Author: Rich Mccabe

Wounded Vet Program – Rob Cosman

I found out about the wounded vet program after signing up for an online woodworking class with Rob Cosman.  You can see the full review by clicking here. Rob has been instrumental in a program to help our wounded/disabled veterans.  It has been found that woodworking provides therapy in both a physical and mental capacity for those that have sacrificed so much. In an effort to help, Rob provides a lifetime membership to his online hand tool workshop to any wounded/disabled veteran at no cost. Furthermore, when a non veteran signs up for both online workshops and pays for an entire year, Rob will add the power tool workshop to a vets membership giving them full access to both courses for free. Rob also donates a portion of his saw sales to the program as well. I cannot begin to cover the amount of people who have contributed to make this program possible. There are a multitude of contributors including an anonymous one nicknamed “Santa Claus” who has donated tens of thousands of dollars. There are many other people have made large financial contributions as well to get these vets to the workshops. This includes the cost of the workshop, hotel, food and travel. They often try to send them home with tools to get started as well. Thank you ! So first and most important. Veterans, THANK YOU...

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Robert Sorby vs. Fast Cap Chisel

I am sure you are thinking this is like comparing a KIA to a Lamborghini and you might be correct, but we needed something to use as a reference 🙂 I have owned a complete set FastCap chisels for a few years.  When I initially reviewed them I focused on the folding handle, because that is what made it unique.  I was (and still am) amazed you can chop wood using a big hammer with these things and then fold them up and put them in your pocket.  I have not used them much, and to be honest I...

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Rob Cosman Online Workshop Training

Earlier this year I ran across  a Youtube video by a woodworker named Rob Cosman. This particular video shows how he builds custom dovetail saws which are available for sale on his site. If you are interested, the video can be found here.  I was intrigued by this video which led to watching a few more.  As it turns out Rob is a woodworking instructor that holds workshops and teaches woodworking primarily using hand tools. These courses are a week long (approx 60 hours). Unfortunately, this is not something I have time for and to be honest I am more of a power tool woodworker, or more accurately a “hybrid” woodworker anyway. While I was checking out these workshops I noticed he had online versions available as follows: Hand and Power Tool Workshop 3 half-hour episodes per week (Mon, Weds, Fri) Complete furniture making from start to finish Every step is detailed, very little editing Online forum to ask questions to Rob and community Hand Tool Workshop 2 half-hour episodes per week (Tues & Thurs) Create furniture entirely from hand tools Rough to ready construction method Every detail explained in full high definition Online forum to ask questions to Rob and community Also includes many BONUS videos and perks… Hand and Power Tool reviews Downloadable project plans Exclusive DVD Clips from Rob’s collection Discounts to Rob’s in person workshops...

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Sjoberg Portable Vise

Sjoberg (the s is silent) offers two models of portable work station vises. The Smart workstation pro that we tested is the more expensive of the two with additional capacity. Although the unit is small it has the same look and feel of the Sjoberg work benches that cost thousands of dollars.  The unit comes in a hardboard box with a plastic handle so you can transport it if needed. The Workstation Pro is made out of solid European knot free beech and has a work top size of 15 3/4″ x 14 3/8″ and weighs 22 pounds. The...

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Leigh RTJ400 Dovetail/Box Joint Jig

As everyone knows, Leigh offers one of the finest dovetail jigs on the market. The Leigh RTJ400 is their newest innovation and uses a lot of the same features their other models include. What makes it different is this jig works upside down! In comparison, your traditional style jig typically sits on top your bench and you cut your joints by running your a handheld router over the top. With the Leigh RTJ400 you use a router mounted in a table and slide the jig over the top. I like the router table version for a couple reasons.  First...

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Ultimate Wood Twist Drill Bit !

CNC machined or wood drill bit? I am currently enrolled in an online workshop class and the instructor keeps talking about how great the “Fish” bits he has been using perform. When I looked up the 7-piece set he kept raving about, I quickly noticed the price was just north of $100 (USD). Yikes! As it turns out the brand name is actually Fisch. Apparently for trademark reasons they were originally marketed in the US as Fish until around 2015  and then were labeled correctly as Fisch.  Because of this, you might see both spellings floating around online. Despite...

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