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Its a well-known fact that a woodworker is only as good as his tools. Learn the features and functions of both power and manually-operated woodworking tools, and how to properly use and care for them.
  1. Blades & Bits (19)
  2. Handheld Power Tools (15)
  3. Pneumatic Tools (5)
  4. Woodworking Jigs (7)
  5. Woodworking Machines (13)

Compound Miter Saws - Precise Angled Cuts Made Easy
A compound miter saw can make precision angled crosscuts remarkably easy. There are some features that you should look for when purchasing a single-bevel or double-bevel compound miter saw. Learn some thoughts on buying a compound miter saw in this woodworking tip.

Choosing a Power Drill
With the advent of more powerful cordless drills, one might be tempted to avoid using an electric power drill. However, there definitely are reasons to add one to your shop. Learn the features you should look for when selecting a power drill to add to your collection of woodworking tools.

Cutting Mortises with a Hollow-Chisel Mortiser
A mortise can easily be cut using a power drill and a sharp chisel. However, when you have a lot of mortises to cut, a dedicated mortiser is a real time saver. A mortiser is basically a modified drill press that uses a hollow, four-sided chisel with a drill bit in the middle designed to cut square holes. Learn the features to look for when...

Choosing a Portable Wood Shop Vacuum
Many advanced wood shops have extravagant central dust collection systems that keep sawdust and debris to a minimum around woodworking tools. What should you do if you don't have the room or the budget for a dust collection system? Consider a portable wood shop vacuum that you can move from tool to tool and use as needed. Learn the features you...

Using Pipe Clamps for Woodworking
Are pipe clamp kits suitable for fine woodworking projects? Can a pipe clamp replace a more expensive bar clamp? Here are the answers.

Spring Clamps for Woodworking
A woodworker can never have enough clamps. It doesn't matter whether they're bar clamps, pipe clamps, quick clamps or spring clamps, at one point or another, you'll likely wish you had more clamps. Even though it's one of the cheapest clamps to purchase, the basic spring clamp is invaluable in the wood shop. Learn a number of uses for spring...

Bench Grinders as Woodworking Tools
Few woodworkers may think of a bench grinder as a woodworking tool, but in actuality, a bench grinder should be in every wood shop, not because you'll want to use it to help with the woodworking, but to keep all of your woodworking tools sharpened and functioning properly. Learn the features you should look for when choosing a quality bench...

Chisels - Essential Woodworking Tools
There are hundreds of different types and sizes of chisels, so there is a proper chisel for the every task. Learn the different types of chisels, and how they can help you with your woodworking projects.

Japanese Backsaws
The Japanese back saw, also referred to as a dozuki, is a very thin-bladed saw that cuts on the back stroke. This type of saw is quite useful for cutting dovetails by hand or trimming items flush with the face of a piece of stock. Learn how and when to use a Japanese back saw on your woodworking projects.

How to Use a Block Plane
The block plane is among the most versatile hand woodworking tools, because it can be used to shape and clean up so many parts of woodworking projects. Whether you are using your block plane to shape, flatten, smooth, or even add a chamfer to an edge, you'll find that keeping a sharp block plane at the ready is a must in the woodshop. Learn...

Using Double-Sided Tape in Woodworking
Double-sided tape of various types, from carpet tape to specially-designed double-face tape, is invaluable for some woodworking tasks. There are literally hundreds of uses for double-sided tape, from aligning drawer fronts to mounting hinges to installing moldings. Learn tips for using double-sided tape in your woodworking projects.

Miter Saw Tips
A miter saw is ideal for making clean crosscuts on wood stock. There are two basic types of miter saws: the miter saw, and the compound miter saw, which can be beveled while the saw is turned to cut a miter at the same time. There are variations of both, such as a sliding miter saw, where the saw motor and blade can be pulled forward a short...

How Much Pressure to Use When Gluing Wood Together
A common question about clamping a glue-up is how much pressure should be applied to the joint? The idea is to apply just enough pressure to hold the boards together securely without squeezing all of the glue out of the joint. How does one know when enough pressure is enough? Learn some ideas on how much pressure to apply to a glue-up in this...

How to Use a Straight Edge for Woodworking
A straight edge is essential for marking accurate lines on a woodworking project, but a good straight edge can be used for more. Learn how to get the most out of your straight edge.

Choosing a Cordless Drill
As they have become stronger and more reliable, cordless drills have become much more popular as woodworking tools. With improved battery life and torque, cordless drills are a viable option for nearly all hand held drilling tasks on any woodworking project. Learn the features you should consider when looking to buy a cordless drill for your wood shop.

Jigsaws - What Features do you Really Need?
When you need to make curved cuts, few tools are as versatile as the jigsaw. With the proper blades, jigsaws can also be employed to cut metal, plastics and other materials. Learn the features you should look for when buying one of these useful woodworking tools.

Choose the Right Circular Saw
Carpenters and building contractors have used circular saws for years because of their speed and portability. This same versatile tool has numerous uses in the workshop. Learn the features that you should look for when choosing one of these useful handheld power woodworking tools.

How to Use a Belt Sander
A belt sander is ideal for removing substantial amounts of material quickly. Belt sanders are larger than palm sanders or random orbital sanders, and require a bit of muscle to use properly. The belts are typically much more coarsely grained than finish sanders, and can grab and pull very easily. Additionally, they can rip through skin easily,...

Sheet Sanders for Woodworking Projects
When preparing a woodworking project for finishing, you have a few choices in power sanders. You can choose a random orbital sander, belt sander or a sheet sander. In this article, we discuss the advantages of a sheet sander, including when you should use to complete your woodworking plans.

How to Use an Oscillating Spindle Sander
An oscillating spindle sander is a type of drum sander where the drum rises and lowers as the drum spins. This oscillating motion exposes the entire drum to the wood being sanded, allowing for nearly the entire surface of the drum to be exposed evenly to the wood. This helps reduce grooves in the wood caused by the sandpaper, and allows the...

Random Orbital Sanders
Technological advances have made Random Orbital Sanders almost a necessity in the wood shop. The random action of the sander makes most sanding a relatively quick chore, without creating scratches from the sanding action.

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