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  • What is a Miter Saw Used For

    What is a Miter Saw Used For?

    If you’re considering adding a miter saw to your shop, you might be saying to yourself, What is a miter saw used for? Does a miter saw offer enough benefits to make it worth the investment? What do I need to know about miter saws in order to make an educated buying choice? How do… Read more »

  • How to Use a Router Bit

    How to Use a Trim Router and Bits

    Trim routers are a very handy tool to have in the shop, in part because they’re so easy to handle with one hand. This instructional video teaches you how to use a flush trim router bit, a V-bit for free-hand sign making, and a roman ogee bit. All of these cutters can be easily used… Read more »

  • Drill vs. Impact Driver

    Drill vs. Impact Driver

    There are lots of cordless tools in the marketplace. Few are as handy as impact drivers and drills. Here’s some great buying advice that’ll help you figure out which of these tools will serve you and your shop the best; impact driver, or drill? Check out this video before you make a buying decision.

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    AWFS 2015 New Products

    AWFS 2015 has come and gone, with manufacturers taking advantage of the venue to show off their products. Have a look at a few things George discovered at this year’s show.

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  • 3 Useful Raised Panel Router Bits | WWGOA

    3 Useful Raised Panel Router Bits

    When it comes to making raised panels for doors, it’s hard to beat the work that can be accomplished by raised panel router bits. You’ve got choices; vertical panel raiser, horizontal panel raiser, or horizontal panel raiser with back cutter. Your selection could be based on your woodworking project, or on what type of router… Read more »

  • Pull Saw Vs. Push Saw

    Pull Saw vs. Push Saw

    If you’ve looked closely at handsaws you’ve probalby noticed a difference in teeth. Some point toward the handle, some point away. This means that some cut on the pull stroke, some on the push stroke. We’re talking about Japanese saws versus Western saws. They both cut wood, but they each do it very differently. One… Read more »

  • Standard & Low Angle Block Plane Overview

    Standard and Low Angle Block Planes

    Looking for buying advice on hand planes? This is for you, helping you determine if a standard angle or low angle block plane is best for you and your projects. Which is easier to push through the material? Which provides less chance of tear out? Which is best for cutting parallel to the grain? Across… Read more »

  • " Sharpening Chisels: High Speed vs Low Speed Grinders "

    High Speed Grinders vs. Low Speed Grinders

    I love sharpening my lathe chisels on a grinder. It makes for fast sharpening, which means I can get back to my lathe turning quickly. When it comes to sharpening chisels, as opposed to shaping, a metal edge, a low rpm grinder offers a lot of advantages. There are uses for high speed grinders too,… Read more »

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    New Tool Review: Mirka DEROS 550X Random Orbital Sander

    Always on the lookout for innovations that make sanders perform more quickly, quietly, and with better dust collection, Paul Mayer found that Mirka scored big in each of these categories with its new DEROS random orbital sander.

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    Spokeshave Buying Advice

    Once you know that a spokeshave will be in your future, you need to know what kind of spokeshave is best for you. Tom Caspar has A LOT of spokeshaves in his shop and, using his great collection, can help you identify which version of this tool is best for you. Wooden body, metal body,… Read more »