Tool Reviews

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Tool Review: An Ultra-compact Drill-driver from Festool

Sometime in the Summer of 2011, Festool will introduce a new ultra-compact drill. The company calls the drill CXS – Conquer. Xplore. Solve. The CXS is expected to become your everyday drill-driver. It’s lightweight and with the possible chuck changes, it is effectively three drills in one. In a new T-Loc systainer (read more...

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Our Readers: Sharp Eyes and Good Memories

A couple years ago (four and a half to be exact) I wrote in response to questions from several readers about my funky old knife and where to get one. The questions came because of an article in the August 2006 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine titled “Best $20 I Ever Spent.” In between...

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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...