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  1. So, if you use a scrollsaw, what brand, make or model do you use? Pros and cons appreciated. I'll start; Delta Model 40-560 Type II with quick clamp, blade clamp. Pros, not terribly expensive, Two speed, very fast blade clamp/unclamp (important for fretwork), up front tension release/adjustment , fast tension release. Cons, some vibration, small table, never use the slow speed, adjusting the blade clamp for different blades cumbersome.
  2. I needed a quick workbench so I could set up for gun maintenance and reloading away from the dust of the woodshop. The wood bench with four drawers and a vice looked like it would do the job and it was $119.00 with a coupon. The first one I picked up the top was totally destroyed beyond repair. After a trip to HF for a replacement I put it together easily by not reading the instructions. About a half hour and some extra screws and glue it is surprisingly very sturdy and will fit my needs. All that is left is assemble the drawers and mount my reloading equipment. Someday I will build a better one and donate this one to Habitat. My rating: 4.5 stars for quality and assembly and -1.5 for packaging.
  3. Came in a no nonsense plain brown box. Packed well. Initial impressions, very solidly built, a tad heavy, sealed on/off buttons, 6' cord, box style DC. Nice, comfortable top grip. Not too soft, not too hard, just right. Variable speed. Velcro pad. Came with 6 sanding discs. Minimal vibration on high. Fairly aggressive, great DC. Hardly any residual dust after 5 minutes of use with 80 grit. Easily controlled on crotch grained mesquite. It replaces a not quite dead PC 5". I think I'll like this one better.
  4. If you have WIFI dead zones in your house this may be a solution. The WIFI router supplied by our internet provider isn't the most robust so, I've never been able to get a WIFI signal in the shop. Even though, the shop is only about 100' from the router. Several different types and brands of extenders were tried and returned. Thank you Amazon. I finally happened on to this TP-LINK AV500 range extender that uses your house wiring as a transmission medium, thereby eliminating problems caused by walls, metal studs, distance, etc. There are two components, an "adapter" that is connected to the router and plugged in to a nearby electrical socket, and the "extender", plugged in to a socket located in or near your dead zone. It's optimum if both sockets are on the same circuit. In my case, I used a socket in a wall closest to the shop. It's not on the same circuit but, it works. Now, I have WIFI in the shop.
  5. Picked this off of a Twitter feed- https://tablesawreviewspot.com/best-table-saw-under-300/
  6. In my opinion some the open stand 6 inch jointers such as the Delta JT360, Jet JJ-6OS, General International 80-075L, Steelex ST1001, CraftexCT086, King CanadaKC-150, and probably a couple other brands that I may have missed, which all basically have the same type of open stand and dust collection setup where the dust port is directed very close to the floor of the dust chute, more then likely causing some air flow resistance and lowering CFM before it reaches the cutter head area. I feel that the port should be pointed in the direction of the chute's flow to be efficient. I had a JET JJ-6OS, and this is what I came up with for a more efficient dust hood.
  7. Picked this up off of a G+ account. Just posting it as another point of view- http://besttopreviewsonline.com/blog/10-best-planers/
  8. Introduction @Jim from Easy Wood Tools contacted us a time ago and asked us if we knew of a turner here on The Patriot Woodworker, who is experienced, and open minded to new tooling and designs, in order to fill a product testing position. Of course we could think no further than our own Lew Kauffman, our Wood Turners Forum host. After some back and forth and information gathering between interested parties, Lew was hired on an as needed, on call basis to test Easy Wood Tools products. Album by Lew Kauffman Candle holders by Lew Kauffman We are pleased to announce Lew Kauffman as an official Easy Wood Tools product tester. Lew is a highly experienced turner, he knows the industry and he has the pulse of the turning world. Lew's work speaks for itself, from bowls to chairs to candle holders (shown at left) and various other vessels and forms, he has proven himself to be a great asset to our own organization here as a form host, and now he is being called upon into service by our own supporter, Easy Wood Tools. What happens next Easy Wood Tools will occasionally send Lew a tool to test, and review. There will generally be three kinds of reviews that Lew will perform for Easy Wood Tools. Reviews of tools in the development stage, not market ready, but in development. These reviews are confidential, these are intended for product feedback between Lew and EWT only. Reviews of tools ready for market entry. These tool reviews may or may not be accessible by the public. Reviews of tools that are in open market, these reviews will be publicly accessible, as a review topic here in our community of that particular tool, and the review will be displayed throughout our newsletters and social media. Lew's reviews, both to our community here, and Easy Wood Tools, will be open and un-biased. We would expect nothing less of Lew. So without further adieu, perhaps @lew will step in and offer up some words, and this topic is open to any and all feedback and attaboys for Lew. Thank you for reading along, and thank you Easy Wood Tools for entrusting our very own Lew Kauffman with this important task at hand.
