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    Stanley Sweetheart Chisels

    Woodworkers who know hand tools know the name Sweetheart when it comes to chisels. Stanley has introduced, or re-introduced, the Sweetheart line. The new chisels are based on the 750 design, and made from high carbon steel. According to Stanley the chisels will sharpen easily and hold an edge for a very long time. The…

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  • Reviewing the Bosch MR23EVS Benchtop Router

    Bosch MR23EVS Router

    The new MR23EVS routers from Bosch have some great features. Which one do I like best? The trigger on the handle. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? Here’s the deal. Multi-base routers offer a lot of versatility by providing one motor that fits into both a plunge and a fixed base. The problem with swapping the motor…

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    General Benchtop Planer with Helical Cutter Head

    Helical cutter heads have hit a lot of machines, and are a great improvement, but are relatively new to bench top planers. General’s newest addition to this field is their 13″ planer. It comes with a 2 HP (15 amp) motor and a helical cutter head that includes 26 reversible high speed steel inserts. It…

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  • Reviewing the Ridgid EB4424 Oscillating Edge Belt and Spindle Sander

    Ridgid EB4424 Oscillating Edge Belt and Spindle Sander

    Tool reviews are often written based upon an experience with a brand new tool just pulled out of the box. In this case, however, I am writing about a tool that has been put through some extreme paces for about a year, as my father and I use it extensively in his woodworking business. You…

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  • Using BESSEY Spring Clamps

    4 BESSEY Spring Clamps You Shouldn’t Be Without

    I made a picnic basket recently, and while doing so, I exposed a serious weakness in my arsenal of spring clamps. My “regular old” spring clamps that had served me well for all these years weren’t up to the task of basket making. They applied too much pressure, and dented the soft wood I used…

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    Bosch Power Box PB360S Jobsite Radio

    No matter what your favorite type of music is, music and workin’ just plain go together. The jobsite radio may be the biggest improvement since transistors. Big sound, able to play lots of different types of media, and relatively dust and weather proof. Have a look at Bosch’s newest addition to this category.

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  • Reviewing the Lie-Nielsen Bronze No. 4 Bench Plane

    Lie-Nielsen Bronze No. 4 Bench Plane

    OK, let’s start with full disclosure; I enjoy hand planing more than almost any other activity in the shop, and I have lusted over Lie-Nielsen hand planes for over a decade, but I haven’t purchased one until now. Why? Two reasons. First, they cost more than most hand planes on the market, and I am…

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  • Reviewing the Dust Deputy Vacuum System

    Dust Deputy from Oneida

    If you ask most woodworkers to cite their least favorite aspect of woodworking, most would say “sanding”. When I asked that question of my father a while back, he said “I don’t mind sanding, but what bothers me is having to stop sanding about every 10 minutes to clear the filter on my shop vacuum”.…

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  • Using the Rockler Jig-It Shelving Jig

    Jig-It Shelving Jig from Rockler

    Regardless of what type of woodworking you do, it is likely that you periodically end up building items that include shelves, whether it is kitchen cabinets, a bookcase, armoire, display case, or other furniture. Occasionally I choose to permanently fix each shelf into a location using dados or biscuits, but more commonly I find that…

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  • The New and Improved D4R Pro Jig from Leigh Jigs

    Leigh Improves the D4R Pro Jig

    The Leigh D4R and D4R Pro dovetail jigs have received a lot of press as great dovetail jigs. Justifiably so. One complaint users have had is that, until now, half-blind dovetails were cut one board at a time, where other jigs allow the tail and socket boards to be cut at the same time.The new…

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