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ShopNotes merging with Woodsmith magazine
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Looks like they are going to have ShopNotes become a part of Woodsmith magazine. Anyone else hear this?Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by James P. Cottingham Jan 16.

My lowes now has the K5 on the shelf
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I surprised my Lowes had the K5 price was $140 . I was in a hurry so I did not check the unit out. Strange brand new product coming out 6-9 2014 only now getting K5 on the shelf. Poor marketing for…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gary roofner Jun 7, 2014.

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My air compressor died .  I am planning replacing it with a Bostitch pancake 6 gal compressor.Anyone have this brand gets good reviews best in the price range I want to pay from my Lowes store. I…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gary roofner Jun 6, 2014.

Solid wood door with v groves cut in them?
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What angle would you set your table saw to rip v groves about 1/4 inch deep? I have already built a case covered with beaded board and want to space the v groves about same distance apart as the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jay Boutwell Jun 5, 2014.


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Lykle Schepers replied to Gary roofner's discussion 'How well dose a shop vac with a seperator work for dust collecting'
"I had an old Dyson double cyclone vacuum for in the house.  Took it to pieces, mounted most of it on a large dustbin and put piping through the workshop. Vent straight to the outside. The venting is clean, you cannot see the airstream. No…"
Feb 14
Derek Gould replied to Gary roofner's discussion 'How well dose a shop vac with a seperator work for dust collecting'
"I use an Oneida Dust Deputy with a shop-vac.I didn't START OUT using it, but after my first project I realized how much dust flies around and gets into everything. This makes the shop cleaner; and my wife happier. The Dust Deputy does a good…"
Feb 13
Tim Grace commented on Gary roofner's blog post 'Dust deputy'
"I picked up a 20 gallon salvage drum at Amazon on which to mount the Dust Deputy.  The drum is very well made and holds a bit more than the 5 gallon buckets.  The lid is a little domed, and after a few weeks of use, has begun to settle.…"
Feb 12
Gary roofner commented on Wendy Ratcliff's blog post 'Kreg Universal Workbench 28" x 20"'
"Your finished is very nice and potable."
Feb 2
James P. Cottingham replied to Gary roofner's discussion 'ShopNotes merging with Woodsmith magazine'
"Yes, when I went to renew a few weeks ago, the person on the line told me that they had just been informed that day. I received my copy this week of the "new", and "improved" Woodsmith Guild magazine. It is much thicker that the…"
Jan 16
Jay Boutwell replied to Gary roofner's discussion 'Shop notes combinding into shopsmith magazine.'
"Apparently this is the plan:  Check out the announcement."
Jan 16
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Shop notes combinding into shopsmith magazine.

Looks like they are going to have ShopNotes become a part of Woodsmith magazine. Anyone else hear this?See More
Jan 15
Suzy replied to Gary roofner's discussion 'How well dose a shop vac with a seperator work for dust collecting'
"My husband cut a piece of plexiglass and made a piece to fit on the side of the saw blade that ends out the chips with the hopes it will help to catch some more of the larger dust particles that are getting on the floor.  I don't mind the…"
Jan 14
Paul Williams replied to Gary roofner's discussion 'How well dose a shop vac with a seperator work for dust collecting'
"I run a Dust Deputy on a shop-vac for general clean up and dust evacuation from small tools."
Jan 13
Gary roofner replied to jefrey smith's discussion 'rough cut tommy mac...lame or what? and some other stuff'
"Norm Abrams as I remember started with doing infomerials for Shopsmith on TV. Then shortly after he got the program New Yankey Workshop. There were several guy that did good Shopsmith infomersials. I always watched his show on Saturday. Only show I…"
Jan 12
Gary roofner commented on Wendy Ratcliff's blog post 'Kreg Universal Workbench 28" x 20"'
"Don't forget the pictures Wendy."
Dec 22, 2014
Gary roofner replied to Jay Boutwell's discussion 'Christmas Greetings'
"Nice touch Jay. I wish you a merry Christmas and Kreg community also. If recall last year at this time you were very Ill, glad to see you have recovered .  "
Dec 18, 2014
Suzy replied to Gary roofner's discussion 'How well dose a shop vac with a seperator work for dust collecting'
"We are doing great with the combination of cyclone, HE bag and HEPA filter.  The vac is totally clean and the cyclone is about 1/2 full now and probably needs to be emptied."
Dec 16, 2014
Ken Darga replied to Gary roofner's discussion 'How well dose a shop vac with a seperator work for dust collecting'
"I use a filter in my shop vac, with the cyclone dust collector. The filter catches the fine dust particles, that do not settle into the dust/chips collector."
Dec 15, 2014
Otto Kerbs replied to Gary roofner's discussion 'How well dose a shop vac with a seperator work for dust collecting'
"Those are very good items. Depending on the woodworking materials you are using, you may find that in the long run because of the cyclone that the bags are not necessary, but they will not cause you problems. Now I can go out and shovel my way to…"
Dec 15, 2014
Suzy replied to Gary roofner's discussion 'How well dose a shop vac with a seperator work for dust collecting'
"Thanks Otto, I bought both the HEPA filter and the HE fine dust bags for our shop vac today at Lowe's."
Dec 13, 2014

