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  • Big Featured, Low-Priced Tablesaws

    by Tim Johnson     Tuesday, March 3, 2009
    Model 22124, $950 • 1-3/4-hp 120/240-volt motor. 30-in. rip capacity to the right of the blade. • Cast-iron side tables and folding outfeed table. • 4-in. miter gauge fence extension. • Beisemeyer rip fence. Craftsman started from...
  • 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...
  • Stamped Steel or Cast Iron Wings?

    by Tom Caspar     Friday, February 20, 2009
    Should I spend more money on cast-iron wings? Q. I can save money by buying stamped steel rather than cast-iron extension wings for my new tablesaw. What do cast-iron wings offer that steel wings don't? A. Over the long haul, you'll find that...
  • Clean Your Disc Sander

    by Tim Johnson     Monday, February 23, 2009
    Here's a quick way to get rid of the globs of adhesive that remain on the surface of your disc sander after you remove worn out abrasive sheets. Goo Gone (available at hardware stores and home centers) attacks this problem like nobody's business...
  • 12 Tips for Better Biscuit Joining

    by Tim Johnson     Wednesday, February 25, 2009
    12 Tips for Better Biscuit Joining Improve performance and expand function. By Richard Tendick Make corner splines Decorative corner splines sure make an ordinary box look great. But they can be a bit dicey to cut on a tablesaw. Let your plate joiner...
  • 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...
  • Tool News - General International 13" Horizontal Drum Sander

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, August 11, 2009
    General International just released their new 13" Horizontal Single-drum Sander (Model 15-155 M1). It has a heavy duty open steel stand for greater stability and a high quality conveyor belt for longer service life. Large hand wheel adjusts conveyor...
  • Heavy Lathe with Extra Capacity

    by AW-Editor     Friday, September 12, 2008
    So here's a dilemma: Mini lathes are designed to be portable, but when you get where you're going, it's nice to have some weight in the machine. At 106 pounds (more than a sheet of MDF weighs), the Maxi Lathe, $300, from General International...
  • Jointer/Planer Combo Machine

    by AW-Editor     Sunday, May 11, 2008
    Students often ask me if they should buy a jointer or planer first. Here's an opportunity to get both in one tool. Grizzly's new G0633 12-in. Jointer/Planer Combination machine, $1,795, does dual duty with one cutter head. At first blush the price...
  • 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...
  • Eliminate Fuzzy Fillets

    by AW-Editor     Sunday, May 11, 2008
    Freud's new Quadra-Cut router bits produce routed profiles with little or no tear out or fuzz even on cross-grain cuts. These unique, patented bits employ four cutting edges instead of two. The large profile cutters remove most of the stock with an...
  • Benchtop Mortisers

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, January 29, 2009
    For $250 and half an hour's worth of simple improvements, you can cut precise mortises all day. Mortising machines first answered the prayers of mortise-cutting woodworkers over 120 years ago. Today you can buy a miniaturized descendant of those old...
  • 6-in. Jointers

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, January 29, 2009
    jointer is a must-have for many woodworkers. Few can do without the smooth, straight edges and faces they get from their jointers. We tested twelve 6-in. floor models that sell for under $600. A 6-in. jointer will handle material up to 6-in. wide, the...
  • Two-for-One: Impact and Standard Cordless Drills

    by AW-Editor     Friday, September 12, 2008
    It's hard to imagine a day in the shop without a cordless drill. You can't beat its convenience. But I'm intrigued by impact drivers, which are hitting the cordless market hard. Impact drivers are overkill for the small screws commonly used...
  • 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...