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Shapeoko XL CNC Kit

Desktop-sized digital technology priced for the home workshop. by Tim Celeski page 16 Generally, CNCs suited for woodworking have heavy construction for stable motion, precision tracking for accuracy and the power to carve through hard woods easily. They come in sizes from very small to huge and are priced from $3,000-$12,000...

SensGard Ear Chamber Hearing Protection

by Rob Porcaro page 18 Before reading why these SensGard hearing protectors are so good, consider if you share some of the problems I have had with other protectors. I do not like stuffing things into my ear canals, such as foam plugs that must be compressed with often dirty fingers,...

BearKat Wood’s Chair Scraper

by James McConnell page 18 There is no doubt in my mind that a chair scraper from BearKat Wood should be in every chairmaker’s tool chest. Card scrapers have long been the secret clean-up weapon of woodworkers, and it’s clear that this one was designed by someone with an intimate knowledge...

Veritas Combination Plane

by Megan Fitzpatrick page 14 A plow plane is a joinery powerhouse in the hand-tool shop. Not only can you plow grooves with it – you can, if necessary, use it for rabbets and tongues, though it’s a laborious tonguing process. Enter the combination plane – a plane that excels at grooves and...

Microjig Matchfit Dovetail Clamps

by Brendan Bernhardt Gaffney page 16 A lot of the work in any machine-oriented woodshop revolves around creating and improving jigs. While I’ve used hold-down and F-style clamps in most of my shop fixtures, the Microjig Matchfit Dovetail Clamps offer a new means of integrating adjustable clamping into a jig, securely and out of...

Robin Wood Axe for Carving (and More)

by Danielle Rose Byrd page 16 As a bowl carver, I am frequently asked about recommendations for beginner sets of tools. Though the Robin Wood Axe is always on that list, it’s not just a beginner’s axe. Weighing in at 1 pound, 9 ounces, it is a midweight carving axe, and considerably...

Oneida Dust-Free Router Hood

This respiration-protection attachment lives up to the claim of its name. by Megan Fitzpatrick page 14 While I appreciate the versatility and power of a handheld router, I often turn to other tools for its typical tasks, in large part because of the dust and noise a router creates. While it...

Corradi Rasps Leave a Surprisingly Fine Surface

by James McConnell page 46 Conventional wisdom says that hand-stitched rasps leave a cleaner, more refined surface than machine-made rasps, but the “Model Maker’s Rasps” and the “Gold Precision Rasps” from Corradi are anything but conventional. Corradi manufactures a dizzying array of rasps and files. I chose to test two that...

OmniSquare

OmniSquare Multi-function Layout Tool

This clever and inexpensive milled aluminum square functions as a try square, miter square, bevel square, T-square, combination square and (in a pinch) a compass (the compass function would work better were there a groove on the end of the blade in which to set a pencil, which the maker mentions,...