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  • Tool News - Bosch Power Box 360

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, May 6, 2010
    Bosch recently announced the new Bosch Power Box™ 360. It features a 360-degree speaker configuration. The five-speaker design with an integrated subwoofer projects high-quality sound in all directions. Bosch also made the sound more powerful than...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Tool News - Craftsman Digital Miter Gauge

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, January 1, 2009
    If you’ve ever had to cut pieces with precise compound angles, you’ll really appreciate Craftsman’s new digital miter gauge. It’s accurate to within one-tenth of a degree. The gauge comes equipped with a clever magnetic device...
  • 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...
  • Easy-To-Customize Mobile Base

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, September 18, 2008
    Whether your shop is spacious or petite, you can't beat the convenience of having your equipment mobile. The new Universal Mobile Base Hardware, $60, will help you get rolling. Customizing the base for any tool is simple. It has a high load rating...
  • 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...
  • Hand Sanding Blocks

    by AW-Editor     Friday, September 5, 2008
    Isaac Fischer, Jr., of Springfield, Vt., patented sandpaper on June 14, 1834. Shortly after that, presumably, sanding blocks were invented. Sanding blocks apply even pressure over the entire surface of the paper. This makes sanding by hand faster and...
  • Buying Euro Hinges

    by AW-Editor     Friday, September 5, 2008
    They're really easy to install. You simply drill holes and pop the hinges and mounting plates into place. Cabinet shops use sophisticated boring machines for production work, but all you really need is a drill press, a 1-3/8-in. flat-bottom boring...
  • A New Case for Safety

    by AW-Editor     Wednesday, September 3, 2008
    You can't use your safety glasses and earplugs if you can't find them. The new Safetypaq, $40, includes earplugs, work gloves and two pairs of safety glasses in a convenient case that keeps your safety gear dust free. The ANSI-approved safety...
  • Versatile Push Block

    by AW-Editor     Wednesday, September 3, 2008
    One of my woodworking rules is start with 10 fingers and quit with 10. So I'm big on push blocks. They protect you from putting your pinkies somewhere you shouldn't. Sometimes you need a flat push block that can be plunked down in the middle of...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...