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Shop-made Vortex Dust Collector Woks On

From the August 2011 issue #191 Buy this issue now In April 2011, I blogged about a new dust collector from JET (read it here). I also wrote about the new collector design in the August 2011 (issue #191) “Tool Test” column (download a copy here). The company hung a cone-shaped device in the...

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Tool Review: Grex’s “Top-shelf” Brad Nailer

Here’s a dirty little secret about pinners and brad nailers. Norm Abram isn’t the only woodworker to use them. Many of the guys I know who build reproduction furniture – myself included – use these tools when attaching small trim pieces and mouldings. What I like about using these nailers is the fact that...

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Setting up the New Stanley Chisels

I finally found the time (it was between the couch cushions) to set up the new Stanley socket chisels. I’m working on the backs today, and here’s the news so far. Of the eight chisels, I’d rate two of them as “very good” – almost dead flat. Three are “good,” meaning they need another...

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Tool Test: Lap-Sharp Sharpening System – Quality at a Price

By Robert W. Lang Page: 84 From the December 2005 issue #152 Buy this issue now Getting the hang of sharpening is not an easy task for the amateur woodworker. The Lap-Sharp addresses this by offering a simple powered system that will take you from grinding to polishing. The machine is extremely well made,...

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Tool Test: Milwaukee’s V28 System – Nearly Corded

By David Thiel Page: 84 From the December 2005 issue #152 Buy this issue now Who needs 28 volts of power? Me – especially if it’s sized like an 18 volt and will let me use a cordless circular saw that feels like a corded saw! The Milwaukee V28, lithium-ion-powered system is revolutionary. Milwaukee...

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Tool Test: DeWalt’s New 5″ Random-orbit Sander

By David Thiel Page: 36 From the November 2005 issue #151 Buy this issue now Random-orbit sanders have made my woodworking career a much happier thing. And each year there are improvements to the basic concept that make them even better. The newest 5″ orbiter from DeWalt has beefed up the power some and...

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Tool Test: Dovetail Square Adds Accuracy to Marking Joints

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 36 From the November 2005 issue #151 Buy this issue now Hand-cut dovetails can be tricky at first, so anything you can do to eliminate marking errors will improve your joints. One of my favorite marking tools for dovetails is the Woodjoy Precision Dovetail Template. This simple and elegant layout...

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Tool Test: KIK Forstner Bits

By David Thiel Page: 35 From the November 2005 issue #151 Buy this issue now Woodworkers need a good set of Forstner bits. Designed to cut clean, flat-bottomed holes, they’re very handy to have in the shop. If you want a Forstner that goes a step further – look to KIK Forstners from TG...

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Tool Test: Amana Carbide Countersinks

By David Thiel Page: 35 From the November 2005 issue #151 Buy this issue now While using screws on a woodworking project may not be fine woodworking, it happens all the time. To improve the look of those screws, a good countersink and plug cutter help a lot. To make things even easier, I...