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How To Make a Tablesaw Crosscut Sled

By Todd Fratzel on Jigs

Precision Tablesaw Crosscut Sled A precision tablesaw crosscut sled is one of the best workshop jigs you can make for woodworking projects. I’ve been putting this project off for such a long time and finally it made it to my priority list. I’ve got a really fun chess board project coming up and this will…

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JET JJ-6CSDX Review – 6″ Deluxe Jointer with QS Knives

By Todd Fratzel on Woodworking

JET 6″ Deluxe Jointer with QS Knives – Model JJ-6CSDX One of the last pieces of equipment to show up for my new woodshop was the JET JJ-6CSDX 6″ Jointer. The size of my shop dictated that I get a 6″ jointer so I opted for the JJ-6CSDX with an extra long 56″ table length.…

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DEWALT Planer Review – Model DW735X

By Todd Fratzel on Power Tools, Woodworking

DEWALT DW735X 13″ Three Knife, Two Speed Thickness Planer When choosing shop machinery for my new wood shop one of my biggest constraints has been choosing equipment large enough to handle decent size projects yet small enough to fit into a medium size shop. The selection of a thickness planer basically comes down to two…

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Delta 14 Inch Band Saw Review – Model 28-400

By Todd Fratzel on Workshop

Delta Model 28-400, 14 Inch, 1 HP Band Saw Delta recently introduced an all new band saw in their model 28-400 which replaces an older 28-280. 14 inch band saws are probably the most popular size and certainly a great all around size for small and medium size wood shops like ours. Delta was kind…

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Rockler 9″ Quick Release Bench Vise Review

By Todd Fratzel on Workshop

Rockler 9″ Quick Release Workbench Vise Every workshop and woodshop must have a good workbench vise! As part of my continued outfitting of the new woodshop I built a large workbench/outfeed table. The new workbench was also the obvious place for a large bench vise. The folks at Rockler sent me their 9″ Quick Release…

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Outfeed Table for Delta Unisaw

By Todd Fratzel on Benches

Custom Outfeed Table Built To Match Unisaw Outfeed tables are one of the most useful companions of a table saw. They making cutting large sheet stock easier, safer, and more accurate. In addition, they often serve as an assembly table and storage cabinet. In this article I’d like to share a design that I created…

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How To Replace Start Capacitor On Dust Collector Motor

By Todd Fratzel on Dust Collection

Defective Motor Start Capacitor Prevents Motor from Starting Recently my dust collector quit working and it was quickly apparent how instrumental the dust collector is in the woodshop. After getting over the shock of the breakdown I started trouble-shooting the problem. It didn’t take long to have several different people tell me it sounded like…

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How To Build Custom Wood Plantation Shutters / Blinds

By Todd Fratzel on Interior Decorating, Woodworking

Building Moveable Wood Shutters Using Rockler’s Shutter Building System Wooden shutters can add a serious touch of class to any room and they are a great option for rooms that require privacy like bathrooms. While wooden shutters look amazing they are often extremely expensive and most often  need to be custom built to fit into…

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