Product Reviews

Why Scrollers Need an 18-gauge Stapler

Why Scrollers Need an 18-gauge Stapler

If you have an air compressor, inexpensive brad nailers and 18-gauge staplers are readily available; in many cases one tool can use brads or staples. But these require you to have a compressor and tie you to an air line. I’ve switched over to cordless tools for their convenience. These […]

by July 12, 2016 Product Reviews
SuperMax 19-38 Drum Sander

SuperMax 19-38 Drum Sander

If you regularly work with thin blanks, and especially if you resaw your own stock, you probably need a drum sander. This tool can surface wood and reduce its thickness without damaging it. What is a drum sander? Scrollers often use the terms “sanding drum” and “drum sander” interchangeably, but […]

by March 16, 2016 Product Reviews
Wixey Digital Angle Gauge

Wixey Digital Angle Gauge

If you make scroll saw baskets, bowls, relief cuts, or angle your saw table for any other reason, the Wixey Digital Angle Gauge will make your life easier. This handy tool attaches to most saw tables (or saw arms in the case of the Excalibur saws) using strong magnets. Accurate […]

by February 8, 2016 Product Reviews
SawStop Jobsite Saw Review

SawStop Jobsite Saw Review

The SawStop Jobsite Saw makes a great addition to our readers’ shops. Not only does it fold for easy storage, but it includes many features to keep you safe. It also includes some perks usually only seen in more expensive saws. Our technical editor, Bob Duncan, put the saw through […]

by February 5, 2016 Product Reviews, Videos
Shop Mate Cleanup Wipes

Shop Mate Cleanup Wipes

Dust Off’s Shop Mate Cleanup 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 other […]

by December 9, 2015 Product Reviews
Kutzall Hand Grit Rasps

Kutzall Hand Grit Rasps

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 rasps is limited […]

by December 9, 2015 Product Reviews
Royal-Lac Clear Finish

Royal-Lac Clear Finish

Royal-Lac combines the look of a classic shellac finish with the ease of application and durability of other modern finishes. It goes on easily and each coat levels the previous one, which means that even novices will get a nice finish every time. The product was developed by a furniture […]

by November 5, 2015 Product Reviews
2013 Scroll Saw Buyer’s Guide

2013 Scroll Saw Buyer’s Guide

An updated guide to today’s most popular scroll saws Scroll saws vary in price almost as much as they vary in features. The most inexpensive models cost about $100, while the most expensive can cost $2,000 or more. Choosing the right saw depends on what you expect to get out […]

by January 3, 2013 Scroll Saw Reviews, Tools for Beginners
Ceros 6" Compact Electronic Random Orbital Sander

Ceros 6" Compact Electronic Random Orbital Sander

Full-featured sander is worth the price When is a random orbital sanding system worth as much as a mid-range scroll saw? When the system reduces the time spent sanding defects by a considerable amount, gives you a smooth surface quickly, allows you to control the speed enough to sand the […]

by January 6, 2012 Product Reviews
O'Keeffe's Working Hands

O'Keeffe's Working Hands

Working in your shop can be hard on your hands. Dry weather wicks the moisture out of your hands and solvents dry your skin even more. The last thing you need when working with power tools is slippery hands. O’Keeffe’s Working Hands salve does a great job of moisturizing your […]

by March 30, 2011 Product Reviews