Favorite woodworking tools from the pros at WoodWorkers Guild of America.
Do you open the blast gates on your tools before turning them on? Do you remember to close each blast gate when you’re done? If your answers include two no’s, there’s a problem. Your dust collector can’t pull dust through a gate that isn’t open. And if you leave unneeded gates open you’ll diminish the performance of your dust collection system. Grit Automation has a very cool dust collection solution for you.
You gotta protect your lungs from dust. Shop vacuums work great, but dust can QUICKLY clog the filter on a shop vacuum. If air can’t get out, air can’t get in, so performance drops off really fast.The Mullet High-Speed Cyclone Dust Collector is a cyclonic separator that goes in line between your shop vacuum and the thing you’re grabbing dust from.
There are times when you can’t allow a CNC tool path to run completely from start to finish. Some CNC toolpaths, like 3D carvings, have exceptionally long run times. It’s also possible that you simply get called away from your shop and have to stop running your CNC mid-toolpath. Please don’t leave your CNC router running when you’re not in your shop.
Kreg’s 520 Pro and 720 Pro are both great pocket hole jigs, but they offer different features. If you’ve been thinking…Hmm, the 520 Pro vs the 720 Pro, what gives? We’re here to help you out. This video explains the differences and commonalities between these two jigs.
There are lots of things life is too short for to tolerate. For me, crappy knives in my kitchen are one of those things. I want good knives that take and hold an edge well. As an extra bonus if I make the knife handle myself I’ll have knives with distinct, custom handles made from a variety of materials. I love that.
A router allows the use of pattern bits and flush trim bits that both allow you to follow a guide and use that as a template for your work. The design of both of these bits includes a bearing of the same diameter as the cutter. The bearing is placed against the surface that is being used as a template, and the cutter follows along removing stock from the work piece to match the pattern of the template.
George Vondriska shows you a neat trick for accurately trimming boards using your miter saw. The miter saw technique requires a subtle movement of the hand and patience, but the end results are very accurate cuts during your next woodworking project build.
I use my miter saw for precise length cuts all the time, but I also frequently use it to rough cut stock to size. When I’m rough cutting parts to size the parts don’t have to be an exact length. Adding simple lines to my miter saw stand really simplified the rough cutting process for me.
Instead of using a radius or chamfer bit on a router table, George Vondriska likes to use a tool called a Radi-Plane to smooth out the sharp edges of a ripped or jointed piece of wood. This simple tool allows you to quickly get rid of those ugly sharp points on a small piece that you plan to use for your woodworking project.
Dave Munkittrick talks about why he likes to use refashioned 2x4s as clamping cauls for his woodworking projects. With a pair of cauls, you can apply pressure evenly across whatever wooden surface you are clamping, including edge banding, and avoid ending up with marks or dents in either side of your piece.
If you own a lathe, you know all about putting a spur center in the headstock and a live center in the tailstock. You may not be familiar with mounting a drill chuck on your lathe. There are LOTS of good reasons for adding this accessory to your collection of lathe tools. Learn more about this tool here!
If your lathe chisels, especially skews, have sharp corners on them, they’re probably digging into the lathe tool rest every time you use them. That makes for a lot of filing to keep the tool rest smooth. Here’s an easy way to make sure your chisels never get the chance to dig into the lathe tool rest.
To fortify or not fortify my lathe: that is the question I often ponder. At one point or another most woodturners will push their lathe a bit, causing the lathe to shimmy and shake. When this happens, it not only raises safety concerns, but it also indicates that the lathe is under a good deal of stress that could potentially accelerate wear. There are varying opinions on how to best remedy this:
Okay, I’m a snob about a few different things, and one of them is my kitchen knives. I like good knives in my kitchen, and I want them razor sharp when I use them. The Worksharp Knife and Tool Sharpener works really well for keeping knives, scissors and other tools sharp and ready for use. Let’s put it through its paces.
Powermatic has rolled out their PM2014 Wood Lathe ($1999.99). It’ll handle 20” between centers and has a 14” swing over the bed. Add a bed extension ($249.99), and you can increase spindle length to 43”, plus do larger outboard turnings. The PM2014 weighs 185 pounds by itself, 238 pounds when mounted to the stand.
Woodworking businesses are now increasingly offering the option to customize a purchase by adding a name, image, or sentimental phrase to a project. This type of personalization does a couple of things: it differentiates the item, making it more special for the recipient, and it increases its value for the maker. For example, perhaps a $30 cutting board can be sold more easily and might fetch an extra $10 – $15 for the customization.