Monday, August 25, 2014

Craftsman Table Saw from the 80's

So I've officially stopped working on the Harbor Freight saw. I picked up this mid-80's Craftsman contractor's saw for $65.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

HF 10" Industrial Table Saw Tuning Part 1

Best I could get without modification.
The Harbor Freight 10" 15 Amp Industrial Table Saw is cheap and should be pretty capable. However, it takes some modification to make it right.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

The Outdoor Workshop

Working with the lathe on a beautiful sunny day.
 Is it possible to have an outdoor workshop when you live in an apartment?

Monday, May 27, 2013

Grip Rite #305 Stainless Steel Exterior Screws Review

I'm building a workbench out of redwood 2x4's to keep outdoors. So I bought some stainless steel screws to put it together.

The included bit is a #2 square drive. But the screws aren't a snug fit for a #2 bit. I had my own #2 bit that I've used with other screws no problem, but it also is too small for these screws.

After rounding off both bits, I'm done with these useless screws.

I'll contact the manufacturer... Perhaps it's simply a bad batch.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

PSI's Shock Absorber Kits

Well, I finall got some time to work on the lathe, and thought this would be a great opportunity to try PSI's new Shock Absorber pen kits.

First off, these look more like either coil-overs or McPhearson struts to me. But that's neither here nor there. ;)

Fit and finish appear to be decent. Plating looks good. My only real complaint about the quality is the choice of refill. They used @#$%^ mini refills! That pen is pretty large, and there's no excuse for using the mini refills. They're crap, and I'm pretty bothered they made that choice.

The pens are very much a gimmick. They're not comfortable to write with, and don't have a pocket clip. This is something a mechanic or gearhead has laying around to look cool.

And they do look cool!

The barrels are my black/silver swirled poly resin.