Category Archives: Real Life Reviews

Real Life Reviews: Oster Flip Belgian Waffle Maker

Lured into a local department store with a $10 off $50 coupon, I made the mistake of heading to the kitchen section first. Having eaten my share of waffles made on the rotating waffle maker on hotel breakfast buffets over … Continue reading

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Real Life Review: Oneway Wolverine lathe tool sharpening jig

Several years ago I bought a starter lathe and a cheap set of turning tools, under the (misguided) assumption that for something as basic as cutting a spinning piece of wood there wasn’t any difference between high end and bottom … Continue reading

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Real Life Review: Aromi Mi rice cooker

I recently stopped to think about how, since my return to the United States several years ago, I seem unable to regain the healthy lifestyle I had lived in Japan. Part of it is of course due to factors of … Continue reading

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Real Life Review: InstantPot IP-DUO60 Electric Pressure Cooker

For years a friend has been extolling the virtues of her electric bean cooker (essentially a slow cooker with a timer) , so I was sort-of in the market for one if I ever came across it.  Then one day … Continue reading

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Real Life Review – Vivo 7 lb sausage stuffer

Although I technically could have used the stuffing attachment for my stand mixer to fill the casings on my recent foray into sausagemaking, I’ve used similar devices in the past and found it to be rather difficult to keep supplying … Continue reading

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Real Life Review – Incra iBox box joint jig

Years ago when I was redoing my kitchen I tried making box joints with a shopmade jig and a wobble dado for some drawers, and after quite a bit of frustration trying to get it dialed in just as I … Continue reading

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Real Life Review – Craftsman 218331 Tablesaw – Part 3: Adjusting the blade alignment

As mentioned in Part 2, the saw didn’t arrive with the blade perfectly aligned to the miter slots. Per the manual this looked to be a relatively easy task, so with a fairly short window of shop time today and … Continue reading

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