Tool Reviews

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Favorite New Tools of 2011

So, with hours to go before the year ends (at least in my time zone), I’ve one more post for 2011: some of Popular Woodworking Magazine‘s favorite new tools for 2011. Caveat: Because most of us have been out of the office over the holidays, the following were chosen by me, Steve Shanesy, Christopher...

New Festool ZOBO Forstner-style Drill Bits

Festool has recently added a set of aggressive-cutting Forstner-style drill bits that have a new twist – a twist drill to be specific. Yes, these bits feature three interchangeable centers for various applications. You get the normal, shorter point, a longer point to assist in starting angled holes  and a twist-drill bit center. You’ll...

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New (to the USA) Source for Hand-cut Rasps

In a recent post, I talked about using rasps and in a response to one of the comments, I mentioned that I was watching my mailbox for the arrival of a package from France. Yesterday the box arrived, containing two hand stitched rasps from Liogier. Until about a month ago, I wasn’t aware that...

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Itty Bitty Router Plane & New Gent’s Saws from Veritas

The first thing I did this morning was polish the blade on the Veritas Miniature Router Plane and try it out on a hinge mortise (the pre-dawn use explains the mood lighting in the pictures). As advertised, the wee router plane works like its larger sibling. In practical use, it’s best-suited for the smallest...

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Senco 15-gauge Cordless Nailer

Before Senco sent us the 18-gauge cordless brad nailer that I tested for the November 2011 issue, they sent us a 15-gauge cordless finish nailer, the FN65DA. The 15-gauge angled nailer is really too big for typical use by a furniture maker, but we wanted to test it out to see if it was...

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Tool Test: New Mortiser from General International

I always say that the most-used machine in my shop is a table saw. Second to that is a floor model mortiser – I learned back in 2000 how important this machine was to a guy building period furniture. (I wore out two benchtop units before I ponied up the cash for the big...

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A Handplane from Orlando?

Nope! Disney hasn’t entered the world of toolmaking. This isn’t about an amusement ride, either. The Mouseplane is a new woodworking tool introduce by Power Adhesives, a United Kingdom-based company that markets under the TEC and TECBOND brand names. The Mouseplane is used to slice surplus dried glue from panel assemblies after glue-up and...

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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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JET’s Vortex Dust Collector

When it comes to … well most anything, I’m a huge skeptic. I’m not a conspiracy theorist mind you, but I seldom believe what I hear or read. I have to be convinced. Tool manufacturers, given my position here at the magazine, are high on my watch list so when JET introduced the new...