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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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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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When I first started to get serious about woodworking, one of the first good-quality tools I purchased was a Stanley #92 shoulder plane. Now, more than thirty years later, I still use it almost every time I’m in the shop. 

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Woodworkers revel in building live-edged furniture, and for good reason: The finished piece can be striking, and it makes great use of wild-looking slabs. 

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I discovered touch latches when building a pair of narrow wall cabinets for a bathroom remodel. 

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Pocket screws aren’t the right choice for every project, but there’s no arguing that they are here to stay. 

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Power-tool woodworking is inherently noisy. But unlike the anticipated whine of a router or a nailer’s percussive report, the ear-splitting chug of an air compressor often rears up unexpectedly. 

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Angle grinders are great for quickly removing wood or metal, but the process typically involves a cloud of sawdust or sparks, and the results are often fairly rough. 

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