Author Archives: Nick Engler

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Pros and Cons of Routers for Joinery

Although routers were originally designed to create moulded shapes, they can be excellent joinery tools. In fact, they’re better in some ways than table saws, professional quality mortisers or dado cutters when it comes to cutting joints. There are several reasons routers have an advantage: • Simplicity: Setting up hand-held or table-mounted routers is...

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The Way Wood Works

Wood is a cantankerous substance; there's no two ways about it. Here are the basics to understanding how wood moves and how to deal with its peculiarities.

Microadjustable Support Stand

My grandfather used to call them “dead men” — T-shaped stands that he placed outboard of a tool or a workbench for additional support. They were the extra hands he needed to manage large workpieces — when I wasn’t around, that is.