Tool Test

Innovative Toggle Clamps from Bessey

Convenient workholding is essential for every woodworking project, whether it’s a stout leg vise or a small spring clamp. Sometimes old methods, like using a holdfast are best and other times innovative new clamps come along. I’m thinking of the “K” body clamp Bessey introduced more than a decade ago that was a vast...

Rasps

Tool Test: Liogier Hand-cut Rasps

First-class shaping tools from France. by Robert W. Lang Page 12 From the April 2012 issue, #196 In 2004, Popular Woodworking introduced hand-cut French rasps to American woodworkers. Those tools from Auriou were definitely a cut above what was previously available, and we happily added them to our tool kits. A few months ago,...

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Tool Test: Bessey Auto-adjust Toggle Clamps

by Steve Shanesy Page 12 From the April 2012 issue, #196 Toggle clamps are an indispensable workholding device for jigs, but they are a bit fussy to adjust to the desired height and clamp pressure. Leave it to Bessey to come up with clever innovations that give the traditional toggle clamp a big leap...

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Tool Test: Philadelphia Furniture Workshop Moxon Vise

by Megan Fitzpatrick Page 14 From the April 2012 issue, #196 While Moxon-style twin-screw vises seem to be breeding like rabbits these days (see our November 2011 issue, #193 and our December 2010 issue, #187), this version, developed by Alan Turner and Mario Rodriguez at Philadelphia Furniture Workshop (and available through Tools for Working...

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Tool Test: Kreg Shelf-pin Jig

by Steve Shanesy Page 14 From the April 2012 issue, #196 If your idea of a jig for drilling shelf-pin holes is a piece of pegboard, there’s an affordable alternative from Kreg Tool that allows you to step up your game. And even if you have moved beyond pegboard, this new jig will cut...

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Tool Test: Festool ZOBO Bits

By Steve Shanesy Page: 14 From the February 2012 issue #195 Buy the issue now. Until Colt came out with its aggressive Forstner bits a while back, this was a sleepy tool category. Now, Festool has introduced its own aggressive bits and taken the tool’s capability to another level. ZOBO bits have a unique feature – interchangeable centers in the...

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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:...

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Tool Test: Earlex Steam Generator for Bending Wood

By Steve Shanesy Page: 17 From the February 2012 issue #195 Buy the issue now. You probably know Earlex as the British company that a few years back introduced North American woodworkers to an inexpensive but capable HVLP sprayer. Now the company has introduced an inexpensive electric steam generator that makes it ever-so-easy to add steam-bending wood...