Category Archive for: ‘Tools and Equipment’

Converting your Garage into a Workshop

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Converting your garage into a workshop can seem like a dream come true. It’s easy enough to work in your garage, but to truly turn it into a dedicated space for your woodworking requires a little bit of thought and effort. Take the following questions into consideration when embarking on a project to convert your garage space from the storage …

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Avoiding Table Saw Injuries

Avoiding Table Saw Injuries

You’ve got the itch. You want to create something, something big. Is it time to add onto the porch? Expand the deck? Or maybe the back steps need a facelift. Whatever you plan, you’re about to bust out the woodworking tools, including your trusty workhorse, the table saw. But before you hit that power button and start guiding wood through …

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7 Whittling Tools Worth Considering

7 Whittling Tools Worth Considering

Long-time whittlers and carvers are always on the lookout for new, innovative knives and tools. Experienced whittlers know there’s no such thing as a “best” knife, but this craft is all about the tools.  The market is flooded with kits, but it’s best to avoid these simply because even the highest quality sets will often include one or two tools …

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The Best Nail Cutting Tools for Woodworkers

The Best Nail Cutting Tools for Woodworkers

A day is going to come where you’re going to have to cut nails. We’re not talking about fingernails, but rather the ones used to hold your work together. If you work with salvaged wood, you might also have to cut stubborn nails from your materials before using them in a project. Some nail cutting tools are better for certain …

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Respirator Care and Feeding

Respirator Care and Feeding

Your respirator is one or the more important pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) in your woodworking shop. Respirators filter out tiny particulates and fumes, keeping your lungs safe during dangerous jobs. While the damage caused by not using a respirator or not keeping it in good, working condition, might not be readily apparent, it could easily show up weeks, …

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Portable Workbenches Make Any Place a Woodworking Space

Portable Workbenches Make Any Place a Woodworking Space

There is no doubt that one of the most important woodworking tools is a workbench. It gives every woodworker the essential ability to secure a piece of wood to something solid, especially if you prefer working with hand tools. You have two choices: buy a pre-made bench or make your own. Whether you’re a master woodworker or a weekend warrior, …

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Safety Tips for Working with Table Saws

Safety Tips for Working with Table Saws

More than 60,000 table saw injuries occur every year. About half of those are from hobbyist woodworkers and half are on-the-job injuries. While not every accident may not be avoidable, observing good safety practices when working with a table saw can save a lot of pain, lost hours and possibly limbs. Make a Habit of the Obvious The basics of …

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Does Your Shop Need a Kiln?

Does Your Shop Need a Kiln?

Allowing lumber to sit outdoors or inside to reach the desired moisture content before working with it may be the easiest, least expensive way to season wood, but it’s also the slowest. And drying times can differ significantly depending on wood types, the primary moisture level in the green wood, its thickness and density, drying environments and processing methods. On …

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Features of an Awesome Shop Router

Features of an Awesome Shop Router

A badly-chosen shop router can leave you with a hollow feeling inside – and lead to frustrations about time, effort and even the quality of your work. Choosing the best router for your shop doesn’t have to be a nightmare, though. There is a wide selection of models at different price points with different features available on the market. Plunging …

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4 Tips for Choosing Woodworking Hand Tools

4 Tips for Choosing Woodworking Hand Tools

Being a woodworker, whether as a professional or a weekend hobbyist, makes you an important part of a rich, long-lasting tradition of art and culture. Since the dawn of time, wood has been used to create shelter, boats, farming implements, household items and art. As civilizations around the world advanced, existing tools were improved and new tools were invented to …

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