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Carving the Gator Finishing Logo on my Shapeoko 3 XXL

Carving the Gator Finishing Logo on my Shapeoko 3 XXL

Here’s a sped up video of the full carving of the Gator Logo using my Shapeoko 3 XXL machine.  It was a great project for 2 reasons-  The first being Penny and the great people over at Gator have been incredibly supportive of our woodworking community and the second being was getting the opportunity to develope a great relationship with …

18Ga Cordless Nailers Review

18Ga Cordless Nailers Review

Cordless nailers are becoming a favorite tool amongst woodworkers and today I’m looking at 3 of them: The RyobiP320, The Ridgid R09890B, and the Hitachi NT1850DE. First let’s establish that each of these 3 nailers performed flawlessly. Each shoot nails 5/8″ to 2″ in length and in the case of the Ridgid will shoot a 2-1/8″. I have yet to …

Up Close with the Milescraft 1318 AccuDrillMate

Up Close with the Milescraft 1318 AccuDrillMate

I’ve been using the milescraft AccuDrillMate 1318 for a few months now.  Let’s dive right in so I can show you why I feel it’s a must have tool in every woodworkers shop. Like all things made by Milescraft, the AccuDrill is incredibly handy in the shop.  One thing I can’t ever do is drill perfectly straight.  That’s right, nod …

The Ryobi 18V One + One Dual Bevel Miter Saw Review

The Ryobi 18V One + One Dual Bevel Miter Saw Review

I believe the old saying is never judge a book by it’s cover.  Nothing has been truer than Ryobi’s new 18v One + One 10″ sliding miter saw.  36V of power packed into 35lbs of portability.     Right out of the box i noticed 2 things; It was an eye catcher and incredibly light.  At 35lbs  the saw is …

To Spray or Not to Spray

To Spray or Not to Spray

So for the first 7 yrs of my furniture making experience, I did what most of you are doing now- using a brush for my paints and polys. I was intimidated by the spraying process, the learning curve, the clean up,  and yes, the cost.  Enter the new Graco Ultra Cordless. Here are my thoughts after using it for a …

Dear Beginner Woodworkers

Dear Beginner Woodworkers

I’ve received a lot of comments this week that prompted me to write this.  It wasnt so much the amount of comments as it was the content that stuck out.  On nine occasions (yes, i counted) via public comment or private message someone said something along the lines of “Someday I want to build just like you.”  While that’s one …

Cordless Routers:  Ryobi P601 vs Ridgid R86044B

Cordless Routers: Ryobi P601 vs Ridgid R86044B

So A lot questions come up with regards to cordless routers; more specifically The RYOBI and the RIDGID.  Which one is better?  Which one should I get?  Well after using both of these for a while i thought it was time to blog about it.  So here we go…    .  .   Looking at both, theyre pretty much identical. …