Power Tools

Best Drum Sander Guide

Drum Sander Ultimate Guide – Buying, Using and Setting Up

For any workshop a drum sander allows for bigger projects in less time with better quality. Period. But maybe you’re deciding if it’s worth the investment? Or trying to decide what size you really need? In this article we’ll show you all the brands and sizes and include some tips to help you choose what’s best for your projects. You can’t make high quality cabinets or furniture with a belt sander. I know. I’ve tried. So what’s the alternative? While wide belt sanders are the undisputed king of sanding they are over $10,000. But the drum sander is a reasonably priced,

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Best Sanders for Wood

7 Best Sanders for Wood to Fit Every Budget

Choosing the best sanders for wood projects involves understanding the wood used, project size and finish to be applied. While my last woodworking project required a 22″ drum sander it’s not a sander I’d expect everyone to invest in. While there are dozens of sanders for wood one of my favorite all-purpose sanders is a random orbit sander* due to it’s versatility.  Before we start looking at sanders, let’s first consider the reason for the variety and what to look for: High speed sanders with moving discs and belts offer the fastest surface area removal Low speed sanders like palm

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Best Power Feeder for Router Shaper

Best Power Feeder for a Table Saw, Shaper and Router

After using a power feeder on an industrial shaper and one on my personal router table I can safely say I wouldn’t use a shaper or router-mounted table without a feeder. It’s not often one power tool makes another power tool work better. But when a power feeder is combined with a table saw, shaper or router table that is exactly what happens. What’s so special with a power feeder? Well consider these benefits: Improved Safety – feeding wood against a large shaper or router bit is dangerous. A power feeder eliminates the need to have your fingers near the bit.

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Hand Tools

Best Laminate Roller

Best Laminate Roller for Counters, Linoleum and Large Surfaces

A high quality laminate roller will make building counters, veneering wood and installing flooring a much easier job. And ensure a higher quality result as bubbles and adhesion issues will be minimized. When I first started building cabinets (decades ago) we made 90% of our counters from laminate. And while it might seem like a daunting project it’s actually relatively easy. With a table saw, edge trimmer, sander, paint brush,  and a laminate j roller* you’ll be able to make a complete counter in hours. And for flooring jobs a larger laminate roller* will speed up the installation and help prevent

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Best Pegboard Organizer

5 Best Garage Pegboard Organizers

Organizing your tools in the garage always includes a wall arrangement. And using one of the best pegboard organizer systems will provide easy, configurable access to your most used tools. While it’s possible to hide all your tools in a drawer or cabinet it makes them hard to find. Especially your most used tools like hammers, hand saws and screwdrivers. But finding the best pegboard organizer can be equally challenging as I’m guessing you, like me, want to avoid the ubiquitous wood pegboard. In this article we’ll review modern options like the highly rated Wall Control System* that are easy

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Best wood glue scraper

Glue Scraper Guide for Woodworkers – Best Pro & DIY Wood Scrapers

Looking for the best glue scraper? But not sure if you need a steel or carbide blade? Or maybe your’re wondering if glue is worth scraping when the planer will remove it?  Over the years I’ve glued thousands of wood panels and a day later came back and scraped the excess glue off with a glue scraper.  Why scrape glue? Well, planer blades do not like hardened wood glue. And a quick scape with a good quality glue scraper will save you the hassle of sharpening (or replacing) your planer blades. While my choice of glue scrapers is the Warner

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Cordless Tools

Best Sanders for Wood

7 Best Sanders for Wood to Fit Every Budget

Choosing the best sanders for wood projects involves understanding the wood used, project size and finish to be applied. While my last woodworking project required a 22″ drum sander it’s not a sander I’d expect everyone to invest in. While there are dozens of sanders for wood one of my favorite all-purpose sanders is a random orbit sander* due to it’s versatility.  Before we start looking at sanders, let’s first consider the reason for the variety and what to look for: High speed sanders with moving discs and belts offer the fastest surface area removal Low speed sanders like palm

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Tools to make holes in wood

12 Simple Tools to Make Holes in Wood of All Shapes & Sizes

There are dozens of ways and tools to make holes in wood but need to know what’s best for your projects? There are hole saws for large holes, jigsaws for square, forstner bits for flat bottom holes and spade bits for small round holes. In this article learn what tool is right for your task. First, I’ve drilled, cut and even chiseled thousands of holes in my woodworking career and there’s always a tool to do the job.  Or sometimes two.  Or three. But while I’ve had the good fortune to learn from professionals, in this article I’ll help your

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best cordless table saw

Choosing the Best Cordless Table Saw – Plus Stands, Blades and Batteries

Did you know the best cordless table saw is half the saw and half the battery? Because you’ll be limited by size of the saw the battery and its performance will drive your overall satisfaction. But unfortunately your choices are limited as only a handful of manufacturers supply the batteries with the power to drive a cordless table. And that makes choosing the best cordless table saw between these two rivals: Dewalt Flexvolt* – This economical saw is my choice and has all the required features of a portable table saw with the power of Dewalt’s 60V Flexvolt. Milwaukee Fuel

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