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  1. #1
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    What Were Your Woodworking Highlights of 2008?

    There were many for me so I have broken my answer to the question down into several categories:


    Best New Power Tool: Ryobi Impact Driver (see http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...01+527286+1688 )


    Best New Handtool: Bacho Scraper (see http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.a...90,43040,43041) I had no idea that hand scraping could be this effective.


    Best New Jig: Dowelmax (see: http://www.dowelmax.com/)


    Highest Quality New Tool or Jig: Dowelmax. The precision is amazing. It’s a pleasure just to hold the jig. And when you assemble a face frame with 32 dowels spread over 13 feet in a single glue-up it proves that the pleasure extends to using the Dowelmax and the results that can be achieved with it.


    Most Innovative New Tool: Dowelmax


    Best Tool Value: Ryobi Impact Driver I paid under $100 Canadian for the driver, two 18 volt batteries and a charger.


    Most Used New Tool: Ryobi Impact Driver


    Most Used Tool: Festool Rotex 150 Sander: This tool just keeps going and oing and going. I have owned it about 4 years and, in that time have put 100s of hours on it (and worn out 4 sanding pads). Mine is the older model. Here is a link to the currently selling model: http://www.festoolusa.com/products/r...er-571594.html


    Best Completed Woodworking Project: Woodworking bench: Click image for larger version. 

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    Best completed Construction Project: La Becosse: Click image for larger version. 

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    Most Fun Project: Children’s Log Construction Kit: Click image for larger version. 

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    Best Woodworking Item Built for Me: The new front door for the main cabin at Pellow’s Camp. This was built by Mack Cameron and Rick Thom at Wood Camp held for a week in the late summer. Click image for larger version. 

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    Overall Highlight of the Year: Winning a Festool Tool as best project in October Contest on FOG. The winning project was the Children’s Log Construction Kit.
    Cheers, Frank

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    Best New Power Tool: I added two routers (each with two bases) to my current "collection" of 3 routers.

    Best New Handtool: Do my Thompson bowl gouges count here? I also bought a bunch of clamps this year. All of my parallel jaw clamps (2 @ 40" old style Joergies and 4 each 18" and 24" Stanleys at the Big Lots sale), all of my Irwin Quick grip collection to date (2 @ 12", 4 @ 6" and 2 micros @ 6" as well as some miscellaneous squeezy types from a combo set) and 6 new 30" or 36" bar clamps of various brands.

    Best New Jig: EZ Smart System

    Highest Quality New Tool or Jig: EZ Smart System

    Most Innovative New Tool: EZ Smart System

    Best Tool Value: EZ Smart System - part of this I bought used from a friend and caught a sale on the rest, but mainly that this system opened up panel processessing to my shop - a capability I didn't really have before.

    Most Used New Tool: EZ Smart System

    Most Used Tool: I'm going to cheat and put "shop organization" here - the continual organization process has been the key to me using my shop.

    Best Completed Woodworking Project: It's not going to be the jewelry box - but I made some progress! I have a few projects started but not completed yet. I turned my first pen while visiting Don Orr - that is completed.

    Best completed Construction Project: The laminate floor install at my folks is down to detail work still needed. The laptop I am posting from was my payment for this project. 'Nuff said.

    Most Fun Project: Toss up between turning my first bowl at Don Orr's or various shop organization projects. Lately the shop organization projects have had a disproportionate positive morale effect so even though they are unfinished free scrap plywood I can't discount them.

    Best Woodworking Item Built for Me: The expansion of the planer stand including my very first drawer! I've started cutting the pieces for a second drawer for said stand, but it is likely to be 2009 by the time I get this drawer assembled - too cold to just stay out in the shop until it is done. Edit: Oh, wait, this was supposed to be built by someone else for me?? Closest thing here would be learning how to turn a concentric holed handle at Five Barns this summer.

    Overall Highlight of the Year: Cutting the key slots for jewelry box using the 12" rip blade one the RAS using a 45 degree miter and the blade in horizontal mode. Has to do the cut without a guard. Still have all 10 digits and the scrape on my hand was from a blade carbide while not under power. Seven out of 8 key slots were perfectly cut - my most advanced joinery to date (I consider the setup / execution of a keyed miter joint to be more advanced than using a dovetail jig). I also did my first dovetails this year. I guess this whole year for my woodworking is about joinery. Part of my holiday gifts was a joinery book also.
    Last edited by Mark Kosmowski; 12-31-2008 at 11:15 PM.

