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  • Product Review: Dowel Wizard

    Looking for a way to easily incorporate dowel joinery in your woodworking projects? The Dowel Wizard may be an answer for you. It’s self-centering, and easy to align. Check out our review of this new product. Dowels are a time-tested means of joining parts. They’re easy to come by, and very strong. The down side?… Read more »

  • Powermatic Tenon Jig: Product Review

    The Powermatic TJ Tenoning Jig has a unique feature; you can use the cutting tool you cut the mortise with to set up the jig and dial in the resulting tenon. Seems like a great idea. Does it work? Let’s find out. The guide bar is designed for 3/8” x 3/4″ slots. The fit can… Read more »

  • Tool Review: DeWalt DWS780 12” Dual Bevel Compound Miter Saw

    If you’re considering adding a new miter saw to your shop, don’t make a move until you’ve read this great product review of the DeWalt DWS780. Does it make the cut? Read on to find out. I’ve owned several miter saws in my woodworking career. In fact, when I started out in carpentry, we were… Read more »

  • Dust Right® Universal Small Port Hose Kit: Product Review

    When I started working wood 35 years ago the power tools never came with dust ports. Those were the days of paper masks, clouds of dust and wading through shavings on the floor. Today, all sanding, shaping or cutting tools have built in dust ports. That’s a good thing. The bad thing is lack of… Read more »

  • Laguna

    Laguna Revo 18|36 Lathe: Product Review

    Laguna recently introduced a new lathe to its product line: the Revo 18|36. This tool features a 2HP motor, variable speed control, and lots of neat features for both bowl and spindle work. Paul Mayer has put this lathe through its paces with many hours spent on a variety of turning projects, and shares his… Read more »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »