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Table Saw Safety: Guards & Splitters

Table saw safety is critical for every woodworker. Bruce Kieffer’s table saw safety article explores options for aftermarket and shop-made table saw guards and splitters. Be safe and saw often!

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Premium Sanding Blocks Make Short Work of Surface Prep

This article explores two products that improve both the quality and performance of hand sanding: The Preppin’ Weapon by Time Saver Tools and the SandDevil by SandDevil USA. Do they take the drudgery out of hand sanding?

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Measuring Wood Glue Assembly Time

How much time do you have from the moment you apply glue until the time when the glue cures to the point where you cannot or should not make further adjustments? Paul Mayer measures the range of assembly times on a number of woodworking glue products. You might be surprised by the results…

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Why I (Finally) Bought a Festool Domino

WWGOA Contributing Editor Paul Mayer builds a lot of furniture using mortise and tenon joinery, and recently invested in a Festool Domino joiner. Paul explains why he refrained for so many years, and what finally compelled him to take the plunge.

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Fastcap Speed Skate Product Review

I’m a one-man-shop and, as a result, I’m always on the lookout for easier ways to move sheet goods around. Fastcap’s Speed Skate looked liked a good idea, so I figured I’d check it out. The Fastcap Speed Skate, $25, is specifically designed to help you roll, instead of carry, sheet stock around your shop…. Read more

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Nexabond Glue Product Review

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you had to add a small part to a project, such a piece of trim, and you didn’t want to drive a brad through it, but you couldn’t hold it for 10 minutes until the glue set up? The Nexabond glue product, Nexabond 2500S, provides a… Read more

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A Shoe that Woodworkers can Stand for – Merrell Jungle Moc

Like many woodworkers, I have a shop with a cement floor. The rubber mats that I have strategically positioned around the work space help reduce the stress on my feet quite a bit, but when I spend a long day standing in the shop I experience achiness in my feet and fatigue in my legs… Read more

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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