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Self-Centering Dowelling Jig Review

Self-Centering Dowel Jig – An Old Favorite Gets Better

I use dowels to assemble parts quite often; things like face frames, table bases, and chairs. Trying to drill and align the dowel holes without a decent dowel hole drilling jig is futile. This dowel jig (see Source below) is the latest version of a long-time favorite of mine. It has 4 threaded holes and… Read more

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Rockler Signmaker’s Interlock Templates: Product Review

Rockler’s Signmaker’s Interlock Templates provide a kit of letters that allow you to rout through the template and into the stock below. The letters assemble like a jig saw puzzle and are then taped to your work. When I first saw this demonstrated I was amazed by the simplicity of the system and wondered if… Read more

Osborne Miter Gauge Review

Osborne EB-3 Miter Gauge Review

It’s not news that standard-issue table saw miter gauges are often sub-standard.  The bar wiggles in the slot and it can be nearly impossible to accurately set the head.  That’s why woodworkers upgrade their miter gauges. I recently tested the Osborne EB-3 miter gauge, $120.  Here’s what I learned. Product overview The EB-3 uses a… Read more

Mortise and Tenon Jig Review

Leigh Super FMT Frame Mortise and Tenon Jig Tool Review

Accuracy and Repeatability The Leigh FMT Mortise and Tenon Jig is super fast at milling mortise and tenon joints. A little sibling to the industrially machined aluminum Leigh Pro FMT, this less expensive model is made out of 10 and 12 gauge bent and bolted steel. Arriving standard with the jig is a 5/16” spiral… Read more

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Hand Plane Starter Kit: Four Planes for Hybrid Woodworking

While hand planes are alluring to many woodworkers, getting started can be confusing since there are so many options. If you ask 100 hand plane enthusiasts which planes to start with, you might receive as many answers. Based upon my 15 year love affair with hand planes, the following is my suggested approach to help… Read more

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Router Bit Reviews: Eagle America Edge Banding Router Bits

Eagle America’s 2-Piece Edge Banding Bit Set, $39.95, promises a simpler way to edge band man-made materials like plywood. Does it keep that promise? The set consists of two cutters, match ground. The bits have 1/2” shanks, and are not available with 1/4” shanks. The premise is that you’ll cut a negative profile V into… Read more

Graco TrueCoat Product Review | WWGOA

Graco TrueCoat II Review

I have tried practically every method of finishing, but waterborne finish technology continues to evolve, keeping me on my toes. Clients recently requested flat panel cabinet doors and end panels to replace their existing ones, but they wanted lacquer-like smoothness with an environmentally friendly finish. Balancing all of the variables like cost, durability, ease of… Read more

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3 Must-Have Woodworking Apps for your iPhone

In the earliest days of woodworking (or even just a few years ago for that matter), who would have ever thought that we would be talking about how to best utilize our telephones in the woodworking shop? Well, times they certainly are a changin’, and smart phones are capable of performing tasks that we would… Read more

Laguna 1412 Band Saw Product Review

Laguna 1412 Band Saw: A Cut Above

I’m not the most patient soul, but after a long search for a band saw upgrade I finally found the one that I wanted; the Laguna 1412 Band Saw. The problem lied in the fact that it was still in prototype phase when I learned about it, and would not ship for another year. Could… Read more

24″ Porter-Cable Omnijig

Big-Time Dovetails with the 24″ Porter-Cable Omnijig

Although I normally cut dovetails with a Japanese saw and a set of quality chisels, I talk to a lot of woodworkers and I realize that the tedium of chopping dovetails by hand is not for everyone, particular those who have a large volume to cut with a deadline to meet. So I wanted to… Read more

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Why I Bought a SawStop

I recently bought a SawStop tablesaw. (Is that the sound of applause I’m hearing?) On the one hand, it was an easy decision. Who wouldn’t want the blade brake safety feature only SawStop offers. On the other hand, it wasn’t a snap decision. In fact, years went by between the time I first used a… Read more

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Tools We Love: A “Real” Burnisher Makes All the Difference

I tried my hand at using a cabinet scraper a couple years ago and was frustrated that in spite of my best efforts to roll a proper burr on its edge, I just couldn’t tune the scraper to produce more than dust and the occasional wimpy shaving. I followed all the instructions, and did everything… Read more

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