The last newsletter of 2009 had a piece on the “Best New Tools” for the year. The list was of the runners-up , seven tools in all , not the actual winning tools of the year. That list is included in our December 2009 issue (#180) and yes, we hope you order a copy of the magazine (this is a business, you know).
But there’s lots of other great information, projects and reviews included in the issue (seamless curved panel glue-ups, a large Shaker-inspired bookcase, making and using shooting boards and more), so we’ve decided to post the “Best New Tools 2009” for everyone to read, free.
In the list, you’ll find more than the top 10 tools. We go the distance to name 12 items that are standout tools, for which many of you will have room in your shops. Get a closer look at a slick new wagon vise that works as good as it it looks; a mallet that’s so eye-catching you’ll be tempted to set it on a shelf to simply look at (but it’s too great a tool not to use every day!); and a block plane with such sleek, race-car-like lines that it could make the field at a Formula One race.
The list has you covered for all types of saws, too. Read about a new table saw, band saw and miter saw for you power-tool users. And if great-looking hand-tools tend to elevate your blood pressure, get more information on a couple dovetail saws that might necessitate an increase in medication. And not to be breezed over are a joint maker for mitered sticking, an impact driver that allows you to select the settings and a sticky tape with a higher purpose.
Click here to read the article. And by the way , if you have used these tools, let us know what you think. They made our list, but will they find their way into your shop?