Tool Reviews


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...


Tool Test: BLOKKZ Universal Clamping Blocks

By Steve Shanesy Page: 16 From the February 2012 issue #195. Buy the issue now. I’ve made dozens of clamping cauls over the years to address the wide variety of oddball clamping conditions we run into in the shop. Some were simple and quick to make; others took more time. Some worked perfectly; others just got me through. VIDEO:...

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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


Tool Test: General’s Beefed-up Mortiser

A hefty machine doesn’t dance around a bench. By Glen D. Huey Pages: 18-20 If your woodworking involves a lot of mortise-and-tenon joinery, you need a dedicated mortise machine. The new 5⁄8" hollow chisel benchtop mortiser from General International (model #75-040 MI) is an excellent choice. VIDEO: Take a video tour of this machine at


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...