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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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Hilti Drill – The Solution for Tough Job Sites

A while back we showed the preview of three new drills from Hilti.  While the preview of the drill did show them off and give you a taste of the drills, it was more about the company behind the drills.  As a recap just in case you missed that awesome article, the two things I covered was their warranty and their fleet program.  While I won’t get into full depth like the other article, it is important to understand these two issues before you know about their drills.  First is the warranty.  Hilti offers a 20-2-1 warranty.  They offer...

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Bosch 5″ Corded Grinder GWS13-50

When it comes to grinders, Bosch is one of the top manufacturers.  When I was a labor back in 1992, we had a ton of grinders on the jobsite and beat the heck out of them.  The one thing I can say about Bosch, is rarely will you ever see a tool fail.  These tools are design to be abused under the heaviest conditions.  That’s why we are going to take this over to Bodes place and let him use it while he builds his next box truck for tree hauling.  So for today, I just wanted to let...

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