Wednesday Woodworking – Shop Tool Reviews: The Secret Project

Here’s something a little different this week – both woodworking and writing.  I am pleased to announce that the on-line tools review site, Shop Tool Reviews, has just publish my first tool review article.

Check it out here: Ryobi BS904G Band Saw

This was fun to write and I got to spend some quality time in my shop getting to know a tool.  Does life get better than that?

I hadn’t really thought about doing this kind of writing before, but now that I’ve done one, I kind of like it.  At first, I wasn’t sure I could write a 1,000 words about a tool, but I ended up cutting words to get to down to the assigned word count.  And I should mention that a few scrap pieces of lumber got much, much smaller during the research phase of this project.

The pictures for the article were taken by Heather and edited by the Shop Tools Reviews editor.

Hopefully, I’ll be doing more of these for them.

If you need me – me and the band saw will be in the shop,


About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I worked in the high tech world doing software release engineering and am now retired. Then I got prostate cancer. Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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31 Responses to Wednesday Woodworking – Shop Tool Reviews: The Secret Project

  1. The Tool Review site you shared here are nice, i .like your article too

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  2. I’m sure it’s an excellently written piece knowing your skill as a writer. But a review of a TOOL?? I’m going to wait to read it the next time I have insomnia… ZZZzzzz…. 🙂

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  3. That’s great for you–combining two loves!

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  4. vonholdt says:

    congrats, that’s awesome to be able to combine you literary and fabrication skills together!

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  5. timsablog says:

    Well done Andrew.

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  6. Carrie Rubin says:

    Congrats, Andrew! That’s awesome.

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  7. That’s awesome! I know nothing about saws but you sure are talented when it comes to woodworking and who better than to write tool reviews! The review was well written; love that it was easy to read and practical. Congrats! 🙂

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  8. PiedType says:

    I don’t know anything about saws, but I value highly reviews from users/owners whenever I’m thinking about buying something.

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    • That’s true for many people these days. I know I checkout the reviews before I buy. Many are too short or just plain biased to be useful, so this review site is trying to provide a way for more detailed reviews by folks who regularly use the tools.


  9. I tried to comment there, but got caught in the CAPTCHA circle, so here you are: Very thorough review with your down-to-earth and accessible voice. Thanks, Andrew.

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    • I’ll let the editor know about that. I figured my audience for the article would be a DIYer standing in a big box home center wonder if this saw would work for them so kept the write up focused on that person.


  10. dorannrule says:

    I’m not into band saws but I can tell you are an expert and your writeup is gonna get you notoriety! Congratulations my friend. 😄

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  11. Annika Perry says:

    Congratulations, Andrew! 😀😀A great example of writing what you know about and getting published!! Excellent article and interesting to even non-tech person like myself.

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  12. Congratulations on doing something new. This is wonderful.

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  13. delphini510 says:

    Nice and clear review Andrew – even a woman can understand.😉 .
    I am quite practical…….:)

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  14. Jeff Branch says:

    Nice review. 🙂

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