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Minwax Water Based Wipe-On Poly

I was excited to try this stuff when I first saw it on the internet. My reasons? Well… since moving my shop to our home, I can no longer use “stinky” finishes, plus, I really like the smoothness of wipe-on finishes, and I especially like the look of clear water-based finishes on unstained wood–so this…

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Leigh Hold-Down Clamps

I think it’s brilliant! If a clamp works well securing material on a dovetail jig, why not use it at the bench? That’s what Leigh did by converting the material clamps from their dovetail and FMT jigs into bench hold down clamps. Leigh’s Hold-Down Clamps, $49.95, can be mounted to any surface because they’re available…

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3 Essential Shop Accessories

Three of my favorite shop accessories: A work apron, dust mop, and miter saw laser guide.I’m often surprised by how great an impact a small and simple shop accessory can have on my everyday woodworking life. I take these useful items for granted, but if they were “removed from the mix,” I would be lost.…

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Veritas 14-tpi Dovetail Saw

I must be honest; I don’t hand cut dovetails, but I do use a dovetail saw to make fine, straight, and very accurate cuts on other types of woodworking joints. For those cuts, nothing but a quality dovetail saw will suffice. And as long as I’m being honest, I’ll admit one more thing; this saw…

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SuperMax 37-Inch Drum Sander

George’s review of the Performax 22-44 was so popular we thought it might interest our readers to hear about the advantages a larger machine offers. This is a review of the SuperMax 37; a machine that shares a lot of great features with the Performax 22-44, including variable speed feed rate, a non-slip conveyor belt,…

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Rockler Bench Cookies

There’s nothing more frustrating than chasing your work across the shop while you’re trying to work on it. The obvious solution is clamping the work to your bench, but then you end up with the clamp in your way. If only there was an effective way to stick your work to the bench with no…

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Grizzly Cyclone Dust Collector

Cyclonic dust collectors are a Holy Grail of woodworking. They really do a great job of grabbing dust, and they typically do an equally great job of grabbing space in your shop. The new G0703 Cyclone Dust Collector from Grizzly, $850, has a small footprint; 38-1/4″ long, 23-1/4″ wide, and 65-1/2″ tall. Not bad for…

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