Endurance Test

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Endurance Test: Excalibur Sliding Table

By David Thiel Page: 30 From the April 2004 issue #140 Buy this issue now Alittle more than seven years ago we added an Excalibur sliding table to the cabinet saw in the Popular Woodworking shop. Because we deal with both solid wood and oversized sheet goods, we knew a sliding table would prove...

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Endurance Test: Tite-Mark Gauge

Yes, it’s expensive. But it’s also possibly the finest cutting gauge ever made for woodworking. By Christopher Schwarz Page: 87 From the December 2005 issue #152 Buy this issue now The Tite-Mark cutting gauge showed up on my desk in 2001 wrapped in plastic and shrouded in questions about its true value as a...

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Endurance Test: Jet 14″ Band Saw

You can buy this machine with a variety of features, but what’s critical is that Jet got the basics just right. By Christopher Schwarz Page: 38 From the November 2005 issue #151 Buy this issue now When I purchased a Jet 14″ band saw four years ago it was an amazing deal. The saw...

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Endurance Test: Lie-Nielsen No. 4-1/2 Smoothing Plane

Heavy, precisely made and surprisingly easy to wield. By Christopher Schwarz Page: 29 From the August 2005 issue #149 Buy this issue now Woodworkers tend to get obsessed with their smoothing planes. No other plane requires as much tuning and no other plane rewards its user with the same gossamer shavings. I have 10...

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Endurance Test: Bench Dog ProLift AL

The manufacturer has improved some things we wanted changed on what is still a shop favorite. By David Thiel Page: 26 From the April 2005 issue #147 Buy this issue now More than two years ago we reviewed the Bench Dog ProLift AL and compared it to a Department of Defense project: built like...

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Endurance Test: DeWalt Two-base Router Kit

After a couple years in the shop, it’s still the router we’d choose. By David Thiel Page: 30 From the December 2006 issue #159 Buy this issue now When routers with a single motor that fit into either a plunge or fixed base first hit the tool market, they made significant waves. Suddenly, it...

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Endurance Test: Grizzly G7944 Drill Press

No unnecessary frills. Just a solid machine at a super price. By Christopher Schwarz Page: 26 From the October 2006 issue #157 Buy this issue now My first encounter with the Grizzly G7944 drill press began with a fit of cursing but ended with a big smile on my face. You see, I had...

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Endurance Test: Blue Spruce Marking Knife

Handmade and perfect in every detail. By Christopher Schwarz Page: 29 From the April 2006 issue #154 Buy this issue now When people ask for my recommendation on almost any kind of tool, I attempt to give them several choices: I’ll recommend Tool A if you’re this kind of woodworker; Tool B if you’re...

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Endurance Test: Powermatic Model 66

After 10 years this solid, reliable machine continues to be a shop mainstay. By David Thiel Page 86 From the  February 2006 issue #153 Buy this issue now It’s surprising we haven’t written an Endurance Test about the Powermatic Model 66 table saw before now. When we set up the Popular Woodworking shop more...