Tool Primer Series

In this on-going series, I discuss the tools of the woodworking trade, starting with the most common tools and topics.  I often write these articles in response to the numerous questions my students have in my woodworking courses at TX/RX Labs & at my school makerspace.

Tool Primer: Circ Saw

The 5480.  Simple, clean, simple.

The 5480. Simple, clean, simple.

Tool Primer: Power Drills

Corded Drill

Tool Primer: Jigsaws

Tool Primer: Sanding & Sanders

Power Sanding Tools:   from R to L: oscillating tool with sander head, belt sander, random orbital sander, inline 1/4" sander

Power Sanding Tools:
from R to L: oscillating tool with sander head, belt sander, random orbital sander, inline 1/4″ sander

THE MITER SAW

This saw has been outfitted with a wood fence.  I screw it into the metal fence, then run a test cut.  I end up with a perfect kerf which tells me exactly where my cut line will be and a strong surface for clamping.  I can also mark it for individual projects, such as cutting pen blanks.

This saw has been outfitted with a wood fence. I screw it into the metal fence, then run a test cut. I end up with a perfect kerf which tells me exactly where my cut line will be and a strong surface for clamping. I can also mark it for individual projects, such as cutting pen blanks.

HOW TO FINISH YOUR PROJECT: PENETRATING OILS

HOW TO FINISH YOUR PROJECT: FILM FINISHES

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