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Become a Tool Nut Wasilla AK

My life as a woodworker changed overnight when I bought a Leigh mortiseand tenon jig. I'd promised my spouse to build an entire set of diningchairs by Thanksgiving without realizing how many complicated jointsI'd have to make. A friend told me about the Leigh jig and how muchtime it would save, so I swallowed hard (it cost over $600!) and poniedup.

The Home Depot
(907)357-8181
1255 Palmer Wasilla Hwy
Wasilla, AK
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 7:00am-8:00pm

Lowe's
(907) 352-3100
2561 East Sun Mountain Avenue
Wasilla, AK
Hours
M-SA 6 am - 10 pm
SU 8 am - 8 pm

Wasilla - B
(907) 352-6800
1000 S Seward Meridian Rd
Wasilla, AK
Store Hours
Sears Stores
Store Type
Sears Stores
Hours
Mon:10-21
Tue:10-21
Wed:10-21
Thu:10-21
Fri:10-21
Sat:9-21
Sun:11-18
Store Features
Mon:10-21
Tue:10-21
Wed:10-21
Thu:10-21
Fri:10-21
Sat:9-21
Sun:11-18

Spenard Builders Supply- Big Lake
907-892-6001
10927 Big Lake Road Big Lake, AK, 99652
Big Lake, AK
 
Spenard Builders Supply- Eagle River
907-694-3527
17320 Northgate Park Eagle River, AK, 99577
Eagle River, AK
 
Spenard Builders Supply- Wasilla
907-373-2806
2501 E Bogard Road Wasilla, AK, 99654
Wasilla, AK
 
Alaska Industrial Hardware- Wasilla
907-376-5274
751 West Parks Hwy Wasilla, AK, 99654
Wasilla, AK
 
Weld Air Alaska
(907) 373-2000
301 Centaur Wasilla, AK, 99654
Wasilla, AK
 
Alaska Industrial Hardware- Eagle River
907-694-2988
12330 Old Glenn Hwy Eagle River, AK, 99577
Eagle River, AK
 
The Home Depot
(907)451-9003
601 Johansen Expressway
Fairbanks, AK
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 7:00am-8:00pm

Become a Tool Nut

Become A Tool Nut

 Ireally don't need five cordless drills, seven routers or 24 antiquehand planes, but I can't help it. I'm a tool nut. Are you?

Have you ever bought an old woodworking machine just because it lookedcool? Tried a new tool and said, "Wow! This just changed my life!" Useda big, industrial machine and wondered how in the world you could sneakit into your shop?

We'd like to hear your stories. So e-mail or send us a letter about atool or machine that really gets you excited. We'll pay you $100 if wepublish your story. Please include a photograph, too. We'd prefer adigital image, but a slide or print is OK.

E-mail your entry to toolnut@americanwoodworker.com or write to us at The Tool Nut, American Woodworker, 1285 Corporate Center Drive Dr., Suite 180, Eagan, MN 55121.

Monster Tablesaw



I'm a big fan of old cast-iron machines. When a local boatbuilding shopwent out of business, I jumped at the chance to buy a 1920's vintage14-in. tablesaw, made by American Machinery. That's right: it takes14-in. blades. What a saw! It's so heavy, I had to rent a forklift toget it into my shop. It's got two arbors, one for a rip blade and onefor a crosscut blade. They're mounted on a turntable. You can quicklychange from one blade to the other simply by turning a crank. I loveshowing this off to my pals.

When I bought this saw, it looked like a derelict. I spent hourscleaning and polishing, and when I was done, I realized I couldn't eventurn it on. It had a three-phase motor, and of course my home shopisn't set up for that. I replaced the motor with a 220 volt, 3 HPBaldor, which set me back about $400. After spending all that time andmoney, I'm very happy: I've got a real piece of history, and an awesomesaw.

The Best Jig Ever



My life as a woodworker changed overnight when I bought a Leigh mortiseand tenon jig. I'd promised my spouse to build an entire set of diningchairs by Thanksgiving without realizing how many complicated jointsI'd have to make. A friend told me about the Leigh jig and how muchtime it would save, so I swallowed hard (it cost over $600!) and poniedup.

Right out of the box, I made ultra-precise joints, and greaterprecision means greater strength. I could literally dial in the fit towithin a few thousandths of an inch, but more importantly, it handledevery joint in my complicated chairs with ease, and some had very oddangles. That's what changed my woodworking world: after these chairs,I've gone on to design more challenging projects with curves andcompound angles. With the Leigh jig, I know I can put all the piecestogether!

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