Popular Woodworking Tool Tests

Here you’ll find tool tests and reviews from the editors and writers of Popular Woodworking Magazine. Culled from woodworking articles, videos , and blogs, we put both hand tools and power tools through their paces so you’ll know which ones pass muster and which ones are better left on the shelf. Whether you want to stay up to date on the latest invention introduced to the woodworking world or are searching for the finest hand-made handplane being produced today, you’ll find it here, from a source you can trust.

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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...

Leigh R9Plus Dovetail/Box-joint Jig

Leigh has introduced a new dovetail and box-joint making jig, the R9Plus, that has some cool new features, not the least of which is the ability to make precision joints on wide stock. The competitively priced jig uses a compact-sized template that can be shifted to extend its effective length. The template shifts then...

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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...

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Test-drive: Two New Saws from Bad Axe

Mark Harrell of Bad Axe Tool Works corralled two of his new saws for us to test; he calls them Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp, and optional quartersawn mesquite handles play to the Western theme. Why mesquite? Mark likes the hardness of the wood (2,345 on the Janka scale; cherry is 995), its stability...

Whittlin' Jack and his slimmer little brother

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...

What Angle Is That, Precisely?

I try to be helpful when readers have a question, but there is one question I’m often asked that I usually refuse to answer. The question relates to some project or drawing I’ve published, where I’ve used an angle other than 90 degrees. The reader wants to know why I omitted specifying the angle...

New Lee Valley Carcase Saws

Cutting joinery by hand isn’t a romantic journey to the charms of bygone days. For me, it’s a way to obtain better results in less time. I got tired of fiddling with table saw setups and making test cuts. I didn’t like dealing with cuts that were sometimes great and sometimes had a ragged...

New Saw From Glen-Drake Toolworks

The first stroke of the saw is the most critical when hand-cutting joinery. If you can start with a smooth stroke right on the line, you’re most of the way to success. Momentum will take over, and a good saw will track in the kerf left by the first stroke. Many woodworkers struggle with...

Ceros: A Closer Look

The new sander from Mirka, “CEROS,” is about to change the way many woodworkers sand. This innovative tool brings the look and feel of air-driven sanding to the electric-powered user. You have to give the Ceros a closer look. Here’s a short video that demonstrates the difference in noise levels , forget your compressor...