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Spiral Cutterheads for the Jointer: Worth the Upgrade Price?

Nope, that’s certainly not your grandpa’s jointer cutterhead. It’s called a spiral cutterhead. It is a newer design that uses the concept of insert tooling rather than traditional straight knives installed in the cutterhead. Small square carbide cutters are placed in close proximity to one another along a machined spiral pattern in a steel head.…

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Great Woodworking Project Book

Here’s a great new project book from Spike Carlsen. Although it leans toward simple projects, even an experienced woodworker will glean good info from the text and photos.The book contains a boat load of handy projects. They’re simple to build, and most use materials you can easily get from home centers. The drawings are well…

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Kid-Size Safety Glasses

If you’ve got kids working with you in the shop, you want them to be safe. And number one in safety is safety glasses. But safety glasses that aren’t comfortable won’t be worn, and safety glasses that don’t fit right aren’t really all that safe. To protect the little eyes in your shop check out…

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4 Must-Have Electronic Gadgets

The digital/electronic age has been with us for some time now. If it hasn’t found its way into your shop, you’re missing out. There are a variety of electronic gadgets you can use in the shop to make your work easier, and more accurate. Here are my fave four: Digital Fractional Calipers. Here’s an excellent…

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Sander Reviews: My 5 Favorite Sanders

I used to loath finish sanding because it was slow, super dusty, and just down right boring. These days I embrace the process, and rather enjoy the steps involved in creating a smooth surface, but I still find the work boring! The reason for this dramatic attitude change is due to technical advances in today’s…

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