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    Best New Power Tool: Makita 18 volt lithium impact

    Best New Handtool: Gripper

    Best New Jig:

    Highest Quality New Tool or Jig: Beal Pen Wizard

    Most Innovative New Tool: Beal Pen Wizard

    Best Tool Value: Jet Mini

    Most Used New Tool: Makita Impact

    Most Used Tool: Wood lathe

    Best Completed Woodworking Project: We are supposed to complete the projects we start???!!!! The 340 pens sent to the troops through Project Give Back!!!!!!!!!!

    Best completed Construction Project: Corrals for the saddle horses.

    Most Fun Project: Fruit Loop pen

    Best Woodworking Item Built for Me: Medallions from wood by Pete Simmons from Laser Image Art, for the pen project for the supporters.

    Overall Highlight of the Year: Have had a wonderful year, sometimes not so productive, but family is safe and healthy. AND,,,,,, I can still count to TEN!!!!!!!!!
    Jon

    God and family, the rest is icing on the cake. I'm so far behind, I think I'm in first place!

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    Best New Power Tool: Jet VS Mini Lathe

    Best New Handtool: A nice full set of Henry Taylor Kryo Woodturning Chisels

    Best New Jig: Only made one for turning bottle stoppers, but it works well.

    Highest Quality New Tool or Jig: Either the Wolverine sharping system or the Taylor tools.

    Most Innovative New Tool: Makita 18v Screwdriver/Impact Wrench

    Best Tool Value: Jet Mini

    Most Used New Tool: Jet Mini

    Most Used Tool: Wood lathe

    Best Completed Woodworking Project: The seven ice cream scoops.

    Best completed Construction Project: Getting my workshop finished.

    Most Fun Project: Turning gifts for co-workers.

    Best Woodworking Item Built for Me: Bowls for my collection.

    Overall Highlight of the Year: Buying the lathe, joining my local woodturning club, and joining Family Woodworking.



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    Best New Power Tool: 18" bandsaw

    Best New Handtool: a redone stanley no.4

    Best New Jig: panel sled for table saw

    Highest Quality New Tool or Jig: fein vac

    Most Innovative New Tool: bosch p20

    Best Tool Value: stanley 140

    Most Used New Tool: fein vac

    Most Used Tool: the new shop

    Best Completed Woodworking Project: the blotchy cherry box

    Best completed Construction Project: Getting my workshop workable

    Most Fun Project: the cedar chest that i sent to washington

    Best Woodworking Item Built for Me: my new shop aprons from my daughter

    Overall Highlight of the Year: my "tour Dewood" that landed me in marty's shop as well as others.. already plannin on tour 2009still have openings available..
    Last edited by larry merlau; 01-01-2009 at 12:57 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    Best New Power Tool: Jet VS Mini Lathe

    Best New Handtool: A nice full set of Henry Taylor Kryo Woodturning Chisels

    Best New Jig: Only made one for turning bottle stoppers, but it works well.

    Highest Quality New Tool or Jig: Either the Wolverine sharping system or the Taylor tools.

    Most Innovative New Tool: Makita 18v Screwdriver/Impact Wrench

    Best Tool Value: stanley 140

    Most Used New Tool: fein vac

    Most Used Tool: the new shop

    Best Completed Woodworking Project: the blotchy cherry box

    Best completed Construction Project: Getting my workshop workable

    Most Fun Project: the cedar chest that i sent to washington

    Best Woodworking Item Built for Me: my new shop aprons from my daughter

    Overall Highlight of the Year: my "tour Dewood" that landed me in marty's shop as well as others.. already plannin on tour 2009still have openings available..
    Larry, DID YOU GET A LATHE???

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    Hmmm.... Frank and Larry have the exact same responses for the first half of the list... I wonder ...

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    garbel garbel grunge grung i was tryun to use proper english and not offend everyone .. no i aint got no dadn burned lathe tom i got caught with me britches down glad frnak didnt see it i almost thought he nailed me again but it was my own mess up he's ben after me like a duck on june bug and i havnt been runnin fast enuff
    If in Doubt, Build it Stout!
    One hand washes the other!
    Don't put off today till tomorrow!

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    Could Larry be a closet turner?

    Larry it is OK to embrace your real identity, no need to be ashamed. Besides you can not control it, I understand it is genetics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Satko View Post
    Could Larry be a closet turner?

    Larry it is OK to embrace your real identity, no need to be ashamed. Besides you can not control it, I understand it is genetics.
    Larry!

    Put down the chisel and step away from the lathe!

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