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Ridgid Table Saw Review

Hybrid table saw innovation is less than a decade old. It marries the benefits of stationary cabinet saws like a cast iron top, full-depth T-Slots, great dust collection, and a high quality adjustable fence with the merits of the contractor saw including low amperage draw, reasonable price and portability. The hybrid has become a favorite…

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Little Wizard Metal Detector Review

I use a lot of salvaged lumber, and have devastated my planer and jointer knives, not to mention my saw blades, with embedded nails, screws, and even a bullet! Now that I have the Little Wizard II, I no longer have that problem. This compact metal detector is extremely sensitive, able to detect framing nails…

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Harbor Freight Dust Collector

I needed a new dust collector in a bad way. Shop vacuums are a great way to start collecting dust and chips out in the garage or basement, but a full sized dust collector offers much more suction as well as greater capacity for chips on tools like the planer and jointer. It is always…

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Product Review: Turgeon Spokeshaves

The spokeshave is an interesting tool; boatbuilders, luthiers and furniture makers have utilized this humble tool for centuries to chamfer, shape and smooth all manner of parts, from cabriole legs to guitar necks. Master bowyer Tom Turgeon needs a spokeshave to ’tiller’, or shape the longbows he makes. Finding all of the commercially available spokeshaves…

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Festool CXS Drill Product Review

Battery technology continues to revolutionize the woodworking industry. I am amazed at the incredible selection of tiny drills and drivers available to professionals and hobbyists alike. Sometimes called micro-drivers, these tools deliver performance that belies their diminutive size, and the new Festool CXS is no exception. OVERVIEW The CXS comes with many features found standard…

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I-Socket Vacuum Automator

  Tools We Love Until I bought this handy device, I’d hardly ever hook my vacuum up to my tools because it was too much bother. Then I’d find myself spending way too much time vacuuming up the mess later. The I-Socket solved my problem, and it’s effortless. It’s a cool plug-in device that automatically…

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