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.

Tool Review: Kreg's New Quick-change System

If case you haven’t been watching the calendar, we’re little more than a week away from Christmas. And if you’re working on projects that are the center of your holiday gift giving, you’ll need to step it up a bit. This might just be the time to switch from watching glue dry to something...

Tool Test: Sand Finish with a Zip

A couple weeks back we were up to our armpits in finishing work. Two projects were in the finishing area awaiting completion for photo shoots this past Wednesday. (I’m happy to report that both projects made the deadline and everything went as planned.) It just so happened that I had a couple Zip sanding...

SawStop Contractor Saw: Assembly

If there’s a tool out in the woodworking arena that garners more attention these days than SawStop, someone please bring it to my attention. I see scads of responses on most forums about these saws and when I’m out talking with fellow woodworkers, I inevitably get asked about SawStop saws. Recently, SawStop introduced a...

Tool Review: New Digital Miter Gauge

In 2005, Colorado Springs, Colo., inventor Mario Salazar, along with his business partner (and wife) Tia, applied for and received a patent for a digital miter gauge. Salazar felt the world of woodworking needed to arrive in the 21st century, so he added digital technology to a miter gauge. At the 2006 International Woodworking...

Tool Test: Final Cut Saw Blades

Combination tools are invading the woodworking area. Last year at AWFS, Jet Tools and Grizzly Industrial introduced jointer/planer machines. At the most recent IWF in Atlanta, Grizzly unleashed a machine that will plane a board and sand the piece as it passes through the machine , a helical-head planer and widebelt sander all in...

What's Next from Craftsman – Compact Cordless Jigsaw

The trend in cordless tools is small. We’ve seen compact drills and drivers from Bosch and Milwaukee, and we’ve been impressed. This new generation of tools puts the power and performance of a traditional 12v cordless drill in an easy-to-use, lightweight and compact package. Last week, representative from Craftsman dropped by our shop to...

Tool Test: Beadlock Pro

It’s a well-known fact that a mortise-and-tenon joint is the strongest woodworking joint (if it’s made correctly). On the web, there have been lengthy discussions about loose-tenon construction , creating mortises in the two mating pieces then installing a single loose tenon that fills both mortises. With an improvement to the Beadlock system, a...