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  • Well-Equipped Shop - Do-It-All Pocket Hole Jig

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, May 13, 2011
    Do-It-All Pocket Hole Jig Yes, this really is a picture of a pocket hole jig. With screwed-together joinery becoming so popular, Porter- Cable has pulled out all the stops to design a jig that’s fully adjustable. Sometimes that makes a device way...
  • Well-Equipped Shop - Improved Digital Planer Gauge

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, May 13, 2011
    Improved Digital Planer Gauge If you've been looking for a thickness gauge for your planer that’s easier to read, there’s really only one game in town: the Wixey Digital Readout. Wixey fi rst introduced their gauge about 10 years ago,...
  • Well-Equipped Shop - Premium Countersink Bits

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, May 13, 2011
    Premium Countersink Bits Even the humble countersink bit can be improved, right? A new set of these bits from Woodworker’s Supply takes up where generic sets leave off. The new bits make absolutely smooth holes, defy clogging and come with a set...
  • Well-Equipped Shop - High-Tech Handsaws

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, May 13, 2011
    High-Tech Handsaws Unplug the machines, relax and get ready for a good time with one of the oldest woodworking tools around: the handsaw. It’s just you, the saw and the wood. Of course, you’ll want a tool that is comfortable, wellbalanced...
  • Well-Equipped Shop - Sharpen Spade Bits and More

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, May 13, 2011
    Sharpen Spade Bits and More The first and only spade-bit sharpener on the market, the Drill Doctor DDSB, might make you take another look at these bits for serious woodworking. They’re a heck of a lot cheaper than Forstner bits. Most spade bits—even...
  • Well-Equipped Shop - Small Size, Big Features

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, May 13, 2011
    Small Size, Big Features Cramped for space? If so, this new compact scroll saw from General International may be just the answer. The Excalibur EX-16 will easily store on a shelf—it’s only 15" wide, 27" deep and 17" high. Full...
  • Well-Equipped Shop - Redesigned Planer

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, May 13, 2011
    Redesigned Planer Delta has just introduced a new 13" planer, the 22-590. It replaces the 22-580, a model that received top marks in our planer tool test back in 2003. In the years since, few other small planers have met the very high standard set...
  • Well-Equipped Shop - Bits for Impact Drivers

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, May 13, 2011
    Bits for Impact Drivers The best tool for tough screwing jobs is an impact driver. It has much more torque than the average cordless drill/driver. The next time you want to run screws into a piece of hardwood without drilling pilot holes, as when fastening...
  • Well-Equipped Shop - Revamped Jigsaws

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, May 13, 2011
    Revamped Jigsaws Cutting hardwood with a jigsaw is a brutal test of the machine’s quality. Many saws don’t score high marks because their blade defl ects, producing cuts that are out of square. That makes it hard to accurately follow a line...
  • Woodworking Tool News - Non-Steel Wool

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, September 28, 2012
    Non-Steel Wool By Brad Holden If you've only dipped your toe into the world of waterborne finishes, Siawool from Lee Valley just might make you take the plunge. I stayed away from using water-borne finishes for a long time. That warm, subtle sheen...
  • 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...
  • 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 - 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 - 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 - 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...