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  • Random-Orbit Sanders

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, June 23, 2010
    How they work, how to choose the right one and tips for better results. by Richard Tendick Random-orbital sanders are terrific time-saving machines. They can remove milling marks left by a tablesaw, jointer or planer in no time flat. As simple as they...
  • 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...
  • Router Lifts

    by AW-Editor     Saturday, September 20, 2008
    For the serious router table user, the benefits of owning a router lift are huge. Strap a 3-1/4-hp variable-speed router into one of these lifts and you have a routing system that can't be beat for convenience, power and accuracy. With a router lift...
  • Slow-Speed Grinders

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, June 25, 2010
    These 10 machines are designed to save your tools from overheating: Do they measure up? by Tom Caspar and Jason McNellis If you love hand tools, chances are you’ll need a grinder. When a blade becomes very dull, chipped or nicked, grinding is the...
  • 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...
  • 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 Test Bandsaws

    by AW-Editor     Sunday, September 14, 2008
    Same song, second verse. In our last issue, we tested 19 bandsaws that each cost less than $1,000 (AW #110, October 2004). This time, we're looking at the heavyweights in this class: saws that cost from $1,000 to $1,500. What you get is more power...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Woodworking Tool News - Finely Crafted Box Hinges

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, September 28, 2012
    Finely Crafted Box Hinges By Brad Holden Finely crafted projects, such as the boxes made by Ian Hawthorne, deserve the best hardware. These Neat Box Hinges from Hawthorne Crafts will lend beauty, subtlety and durability to any small project. Crafted in...
  • Woodworking Tool News - Ultimate Face Vise

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, September 28, 2012
    Ultimate Face Vise By Brad Holden A good vise is essential to a good workbench. It’s your extra pair of hands, hands you rely on every day. The trend in vises seems to be to cut corners in order to make them cheaper. While I appreciate saving money...
  • 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...