Category Archives: Tools

Making a Dewalt Sander work with a Bosch (or Festool) dust hose

My Dewalt random orbit sander serves me pretty well, but I’ve never really had a lot of luck connecting dust hoses to it.  Until now, I always had a hard time finding one that fit snugly enough to stay on … Continue reading

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Folding Out Feed Table for my SawStop PCS

I recently snagged a rare deal in the Toronto used machinery market:  a used 3HP SawStop PCS with a mobile base.  It’s a great machine and it takes up less space than the Ridgid TS-3650 contractor saw it replaced.  Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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Installing a Cast Iron Router Wing in my SawStop PCS

For the past few years, I had been running a Ridgid TS-3650 and one of the more popular articles on this blog was about how I installed a cast iron router wing in its left side.  That worked great.  A … Continue reading

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Hammer A3-26 Shop Made Extension Tables

I have a Hammer A3-26 jointer-planer, and it’s a great, compact machine (I reviewed it shortly after getting it). It can joint and plane wood up to 10″ wide, but packing a 10″ jointer into the space normally consumed by a … Continue reading

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Laguna LT14 SUV Review

I recently decided to upgrade my band saw from my 1HP General International 14″ steel frame saw to something a little bit more robust.  The old one was a good saw and if I had a bit more space, I … Continue reading

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Hammer A3-26 Review

This is an amateur woodworker’s detailed review of the Hammer A3-26 Planer-thicknesser.  I usually try to keep my posts much shorter than this, but in purchasing this machine, I wasn’t able to find a lot of commentary or discussion about … Continue reading

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JessEm Rout-R-Lift II Review

I bought this router lift in February, and now, having used it for about five months, I’ve formed some opinions I wanted to share as a hobbyist and ordinary user.  This is my first router lift. I’ve long thought them … Continue reading

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Installing a Cast Iron Router Wing in my Ridgid TS3650

General International offers these cast iron router tables that happen to also fit as table saw wings.  Their website doesn’t really have much/any info about it as I write this – it’s linked as an accessory to a router table … Continue reading

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Upgrading a Delta 50-760 Dust Collector with a Canister Filter

Dust collection seems to get people riled up for some reason.  I haven’t a clue why.  Searching forums and websites about it will reveal dozens of conflicting reports, differing opinions, information and misinformation.  After spending all together too much time … Continue reading

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Flip Top Tool Cart

My shop’s small.  Real small.  It’s so small that once, I actually moved a power outlet to reclaim a square foot of wall space to hang something on.  So when it comes to making use of space, I’m really careful … Continue reading

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