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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...
  • Slow-Speed Grinders

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, June 25, 2010
    These 10 machines are designed to save your tools from overheating: Do they measure up? by Tom Caspar and Jason McNellis If you love hand tools, chances are you’ll need a grinder. When a blade becomes very dull, chipped or nicked, grinding is the...
  • 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...
  • Dream Sharpening Machine

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, January 29, 2009
    "What? A $600 machine that just sharpens hand tools?" That's the reaction I've heard when introducing my pals to the latest in sandpaper-sharpening technology, the Lap-Sharp LS-200. It's the brainchild of a single-minded engineer...
  • Well-Equipped Shop - Premium Blade Set

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, January 12, 2011
    Premium Blade Set Upgrading a blade and chipbreaker can turn a pretty good plane into a dream tool. If you’ve been thinking about buying a premium plane, here’s an alternative plan: Get an old Stanley, tune it up, and replace its blade and...
  • 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...
  • French Polishing

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, September 2, 2009
    Six Easy Steps to a Beautiful Finish by Alan Lacer French polish adds extraordinary depth to gorgeous wood. This finish is perfect for bowls, vessels, lamps and other turnings that aren’t handled often or are exposed to moisture, alcohol or heat...
  • Tool News - New PORTER-CABLE® Hand Planer

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, April 5, 2011
    New PORTER-CABLE® Hand Planer Brings Performance, Ease of Use, Ergonomics, and Dust Collection to the Worksite TOWSON, Md. (March 29, 2011) – PORTER-CABLE announces the launch of its new 6 AMP Hand Planer (PC60THPK), which incorporates features...
  • Tool News - Festool T3 Drills

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, July 8, 2009
    Festool USA recently announced the launch of two new lithium ion cordless drill/drivers, the T 12+3 and T 15+3. With sophisticated electronics, brushless motors and lithium ion batteries, they offer plenty of power in a light weight package. The new brushless...
  • Tool News - Milwaukee® Shockwave™ Impact Duty Accessories

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, May 25, 2011
    Milwaukee® Shockwave™ Impact Duty Accessories Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation introduces over 80 new products in its new line of Shockwave™ Impact Duty accessories. Delivering high performance and functionality, the full range solution...
  • Tool News - Ridgid Compact 10" Portable Table Saw

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, January 1, 2009
    The RIDGID® 10” Compact Portable Table Saw combines power and portability. A 15 amp motor provides plenty of power for most jobs, while six-inch solid wheels and a retractable handle allow for portability. This this saw also features an integrated...
  • Tool News - Ridgid SmartCart

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, January 1, 2009
    The Ridgid SmartCart wet/dry vac’s rectangular shape provides innovative function to its form-organized storage unlike other shop vacs on the market. The box design has drawers within the unit for all of the extra nozzles and hoses. Additional storage...
  • Tool News - Jorgensen Lever Clamp

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, October 27, 2008
    Jorgensen recently released a new bar clamp, the Lever Clamp. The Lever Clamp comes in 6” and 12” capacities and is perfect for assembly work. Adjusting the lightweight clamp is quick and easy, and stands on its own. Strength isn’t sacrificed...
  • Tool News - M Power Sharpener

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, September 30, 2008
    A sharp chisel edge makes your work all that much easier. But keeping those tools sharp is a skill that's learned over a long time. Oil stones? Jigs? Water stones? Not to mention the precise angles and rock steady grip you need. But the PSS1 sharpener...
  • Tool News - Bosch 14.4v and 18v Litheon Drills

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, January 1, 2009
    Bosch has added 14.4v drills and 18v drills to it's cordless tool line. For the heavy-duty user, check out the Brute Tough drills. They have unibody motor construction, all-metal gear train and DuraShield housing. They're made to be abused, and...