Tool Test

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Tool Test: JDS Dust Gate Switches Dust Collector

By Steve Shanesy Page: 34 From the November 2005 issue #151 Buy this issue now Even in a small shop, traipsing back and forth to the dust collector to turn it on and off can be a nuisance. Sometimes, laziness rules and the collector won’t get switched on at all – the “I only...

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Tool Test: Traditional English Mortising Chisels from Ray Iles

By Christopher Schwarz Page 34 From the November 2005 issue #151 Buy this issue now Most modern mortising chisels these days are poorly ground, misshapen and uncomfortable to use. It’s no small wonder that we’ve invented many ways to get around using these difficult hand tools. So I was particularly pleased when I learned...

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Tool Test: JessEm Miter Gauge – Worth the Money

By Robert W. Lang Page: 34 From the October 2005 issue #150 Buy this issue now A high price tag brings high expectations and the JessEm Mite-R-Excel lives up to its price. Thoughtfully  engineered and nicely made, the gauge uses a pair of brass pins to lock in angle adjustments in 1/2° increments. I...

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Tool Test: Veritas Scrub Plane Can Blaze Through a Board

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 33 From the October 2005 issue #150 Buy this issue now Though I own a powered jointer and planer, I always keep a scrub plane close by. It’s good for dressing boards that are too wide for my powered equipment, or for adding a scalloped texture to the surfaces of...

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Tool Test: Lee Valley Mk.II Honing Guide is Near Perfect

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 32 From the October 2005 issue #150 Buy this issue now Allow me to skip to the bottom line here and say that the Veritas Mk.II Honing Guide is the most thoughtful, accurate and well-made honing guide for sharpening chisels and straight plane irons I’ve ever used. If you like...

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Tool Test: Jet Parallel Jaw Clamps

By David Thiel Page: 32 From the October 2005 issue #150 Buy this issue now When Jet announced its new line of parallel jaw clamps, I asked if they would be less expensive. Company officials said, “No, but they’ll be better.” I was skeptical, but the company proved good to its word. The clamps...

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Tool Test: Bosch Trimmer Not Just for Laminate

By David Thiel Page: 28 From the August 2005 issue #149 Buy this issue now Bosch has upgraded and redefined its line of trim routers to make them more durable and convenient for woodworking operations – though the tool was originally designed for the laminate-installation industry. From the August 2005 issue #149 Buy this...

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Tool Test: Shop Fox Overarm Router

By David Thiel Page: 28 From the August 2005 issue #149 Buy this issue now I’m a tool junkie, but I’ll be the first to admit this overarm router doesn’t belong in everyone’s shop. But … if you’re doing any kind of repetitive pattern work, sign-making or just want to pretend you have a...