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  • Become A Tool Nut

    by Tom Caspar     Wednesday, February 18, 2009
    I really don't need five cordless drills, seven routers or 24 antique hand 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 looked cool? Tried a new tool and said, "Wow...
  • Jointer/Planer Combo Machine

    by AW-Editor     Sunday, May 11, 2008
    Students often ask me if they should buy a jointer or planer first. Here's an opportunity to get both in one tool. Grizzly's new G0633 12-in. Jointer/Planer Combination machine, $1,795, does dual duty with one cutter head. At first blush the price...
  • Feature-Rich, Powerful and Ergonomically Smart

    by AW-Editor     Sunday, May 11, 2008
    Festool set the bar high when it set out to develop the new OF2200 plunge router. An initial look at the machine suggests they made it over that bar, with room to spare. To accomplish this, Festool took a fresh look at this workhorse of a tool, and developed...
  • Upgrade Your Lift With Digital Accuracy And Repeatability

    by AW-Editor     Sunday, May 11, 2008
    The Digi-Router is the newest member of the Digi-Kit family from Accurate Technologies. The Digi-Router is made in the U.S.A. and designed to retrofit JessEm and Bench Dog router lifts with other router lift models in the works. The Digi-Router permits...
  • Kreg Klamp Table

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, May 15, 2008
    If you've ever struggled to get perfectly flush pocket-screw joints, Kreg's new Klamp Table may be the perfect helping hand you need. The Klamp Table combines several of Kreg's Klamp System components into one amazing clamping station. In...
  • Reshaping the Skew Chisel

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, September 15, 2009
    An alternate shape minimizes dig-ins. by Alan Lacer Years ago, an old professional spindle turner showed me a different way to sharpen a skew. When I tried it, I was sold. This modified grind is more versatile, friendlier and more responsive than a traditional...
  • 8 Great Reasons to Own a Plunge Router

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, September 16, 2009
    Plunge routers go where no other router can. by Seth Keller The plunge router deserves a place in every shop. Routing chores, such as mortising, stopped dados and inlay pattern work, are safer and easier to perform using a plunge router. Its unique base...
  • 5 Router Jigs

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, September 16, 2009
    Improve your accuracy and control. by Bill Hylton Why buy a commercial jig when making one yourself will triple your enjoyment? First, you’ll experience the joy of building a useful shop fixture from nothing more than some scrap wood and a good...
  • Environmentally Safe Paint and Varnish Remover

    by AW-Editor     Sunday, May 11, 2008
    Jasco's new Green Strip is completely free of two hazardous chemicals commonly found in paint strippers: methylene chloride (a suspected carcinogen) and N-Methylpyrrolidone (NMP, suspected to cause reproductive toxicity). According to Jasco, Green...
  • Grizzly Jointer/Planer

    by AW-Editor     Sunday, May 11, 2008
    Put together a 12-in. planer and a 12-in. jointer and what have you got? A two-in-one combination machine that's perfect for a small shop. European woodworkers have long been enthusiastic about these compact machines, but they haven't made much...
  • BOSCH Digital Multi-Detector

    by AW-Editor     Sunday, May 11, 2008
    The new Bosch Model DMD4K Multi-Detector has capabilities that go way beyond the average stud finder. Flip a switch and this versatile tool will detect embedded metal in a slab of wood (before your saw does) or pin-point live wires and plumbing buried...
  • Black-Max Sanding Discs Last and Last

    by AW-Editor     Sunday, May 11, 2008
    If you like getting bang for your buck, or just hate changing sanding discs, check out Woodworker's Supply's new Black-Max 5-in.-dia. ceramic sanding discs. They cost about a buck apiece—almost three times more than a conventional aluminum...
  • Quick-Drying Gorilla Glue

    by AW-Editor     Sunday, May 11, 2008
    If you need a super-strong waterproof glue that will cure in 30 to 60 minutes, here you go. Gorilla Glue's new Quick Cure Formula will speed along your project by setting up much faster than the original Gorilla Glue formula, while still allowing...
  • Fast Accurate Height Adjustments

    by AW-Editor     Sunday, May 11, 2008
    The Angle Wright is a precision instrument that helps you make quick and accurate height adjustments of router bits, jointer knives and table saw blades. Made in the USA of anodized aluminum and steel, it features recessed brass adjustment knobs that...
  • Granite-Topped Tablesaw

    by AW-Editor     Sunday, May 11, 2008
    Just when you think you've seen every possible improvement to a tablesaw, here comes a radical idea from Steel City: a saw with a 2-in.-thick granite top and side extension. Granite?! Steel City says their granite tops are flatter than cast iron ones...