October 27, 2011

Ridgid Hates Kobalt

See for yourself...

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It's tough to beat that certain relentless flavor of antagonism that can develop between competing juggernauts. Coke vs. Pepsi. Ford vs. Chevy. The Hulkster vs. Rowdy Roddy Piper. Spears vs. Aguilera.

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October 26, 2011

Where's Waldo?

So it's been about a month since I last posted (thanks Jay for the guest post). It's been my longest hiatus from the site since starting it in 07. I didn't intend to take such a long break, but I got busy with things. What things, you ask? My house, of course....which I'm gutting and now looks like this....

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...and this....

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...and this...

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It's going to be a long winter.

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October 18, 2011

Shop Fox 1.5-Horsepower 1280 CFM Dust Collector

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Keeping the dust out of your work area while on the lathe or just cutting up some wood is a good idea. This powerful Shop Fox dust collector features a heavy-duty 12in. steel impeller and a 1.5 HP, 16 Amp 110V single phase motor that operates at 3450 RPM. It will generate 1280 CFM air suction to capture dust and debris from any woodworking saw, planer, jointer, band saw, shaper or sander with a dust port.

We've been using such a model in our woodshop in Maine, and we can safely say - what a difference. One thing this does add is a bit of noise, but then wearing some earplugs is also a great idea when in the shop.

At SHOP FOX W1685 1.5-Horsepower 1280 CFM Dust Collector

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September 23, 2011

M-Power Flat Lying Trammel Head Set

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M.Power, the makers of the inventive and effective little scribing tool that we reviewed a bit ago, have a new trammel set that can be used for more than just marking circles and arcs.

These trammel heads can accept both a pencil or an included steel pivot point (or a razor knife). The cool thing about this set-up is that they attach to a ruler with the ruler on the flat, so the center of gravity is lower than normal, making the system easier to use. The trammels can also be used in conjunction with a combo square to mark out a line parallel to the board edge.

The heads can be attached to any metal ruler (up to 3/32" thick and less than 2" wide), which means that your standard equipment should be compatible.

As for price, the M.Power seems to be selling for around twenty something dollars, which seems like a good price if this is an item that you see yourself using.

More information at M.Power

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September 21, 2011

Bosch PS11 12V Max Angle Drill/Driver

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Judging by how much we use our Milwaukee 12 volt right angle drill, we'd assume that if we had one one of these new Bosch tools, we'd give it a pretty good workout on a weekly basis. We're not plumbers or electricians, so we don't need a high-powered tight angle drill for chewing 2" holes through 2x4s. We're carpenters, so we need them for hinge tightening, small awkward duct adjustments, and working up on top of door casings and other strange places.

The Bosch takes the right angle concept but, like one of their older 12V tools, adds an articulating head to the mix. The head has five locking positions, which should be enough for whatever it is you want to do. We're down with the whole articulating head idea seeing as there have been a few times when the straight-up right angle drill has been a tad limiting in a constrained space.

This fella is sold with two batteries and is going to set you back about $150-$160.

At Amazon

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