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FastCap’s Folding Chisels and More

Back in my construction days, I struggled keeping a sharp chisel in my apron. First, it was an abusive environment that quickly dulled the chisel. Second, when the chisel was nice and sharp, the cutting tip quickly worked its way through my leather apron, leaving big holes behind. FastCap’s new Pocket Chisels solve this problem.…

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The SawStop Contractor Saw

Cabinet Saw Features and Performance Plus Unmatched Safety. SawStop’s new Contractor Saw is the safest contractor saw on the market. That’s a given, considering that SawStop’s patented safety system is built into every saw it sells (see Safety section). While the safety system and the famous hot dog demos may be the stars of show,…

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My Fave-5: Second Tier Tools

This story presents five of my favorite second tier tools. I call them “second tier tools” because they aren’t essential tools you need to set up a shop. However, they are high impact tools that are wonderfully useful and really make a difference in my woodworking endeavors. I think of them as the perfect shop…

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Grizzly Jointer/Planer Combo

Like peanut butter and jelly, a jointer and planer go together. If you really want to produce perfectly flat, straight, and square wood, you’ll need both. Having a hard time deciding which you should buy first? Go ahead, get ’em both in a combo machine. Grizzly’s Jointer/Planer Combination machine (#G0675), $1,195, does both planing and…

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Rockwell Jawhorse

Who doesn’t need an extra pair of hands in the shop? The new Jawhorse, $177.76, might be just the answer for you.The Jawhorse, like the name implies, is a sawhorse with a set of jaws. The jaws open to 37″. Add a Plywood Jaw, $49.99, and you can open the jaw to 48″ and grab…

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Steel City 6″ Jointer

Rock Solid 6″ Jointer. Here’s a tool you can take for granite, ’cause it is granite. The new 6″ Steel City Jointer(#40640), $1,200, has both a granite fence and a granite bed. Additionally, it comes with a spiral cutter head that sports four-sided carbide cutters. This type of cutter offers the benefit that if one…

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3 Tools You Didn’t Know You Needed

I like tools, especially good-looking tools. Often I buy a tool solely based on looks. I know that’s a really bad criteria, but what can I say? I’m a sucker for a pretty tool! Some of the “cool” tools I buy never see the light of day, others I find moderately useful, and a rare few surprise the heck out of me as either being extremely useful or really well suited for a specific task. The latter is the category of tools I will share with you in this column.

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FastCap ChopShop Saw Hood

Dust Collection for any Miter Saw. Miter saws broadcast sawdust like sprinklers broadcast water. And it’s nearly impossible to get effective dust collection on them, especially if the saw isn’t permanently mounted to a bench. It’s bad enough when you’re working in the shop, but when you’re using the saw someplace you want to keep…

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