Articles by: Kristen Scanlan

Rockler Center/Offset Marking Tool

Rockler Center/Offset Marking Tool

By Bob Duncan If you are a woodworker, you need the Rockler Center/Offset Marking Tool. This tool makes marking any blank faster and easier. Using the integrated holder (complete with a hole for the pencil lead), you can easily mark the center of the thickness of a board. The offset […]

by November 10, 2016 Product Reviews
eTape

eTape

By Bob Duncan If reading a ruler is not your strong point, the eTape is for you. This tape measure features a digital display that tells you the fractional measurement in British imperial measure (inches) or metric (centimeters and millimeters) with the click of a button. It also has a […]

by November 10, 2016 Product Reviews
Porter Cable Cordless Nailer & Stapler

Porter Cable Cordless Nailer & Stapler

By Bob Duncan A brad nailer and stapler are useful tools for any shop. Scroll sawyers can use them to assemble projects, create solid stacks for stack cutting, and even to reinforce custom frames. If you have an air compressor, brad nailers are pretty inexpensive, but I don’t–and I prefer […]

by November 10, 2016 Product Reviews
18″ Sand-Flee Portable Drum Sander

18″ Sand-Flee Portable Drum Sander

By Bob Duncan A portable drum sander, such as a Sand-Flee, forgoes the conveyor belt and requires you to move the stock by hand. It takes a bit of practice to keep the feed rate steady, but Rolf Beuttenmuller, an SSW test cutter, sees the hand control as a plus. […]

by November 10, 2016 Product Reviews
Shop Mate Cleanup Wipes

Shop Mate Cleanup Wipes

By Bob Duncan Dust Off’s Shop Wipes are a must for every workshop. With four boys under age 10 (and their 1-year-old sister), my family goes through a lot of pre-moistened disinfecting wipes. Dust Off’s Shop Mate Wipes serve the same purpose in your shop. They clean residue, sap, and […]

by November 10, 2016 Product Reviews
Kutzall Grit Hand Rasps

Kutzall Grit Hand Rasps

By Bob Duncan Sometimes it is difficult to fit a sanding drum or rotary tool into a tight section of an intarsia or fretwork design. You can always hand-sand, but that’s often tedious and uncomfortable. The best tool to reach for is often a rasp, but the utility of traditional […]

by November 10, 2016 Product Reviews
Tornado 1000 Dust Collector

Tornado 1000 Dust Collector

By Bob Duncan Several commercial tabletop dust collectors are available, as are a host of plans for shop-made versions. The Tornado 1000, which is made in the USA by SMC Enterprises, stands out thanks to its large working area and the vast amount of air it can move. The Tornado […]

by November 10, 2016 Product Reviews
Kampel’s WoodFil Epoxy

Kampel’s WoodFil Epoxy

By Bob Duncan While there is a variety of wood putty out there to fill nail holes or minor dings, Kampel’s WoodFil Epoxy makes the repair process even easier. This two-part epoxy putty comes in a variety of colors; you can also mix custom colors using the standard selection. To […]

by November 10, 2016 Product Reviews
Black & Decker Autosense Drill

Black & Decker Autosense Drill

By Bob Duncan Everyone who has ever used a cordless drill as a power screwdriver has experienced the moment when you squeeze the trigger a little too hard and … CRACK! … snap the wood around the screw. This will never happen with Black & Decker’s new Autosense cordless drill. […]

by November 10, 2016 Product Reviews
Product Review – Ply90 Brackets

Product Review – Ply90 Brackets

By Bob Duncan When you’re displaying your work at craft or art shows, you often need temporary shelving or display space. The shelves need to be sturdy and solid, but you also need to be able to take them down quickly. Ply90 brackets turn ordinary 1/2″- to 3/4″-thick plywood into […]

by November 10, 2016 Product Reviews