Woodworking Tool Reviews

Black & Decker SC 1400 Cordless 14.4v LiIon Drill/Driver Review

 Black & Decker SC 1400 Cordless 14.4v LiIon DrillBlack & Decker used to be one of the most respected brands for producing quality tools for the home handyman, which is a reputation that has slipped over the last few years although they have brought out some gems. That just might include the Black & Decker SC1400 Cordless 14.4v Lithium Ion Drill/Driver .

Having extensively used this drill for the past several months, it’s fair to say it’s received a few hard knocks along the way but for the most part, has done well for itself.

Fairly heavier than most other products currently on the market, we would hazard the battery’s capacity at somewhere around 1.5Amp hour mark since it hasn’t been included in the unit’s technical specifications. The battery should last you through a couple uses before you need to recharge it. There is one issue however with the battery in that it can’t be removed which makes it extremely difficult to replace and the only natural solution is to buy an entirely new product. This is a major weakness. It does come with its own charging dock however, much like an iPod which emits a red light during its operation. Unfortunately, you will have to depend on the battery level indicator located at the rear end of the drill, to see when it has been fully recharged.  When the small black button is held down, a set of green lights will indicate the status of the battery charge. 3 green lights means it’s on a full or nearly full charge and when it starts going down to 2, 1, etc it reflects on the battery life. This is a feature that we would respect having on other unity and because it’s a Li-Ion battery, it tends to last longer than most other regular batteries and can pull off about 90 minutes on a single charge.

Beall Tilt Box Review

 Beall Tilt Box ReviewIn this day and age, technology is really starting to find it's way into the woodworking work shop with highly accurate and low cost tools making it easier and quicker than ever to make accurate measurments and cuts.

The dimensions of the Beall Tilt Box measure 2 3/8” wide x 2 3/8” high x 1 3/8” deep with an all metal body that feels durable and able to sustain inadvertent (light) knocks and bumps around the shop. The Box is powered by a standard 9v battery, which means, even if the battery dies on you, it can be replace in minutes with a fresh one, thus avoiding waiting for a battery to charge. The unit also comes packed with a Philips-head screwdriver allowing for easy battery compartment access. There is a large LCD display on its front of the unit that is quite easy to read.  To power the unit on, simply touch the the ON/OFF button.

Woodworking Apps for iPhone Woodworkers

woodworking iphone appsWhether you are an iPhone lover or hater, they are everywhere!  The type of phone you have is obviously irrelevant for woodworking, but in case you are one of the many people who hold an iPhone daily, there are a number of applications (apps) that can help you with your woodworking projects.   Software for these apps can be easily purchased through the Apple apps store and that can be done directly on the phone itself, or through iTunes on the user’s computer.

Purchasing and downloading an app is incredibly easy and feasible as the cost is minimal (some free, and the majority being around $0.99) and takes mere seconds to download to your handheld device.  As I looked through the Apps Store on my home computer, I thought I might show you some of the woodworking related applications I have found that you might find useful to your woodworking adventures!

Stockroom Supply 30-Inch V-Drum Sander Kit

Stockroom Supply V-Drum Sander KitStockroom Supply sells parts to build a face sanding drum sander. Granted it’s not the full blown thickness sander, but this method suits your needs better.

This is a machine that is nearly idiot-proof once it is assembled. It does not squeeze the wood between two drums, it instead mounts just under the surface of the top. When the motor is started, the velcro attached paper spins and barely raises up off the drum. The more material you want to remove, the coarser the paper used. Sounds weird, but it works!

 

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