In many avenues of life, camaraderie bolsters the soul, hones skill, and enlivens new passion. To that end, lets talk (well I guess I'll write and you read) about the new appreciation I've found for woodworking guilds.
I've been woodworking since 2003 where I really got my start by apprenticing with a luthier. During this time, I learned the ins and outs of instrument making, which started with learning how to sharpen tools by hand. We used water stones and did this work on the floor. I'm not kidding... Anyways, to the point. This was a very exciting time for me as a young woodworker. The most important thing I learned was that no man is an island. We can read magazines and follow plans or watch YouTube videos, but nothing replaces the gain of one-on-one learning.
Fast forward to a time after my collegiate career and before moving into a house where I could set up shop. I was lusting for a place to work. If I had joined a guild or community woodworking program, that yearning could have been realized. It wasn't until my wife and I moved into our current home that woodworking would make an appearance once again. I began setting up shop ASAP and got back to making dust. Along the way, I restored an old Tannewitz Model FDS table saw. For some unknown reason, I also started building my wood lathe, Big Blue, at the same time.
There are so many cool pen blanks available for purchase. Any pen maker's website sells them. From basic wood blanks, to acrylic blanks, to more complicated carbon fiber blanks and circuit board blanks. From only a few cents, to over $20 per blank. Even my customers would agree, the pen blank is more important than the pen kit.
When I began the test on the DeWalt DWS 780 12” double bevel sliding compound miter saw the classic yellow and black colors carried with it a prejudice towards quality and durability due to my experience with their tools in the past. I did my best to clear these expectations from my mind in order to give this tool a proper test. So I pulled up my sleeves to tackle it with a clear mind and did my best to remove all expectations from my head.
If you are in the market for a miter gauge with amazing accuracy then the incremental tools miter 5000 is something to consider. My friend told me the typical woodworker makes about 3 different angled cuts 90, 45, and maybe a 72 degree if they make a 5 sided frame, but I tend to require more than that myself and if you do as well then you will want to have a look at this tool.
Here I’ll review two of the most popular plate joiners on the market, the Porter Cable 557 and the DeWalt 682K. Before we even get into picking these tools apart, I’ll start by saying that both of these products are top notch and either of them will serve you well. The major differences are the placement of adjustment knobs and a few additional features found on the 557. These tools are both similarly sized, easy to use, and fully capable of handling whatever you throw there way.
Every once in a while I get to be pleasantly surprised by a new tool it actually works better than I expect. I have to say the new Double-Sided Dia-Sharp MagnaBase System from DMT was one of those times. After a recent review on the lapping plate I have to say I should not be surprised by the performance of other DMT products but this set has risen the bar on what I would expect from diamond sharpening all together. These plates are well constructed and I was provided with two 12 inch x 3 inch double-sided plates and a single base.
Back around 2003 I reviewed Incra’s TS-III fence system. It got a great review from me and it has been a prize piece of equipment for all these years. Last year when I updated my table saw to the Jet 708492 10 inch I installed the Incra TS-III onto it and was in business once again. Since then I also added the Incra router table that installs in place of one of the wings of the table saw.
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How To Choose The Right Table Saw For A Beginner
An article by Mark Minnishbach
In September I picked up the Ridgid R9601 X4 18-Volt Hyper Lithium-Ion Cordless Drill and Impact Driver Combo Kit (3-Tool) with Radio set so I could do some work on my friend’s cabin up in the Olympic Peninsula where we had no power. I was attracted to the set for its compact size, price and the knowledge that Ridgid is a solid brand. So I must say I had higher expectations for these tools so right away they were up against some powerful scrutiny.
Daniel discover's some amazing work at the NW Woodworker's Gallery in Seattle Washington.
The Dado is one of those commonplace cuts that add strength to joinery. As with most things all Dado sets are not created equal. The other saying that comes to mind is, you get what you pay for. Unfortunately this is all too true when it comes to Dado sets, as well as with most saw blades when you get right down to it.
For the last 14 years or so, I have been struggling through my woodworking projects using an old Craftsman table saw from the early 1960s. Nearly as old as I am, the old saw just can't cut anything harder than a sheet of three-quarter inch plywood so I began my hunt for a suitable replacement. Of the top table saw brands in my price range I was attracted to the Jet ProShop 10 inch for its versatile hybrid design without the limitations of a contractor's saw and without the cost and size of a full cabinet saw.
A friend listed this video in a forum I thought you guys would like it it is a great look at old school Joinery.
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