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  • 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...
  • CAD for Woodworkers

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, September 4, 2008
    By Randy Johnson You don't have to spend much money to get a good computer-aided drafting (CAD) program for drawing woodworking projects. Fifty bucks will buy you a starter program that's easy to learn and use. For $150, you can get one with all...
  • 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...
  • Miter Saws

    by AW-Editor     Saturday, July 5, 2008
    Whether you're building furniture, cutting trim molding or framing a garage, a compound miter saw is an indispensable tool. It can swivel left or right to make a standard miter and tilt to make a compound cut. Miter saws are capable of both rough...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Powerhouse Routers

    by AW-Editor     Tuesday, July 8, 2008
    What's the one thing you need most when you're shaping dozens of raised panels on a router table? Power! These 3-hp monsters deliver plenty. There are two completely different kinds of 3-hp routers: fixed-base and plunge. Both types have 15-amp...
  • 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...
  • Belt Disc Sanders

    by AW-Editor     Tuesday, September 2, 2008
    Acombination belt-disc sander is similar to a mid-round draft choice on an athletic team. It's not a priority purchase, like a tablesaw or planer, but it's valuable in a woodworking shop as a role player. It's two tools in one. The disc is...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Tool Test Bandsaws

    by AW-Editor     Saturday, September 6, 2008
    You're about to be marooned on a desert island. You're allowed one power tool to take with you. Which would it be? My choice would be a bandsaw. After the router, a bandsaw is the most versatile tool in a woodshop. It can cut straight or curved...
  • Tool Talk: Forstner Bits

    by AW-Editor     Sunday, September 14, 2008
    Forstner-style bits can go where no other drill bits dare. The reason is simple: A Forstner bit is rim-guided while other bits are center-point guided. That means you can use all or only part of the bit's diameter to drill overlapped, angled or partial...