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I do a fair amount of welding mig and tig those old gas welders are the best nice and clean DC. I used an old Lincoln at one of my jobs it had a straight 6 450 amp I wish I had that machine around today. Being retired I don't do much heavy stuff any longer so I guess I am good with what I have. I can build most of what I want. For Roofner this is the kind of portable drill press we had when I was still working. Hougen HMD904 Portable Magnetic Drill But I still wouldn't be with out a regular drill press it is a very versatile tool.
Wow! Sounds like you know your way around machinery. I'm just an old putzer but I agree with you about the regular drill press being an indispensable tool.
 

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I just noticed your reference to welding up what you needed to get a job done. I like that attitude.
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I am a craftsman, not a woodworker, but one who like working with wood a lot. I have two project with top priority, in the near future. A hospital box - in case I have a sudden hospital visit, with essentials I did not have last time - extension cord and phone charger, salt substitute (the food was great, except there was absolutely no salt, so I'll fix that problem if it ever happens again), folding solitaire board, deck of cards, sketch book and pencils and pens, radio earphones. That should cover it. That will be out of cardboard, with a shoulder strip out of I don't know what yet.

The other top priority is I guess you would say is a sketch book. A couple of years ago I got about a dozen 70 page spiral notebooks, for sketch books. They were 25 cents each, at the start of the school year, never been able to nab any more, but got a fantastic deal on 5 packs of 3 ring binder paper, 150 sheets each. Don't really want to put them in a 3 ring binder, so will make a hollowed out wooden book to hold a pack at a time. This will be mostly wood, no metal at all, held with wood glue. The hinge will likely be stiff leather, possibly cloth, maybe will make some wooden hinges. Pondered long and hard about a latch, even considering a magnet, but really didn't want any metal in it. Then it hit me, velcro for the latch. Undecided if the front and back will be covered with cloth, or not; I've got an old recliner with naugahide, which will soon be tossed, might use that, certainly will beat having to hunt a naugahide down, kill it, skin it, then tan the hide. Regardless, each project will be decorative painted, subjects unknown at this time. Kind of a toss up just now for dragon, wizard, flower(s). but subject to change at any time.

A craftsman uses his/her imagination for their projects.
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When we build anything in wood. We start with general process the longer we practice these processes the easier they become. By learning new methods and better tools and jigs. Ultimately we want these process to become repeatable and improve accuracy. Some cases we can make jigs that work well. Table saw sled can be made in our shop and works well. Now dowel jig can be made but its hard to make a good shop made jig. So I bought a good jig accurate machined parts for easier repeatability.
 

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Ad says Australia mail code . Looks like a scam . However did get an email that they started shipping today from woodpecker wasn't scheduled until next month.
 

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Just spotted this on Amazon ( The Best Woodworking Drill Locator in 2021,Portable Precision Drilling Locator Adjustable Drilling Guide for DIY Furniture Connecting Position Hand Tools (Red): Amazon.com.au: Home Improvement ) at $42.99 ??????? . Maybe the decimal point is in the wrong position. Its an exact copy. It even has the Woodpeckers name on one of its pictures. This has to be a mistake or someone has broken patent laws or your typical Chinese knock off
Really, guys, My Schmitt32 line drill system is by far the most precise and fastest manual method of locating and drilling holes in cabinet parts for hinges, drawer slides, adjustable shelf pins and assembly fittings on the market. see my website. After assembly and a quick calibration, you can drill holes of various sizes to within a few thousandths of an inch of design spec. Trust me: It's nothing like my wooden drill alignment jig with the screen door spring.

Unfortunately it's comparatively expensive because we've not gone to China and mass produced them by the thousands, but are making them here in Wisconsin in small batches. My son does most of the CNC machine work. We have the long notched guide rail done at a shop a few miles away, who has a larger CNC machine. I do the final drilling and tapping, assembly, testing, boxing and shipping. Take a look.

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Unfortunately I don't see the value of this for the shop. Not exactly cheap I used jigs made from wood many years ago that work today.

But this doesn't mean anything because it's my opinion, based on my needs for the shop and how I need to spend money for better production.,

I believe in "bowclamps" even though I could not afford them for my shop, but believe they are a useful tools for those that need a lil help..
 

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Really, guys, My Schmitt32 line drill system is by far the most precise
That's fine and I'm glad it works for you but there are woodworkers out there that might find this useful enough to warrant the big price. This is like the hundreds of boring discussions on the Festool domino vs dowelling vs pocket holes etc. If an expensive product suits the way you work, makes your more productive, enjoyable to use, easier and more accurate than making a jig, saves space, saves time and you can afford it then I say go for it. Just because someone else can't see the value in it, doesn't mean you shouldn't buy it.

I was about to buy the Milescraft drill guide which is about a sixth of the price of the Woodpeckers version until I saw this thread. I am moderately interested and would love to hear from someone who actually owns one. I don't think any of them have shipped yet!

I do own quite a few of the cheap Chinese tools and most of them are actually very useful. I might even order the Chinese version just to see what's it like. Then again I don't want to start a discussion on the morality of buying cheap knock offs
 

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I do have an order in . I was sent a message that they have started sending orders and I should be receiving message order was sent. I also was sent a message there was hoaxes of bargains.
 

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I do have an order in . I was sent a message that they have started sending orders and I should be receiving message order was sent. I also was sent a message there was hoaxes of bargains.
 

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Great news! Looking forward to a review when you get it.
Incidentally, some of the Chinese sites like Aliexpress, Bangood even Amazon and ebay have them for as low as $11:00 which can't possibly be right. As I said above they have used Woodpecker's images to sell their own suspect product. Out of curiosity I ordered one and if its total rubbish as I expect it is then I'll send it to workshop heaven and if its any good and it suits what I do then I'll give it to my son and buy the Woodpecker's version. Either way I'll report back.
 

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A drill press is cumbersome very expensive to have with throat capacity for all possibilities. If you forget to drill a hole and assembly has started big problem. Schimitt32 is better than woodpecker but not in my budget. I do own several jigs similar to woodpecker but tend to bind after time and sloppy. None have a fence and registry marks are cnc accuracy.
 

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Here are some photos of a 66 inch system I have set up in my shop.

The first pic is a 66 inch fixture mounted to a piece of 1/2 inch MDO sign board, with the guide rail set to drill in the 37mm column. A router base is sitting on a 16 x 30 panel which is in the ready to drill position.

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Next pic shows router set to drill hole number 4,128mm down from the top of the panel. The guide rail is set in the Plus 320 column position.

3rd photo shows ratchet pawl engaged to drill hole number 4, with guide rail in the 37mm position. Router is moved to left just past the desired hole number, then backed up to index the hole location. The opposite cabinet side is drilled from the other end of the fixture using the black hole number set.

The last pic shows bottom view of a Schmitt32 router base machined to fit the DeWalt 621 plunge router.

If these photos are not in the right sequence, I have no clue why.

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