  9. In today's Email.....Paul Sellers was doing a review of a new drill from Aldi's.....18v Lithium ion. Seemed very pleased with it. Cost him about 24 pounds ( English money). Seems to think it will do the same as his DeWalt 18v. Seem to be about the same size. I guess I will have to keep a eye out around this side of the "pond" and see what they look like. Just a heads up...
  10. Interesting article. I, too, worked for Sears for a couple of years, but have become disappointed their products and customer service since.
  11. I recently acquired a slightly used Craftsman BAS350 14" band saw. It is the same saw as the Rikon 10-321 band saw. It is equipped with a one horse power motor and a very nicely machined cast iron table with a rip capacity opening of 8.5". I got a 5/8" 3TPI blade and ran some firewood pieces through it to make turning blanks and was very pleased with the performance. It has a 2" dust port below the blade and a 4" port at the bottom of the lower wheel. I connected a dust collector to the 4" port with great results and see no need to hook up the two inch port. With the 4" port hooked up air was being sucked into the 2" port effectively sucking any dust the 2" port might have yielded. I really liked the idea of blowing the dust out into the back yard. No muss no fuss. The red knob on top of the saw is the blade adjustment knob. It is easily removed which is a nice feature. Once the tension is released the knob can be removed and laid in plain sight on the table as a reminder that the blade needs tensioned before using. It has roller blade guides which are bearings mounted to adjustable pins. One of the bearings was making noise so I oiled it. I got the number off of it to see about getting some spares and found they are inline skate wheel bearings which makes them readily available. In fact, I had bought a set of cheap skates to use the wheels to make a lathe steady and had five extra wheels I could get the bearings out of. I did and sure enough they were the same. All in all, I am happy with the saw.
  12. Just read a story about Dremel's new oscillating multi-tool (OMT), called the "Velocity" (Nov 2016 Family Handyman) I don't use my OMT often, but when I need it, it comes in handy. Differences between this and the competition: - 5 degree swing so faster cutting - shoe base to help get square cuts - bigger motor https://www.amazon.com/Dremel-VC60-01-Velocity-Hyper-Oscillating-Remodeling/dp/B01CYDA5PU/ref=sr_1_1/157-8410337-4345846?ie=UTF8&qid=1475877655&sr=8-1&keywords=dremel+velocity
  13. First, let me say a big thanks to all the powers that be that made this program possible, without which, there would be no program OK so now, lets get to it. Above all, the tools are simple to use. If you are sharpening challenged, these tools are for you, If you like to be able to just turn the blade to a sharp part after the previous area is dull, then these are likely right up your alley. If however, you have been turning for 20+ years and have learned ways of sharpening tools, then these turning tools may not be what you need. all of these turning tools are great. Because of the fact that they use carbide cutters, they stay sharp for a good long time, providing many hours of turning bliss. Whether you get the midi tools or the full size tools, you really can't go wrong. The one drawback on these tools, is that no matter what size you get, you should only use them to their recommended depth of 3 to 4 inches. Going beyond that, is asking for catches, and possibly damaged/broken tools. The one thing I would like to see in the near future, is a tool that can go deeper, without having to worry about a problem of breakage. Perhaps that is in the works, I don't know, but it would be great to see. This is where most advertisers would say "BUT WAIT", there is also the Easy Wood Chuck, that has been added to the arsenal. This tool although I have not used it, I have seen it work and it is nothing short of amazing, due to the fact that you can easily switch out jaws without having to remove screws or reinstall screws,which makes using this chuck a breeze. Hopefully I can get one of these soon, we'll see. I think first though I will try getting the hollowing tools, I was hoping to get a chance to review those, but it didn't work that way, so stay tuned, because as soon as I can get a chance to do so, I will be trying them out. OK It's looking like I got a bit off track LOL (I do that a lot). Whether you are turning finials, boxes, bottle stoppers, pens, or bowls, this entire system is the best I have seen yet for the price. Hey, if you make pens or other very small items and are looking for something to give it a try without getting into the price of the full size tools, try the Easy Start tools, they are just as good as their bigger brothers, except that you CANNOT work them as deep as the bigger tools. 1 1/2-2" Is all they are really safe for. I have the Easy Start Detailer, I bought for Christmas a few years back, and it does great for detailing small things!
  14. Pica is the name. This is the finest marker I've ever used. It can be sharpened to a very fine point with it's own sharpener, it's lead is thick and sturdy, and best of all, it erases easily yet will not smear or wipe off with handling. I don't know how to embed a video so here's a link. I bought mine from Woodcraft.
