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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 …

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. …