Woodworking Techniques and Advice

A look at the past, present and future of cordless tools

john_englishManufacturers are constantly introducing new tools, but most of the time it’s just design and packaging updates rather than technological breakthroughs. And while the evolution of design constantly improves the way tools feel and fit our hands and job sites, what we’re really after is performance. That begins with the power source. And batteries can be confusing.



Some simple rules will smooth things

Friday, 18 July 2008 13:09

Experienced shop managers know that productivity is harmed not by catastrophe, but often by common errors. For example, a worker who bears down on a sander is not only working himself too hard, he may very well be damaging the equipment. Fortunately, breakdowns and inferior results can be avoided — and profits can be increased — if everyone in the shop heeds the five rules for saving men and machines.



The versatility of veneer

john_englishWhether repairing antiques, building one-of-a-kind furniture or laminating curves on cabinets, most woodworkers eventually discover veneer. One’s first instinct is to think of it as simply a way to get the most out of rare cuts or species. But veneer serves many functions beyond thrift. It makes life easier when dealing with curves, gives a woodworker access to some very dramatic grains and colors and can be applied to a stable substrate to create wide panels or complex patterns.



Sanding head variations have their roles

howard-grivnaThere are four basic types of sanding heads and one major hybrid variation that can be applicable to any sanding head type that incorporates a polishing platen.



Saw upkeep should be high on your list

Wednesday, 27 August 2008 15:28

Consistent care and maintenance is necessary to ensure your tool's peak performance for many years to come



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