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Ridgid R4512 10″ Table Saw

This was my first real tool. I purchased the Ridgid R4512 10″ Table Saw new about 2 years ago for $449 CAD on special which is a steal from the now $749 regular price tag. I had considered several lower quality contractor saws before stumbling upon this and now I notice them everywhere. After putting it…

Snap on 2000 Lumens LED Work Light

One of the things I do as a fabricator is shoot YouTube videos of my projects. Sometimes they’re actual how-to videos, sometimes I just document the project and put it out there for other makers to get ideas. In a quest to improve the quality of those videos I’ve been taking online classes on content…

Lincoln Electric Viking 1840

When it comes to welding, all of us must use a welding helmet, obviously. But with so many choices out on the market today it can be hard to decide which to order and place on our head. Everyone has different needs and wants in a welding helmet as well. I own more welding helmets…

Reviewer: Jonathan Lewis

I have been in the welding and fabrication field for 10 years now professionally. I started my own company, Superior Welding & Fabrication, LLC, about 5 years ago and do a very wide array of welding. My passion is making things out of metal using welding mostly but has translated into the making community as…

DeWalt 8″ Stacked Dado Set

As a hobbyist woodworker I like for my equipment and tools to be accurate, reliable, and easy to use.  When building drawers and cabinets a good dado set is indispensable.  In March of 2016, I purchased the DeWalt 8” Stacked Dado Set, Model DW7670 from Wood Craft in Parkersburg, West Virginia.  Retail price was $149.99.…

Reviewer: Bo Ranson

Bo Ranson is a life long Maker. Having grown up on a farm in Ripley, West Virginia that has now become known as Ranson Hollows, www.RansonHollows.com , making things was just a way of life. After a long career in the Oil & Gas industry, Bo has retired to the wood shop and playing on…

Harbor Freight “Drill Master”

I would like  to tell you about the experience I’ve had with my Harbor Freight purchased “Drill Master” trim router (Item#61626). While this router will not provide the smooth, lower decibel performance of those green, yellow or blue brands, it comes in at an everyday retail price of $29.99 US! If you pay attention this…

Reviewer: Billy McCord

Hello, I am Billy McCord Father, Maker, Technologist, with more than 25 years in the information technology industry, and a “Maker” my entire life. I grew up near Lexington KY on a cattle farm where my grandfather also ran a Vermeer farm machinery dealership. From about the 4th grade on I worked in the dealership’s…

Laguna Fusion Table Saw

I’ve had my Laguna Fusion table saw for about 18 months now and it has become the centerpiece of my workshop.  Already a drastic upgrade from my box-store collapsible saw, the Laguna Fusion (and the 52-inch extension kit) retails for $1449.00.  I took advantage of a 10% seasonal discount at my local Woodcraft and saved…

Reviewer: Shaun Guthrie

While working by day as a Director of Information Technology, at night Shaun has found a passion for Woodworking which adds a much-needed balance between Technology and Wood. Starting with no tools and no real knowledge of woodworking, Shaun started out buying tools for each new project, learning off YouTube and putting those skills to…

Reviewer: Josh Price

After dropping out of engineering school, Josh served in the Army for 8 years as a helicopter crew member.  Since leaving the military, he has worked in the defense contracting world as a survival instructor and now as a program planner and full-time graduate student. Always wanting more and striving to create, he found himself…

Bessey KliKlamp

I’ve had my Bessey Kliklamps (link is for the 12 inch model current on sale for $19.99) for about 4 months now. I have the 8 inch model and I really like them. They’re available for $14.99 at retail, but full disclosure; I received 4 of them for free from Bessey. They sent them for…

Triton TSPS450 Spindle sander

When a particular task needs to be accomplished, there’s usually a particular tool. I hadn’t considered how much I would use nor how much I would enjoy operating a spindle sander. The market has a fairly wide swath when it comes to price point and product quality, I selected this item because it seemed to…

Dewalt DCS361B Cordless 7 1/4″ Miter Saw

I often take on small scale renovation projects and flooring installations, this tool has proven its worth time and time again. It’s small size and light weight allows for ease of portability and being cordless gives unrestricted versatility. I had upgraded from an older Mastercraft miter saw to the large Bosch CM12SD and this. Accompanying…

Reviewer: Greg Lobb

Born and raised in Northern Saskatchewan, now a proud father of 3, providing for my family as a paramedic. I cut my teeth in construction, renovation and flooring which led to a lust for tools. The maker bug really took hold with a few small sign projects and has snowballed into something more. Now establishing…

Reviewer: Marsh Wildman

Marsh Wildman is an Artisan Technologist with a very strong science & engineering background and a passion for art. As an amateur radio operator, he developed a deep understanding of electronics and computers. Later as a welder/fabricator in a machine shop, he gained a strong knowledge of all things mechanical. With these skills under his…

Watco Clear Spray Lacquer

Okay, so when you’re starting out as a maker, Watco Clear Spray Lacquer is literally the easiest finish to use. Why? because it dries in about 10 minutes. You can get multiple coats done inside of an hour. That being said, this is not a finish to use for exterior or high wear situations. But…

Porter-Cable PC75TRS Reciprocating Saw

A reciprocating saw is known by a few different names; sawzall (which is a Milwaukee brand name), sabre saw, and a demolition saw. I usually call it a demo saw. The reason that it’s called a demolition saw is because it’s not really a precision instrument and is meant to cut deeply and quickly through…

Makita 4329 Jigsaw

Jigsaws are most maker’s least favorite power saw. I am not one of those makers. Let me tell you why. I understand the limits of this type of tool and I only use it for it’s strengths. Before I had a bandsaw, this was the only saw I had that could cut curves. Even after…

Reviewer: Phil Pinsky

Phil has been making in his garage for almost 5 years. He’s been on YouTube for one year and has a variety of maker related videos. He’s also an Etsy seller, specializing in personalized children’s step stools and custom whiskey boxes (for adults, not children). More than likely though, you know him through the Reclaimed…

Glubot by Fastcap

So, I’m Canadian, and you can’t buy the Glubot in Canada.  I won this bad boy in the Sterling Davis pallet upcycle challenge last year.  What a freaking game changer.  People always scoff when they hear that about this product.  “You bought a glue bottle? Doesn’t your glue come in a bottle?!”. To that I…

DeWalt DW618PK

The DeWalt DW618PK is a combo pack router.  It comes with the router (2.25 HP, supporting both 1/4 and 1/2 bits) itself and two different bases.  The first is a fixed base and the second is a plunge.  There isn’t much to say about the fixed base, as it’s a really simple design.  Cam lock…