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  • Big Featured, Low-Priced Tablesaws

    by Tim Johnson     Tuesday, March 3, 2009
    Model 22124, $950 • 1-3/4-hp 120/240-volt motor. 30-in. rip capacity to the right of the blade. • Cast-iron side tables and folding outfeed table. • 4-in. miter gauge fence extension. • Beisemeyer rip fence. Craftsman started from...
  • Clean Rusty Tools by Electrolysis

    by Tim Johnson     Monday, February 23, 2009
    Electrolysis is a gentle, safe way to chemically remove all the rust from small tools, and it leaves the iron untouched. An abrasive can remove rust, too, but it may require removing a large amount of metal, either weakening the piece or destroying its...
  • Tool News - Milwaukee® Shockwave™ Impact Duty Accessories

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, May 25, 2011
    Milwaukee® Shockwave™ Impact Duty Accessories Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation introduces over 80 new products in its new line of Shockwave™ Impact Duty accessories. Delivering high performance and functionality, the full range solution...
  • Choose the Right Grinding Wheel

    by Tim Johnson     Wednesday, February 25, 2009
    Q. I've been told that the gray wheels that came with my grinder will burn my woodworking tools and that white wheels are better. True? A. The stock wheels that come with most grinders are designed for the metalworking trade. They're way too hard...
  • Become A Tool Nut

    by Tom Caspar     Wednesday, February 18, 2009
    I really don't need five cordless drills, seven routers or 24 antique hand planes, but I can't help it. I'm a tool nut. Are you? Have you ever bought an old woodworking machine just because it looked cool? Tried a new tool and said, "Wow...
  • 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...
  • Jointer/Planer Combo Machine

    by AW-Editor     Sunday, May 11, 2008
    Students often ask me if they should buy a jointer or planer first. Here's an opportunity to get both in one tool. Grizzly's new G0633 12-in. Jointer/Planer Combination machine, $1,795, does dual duty with one cutter head. At first blush the price...
  • 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...
  • Heavy Lathe with Extra Capacity

    by AW-Editor     Friday, September 12, 2008
    So here's a dilemma: Mini lathes are designed to be portable, but when you get where you're going, it's nice to have some weight in the machine. At 106 pounds (more than a sheet of MDF weighs), the Maxi Lathe, $300, from General International...
  • 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...
  • Stamped Steel or Cast Iron Wings?

    by Tom Caspar     Friday, February 20, 2009
    Should I spend more money on cast-iron wings? Q. I can save money by buying stamped steel rather than cast-iron extension wings for my new tablesaw. What do cast-iron wings offer that steel wings don't? A. Over the long haul, you'll find that...
  • Tool News - Milwaukee M12 3/8" Drill

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, August 27, 2009
    Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation recently expanded its M12 line with the new M12 Cordless 3/8" Drill/Driver. It features a metal locking 3/8" chuck for maximum bit retention and durability. In addition, the 2410-22 delivers up to 25% more...
  • 12 Tips for Better Biscuit Joining

    by Tim Johnson     Wednesday, February 25, 2009
    12 Tips for Better Biscuit Joining Improve performance and expand function. By Richard Tendick Make corner splines Decorative corner splines sure make an ordinary box look great. But they can be a bit dicey to cut on a tablesaw. Let your plate joiner...
  • Clean Your Disc Sander

    by Tim Johnson     Monday, February 23, 2009
    Here's a quick way to get rid of the globs of adhesive that remain on the surface of your disc sander after you remove worn out abrasive sheets. Goo Gone (available at hardware stores and home centers) attacks this problem like nobody's business...
  • Tool News - General International 13" Horizontal Drum Sander

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, August 11, 2009
    General International just released their new 13" Horizontal Single-drum Sander (Model 15-155 M1). It has a heavy duty open steel stand for greater stability and a high quality conveyor belt for longer service life. Large hand wheel adjusts conveyor...
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