Category Archive for: ‘Tools & Equipment’

Best Measuring Devices for Woodworking

Best Measuring Devices for Woodworking

Precision woodworking is an artform that requires a lot of math, and just like any other trade, you need the right tools to do the job well. Some of the most important tools when it comes to working with wood are those that help you measure accurately and efficiently. While you can often make do with just a tape measure …

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How to Fix Your Woodworking Tools

How to Fix Your Woodworking Tools

If you enjoy working with your hands and don’t mind the occasional splinter, woodworking is one of the best hobbies you can take up — at least, until your tools break. Instead of running out to buy new ones, why not repair them instead? Here are some tips and tricks to help you fix your woodworking tools. Look for the Obvious With …

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Best Resources for Learning CAD

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Computer-aided design (CAD) software is for more than just creating designs, you can use it to modify, analyze and improve existing ones as well. CAD can improve the designer’s productivity as it makes it easier to produce high-quality designs, communicate through documentation, and it allows designers to compile what they’ve created into one location which can make for easier accessibility. …

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6 Router Bits for Household Projects

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Routers are fantastic tools to have, they let you drill, cut and make joints into the wood. You can make smooth edges, carve in nice designs – they’re a tool that you can get a lot of mileage out of and of course, the bit is what makes all of that wood cutting goodness happen. Without the bit, you’re not …

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Lighting Your Shop: 4 Things to Consider

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When it comes to working in your shop, having good lighting is essential. Not only does good lighting help you better see your work area, but it can also prevent accidents that can occur with poor lighting. If you’ve never picked out lighting, though, how are you supposed to know what the best lights are to meet your shop’s needs? …

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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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