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Dust deputy


I just purchased a dust deputy the DIY version and put together . The only thing you get is the plastic cyclone top part. You need 6, 1/4 twenty thread bolts 3/4 inch long and I used about a 6 inch square piece of 1/4 inch thick styrofoam for a gasgut. I bought a 5 gallen bucket with a lid and cut a 3 inch hole in the center of the lid and centered the dust deputy over the 3 inch hole. I used the dust deputy to trace the location of the holes. Then I taped the  styrofoam over and…


Posted on April 6, 2012 at 10:30am — 10 Comments

Beadlock Pro

The beadlock pro is a loose tenon jig.  It has a very sturdy case to carry the unit and accessories. Uses a 3/8

drill bit to make the joints. This unit in combo with kreg clamps to layout the joints you now can make loose tenons fast and easy. Success the first try. I have waited for this unit for over 2 months from Rockler.  I think it was worthy the wait 2 backorders later. Now if they can get the bill correct with sale price and 15% discount which was my origanal order. Here are a…


Posted on August 15, 2011 at 4:30pm — 10 Comments

Router tables

Looking to buy a router table.

Problem is are there any good sub $300 tables?

I had been looking at the skill tables at Lowes.

It appears craftsman has same tables with their name on sale now.

Posted on April 7, 2010 at 6:10am — 13 Comments

Any you guys selling your products?

Newly retired so not wanting big production.

Just finance my…


Posted on March 25, 2010 at 2:31am — 18 Comments

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At 7:20pm on May 6, 2014, Jeff Metcalf said…

Thanks Gary;

I now own 4 different Kregs including the second one ever sold also the HD and Micro and Deck Jig a bit of a tool junky but my most favorite is the K5 and the others will get shelved. If you can find a way of upgrading I would.


The secret to find center of your stock is on Mark Eaton's Kreg Router tips DVD I will se if I can find it on You Tube or the Kregs site.

Basically take your piece feed it on a corner then flip it over and feed it on the other side of the same corner then adjust actually I think it is on one of the videos om Marks site the site is ( )


Take Care


At 8:03pm on August 2, 2013, Henry Parslow said…
At 10:28pm on July 17, 2013, Henry Parslow said…

welcome aboard

At 9:39pm on April 29, 2012, Gary Bartz said…

Thanks Gary. Works great and fun to build.

At 10:33pm on June 17, 2011, Gary roofner said…
Whats the secret to using yhe router bit find the center and center on the stock?
At 10:29pm on June 17, 2011, Gary roofner said…
Yes you can get a 1/4 only sold by rockler
At 8:22am on June 17, 2011, Jay Boutwell said…

Gary, my brother-in-law has had the bead lock system  for about 3 or 4 years now and I have had the opportunity to use it on a couple different occassions and it was alright.  The only thing that I found discouraging was that you had to settle for the size of the stock or alter it.  It took some time to do this however it worked well holding the joints tight.  When it first came out the stock was not available at all locations however they cured this problem by making a bit of which you could make your own stock using the bit and a router table.  

it works siniliar to the doweling jig and this is why I opted not to buy one as they only  made it in 3/8" an 1/2" sizes at the time.  I could get the same results using one of my self aligning doweling jigs and could then go down to 1/4".  I don't know if they have since began making a smaller size than the 3/8" or not.

