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  • Super General Saw Blade by Infinity Cutting Tools

    I’ve owned many different brands of “general purpose” saw blades over the years. All performed a variety of sawing tasks and all cost around $100. One aspect of general purpose blades that I really like is that I can leave one blade in my table saw for almost all of my cuts. This saves me…

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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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    Ask WWGOA: Bandsaw vs. Scroll Saw

    Question: “I have a 10″ band saw. I am considering selling it and getting a 14″ band saw. Would I be better off keeping the 10″ band saw and getting a scroll saw?” Submitted by: Daryl Bender WWGOA Editor Response: While band saws and scroll saws are slightly similar, they’re not the same. The big…

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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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  • Bosch Multi-X Battery Operated Multi-Tool

    A multi-tool is a pretty handy thing to have. Like the name implies, it’s capable of handling lots of different jobs. Cutting, sanding, scraping, these tools can do a lot of work for you. They’re already convenient, and Bosch has made them even more convenient by going cordless. Their new Multi-X Cutting Kit, $185, runs…

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  • George’s Top 5 Must-Have Stationary Woodworking Tools for Your Workshop

    I’m asked all the time, “What’s the first tool I should get?” My tongue-in-cheek answer is, “A credit card with a high limit.” But since people really do want advice on stationary tool purchases, I’ve developed “George’s Top 5 List.” It’s important to understand that this is my list of preferred tools and there will…

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