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The Shipping Crate

So the fire mess is all cleaned up and I finally had a chance to do some actual work in the shop. I decided the best thing to do was to build something simple that allowed me to use most of my newly acquired Festool collection. So, I built the simplest thing I could think of – a box. The above video shows ya how I got along.

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Festool Meets A “Mechanic”

So, I’ve been flirting with this idea for a while now and essentially, here’s how it went down:

My wife has been wanting some built-in cabinets in our dining room and a couple of months ago, we started fielding quotes. They were outrageous… Like, REALLY outrageous. So outrageous, that I began to ponder the idea of building them myself. The only problem (besides my complete lack of knowledge and experience working with wood) was that my shop simply wasn’t outfitted to work with wood. And frankly, I didn’t like the idea of converting it because of two main factors:

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The Delta Rockwell 34-600

Years ago, I dropped by Curtis Garrett’s shop to pick up a band saw that he had restored for me. While there, I took notice of his old Delta table saw and fell in love. I don’t do much wood working, however, and have never had a need for a finger remover. Then, a few weeks ago, my wife got a quote to get some cabinets built for the house. That quote got me very interested in wood working and I quickly emailed Curtis to see if he had any table saw restorations in the works.

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The Fein Grinder


So… Most people consider the Makita to be the best wired grinder on the planet per dollar spent. I guess I’m one of those guys? I mean, I have a Makita for wired use and a Milwaukee for wireless and haven’t had an issue with either. I tend to go for my Milwaukee if I’ve got the batteries charged simply because it’s smaller and more comfortable. BUT, I’ve always been curious about the Fein because it’s so damned small… and has such a good reputation.

Today, I started researching the matter and stumbled across AvE’s tear down. It’s a beaut… If you haven’t seen it already, you should probably check it out above.

Here’s part 2.

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Woodpeckers Radius Set. Nope.

I would assume most of you that do any woodworking at all are familiar with Woodpeckers. They are pretty widely known as suppliers to some of the best measuring and squaring instruments around. Recently, they released a new cornering jig and it’s a pretty smart design with seemingly unlimited value… that is, until you see the price – $280!

Unfortunately, I happen to need such a jig for a project I’m working on… But I just couldn’t get myself to spend $300 on red anodized aluminum. So, I searched Google and stumbled upon a really young guy that does some interesting (read: nerdy) projects from his basement. One of these projects was the fabrication of a cornering jig.

Dude just saved me like $275, so he gets a feature!

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