  15. Oh boy where to start? I wish I could keep them all! All the tools in the kit were very comfortable to use and they fit wonderfully in my hand. the finish on the handles was so flawless I was afraid to set them down and risk scratching them. The easy finisher, I found the easy finisher to be great for cutting coves and curves. I was challenged when I tried to use it for smoothing a cylindrical turning, I usually wound up creating a spiral pattern in the piece that took a bit of sanding to smooth out. If I had taken the time to watch the DVD and practice I probably would've been more successful using it. it was very easy to use and cut cleanly. I found this tool to be very useful and feel it is a good fit for my turning skill level and projects The Easy Detailer, I wish the detailer had a sharp point instead of the rounded tip. I think the sharp point would make it easier to cut fine details and sharp grooves. I used it to cut a slight cove in the end grain of a bottle stopper and it worked for this task, however I do think I could've made the same cut with the finisher tool. To be fair and give it other chances I used it to put some other details in turnings. While it worked for this and cut nice and clean I currently do not see a need to add it to my tool arsenal. To sum up my cutting tool reviews 2 out of 3 isn't bad. The 3rd was a good tool however it wasn't one I currently have a use for. Tomorrow or the next day I'll be reviewing my favorite, the Chuck!
  16. Oh boy where to start? I wish I could keep them all! All the tools in the kit were very comfortable to use and they fit wonderfully in my hand. the finish on the handles was so flawless I was afraid to set them down and risk scratching them The easy rougher, I used this to rough out a few rolling pins from 2.5" square hard maple, walnut , and cherry. I found that the tool chipped the hard corners when first starting the cut but soon smoothed out when the pin got closer to round. My preference for the initial rounding/roughing out step returned to my Sorby roughing gouge. When I used the Easy Wood rougher on stock that had the corners sawn off this wasn't as much of an issue. Where I liked the easy rougher was truing up the turning and tapering the ends of my pins. I did get a little tear-out on the walnut but a quick sanding (less than 30 seconds ) took care of that. I found this tool to be very useful and feel it is a good fit for my turning skill level and projects. reviews of the other tools will be coming over the next few days John
  17. Using Aqua Coat on the lathe

    I received the Aqua Coat product today and tinkered with it some. Aqau Coat is a semi clear gel and not much of an odor.I did NOT prep it as I normally would do. I left it a bit rough and sanded with 220 only. The left side I applied Hut Crystal Coat, my normal choice. On the right I applied the Acqua Coat as per instructions. It looks good to me and did fill the grain holes. However I am not ready to commit fully until I test more woods. Another thing I liked was that after it has dried I applied the Hut on top of it and it did a great job. Tomorrow I am going to do some soft wood. The piece pictured is about 2.5 inches long and is made of Oak.
  18. This is a continuation of the Easy Wood Tools review. Included in the “kit†were Easy Wood’s three basic turning tools: The Easy Rougher, The Easy Finisher and the Easy Detailer. These were the mid sized tools. The first thing you notice, when picking them up, is the comfortable design and the quality of the finish. The long handles and square tool bars provide excellent control. I found virtually no vibration during the turning process, even when the tool was extended over the tool rest. Easy Wood has even provided a “safety†marker to indicate the maximum safe overhang during turning. I used each of the tools during the turning the project’s base, starting with the Easy Rougher. I only used the Rougher’s square cutter; however, the radius cutters were included in the kit. The base of the project was walnut. The Rougher peeled off ribbons of shaving better than any of my sharpest gouges. I had thought that the square cutter might dig in at the corners but this was not the case. I had absolutely no trouble making flat cuts across a long surface. The flat cutter worked exceptionally well to do beading cuts, also. Next, I tried the Easy Finisher to make cove cuts in the walnut. Just like the Rougher, shavings peeled off effortlessly. I had used the Finisher to hollow out the inside of the vessel but the cutter was still sharp and left a smooth surface. The bowl portion of the turning was saturated with CA glue to stabilize the punky spalted wood. Even that did not dull the finisher's cutter. The straight tool bar worked well for hollowing the modest curve on the inside of the vessel- this can be seen in the previous video of the chuck review. Finally, the Easy Detailer made quick work of the transitions between various parts of the base turning. Not only could I create small recesses, the sides of the long point can be used almost like a wide scraper to finesse a delicate profile or assist in making beading cuts. A couple of things I needed to get used to when working with these tools. I found I had a tendency to set the tool rest a little too high for optimum cutting. But, after a while, the positioning was much easier. The other thing I needed to get use to was to present the tools 90° to the work piece; unlike most traditional turning tools which are mostly used with the handle angled towards the floor- another easy adjustment on my part. In the “if I had my wish†department, I’d like to see a detailing cutter with a squared off point in addition to the rounded one. It is nice to be able to add crisp corners to the bottom of some small cuts. A short video (~ 3 minutes) showing the tools in use- along with the Easy Chuck. I removed all of the sound. YouTube flagged a couple of my videos. Apparently the background music from the oldies station was clear enough to cause copyright concerns. Cecil B. DeMille certainly has nothing to worry about. Next week, the finished turning and some final thoughts.

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