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Woodworking Machine Tools

Woodworking Machines, large power tools that are typically stationary, are the backbone of every wood shop. Learn the features and functions of woodworking machines and how you can use them to complete your woodworking projects.

Table Saws - the Workhorses of the Wood Shop
Table saws are probably the most heavily-used of all woodworking machines. Learn how to find the best table saw for your workshop.

Band Saws - How Much Saw Do You Need?
The band saw is not only the woodworking tool of choice for cutting precise curves, but is versatile enough to handle a number of cuts that are typically the domain of radial arm or table saws. Learn the features to look for when choosing a band saw for your wood shop.

How to Use a Drill Press for Woodworking
A drill press is a woodworking machine that can be used for a number of tasks besides drilling. It can also be fitted with a mortising attachment for drilling square holes, be used as a spindle sander and more. Learn woodworking tips for getting the most out of your drill press.

Radial Arm Saws - Unparalleled Versatility
While the table saw is often considered to be the king of the woodshop, the radial-arm saw is probably more versatile. There are so many tasks that can be accomplished with a well-tuned radial-arm saw that you may wonder how you got along without one. Learn the advantages of a radial-arm saw and how you can use one on your woodworking projects.

Drill Press - Drill Precision Holes
A drill press is the woodworking tool of choice for drilling precise holes, but the drill press can be used for so much more. There are floor-standing and table-top drill presses, some that can be used to create square mortises, some that have laser pointers and on-board lighting and more. Learn the features that are the most useful when...

Surface Planers - Thin Your Stock Down to Size
When boards for a project are too thick, a surface planer can thin them down to size. Learn the functions and features to look for in a surface planer.

Jointers - The Easy Way to Square & Flat Surfaces
A jointer is a woodworking machine designed to create a flat surface on one edge of a board. However, the jointer also excels as making a perpendicular edge square to that flat side. Learn how to properly utilize this useful power tool for your woodworking projects.

How to Cut with a Band Saw
Most people correctly consider the band saw as the ideal tool for cutting curves in wood. However, to think that a band saw is only for cutting curves is to sell the tool short. From ripping thin veneers to resawing lumber, the band saw can handle a number of tasks other than just cutting curves. Learn a variety of cutting techniques when using...

How to Get the Most Out of Your Table Saw
If there is one tool around which the modern woodworking shop is centered, that tool is the table saw. The table saw is likely to be the biggest tool purchase a woodworker will make, and it is the one tool on which the woodworker should spend as much as they can afford. Here are a number of tips and tricks for getting the most out of your table...

Woodworking Band Saw Tips
The band saw is typically the tool of choice when the woodworker needs to make accurate curved cuts. Band saws come in a variety of sizes, and band saw blades are available in a few different widths, depending on whether you need straighter or more tightly-curved cuts. Getting accurate results from a band saw can require some practice, and the...

Radial-Arm Saw Tips
The radial-arm saw tends to get a bad rap from many woodworkers, likely because they require a good bit of space to operate. Since many woodworkers work out of a garage woodshop where space is at a premium, the radial-arm frequently falls into disfavor, being overlooked for other tools. However, there may not be a more versatile woodworking...

How to Change Band Saw Blades
The band saw is the most common choice of tools when woodworking plans call for curved cuts. The band saw is also a great choice for resaw cutting...

Miter Gauge - Accurate Square and Angled Cross-Cutting on Table Saws
A miter gauge is a useful accessory for the table saw, as it allows for a variety of square and angled crosscuts that would be nearly impossible to complete accurately without it's use. Learn how to get the most out of your table saw's cross-cutting abilities with proper use of your miter gauge.

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