Category Archive for: ‘Tools & Equipment’

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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5 Basic Clamps for Every Woodworking Shop

5 Basic Clamps for Every Woodworking Shop

There are enough clamp styles available to woodworkers that it’s tough to know which tools you absolutely need to have in your shop. Whether you’re a beginning woodworker who needs a full clamp setup or a veteran looking to re-evaluate a career’s worth of basic clamps, separating the necessary from the nice-to-have isn’t easy. Here are five basic clamp styles …

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Tips for Installing a Dust Collection System

Tips for Installing a Dust Collection System

There’s no way around it: wood dust is a health hazard. Multiple health agencies have classified wood dust as a carcinogen. As a woodworker, whether professionally or as a hobbyist, safety should be the top priority — even ahead of creating a quality product. This is where dust collection systems come in – the name is pretty straightforward for their …

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