Adjustable Rip Fence Extension

Model 221 14, $650

• 24-in. rip capacity to the right of the blade.

• Cast-iron side tables. 4-in. miter gauge fence extension.

• Adjustable rip fence extension.

New Tools, Supplies and

Miter Saw Side Extension

Sources

Bosch

(877) Bosch99, www.boschtools.com

Jigsaw, 1590EVSK, $ 170

Dust hose hookup, JA1005, $20.

Metabo

(800) 638-2264, www.metabousa.com Jigsaw, STEI OS Plus, $180.

New Tools, Supplies and

Cool New Jigsaws

Hey, the days of Grandpas noisy old hard-to-steer, blade-poppin' saber saw are over. New jigsaws from Bosch and Metabo are fine examples of today's what-a-pleasure-to-use jigsaws.

The Bosch 1590EVSK and Metabo STE105 Plus share great features, such as tool-free blade changes, variable speed and dust collection. Both machines have blade guides close to the foot, providing great blade support for accurate cuts. Electronic variable speed keeps both machines plowing through even thick stock at a constant speed. Both saws come with zero-clearance inserts that help reduce splintering on the blade's upstroke, no-mar bases to prevent scratching delicate surfaces and blowers to keep the line of cut clear.

The Bosch machine has a 6.4-amp motor, which Bosch says is the most powerful on the market. Setting the foot for angled cuts is tool-free. When the blade release is activated, the blade, or what's left of it, is spit out with gusto. This is handy when blades break off right at the end of the motor shaft. The blower can be turned on if you're not using dust collection or off when you're using a vacuum. The dust hose hookup is an accessory. This saw is available as a top handle; a barrel grip is expected to be ready in September.

The Metabo STE105 Plus saw has a 6-amp motor. An Allen wrench is required for changing the foot angle. Blade changes are tool-free, but you must pull the old blade out of the motor shaft. The dust hose hookup is included. The saw is available with a top handle or barrel grip.

Sources

Bosch

(877) Bosch99, www.boschtools.com

Jigsaw, 1590EVSK, $ 170

Dust hose hookup, JA1005, $20.

Metabo

(800) 638-2264, www.metabousa.com Jigsaw, STEI OS Plus, $180.

Dry Lubricant for Woodworking Machines

Forget the gym—I've been getting a workout from raising and lowering the blade on my tablesaw. Years of dust and the inherent friction between cast-iron parts made adjustments a real drag. ProGold's PG2000, $7 for 12 oz., rescued me and my saw, making adjustments silky smooth again.

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PG2000 loosens parts that are sticking together and leaves behind a coating that takes the drag out of making machine adjustments. Because it's a dry coating, it won't grab the dust the tool is spitting out. PG2000 is a petroleum-based product that contains no solids, so it can t build up. In other words, there's no such thing as using too much. Use it anyplace metal parts are in contact or where you're arm wrestling parts to make them work together. It works great on the outside of router motors, making it easier to slide the router in and out of the base—a bonus for any router, but especially one in a router table.

PG2000 comes in an aerosol can with a long nozzle so you can get into tight spots. A 12-oz. can holds a lot of spritzes, so one can will last a long time. It's not a tabletop lubricant but is designed just for internal parts.

Source

Woodcraft Supply

(800) 225-1 153, www.woodcraft.com ProGold PG2000, #816335, $7 for l2oz.

Miter Joint

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Create offset, mitre, "T", face, panel joints, virtually any configuration from 1" x 1" to 1" x 12" and 2" x 2" to 4" x 4"

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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