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  • Clean Rusty Tools by Electrolysis

    by Tim Johnson     Monday, February 23, 2009
    Electrolysis is a gentle, safe way to chemically remove all the rust from small tools, and it leaves the iron untouched. An abrasive can remove rust, too, but it may require removing a large amount of metal, either weakening the piece or destroying its...
  • 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...
  • Tool News - C.H. Hanson Ball Level

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, July 14, 2009
    The Precision Ball Level is a three-in-one tool that includes a patented precision aviation ball compass design that expands the use of the level beyond its traditional job of indicating level and plumb surfaces. With a simple glance, the Precision Ball...
  • Tool News - Milwaukee Hand Tools

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, March 9, 2010
    Milwaukee has just introduced a line of heavy-duty hand tools. The new 11 in 1 Screwdriver is one of the first offerings. The only screwdriver with the patented ECX bit and hardened tips, the Milwaukee 11 in 1 Screwdriver was developed for the professional...
  • Well-Equipped Shop - Veritas Small Scraping Plane

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, July 19, 2010
    Small Scraping Plane Sometimes a wood grain’s direction is so unruly that planing just gets you in trouble–tearout is inevitable. Faced with this situation, the hand tool to pick up is a scraper. A card scraper is fine for small areas, but...
  • 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...
  • Tool News - Irwin Universal Handsaw

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, January 25, 2011
    Irwin Tools just announced the new Irwin Universal Handsaw . It cuts three times faster than traditional tooth handsaws and delivers unparalleled performance that woodworkers will appreciate. The design of the Universal Handsaw has a novel and proprietary...
  • 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...
  • Well-Equipped Shop - High-Tech Handsaws

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, May 13, 2011
    High-Tech Handsaws Unplug the machines, relax and get ready for a good time with one of the oldest woodworking tools around: the handsaw. It’s just you, the saw and the wood. Of course, you’ll want a tool that is comfortable, wellbalanced...
  • All About Vises

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, August 9, 2011
    All About Vises Add clamping power to your workbench. By Randy Johnson and Tom Caspar A good vise is tool money well spent. It’s a solid investment in your workbench that pays off every time you need to hold a piece of wood. Two Types of Vises Everybody’s...
  • 4 Hand Tools for Stringing

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, October 6, 2011
    4 Hand Tools for Stringing Find out more about using hand tools to make stringing inlay. Stringing reached its peak as an art form way back in the late 18th century, long before power tools. In those days, both the grooves and the strips were made by...
  • Digital Caliper Reads in Fractions

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, May 8, 2008
    Calipers are handy to have in any shop. You can use them to check a board's thickness, a drill bit's diameter or a dado's width. Unfortunately, most calipers are so difficult to decipher that woodworkers avoid using them like they avoid sanding...
  • Chairmaker’s Delight

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, May 8, 2008
    Imagine a spokeshave that never tears out the grain, no matter which direction you go, and you have the essence of this wonderful new tool, the Veritas Scraper Shave ($59). The Scraper Shave is a straight-handled spokeshave equipped with a scraper blade...
  • 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...
  • 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...