brands, manufacturers, and types of saws are in a constant state of change. What was true just a few years ago may no longer apply, so it can be difficult to get reliable information even from seasoned veterans...

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Table Saw Classifications - Portable Saws (Part 1 of 2)

by ‎09-21-2012 11:12 PM - edited ‎10-06-2012 04:50 AM

Buying a new table saw can be a little confusing to an inexperienced buyer. The models, brands, manufacturers, and types of saws are in a constant state of change. What was true just a few years ago may no longer apply, so it can be difficult to get reliable information even from seasoned veterans...

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Gain 10" of Table Saw Rip Capacity Without Drilling

by ‎09-10-2012 05:17 AM - edited ‎09-11-2012 04:29 PM

Feeling a little restricted by your table saw's small rip capacity, but don't have the room for a 52" rip setup?  If you've got a Biesemeyer or Biese clone style fence and a left tilt table saw, it's likely that you can gain in the range of 10" more rip capacity for next to no cost.    

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My Collection of Old Tools

by ‎09-05-2012 07:08 AM - edited ‎09-06-2012 06:38 AM

Next thing you know, you’re cleaning the shop and saying, dang… ”where’d all this stuff come from?!"

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Online Shop Layout Tool

by ‎06-29-2012 11:07 PM - edited ‎06-30-2012 12:52 AM

An efficient shop layout is an important part of a good woodworking experience.  A poorly layed out  floor plan can render your shop nearly useles, sor at least hinder a good work flow.. 

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Say "So Long" to the Canadian made General machines...

by ‎06-17-2012 05:11 AM - edited ‎06-17-2012 05:14 AM

General Manufacturing, maker of the high end line of Canadian woodworking machinery, will be closing its main factory in Canada this fall (2012). 

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Summer Project - Deck restoration and Patio/Pergola build

by ‎09-17-2011 06:19 AM - edited ‎08-21-2012 02:16 AM

What to do with our back yard landscaping and deck area has long been a question we didn't have an answer for since we moved into this house in 1999.  ...We lived with it until the summer of 2010 when we decided the shed and unsightly swim deck addition had to go, and a new patio area would be built. 

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Review - AR North America Portable Electric Power Washer Model AR118

by ‎05-30-2011 05:02 AM - edited ‎05-30-2011 06:04 AM

I was a little concerned that a pressure washer for < $100 might be nothing more than a glorified squirt gun, but this one is a really useful tool at a great price.

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Review of the new BORK Blade Guard

by ‎02-27-2011 06:04 AM - edited ‎02-27-2011 06:09 AM

Even though I’m aware of the risks, I’m admittedly one of those who finds most stock blades guards to be cumbersome and even somewhat more dangerous because they severely obscure my view of the cut.  The BORK Blade Guard (BBG) is by far the least cumbersome of any guard I’ve used...

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Number of teeth should be based on the intended application along with the other design parameters of the blade. If all other parameters are equal, more teeth will equate to a cleaner cut, but it’s not as simple as that. There are several other factors that influence cutting performance in addition to tooth count, and more teeth is not always better. Read more...

Completed Electric Guitar (case pics added 9/23/10)

by ‎09-03-2010 05:41 PM - edited ‎09-23-2010 11:00 AM

This is a hard tail electric guitar made for my oldest son... Read more...

GUITAR BUILD #2...IN PROGRESS

by ‎08-19-2010 05:51 AM - edited ‎08-29-2010 08:54 PM

This post is an ongoing documentary of the progress on my 2nd guitar build. Post updates will be added as progress dictates. I'll follow it up with a fresh post for the completed project. Read more...

Review of the 10" CMT 210.080.10 80T Hi-ATB Fine Crosscut/Ply/Laminate Blade

by ‎06-19-2010 05:47 PM - edited ‎06-23-2010 04:50 AM

After being disappointed with the performance of two different 40 tooth CMT 213.040.10 general purpose blades, I was beginning to doubt CMT's quality commitment, but the CMT Orange 210.080.10 has restored my faith. I've tried several other CMT products that have all been excellent, so I'm not surprised by the stellar showing of their premium 80 tooth blade. Read more...

The BORK - An Aftermarket Retrofit Riving Knife Does Exist...

by ‎06-09-2010 01:54 PM - edited ‎09-15-2011 01:12 PM

The BORK is a retrofittable device made to adapt to existing saws that were not originally designed to accept a true riving knife.

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Brand Name Loyalty

by ‎05-08-2010 07:40 AM - edited ‎05-08-2010 09:28 AM

What do we really get in return for our brand name loyalty? What really shapes our opinions in the first place? There are more alliances between companies and manufacturers, and more similarities between brand names than ever before... Read more...

"Perfectly Flat" Dados?

by ‎04-08-2010 10:41 PM - edited ‎04-09-2010 08:05 PM

...it’s not realistic when manufacturers or owners claim that their dado sets leave truly flat bottoms, when indeed they don’t. Read more...

Good Quality Hand Planes On a Budget

by ‎03-12-2010 11:58 AM - edited ‎12-07-2010 12:17 PM

When it comes to budget hand planes, I think the smart money goes to a good quality used plane from a bygone era.

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Tips For Choosing A Saw Blade

by ‎12-15-2009 10:07 AM - edited ‎03-13-2011 08:42 AM

Blade selection is very much proprietary to your saw and what you cut.... It’s not as simple as just buying a reputable brand name either...Buy the right blade, not the right brand!

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Gas Fireplace Installation

by ‎12-01-2009 04:18 PM - edited ‎03-13-2010 02:06 PM

This was a new installation from scratch, and required the building of a chase, 45' of gas line, firebox installation, electrical, inspections, hearth, surround, and a new oak mantel. Read more...

Closet Door

by ‎11-17-2009 05:21 AM - edited ‎11-17-2009 05:23 AM

Butternut and Oak Door Read more...

My Saw Blade Comparison

by ‎11-17-2009 04:14 AM - edited ‎11-17-2009 04:17 AM

An amateur woodworker's comparison of table saw blades Read more...

Hope Chest

by on ‎11-17-2009 03:48 AM

Hope Chest from "Wine Vat" Oak Read more...

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