Power Tools

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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M18 Compact Vacuum & Other Shop Vac Options…

I’m (sort of) in need of a small and reasonably powerful Vac and noticed this job by Milwaukee (details)… I know this thing is newish, but I’m wondering if any of you fellas have experience with it?

Basically, I’m trying to decide between buying something like this plus a new box store shop vac or going all out and just buying what I’ve always wanted – a Festool – even if it means living without a smaller and more portable option. My 20 year old Craftsman shop Vac gave up the ghost today while providing dust collection for a router project. Ugh…

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The Specialized Tools Of Traditional Hot Rodding

I thought you guys would get a kick out of this… A couple of weeks ago, I started a thread on the H.A.M.B. asking folks to take pictures of the vintage tools they use to work on their hot rods. The result is a honey pot of amazing images and tools.

I really, really like this stuff…

Check it out.

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I’m totally addicted to watching this Portuguese woman make shit on YouTube. She’s got decent skills for sure, but I’m mostly impressed with the creative way she shoots her videos. They are gorgeous… and on point.

In any case, she uses an x-carve quite a bit – essentially, it’s a CNC router type thing that is completely open source. In fact, when you buy one it’s up to you to put the thing together and set it up appropriately. Your success in doing so is directly related to how well the machine works afterwards. I’ve never used any computer aided machines… but this one looks like fun to me. I like the DYI aspect of the whole thing


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