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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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Woodworking Tool News - Cadillac Coping Sled

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, September 28, 2012
    Infinity Cutting Tools Professional Coping Sled By Brad Holden A good coping sled is a must for cope and stick routing. A great coping sled is icing on the cake, and that’s what Infinity has achieved with their industrial-quality Professional Coping...
  • 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...