November 2005

The Essential Awl

Designed for piercing wood and laying out marks, some awls are better than others. Learn which ones are best suited to your style of work. By Paul Sellers Pages: 44-48 From the November 2005 issue #151 Buy this issue now Many tools seen for the first time express their full function by their very...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Tool Test: JDS Dust Gate Switches Dust Collector

By Steve Shanesy Page: 34 From the November 2005 issue #151 Buy this issue now Even in a small shop, traipsing back and forth to the dust collector to turn it on and off can be a nuisance. Sometimes, laziness rules and the collector won’t get switched on at all – the “I only...

Tool Test: Traditional English Mortising Chisels from Ray Iles

By Christopher Schwarz Page 34 From the November 2005 issue #151 Buy this issue now Most modern mortising chisels these days are poorly ground, misshapen and uncomfortable to use. It’s no small wonder that we’ve invented many ways to get around using these difficult hand tools. So I was particularly pleased when I learned...