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Blazewear X5 Heated Insoles review

An unusual review this time, the Blazewear X5 heated insoles. At the end of last year I discovered that I unfortunately have gout. Constantly working in a cold environment can be a major contributing factor to extremely painful gout flareups

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Simple belt and disc sander clones

Getting a smooth or consistent line along a lame edge or other end of sheet can prove tricky when rushed or tiresome for those that would prefer to get the job done speedily. Hand filing is a skill like any

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Product Review – Makita 9554NB Angle Grinder

I used to buy cheap angle grinders from my local Wickes. These would generally only last about 9 months before they broke and had to be replaced – under the year long guarantee that came with them. Typically the lock

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Product Review – Swarfega Duck Oil

On all steel products shipped from the workshop for customers I will regularly use Swarfega Duck Oil as the last coating before being packaged and sent out. Duck Oil is essentially Swarfega’s brand of 3-1, which works just as well.

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Product Review – 1mm Slitting Disk

In the past I used 3-5mm cutting disks in my grinder for cutting sheet and bar stock; however since running across the 1mm slitting or cutting disk I can’t remember ever using the older, thicker ones at all. The 1mm

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Product Review: Makita Metal Shears

The Makita Metal Shears get almost daily use in the workshop. For the most part against 14/16/18g Mild and Carbon steels;  have not tested them as far as the JS3200 specifications claim: Makita part no. JS3200 Max cut in mild

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