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  • Tool News - MLCS PowerLift Motorized Router Lift

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, November 1, 2010
    MLCS recently introduced the Powerlift, a motorized router lift for your router table. It allows you to make hands free plunge cuts, raise a spinning router bit into the work piece with a bi-directional foot pedal, and save time and increase efficiency...
  • Tools News - Portable Carpentry Workshop

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, February 16, 2010
    The Portable Carpentry Workshop, popularly known as PCW, organizes all the tools of the carpenter’s trade into one rolling, easily accessible cabinet. From the table saw, miter saw to router, all tools are centralized, contained within one transportable...
  • Miter Saw Dust Shroud

    by AW-Editor     Friday, September 12, 2008
    Miter saws are a great convenience, but they spread sawdust like a sprinkler spreads water. The new Downdrafter shroud from Rousseau, $200, combined with a dust collector, acts like a parachute behind the saw and grabs almost every bit of dust. You may...
  • Tool News - General International Flexible Expandable Roller Stand

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, November 3, 2009
    General International's new model 50-166 adjustable height expandable roller system is ideal for support of large, awkward or cumbersome stock and for in-feed or out-feed assist applications. It's ideal for use in wood shop applications with sheet...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Economical Through Dovetail Jig

    by AW-Editor     Sunday, May 11, 2008
    Forget worrying about limited dovetail jig capacity. The ChestMate dovetail jig allows cutting through dovetails anywhere on boards of any width. The process is pretty simple. The jig has an indexing pin that fits 1/8-in. kerfs sawn in a story stick that...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Instant Carving

    by AW-Editor     Monday, September 29, 2008
    A friend of mine spent years trying to teach me to carve. Sorry, it just ain't in these hands. But CMT had me carving—sort of—in minutes. The company's new 3D Router Carver System turns a plunge router into a carving tool. You can...
  • Tool News - Rockler SpeedCope

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, September 15, 2009
    Rockler just introduced the SpeedCope, a new heavy-duty jig that helps make cope cuts for tight fitting overlapped joints in crown and base molding. Coped joints have long been the inside corner joint of choice among finish carpenters. To make them, a...
  • First-Rate Dowel Jig

    by AW-Editor     Tuesday, July 8, 2008
    Locating and drilling dowel holes is usually so fussy it drives you nuts! A self-centering jig works fine on stock of equal thickness, like a face frame, but you may have a hard time setting it up to join parts of unequal thickness, like a thick table...
  • Versatile Throat Plate

    by AW-Editor     Tuesday, July 8, 2008
    Zero-clearance throat plates are one of the best accessories you can put on your tablesaw. With a slot that tightly fits the blade, you get less tear-out and no trapped offcuts, with both standard blades and dado sets. Buying a whole stack of throat plates...
  • Perfect Scribe Every Time

    by AW-Editor     Sunday, May 11, 2008
    Cabinets and countertops seldom fit perfectly to a wall. The traditional solution involves holding the cabinet in place and using a compass to transfer the wall contours to the cabinet's scribe strip then machining, sanding and filing the profile...
  • Tool News - Forrest Manufacturing WoodWorker I Blades for Festool Saws

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, August 2, 2010
    Forrest Manufacturing recently announced that the company now offers two metric versions of its deluxe Custom WoodWorker I Blades for use on Festool plunge cut circular saws. These two Custom WoodWorker I Blades are especially suitable for joinery and...