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Triton’s newest benchtop sander offers two capable sanders in one convenient, clever package. It’s essentially an oscillating spindle sander with the added functionality of a small, stationary belt sander. 

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Like many woodworkers, I often pulled my old bevel-down Stanley #151 “gull wing” spokeshaves into play to help shape and smooth curved workpieces of all sorts, using the flat-sole version for straight or convex surfaces, and the radiused-sole model for concave shapes. 

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Woodcraft has entered the saw blade manufacturing market with six new WoodRiver® products. Director of Product Development Darin Lawrence and Product Development Manager Charles Wolfe said, “The main focus when developing these products was to provide the best quality possible at a price that could beat anyone else in the market. We absolutely hit that with our new saw blades.”

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Rikon has a new “contractor saw,” but this designation doesn’t do the tool justice. Instead of hanging the motor off the back of the saw and relying on a long V-belt to transfer power to the blade arbor pulley (standard contractor saw configuration), Rikon has located the motor inside a fully enclosed cabinet. 

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   Like most woodworking projects, before you can get to the final result, prep work and jigs play an important role, before the actual turning process begins. The biggest attribute to lathe turning is that finished results can typically be attained faster with almost instant gratification. This WoodRiver Pen Drilling Vise with 7mm Drill Guide & Stop Collar combo aids in that process for the prep work, especially for the novice turner, or those who may not have a drill press to begin the wood turning creative adventure. 

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Helical-head planers and jointers tend to cut cleaner than straight-knife machines.

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Whether complicated or simple, every project deserves an accurate layout. But you don’t have to spend a lot of cash for on-the-money tools. Here are 12 (one for each day of Christmas) trustworthy marking and measuring tools for under 20 bucks.

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Kreg’s new 300-series pocket-hole jigs will please beginners and experienced woodworkers alike. As with earlier models, this new jig works perfectly well in its standard, two-hole configuration. 

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A handmade chisel is more than a woodworking tool. It imbues the spirit of that Master Blacksmith and his heritage. It represents hours of the maker’s focused energy and the work of his hands. It carries on the Japanese toolmaking tradition. Those things cannot be sought through a mass-produced instrument. The discriminating craftsman should own at least one handmade Japanese chisel (or a set!) in his or her lifetime. Learn more about the makers and their chisels in this Woodworking Adventures blog. 

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Earlier this summer, nearly 100 manufacturers gathered at the Woodcraft Vendor Trade Show to share their latest offerings in hand tools, machinery, finishes, and accessories. Here are just few of the items that caught our eye. For more details go to woodcraft.com, or check them out at your local Woodcraft store.

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