Selecting the Right Saw Blade

It pays to be selective when you shop for saw blades – making smooth, safe cuts with your table saw, radial arm saw, chop saw, or sliding compound miter saw depends on having the right blade for the tool and for the type of cut you want to make. There is no...

Introduction to Clamps and Clamping

CLAMP · Pronunciation: \’klamp\ 1: a device designed to bind or constrict or to press two or more parts together so as to hold them firmly. Any of various instruments or appliances having parts brought together for holding or compressing something.   2: to...

The Plate (Biscuit) Joiner – a tool for everyone

The plate (or biscuit) joiner is one those tools that gives a really big bang for the buck. In the hands of a seasoned professional or novice, it provides rock solid joints. For beginners, it is a tool that provides an immediate improvement in woodworking skills....

Make unbreakable joints with a tapered mortise!

Avoid the possibility of joint failure in your chairs, stools, or log furniture with this clever expanding cutter and wedge-ring system. Click on image to enlarge Click on image to enlarge The high-speed steel Tenon-Lok™ cutter features spring-action blades that flare...

Woodcarving: Selecting Wood

The ideal carver’s wood might be as soft as white pine, with mahogany’s straight grain, totally without knots or difficult grain, and able to hold detail as well as persimmon. But the next carver in line may well prefer working with very hard woods that...

Scroll Saw: Set-up & Use

Similar to the portable sabre saw or jig saw, a scroll saw uses an up-and-down reciprocating action. With its thin blades and ability to cut in fine detail it is really really a motorized coping saw. Scroll saws very in quality, features and price but they all have...

Choosing the Right Wood Lathe

Woodturning is an art of the highest order dating back to 6th century B.C. You become a sort of creator, turning a dull chunk of wood into a magnificent masterpiece, which is why choosing the right wood lathe is of the utmost importance. Inspired by the intriguing...

Tool Sharpening 101: Stones

Different types of sharpening stones exist for a reason – there is not one type or style of stone that is best for every sharpening task. Choosing the one that best one is a matter of matching the best combination of advantages for your particular sharpening needs....

Introduction to the Router Table

For as little as it takes to get set up, and the short time it takes to aquire skill at using a router table, it’s easy to see why this venerable workhorse is often one of the first and most important tool purchases that a woodworker ever makes. Below,...

Woodworking Shop Tool Maintenance Made Easy

If you’re like most woodworkers, you’ve invested a lot in your tool collection, both financially and in the time you’ve spent choosing, acquiring and setting up the tools that make up your shop. But how much time have you devoted to taking good care...
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