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  • Choose the Right Grinding Wheel

    by Tim Johnson     Wednesday, February 25, 2009
    Q. I've been told that the gray wheels that came with my grinder will burn my woodworking tools and that white wheels are better. True? A. The stock wheels that come with most grinders are designed for the metalworking trade. They're way too hard...
  • 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...
  • Shaper or Router Table?

    by AW-Editor     Friday, September 19, 2008
    Q. I'm thinking about starting a side business building custom doors. Should I consider investing in a shaper or use my router table? Shaper cutters are larger and last longer than router bits. The heavy weight large-diameter shaper cutter is designed...
  • Backyard Sawmills

    by AW-Editor     Monday, September 15, 2008
    Backyard Sawmills We all love wood, whether it's a wide clear board or a gnarly slab with wild grain. That's why sawing our own lumber crosses the minds of most woodworkers. It might be inspired by the sight of a big tree blown down by a storm...
  • Cordless Brad Nailer

    by AW-Editor     Sunday, May 11, 2008
    DeWalt's new DC608 isn't the first cordless brad nailer, but it is one of the best. The big advantage of going cordless, of course, is that you don't need a compressor or gas cartridges, and there's no air hose to deal with. The DC608...
  • Must-Have Mortiser

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, May 15, 2008
    The massive “X-Y” table on Jet's new JFM-5 floor model mortiser ($999) makes mortising a breeze. One handwheel moves the table laterally; another moves it forward and back. As a result, you can position workpieces and chop mortises much...
  • Bandsaw Inserts

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, May 15, 2008
    If there's one thing that can really slow you down when bandsawing, it's stopping the blade to fish out little cutoffs that get stuck in the table insert. The answer: a zero-clearance insert, similar to one on a tablesaw. Carter now sells blank...
  • Top Notch Features At A Great Value

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, May 15, 2008
    The new Dremel Scroll Station model 1830 combines the most sought after scrolling features into one affordable tool. Up-front user controls for variable speed, power on/off and blade-tensioning help novice and master scrollers alike make precise cuts...
  • Hang A Door In A Minute

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, May 15, 2008
    Cabinetmakers use shop-made or commercial drilling jigs to speed the mounting of Euro hinges on their doors. What sets the EZ-Mount apart from basic drilling jigs is that it also holds the hinge in place, allowing you to use the hinge plate itself as...
  • Sandpaper Power Sharpening System

    by AW-Editor     Sunday, June 29, 2008
    An excellent sharpening system has just gotten better and cheaper! The Veritas Mark II ($300) sharpens chisels, plane irons, carving gouges and V-tools incredibly fast with a minimum of fuss. The Mark II is a simpler version of the Mark I, a sharpening...
  • Super Spokeshave

    by AW-Editor     Friday, August 29, 2008
    Spokeshaves are a pleasure to use at the bench. You can smooth curved parts that are rough cut on a bandsaw or put those final hand-sculpted touches anywhere on a piece of furniture. A spokeshave can be pushed or pulled and take off light or heavy shavings...
  • Quick-Adjust Drawer Slides

    by AW-Editor     Friday, August 29, 2008
    Getting drawer fronts perfectly aligned inside a cabinet is now a lot easier, thanks to Accuride. Its updated 3832 series drawer slides include a clever cam-shaped adjustment device that gives you up to 3/16-in. wiggle room. Most slides have elongated...
  • Multi-Plug Cord

    by AW-Editor     Friday, August 29, 2008
    After pulling the cars out, I used to stretch extension cords all over my garage shop. But with my big feet, I kept tripping over those darned things. One day a neighbor heard my salty language and showed me the answer: the Herrington Multi-Outlet extension...
  • Mobile Bases

    by AW-Editor     Saturday, August 30, 2008
    Whether you shop is large or small, mobile bases allow you to get the most out of the space you have. When I need to re-saw some long stock on my bandsaw, its mobile base lets me easily reposition it to clear nearby obstacles. When I'm done, the bandsaw...
  • T-Track

    by AW-Editor     Saturday, August 30, 2008
    T-track is a versatile product that has many great uses around the shop. It can be attached to the fence of a chop saw, drill press or router table to provide a quick, secure place to attach feather boards, stops and hold-downs. It also makes a great...