Best New Tools: 2008

By the Popular Woodworking Editorial Staff
Pages: 55-59

From the December 2008 Issue #173
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Before I started working at this magazine, I saw tools as things that came in boxes. But during the last 12 years, my view has changed. I now see tools as triumphs of marketing, engineering or both.

After you meet the people who make and sell your tools, you never look at the tools the same way again. I know the guy who designed my jack plane, and the man who came up with the idea for SawStop. Because we know these people, you might think that we cut them a lot of slack when selecting the winners of our Best New Tools award each year.

Nope. Today we wrapped up our selection process, and we spent most of that time ripping apart the candidates, exploring what we didn’t like about them. It’s a bit like telling your spouse that you don’t like the way she gets her hair cut. But we have to do this. Not only for you, but for the engineers and marketing people who conceive of these tools, figure out how to make them and successfully bring them to market.

From the December 2008 issue #173
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