Tool Reviews

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Tool Test: Festool CXS Drill-driver

A mighty small and mighty compact drill. By Glen D. Huey Pages:16-18 According to Apple’s Steven Jobs, “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” If you ask me, he could have been talking about Festool, which is, in my opinion, the most innovative tool company out there. BLOG: Read about new tools from Festool. VIDEO: See a...

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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...

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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...