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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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Woodworking Tool News - Multipurpose Clamp Aids

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, September 28, 2012
    Multipurpose Clamp Aids By Brad Holden The "universal clamping block" really lives up to its name. It’s just a flat aluminum bar with a loop on one end, yet it can be used to clamp a mitered frame, a workpiece on a drill press, the sides...
  • Woodworking Tool News - Versatile Small Cyclone

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, September 28, 2012
    Versatile Small Cyclone By Brad Holden When we polled woodworkers about which tool they were likely to buy next year, the most common answer was, “A dust collector!” If you’re in the hunt and have a shop with limited space, here’s...
  • 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 - Compact Router, Big Features

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, September 27, 2012
    Compact Router, Big Features By Brad Holden If you've ever used your laminate trimmer as a router, you understand why compact routers are becoming so popular. Their comfortable one-hand operation makes them easy to use and downright handy. But there’s...
  • Woodworking Tool News - Veritas Bench Chisels

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, September 28, 2012
    Veritas Bench Chisels By Brad Holden A bench chisel is probably the only type of chisel most woodworkers require. It’s used to pare dovetails, chop mortises and for every job in between. Some bench chisels are definitely a cut above the rest. Here’s...
  • Woodworking Tool News - Extra-Large Loose Tenons

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, September 28, 2012
    Extra-Large Loose Tenons By Brad Holden Big parts require big joinery. The success of Festool’s Domino joiner, a portable machine that makes smallscale loose-tenon joints, has prompted Festool to up the ante. The new Domino XL makes much larger...
  • Woodworking Tool News - Rabbeting Bit Accessory

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, September 28, 2012
    Rabbeting Bit Accessory By Brad Holden I got in a pickle the other day when I needed to rout a curved rabbet that was 9/32" wide. None of the bearings with my rabbet bit set would work. There’s a classic solution to this problem: You can place...
  • Woodworking Tool News - Hide Your Trash Can

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, September 28, 2012
    Rev-A-Shelf Top-Mount Pull-Out Waste Containers with Soft Close By Brad Holden Hardware from Rev-A-Shelf for hiding a trash can behind a cabinet door now has a soft-close feature. You just give the door a nudge and it gently closes without slamming. The...
  • Woodworking Tool News - Precision Sliding T-Bevel

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, September 27, 2012
    Precision Sliding T-Bevel By Brad Holden How accurate can you be if you use a protractor to read the angle of a sliding T-bevel? A degree or two? How about +/-0.3°—that’s how close you can get with the new Digital Sliding T-Bevel from...
  • Woodworking Tool News - Drum Roll, Please

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, September 27, 2012
    Drum Roll, Please By Brad Holden Drum sanders for small shops have been available for quite a few years now, but it’s been a long time since any of them have been improved in any significant way. The engineering team that first brought the Performax...
  • Woodworking Tool News - Fully Adjustable Fence

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, September 28, 2012
    Carter MagFence II By Brad Holden If you've been thinking about replacing your bandsaw’s stock fence, it doesn’t get any easier than switching to the Carter MagFence II. There’s no retrofitting or making sure you have the right hardware...