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  • 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...
  • Cool New Tools

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, September 20, 2007
    Cool New Tools Tool manufacturers introduces new tools on a regular basis. You can check out the coolest new entries from this past year by clicking one of the links below. Cool New Tools October 2007 CT50 Professional Cordless Staple Gun Click here to...
  • Dovetail Jig for a Router Table

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, May 8, 2008
    The new Route-R-Joint from Woodline USA, $179, is a unique dovetailing jig. Instead of handling a router on top of the jig, you invert the jig on top of your router table. The Route-R-Joint can cut half-blind and through dovetails, along with heart shaped...
  • Make Louvered Doors and Shutters

    by AW-Editor     Friday, May 9, 2008
    Templates for making louvered doors are unique accessories for the Leigh FMT Jig. They're simple to set up and easy to use. It's hard to imagine a more straightforward way to make the cuts required for louvered doors or shutters. Like all other...
  • 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...
  • Tool Nut

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, February 28, 2008
    I've made over 600 screwdrivers. Does that get me into the Tool Nut club? It all started with a handle I turned for a file. I enjoyed this work so much that I started making handles for other tools, too. Now I specialize in screwdrivers. I'll...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Router Innovations

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, April 17, 2008
    Feature-Rich, Powerful and Ergonomically Smart 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...
  • 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...
  • Four-Star Honing Guide

    by AW-Editor     Friday, May 9, 2008
    The new Pinnacle Honing Guide ($99.99) consistently provides excellent sharpening results with both chisels and plane irons. The guide consists of a sled that travels on a pair of rails. Lock nuts within the rails allow mounting the guide on almost any...
  • Rikon sliding tablesaw

    by AW-Editor     Sunday, May 11, 2008
    A crosscut sled is a great addition to any tablesaw, but often it isn't large enough to handle big pieces. That's when you dream about a saw with a sliding table, such as this one from Rikon. The Rikon 10-110 10-in., 3-hp cabinet saw retails for...
  • Sharp Edges–Fast

    by AW-Editor     Sunday, May 11, 2008
    Raise your hand if you've ever had a difficult time sharpening chisels, plane irons, or carving tools. Okay, that's just about everyone. Now take a close look at these amazing new machines from Professional Tool Manufacturing—they'll...
  • Stainless Steel Sanding Discs

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, May 8, 2008
    When I first looked at the Microplane stainless steel sanding discs I thought, “There's no way that can work. It'll just tear up the wood.” But now that I've logged lots of hours of sanding with this product, I'm a believer...