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  • " 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 »

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    Why I (Finally) Bought a Festool Domino

    Mortise and tenon joinery continues to serve as the workhorse of furniture construction and, like many furniture makers, it is a critical component of my repertoire. Joinery torture tests prove over and over that this joint is king when it comes to strength and reliability, but a downside to utilizing this joint is that it… 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 »

  • Fastcap Speed Skate

    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 »

  • Merrell Jungle Moc

    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 »

  • Utilizing Reverse on a Lathe

    Utilizing Reverse on a Lathe

    A reverse switch on a lathe allows for easier bowl work and better sanding on both bowls and spindles. This video makes it easy to understand just how beneficial it is to be able to reverse the spindle on a lathe.

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  • SawStop: Two Sizes of Brakes

    SawStop: Two Sizes of Brakes

    SawStop’s brake technology is amazing, but you’ve got to make sure you’re using the right brake, depending on what diameter blade you have in. Once you see this video you’ll understand completely why it’s so important to change brakes when you change from a conventional blade to a dado head.

  • How Do I Know if it's a Riving Knife or a Splitter?

    How Do I Know if it’s a Riving Knife or a Splitter?

    Riving knives are the talk of the table saw industry. If you’re a table saw user, or considering buying a table saw, you need to know the difference between a riving knife and simple splitter. This video explains it all.

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