At 10:08am on May 15, 2011, Jay Boutwell said…

Hi Gary almost missed this post.  Had surgery on my left shoulder and not really fully got my mind into spending as much time as i normally do readind posts.  Yes I got two rippers  love them, definately a finger saver as well as preventing kick backs. 

Yes they got the mortise zips in and I'm still not fully sure if I want to make a purchase just yet.  I looked at a 3/8" thinking that this might be the answer to what I was looking for.  I had this one in mind as I have collected some broken kreg bits where the pilot is broke and thought I would check into grinding these into mortise bits.  Since during the first demo the guy broke bits like they were straws and the price of the bits are out of reason. Then demo of the 3/8" broke another one.  The bits are breaking near the cutting tips. I am beginning to think that either this demo man is not fulling understanding the system or the system is not cracked up to be what they.  I used it boring a couple mortise holes and found it to work well however the bits are not the best in the world.  This was my thinking in using the Kreg bits reground to mortise bits.  I am going to do more research before i purchase this as i have a horizonal mortise that I make a few floating mortised with as well as a standard mortise.  The system I use most is the table saw tennon jig cutting the tennons and the vertical mortise machine for the mortise.  What i though I would use the mortise zip is for portability and occassional use on repairing some occassional broken and damaged tennons and dowel project with out totally taking the piece apart. 

 I have not abandoned the idea yet as I think it is a reasonable tool.  Have you any thoughts on the pros and cons of this tool?  Have a good day and I will keep you posted on what I decide to do.

At 3:13am on April 30, 2011, Jay Boutwell said…
Gary it is an honor to be a friend and look forward to working together on projects.  Sorry, I saw your chat message but for some reason my chat thing is messed up .  I can't turn it off and when it does go off and i turn it back on it might let me chat  and it might not.  Some times it posts others message but I can 't respond.  It does annoy me also that it is always on even when I am not around the computer.  Some of the members probably think I never sleep.  I got to fix this computer when I get the time.  Thank you for the invite to be a friend.
At 8:25pm on April 28, 2011, Jay Boutwell said…

Gary, I had a disappointing shopping trip this morning.  I left home at 7:00 am and was in Portland when they opened the doors.  I had gone there to purchase one of the grippers however they sold out yesterday.  They have been running a special 10.00 off the regular price of $79.99 thru April 30th.  Apparently they are pretty popular as a portland cabinet shop bought several the first of the week.  They have some on order and will honor the discound price when they come in.

I did get to look at the Jessem Zip slot mortiser and my opinion is unsure at this point.  The ones they had were the 1/4 inch mortise size but I did find out that they also  make it in 3/8 "and 1/2 " sizes but were out of stock.  I was able to watch the demostration of it and during the 5 or so minutes the guy broke two bits and and messed up the mortise on one when the broken bit split out the mortise.  I looked at the bits and at they appeared to be a little questionable due to size and maybe the material that they are machined out of.  The are going to have a 3/8 inch one shipped in  this next week. According to the guy he indicated that the mortiser is the same base unit and that you can change the bit sizes by changing out the bit sleeve to another size.  He told me that they had sold several but they run out of bits due to breakage .

I will return again when they have the 3/8" and look at it again.  The reason i elected to go with the 3/8" size is because I have about 1/2 dozen kreg bits that I have collected over the last 2 -3 years that have the tips broke off.  they are 3/8 inch dia size and I know they have some pretty good steel in them so I am wanting to see if I can't modify and regrind one to work in the mortiser.  The end of the bits look pretty simple in shape and should not be a problem.  They had the same type of stop collar and are long enough after the tips break off to make a mortising bit.

I'll keep you posted on this.


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