Hot New Tools: Carter Products Axe Carbide Turning Tools

Keith Lackner - 05-19-2017

I’m a big fan of carbide-tipped lathe tools because they stay sharp so much longer than high-speed steel tools, especially when shaping my cast-resin turnings. So I was happy to give Carter’s new Axe turning tools a test spin. Initially, they seemed very similar to the competition in that the re...

Hot New Tools: Panel-perfect dadoes and grooves

Joe Hurst-Wajszczuk - 05-19-2017

t’s annoying enough that most hardwood plywood doesn’t live up to its nominal thickness, but it’s downright disturbing to discover that panel thickness can vary from one sheet to the next as much as 1/16". This little detail becomes a big problem when you want snug-fitting dadoes, grooves, and...

Tips & Tricks: Perfect router-cut dadoes

Ryan Reese, New York, New York - 05-18-2017

Hardwood plywood usually doesn’t match its nominal thickness; it’s typically undersized between 1/64" and 1/32". Therefore, when routing dadoes, a single pass with a single bit is unlikely to yield a perfect fit. (Even “undersized” panel bits sold for the purpose may not exactly suit the thi...

Tips & Tricks: Dovetailing platform

Tim Snyder, editor - 05-18-2017

When making hand-cut dovetail joints, it’s common to use a completed tail board as a template to lay out the pins. However, I’ve found it difficult to keep the tail board and pin board accurately and securely aligned for the process, especially while bending uncomfortably low over my workbench. ...

Tips & Tricks: Featherboard riser

Dan Martin, Galena, Ohio - 05-18-2017

A featherboard is great for controlling feed at the table saw, bandsaw, or router table, preventing kickback and keeping a workpiece firmly pressed against a fence for both safety and accuracy of cut. But there are times when a featherboard is best raised up off the table. For example, when rabbetin...

Mortising Jig: Rout end and edge slots quickly and easily

Ken Burton - 05-18-2017

Loose tenon joinery, like that used in the Easy Chair on page 50, is a great alternative to traditional mortise-and-tenon joinery. The latter requires cutting an integral tenon in one of the parts to fit in a mating mortise cut in the other part. But with loose tenon joinery, the tenon is a separate...

Introducing Harvey Machinery

Woodcraft Magazine Team - 03-30-2017

Your trusted manufacturer of innovative, high-quality woodworking equipment Woodworkers understand that high-quality tools enable you to do high-quality work. Harvey Machinery shares this appreciation for premium quality. Founded in 1999, Harvey Machinery combines manufacturing excellence, w...

Do More with DOMINO

Tim Snyder - 03-15-2017

hen I had my first look at the Domino DF 500, I wasn’t that impressed. The tool’s resemblance to a biscuit joiner left me wondering why Festool would try to compete with well-made tools from Porter-Cable, DeWalt and Lamello. I was in for a surprise. Instead of milling narrow, shallow biscuit slo...

Tips & Tricks: Tape Rule Gauge

Paul Anthony, senior editor - 03-14-2017

For accurate work, you need accurate measuring tools, and that includes your tape rule. Unfortunately, the sliding tang on a tape rule—which allows for taking inside and outside measurements—is often the tool’s Achilles’ heel. Inexpensive tape rules are particularly prone to inaccurate measu...

Tips & Tricks: Book-matching legs

Geoffrey Noden, Trenton, New Jersey - 03-14-2017

When making a project with four square legs, such as the jewelry chest on page 36, a nice visual touch is to configure the legs to display book-matched grain when viewed from any side of the piece. Here’s how to do it: Begin with a square piece of riftsawn stock the length of the legs. It should b...

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