Category Archive for: ‘Tools & Equipment’

The Best Accessible Routing Tools

The Best Accessible Routing Tools

Needing reasonable accommodations can’t and shouldn’t stop you from the wide world of routing. Accessible shop features and tools are mostly easy to come by – and even those designed for typically abled people can almost always be adapted to work for you. Routing is for everyone, and accessible routing is within reach. Whether you’re working on setting up a …

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How to Choose the Right Power Saw

How to Choose the Right Power Saw

Just think how long projects must have taken in the days before the power saw! These days, there are more flavors of power saw than there are ice creams at the local Baskin Robbins. But how are you to know which one is best for your application? While we can’t go over every last variation of the power saw in …

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What is a Lumber Crayon?

What is a Lumber Crayon?

Woodworking projects of all types invariably lead to the same problem: sorting and tracking all the different kinds of lumber and scraps you have laying around. Sure, there are chalk markers and grease pencils, but both are messy to handle, can be hard to clean up should there be a spill or mismark and require frequent refilling or peeling. When …

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Do You Have an Inventory of Your Tools?

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There’s nothing that hinders productivity like swearing you had just the right bit you needed for a project, but tearing apart your entire workspace, you come up empty-handed. Keeping an inventory of your tools is important to keep your workshop running smoothly, but it’s also useful for making informed purchases to add to your collection and handy when filing for …

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Is It Time to Replace Your Collet Chuck?

Is It Time to Replace Your Collet Chuck?

The job of your collet chuck is to hold your bit in place, acting as a sleeve or collar to minimize vibrations and keep your bit steady as you work. Like other types of chucks, collets occasionally need to be replaced. There are a few tell-tale signs that it’s time to start looking for a new collet for your rig. …

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Table Mounted vs. Portable Routers

Table Mounted vs. Portable Routers

Woodworkers, contractors, carpenters and DIYers have all used a router at one time or another. Everyone has their preference, but regardless of how the router of your choice works, it should at least include specific features that make it easy to handle. Those features can range from ergonomic handles or horsepower to electronic feedback capabilities or speed controls. Every feature …

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Choosing a Dust Collector for Your Shop

Choosing a Dust Collector for Your Shop

Safety must be a top priority for any woodworking shop. Recent studies have linked sawdust and debris from workshop power tools as fire, tripping and health hazards. Dry, fine wood shavings can spread across a workshop floor and become incredibly slippery to walk on. If the shavings are airborne and a spark ignites, a fire can quickly spread throughout the …

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Buying and Selling Used Routers and Bits

Buying and Selling Used Routers and Bits

If you’re a woodworker, your router is an essential piece of equipment. For woodworkers just starting out, the idea of spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on one tool can be a daunting idea. For seasoned crafters, it might be time to upgrade, but you don’t know what to do with the old router. A solution for both? Selling the …

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Tips for Working with Jigs

Tips for Working with Jigs

Every woodworker wants his or her time in their shop to be efficient and productive. Some of the most important tools in the shop are the jigs used to help make your work cleaner and easier. Jigs are physical versions of workshop shortcuts, tips and workarounds that can actually make a job fast and fun, although they won’t necessarily give …

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Designing Your Own Tool Storage System

Considering Designing Your Own Tool Storage System?

A woodworking shop is always evolving. Sections and components are always being modified to work better. Naturally, the wood storage area should be adequate, but not so large that it overpowers the working and storage areas. Large stationary tools such as the table saw, power planer, jointer and others should be located near the wood. But shop layout isn’t all …

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