Finger Saving Featherboards

Featherboards are great for keeping fingers away from cutters, especially when working with small parts. If you're looking for featherboards that are easy to set up and work great, check out the Grip-Tite system. It's been around for a while, but has some new enhancements and features that make it a true multi-purpose safety system. The GT 2000 40 has a magnet on the bottom and side-mounted polycarbonate fingers to hold the material against the fence. A polycarbonate finger in the handle...

Miter

Popular Craftsman Miter Saw

A miter saw is just the ticket for accurate cuts, whether you're building a house or assembling a picture frame. Miter saws are designed for making precise crosscuts at any angle from 0 to 45 degrees some saws have a 60-degree capacity . Miter saws are versatile and portable. They can be hauled to a jobsite to rough-cut boards for a deck one day and brought back to your shop to cut delicate moldings for a furniture project the next. There are three branches of the miter saw clan. The first is...

Router

Hand held or in a table, a router is a machine that's spinning with possibilities. It allows you to create beautifully shaped edges and a host of woodworking joints. Here's what you need to know to choose the router that's best for you. Routers can be separated into three categories based on the size of the motor mid-size, large and trim routers. Within the mid-size and large categories, you can further divide the machines between fixed- and plunge-base routers. These basic, general-purpose...

Our Recommendations

We tested scrollsaws that cost less than 500 in AW 87, June convenience features we liked. They're priced below 200 and 2001, page 66. We chose a couple of featured-filled saws will get the job done ifyou just want to test the scrollsawing that will keep all but the most hard-core scrollers happy, waters. There are also a number of entry-level saws that lack the This tool was our hands-down favorite. It has features that make it user-friendly for the amateur but is sophisticated enough to...

No Jointer Required

Plenty of large shops do edge gluing by simply ripping the boards and heading straight for the clamp table. How do they do it They use tablesaw blades like Freud's LM74M 69 . This is Freud's Glue Line Ripping Blade. It's a 10-in., 30-tooth blade with a triple-chip grind. According to Freud, the blade will produce extremely smooth and true surfaces for gluing. The thick kerf of the blade plate helps eliminate vibration and sideways movement, and eliminates any need for a stabilizer. M S 1 B 1 B...

Drum Sander

Micro Drum Thickness Sander

If you hate sanding, you'll love having a drum sander. Even a small machine can give you excellent results and save countless hours of sanding. All drum sanders use interchangeable rolls of sandpaper, available in a wide variety of grits. Open-end sanders are small machines with big capacity. They have one drum that's cantilevered over a table, so you can sand a panel that's up to twice the width of the drum itself. You simply sand one half at a time. Open-end sanders are well suited for a...

Lathe

Grizzly Model G1067z Heavy Duty Lathe

Presto-change-o A rough hunk of wood becomes a thing of beauty, right before your eyes. With a lathe, you can turn gigantic bowls or tiny tops, 7-it. bedposts or 5-in. pens. Knowing what you want to turn is the most important factor when you choose a lathe. Wood lathes are categorized by overall size and by their turning capacities. Micro lathes weigh less than 30 lb. Heavyweight stationary lathes can weigh more than 1,000 lb. Spindle capacity indicates the maximum...

Dust Collector

Cyclone Dust Collector Plan

Dust and chips are the bane of woodworking. They get tracked into your house, they're a pain to clean up, and they're unpleasant maybe even dangerous to breathe. But you can breathe easier with the right dust collector. The first thing you need to do is figure out how large a dust collector you need. A 1-hp collector is adequate for almost any tool, if you move it from one tool to another. For small central systems, like you'd have in a garage or basement, 1-1 2 to 2 hp is usually enough. You...

Inexpensive Magnifying Visor

The OptiSIGHT visor is great for close-in work, whether you're sawing dovetails, carving intricate details, or reading the 1 64-in. graduations on a ruler. Light as a feather, you can wear the OptiSIGHT right over your prescription or safety glasses. It's easy to see over the visor, so you don't have to move it out of the way to focus on something else. The OptiSIGHT comes with 3 acrylic, optical-grade prismatic lenses, 1-3 4X magnification at 14-in. focal length f. 1. , 2X mag. at 10-in. f. 1....

How to Buy a

If you work with solid wood, sooner or later you'll want a jointer. Jointers not only excel at flattening and straightening boards but they can also cut chamfers, tapers and even rabbets. Visit www.americanwoodworker.conn for a complete list of manufacturers, models and costs. Jointers are sized by the length of their knives, which equals the maximum width of board you can surface. Six in. and 8 in. are the most practical for the average home shop. You can find jointers as narrow as 4 in. and...

Cut Melamine Without Chipping

Nothing tests a blade like double-sided melamine. It's so prone to chipping it can make you pull your hair out. Freud's new laminate melamine saw blade, LU97M, 99 , promises to help alleviate premature baldness ' Freud lays claim to a chip-free edge, even on the bottom of the cut. The blade has 80 teeth and a triple-chip grind. Freud has also engineered a carbide blend that they claim will stand up to the abrasiveness of melamine much better than the average blade. Admittedly, splitters on...