Reviews

Milwaukee M18™ Compact Blower (0884-20)

Submitted by: Justin Sparks I purchased the Milwaukee M18™ Compact Blower about 1 year ago because I wanted a way to quickly blow away the sawdust and debris from my jobsite projects. There were many instances where I would get the air compressor out only for this purpose and I wanted to save the time…

Takstar SGC-598 Microphone

Submitted by: Marsh Wildman As a YouTube content creator, I know two things top the list when it comes to video quality. Lighting and sound! I’ve already talked about lighting here, so let’s move on to sound. A good microphone is quite an investment. Looking at hot-shoe mounted shotgun mics, offerings from companies like Shure…

Ryobi JM82GK Biscuit Joiner

I’ve had a number of Ryobi tools in the past, they fill a nice gap in the market for those on a leaner budget. This Ryobi biscuit joiner is a handsome machine with adequate capabilities and priced at $159 cdn, it fit the budget nicely. I had considered a number of other models but went…

Bessy Variable Angle Strap Clamp (VAS+2K)

Submitted By: Shaun Guthrie @caskwoodworking I’ve said before and this time is no different, I typically purchase tools when I need them.  A client commission required me to build square wood pedestals which have a 45-degree miter on each corner.  After I took the commission I realized I didn’t have a good enough clamping solution…

Ridgid R4331 13″ Thickness Planer

Submitted by: Greg Lobb A thickness planer is a necessity in any modern shop and the market is vast with many options. A combination of impatience and stock availability led me to acquire the Ridgid R4331. I had wanted desperately to bring a Dewalt DW735 home, but finding one for the right price and that…

DeWalt DCS331B Cordless 20v Jigsaw

Submitted by: Greg Lobb I had upgraded to the Dewalt 20v system from an aging Ryobi set. Modern Lithium-ion systems open up the market to include tools more practical without a cord, a jigsaw is an ideal candidate to go cordless. I replaced a budget Black & Decker with the DeWalt DCS331B jigsaw and it…

FL Sun Kossel Delta Style 3D Printer Kit

Submitted by: Marsh Wildman   I’ve been looking at 3D printers for quite some time and never bought one because I never had a need. As I’ve been doing more commission jobs with Arduino controllers lately, I’ve wanted to provide custom enclosures for these projects. All I have to do is model the enclosure in…

Craftex 12” Dovetail Jig

Submitted By: Shaun Guthrie @caskwoodworking Starting this year, I want to up my woodworking game with the ability to cut dovetails. I know some people may look down upon those who use a dovetail jig, however as a hobbyist woodworker I don’t have the time at this point in my life to cut dovetails by…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…