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"I’ve been using the Milescraft AccuDrillMate 1318 for a few months now. Let’s dive right in so I can show you why I feel it’s a must-have tool in every woodworker's shop.
Like all things made by Milescraft, the AccuDrillMate is incredibly handy in the shop. One thing I can’t ever do is drill perfectly straight. That’s right, nod your head because you know you’re in the same boat and don’t even try to lie. Well, if I can’t drill straight then you know there’s no way I’m drilling at an angle with accuracy. The AccuDrillMate makes it so easy. The 2 knobs at the top of the unit will loosen allowing you to set the knobs at the bottom in one of the 4 indented angles: 45, 60, 75, and 90. There are small grooves that the knobs will fall into for each of those predetermined angles. Once there, you simply tighten the top knobs, clamp it down and you’re ready to drill. It’s as simple as that.
Like a drill press, the AccuDrillMate even has the ability to set a depth stop. On the rail opposite the spring, you’ll see a knob that you can loosen and slide up and down to set your desired depth. Once again, simply clamp it down and off to drilling you go with perfect consistency each time.
For me, the Milescraft really shows its’ value in the chuck. As a woodworker, my biggest pet peeve is a drill with a plastic chuck. The AccuDrillMate has a 3/8″ metal chuck. Bravo Milescraft for not falling into the cheap plastic chuck trap. For those who seem to lose their key chucks (yup that’s me), there’s a convenient place to store it in one of the rubber grommets.
Even with a drill attached, you can see it has good balance which is aided by the 4 non-slip feet on the bottom. Whether you’re right handed or left handed you can drill with your dominant hand while holding the bottom handle with your other for stability. You also have the option of clamping it to your surface to add even more stability.
Now let’s talk price. Let’s face it, price plays a factor for just about every person. At $34.99, it’s an incredible value. You get the functions of a drill minus the size and the price tag. If you’re someone who’s starting out and trying to maximize your tools on your budget then add this to your cart ASAP. If you’re an everyday woodworker I say the same thing. You can’t put a value on a well-made tool that’s portable, handy, and convenient. If you could, it would extend far beyond the AccuDrillMate’s price tag, you may not use this all the time, but those couple times a week I use it I’m so glad I have it. You get perfect professional results every time at an affordable price.
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"I have had my eye on these tools for a while now and was excited to use them. I have wanted the JointPro for several projects, and the Dust Router is a great addition to my war on dust.
The first project I wanted to use JointPro for was a simple frame for a mirror, I was upcycling an old desk into a vanity table and wanted to add a mirror to it. I figured I would start with a simple project so I good get comfortable with the JointPro. The JointPro allowed me to create strong mitered joints using just wood glue and Milescraft fluted dowels. In addition, I had to route a ½” rabbet (1/8’ deep) and ¼” rabbet (3/8” deep) along the inside edge at the back of the frame to mount the mirror and install a LED strip to illuminate the mirror. This allowed me to use my router and the Milescraft Dust Router.
First impressions of the Dust Router weren’t good, I didn’t like how the dust cap was attached to the underside of my router lift. The instructions required you to drill into the router lift to screw the mounting plate into the router lift. I didn’t want to do this as my router lift was an expensive purchase and didn’t want to drill into it. I used Gorilla tape to attach the mounting plate and that seems to be working well so far. Maybe the mounting plate can be attached using magnets instead of screws. Second impressions were a lot better, when I started using my router with the Dust Router I was thoroughly impressed by the dust collection of this system. Everyone knows that routers spray dust everywhere, but this system was able to contain all the dust, with very minimal clean up required after use. Less clean up means more time for projects which is a huge bonus especially for someone like me who balances a full-time job with my woodworking business.
First impressions of the JointPro were very good, right out of the box the jig seems simple to use, the instructions are very detailed for each joint you can create using the JointPro. I wanted to create 45-degree miters and the JointPro made it very easy, I could set the jig up within minutes by clamping the jig down to my work bench and then clamping my material into the jig. I then began drilling the holes for each dowel. I choose to drill 3 dowels per joint as I wanted the joint to be as strong and stable as possible. I was using ¾” pine to make the frame, therefore I used 3/8” jig holes and fluted 3/8” dowels (1-1/2” long). I drilled all holes in less than 5 minutes, I then did a dry fit and everything lined up perfectly. My only issue with the JointPro is that there is no way to collect the sawdust, so although it didn’t take long to drill the holes, I had to spend another 5 minutes sweeping up all the sawdust.
Once I had drilled the holes and routed the rabbet’s I could begin the glue-up. This again was another easy process due to the accuracy of the JointPro. Once the glue had dried I took the frame out of the clamps, since the joints were so accurate it took very little sanding to get the joints smooth.
Both the JointPro and Dust Router are inexpensive products but the value they add to my shop and woodworking business far exceeds the initial cost to buy these items. I would recommend these products to any aspiring woodworker.
"In January of this year, I was in the market for another variable speed rotary tool (Dremel) and I had such good luck with a Tool Sharp I had brought more than 10 years ago that came with a flex shaft. I use this tool weekly at my shop for 2 to 3 continuous hours at a time which is certainly a testimonial for how well it has held up. I wanted to get the same thing but Menards no longer offered the tool as a kit but you had to get the rotary tool and the flex shaft separately. Tool Sharp still made the variable speed rotary tool and Milescraft made the RotoFlex shaft. The pricing on the Milescraft Rotoflex is excellent and my track record with the first one I purchased made me want to get the same one again.
After putting the shaft on the new rotary tool it immediately became my favorite because the grip would rotate in your hand and it felt more comfortable than the old one that was fixed to the shaft. The tool bit I use is a carbide burr since I use it on steel to put a radius on a stamping we make for our clutch shoes.
Trying to hold a variable speed rotary tool for 2 or 3 hours makes the flex shaft a must because it is easy to grip and it is so light. You wouldn’t buy a pair of gym shoes without the laces and I feel it is the same when you buy a hand tool that weighs 18 ounces and the head of the RotoFlex only weighs 3 ounces. You want to be comfortable when you work and only hold onto 3 ounces certain sums it up very quickly. The RotoFlex will be able to get you into tight spaces the hand-held tool will not.
I was so impressed with the RotoFlex that I will look into other tools they make because they did their homework in making this flex shaft more user enjoyable.