Bora 543100 WTX Clamp Edge

Bora 543100 WTX Clamp Edge Tools of the Tradies 1Are you looking for an easy and inexpensive way to rip sheet goods? Well, the Bora Clamp Edge is your answer.

The Bora Clamp Edge can be used independently or along with a table saw to break down sheet goods. For small projects or where a table saw is too cumbersome to transport, I prefer to use the Bora Clamp Edge guide over a table saw. It is light, very portable, and takes up very little room in my truck.

Bora 543100 WTX Clamp Edge Tools of the Tradies 2In the above photo, I used a scrap piece of plywood to rip a perpendicular piece to repair a soffit.

Bora 543100 WTX Clamp Edge Tools of the Tradies 3When I read the reviews on Amazon for this guide, a few people were having trouble getting the most out of this tool, so I’ll give a couple pointers to make your experience trouble-free.

Bora 543100 WTX Clamp Edge Tools of the Tradies 4One, when combing the two pieces together, make sure to hold the two bars together, while installing the screws. If you slide the two bars together without doing so, the two sides may not align.

Two, when installing the screws, turn them counter clockwise until you hear or feel a click, then turn clockwise. Doing this will make sure that the two bars are aligned and the treads for the screws are not damaged. Also, be sure to apply torque incrementally, when tightening the screws.

Bora 543100 WTX Clamp Edge Tools of the Tradies 5One user on the reviews commented that the clamp would not slide from once section of the combine bars to the other. I’d ask this particular reviewer to make sure that the two bars are aligned. Over-tightening a screw can shift the alignment.

Bora 543100 WTX Clamp Edge Tools of the Tradies 6Before I made my first cut, I made sure to measure the distance from the blade to the edge of the base of the circular saw. The Ridgid saw above is one inch, so I made sure to add an inch to the cut line, before clamping the Bora Clamp Edge (Not all saws will be one inch).

Bora 543100 WTX Clamp Edge Tools of the Tradies 7On my first cut, I thought the Bora Clamp Edge would move, as the clamp lever was so easy to engage. However, there was no movement.

Bora 543100 WTX Clamp Edge Tools of the Tradies 8The Skilsaw is much more powerful than the Ridgid saw, but the Bora Clamp Edge worked well. No movement detected in the cut piece.

Bora 543100 WTX Clamp Edge Tools of the Tradies 9Here’s a photo of an OSB sheet after an 8ft rip.

Bora 543100 WTX Clamp Edge Tools of the Tradies 10Photo of three OSB boards. The Bora Clamp produced straighter edges than the one from the OSB factory.

Bora 543100 WTX Clamp Edge Tools of the Tradies 11Here’s a photo of half of the Bora Clamp Edge on a small rip.

Bora 543100 WTX Clamp Edge Tools of the Tradies 12If you’re looking for an edge guide and are near a Lowes store, make sure to pick one up. You’ll thank yourself. I found this display at the Burbank, California store.

To buy: Amazon.com, 
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Bosch ROS20VSK 120-Volt Variable Speed Random Orbit Sander Kit

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Bosch ROS20VSK 120-Volt Variable Speed Random Orbit Sander Kit

Review in progress!

While we’re working on this review, know that that this is a fantastic sander with an incredible filter. If you need a sander, this would be the one for most of the folks reading this.

For more info: Boschtools.com

To buy: Amazon.com

 

AmazonBasics AA High-Capacity Rechargeable Batteries

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AmazonBasics AA High-Capacity Rechargeable Batteries

Review in progress!

 

  • Pack of 8 AA high-capacity rechargeable batteries
  • Maintains 65% of original charge after being stored for 3 years
  • High Capacity: 2400mAh (milliamp-hour)
  • Pre-Charged using Solar Energy
  • Made in Japan

 

For more info or to buy: Amazon.com

Gamma Seal Lid

Gamma Seal Lid

Review in progress!

For more info: Gamma Seal Lid

To buy: Amazon.com

Real Milk Paint Tung Oil (Part 2)

March 10, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Real Milk Paint Tung Oil Tools of the Tradies 2

(The plywood test piece is maple and the solid wood is douglas fir.)

This is with 2 coats. If you want to see what it looks like with 1 coat, look at the first inch or two, on the right of the test pieces. I’ll put 2 more coats on the left side of the test pieces, then post an update with more info and photos. Thanks!

For more info: RealMilkPaint.com

Available @ amazon:
Real Milk Paint Pure Tung Oil – 32 oz
Real Milk Paint Citrus Solvent – 32 oz.

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