A Guide to Japanese Pull Saws

Understanding Japanese Pull Saws seems to be a bit mystery, but it really isn't. The first thing to keep in mind is that wood is always wood. You Rip wood along the grain or you Crosscut it across the grain and with that basic knowledge, that is how ALL woodworking saws work, including Japanese Pull Saws. 

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There is a wide selection of saws available, but the one I currently like are the Suizan brand, Japanese Pull Saws, actually made in Japan. I like these saw because they have a nice variety of saws and because most of the saws can be retrofitted with replacement blades.

Turning Your Router Table into a Biscuit Joiner - Slotting Router Bits

Yes, it's true, for the cost of a bit you can turn your router table into a biscuit joiner and save yourself ... well, $100 to $200 or if you look at it another way, you can get more use out of your existing router table by just adding a biscuit joining bit to your collection.

Watch it on Youtube: https://youtu.be/P2ee0uIyzQATo start with, here is Amazon link to the section that includes a few different options for the bit Amazon Store. You can purchase these bits in parts or as a complete unit that also includes 2 top bearings and you can select 1/4 inch or 1/2 inch, whichever you prefer, note some routers ONLY take 1/4 inch size bits. 

Makita 18V Cordless Random Orbital Sander XOB01Z / DBO180Z

I honestly do not know why it has taken SO LONG for tool manufacturers to come out with cordless sanders. I have been asking for these for years and years, and finally, only in the last several months have they been coming to the market, and to prove I was correct about their popularity, they have been somewhat hard to get hold of, but I finally put in my order and my cordless sander has arrived.

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What made my purchase somewhat more urgent recently was that I noticed the pad on my old Bosch sander, which has served me extremely well for 12 or so years, once again needs replacing, so now is a perfect time to upgrade to a new cordless sander ... 

Maksiwa Portable Edge Bander and Edge Trimmer

It's not often that I get a chance to work with some of the more commercial woodworking machinery, but when I do it's a thrill to see what's new, how it works. The advancements and innovations in woodworking have moved ahead immensely in recent years and I love to see how these machines work. I was very excited to be part of the Maksiwa emergence in North America because I felt strongly they had some equipment that would be a big interest to a certain segment of my viewers. The Maksiwa Portable Edge Bander and Edge Trimmer Machines perfect for many woodworking shops for their price/value, their size and portability, and what they can do.

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The units arrived in three boxes and except for a few components that need to be removed for shipping, they come substantially ready to go. After unpacking, I think both my machines prepped in an hour, but what can really help this is taking a few minutes to watch the YouTube Videos on setting these up. 

Getting More from Your Router Bits

I love it when manufacturers can slightly modify their tool parts in such a way that the tools can do so much more for you. Some of the Wood Router Bit manufacturers do that with some of their Router Bits. I do not have a list of those who do, but it is a feature they would want buyers of their products to know, so it won't take much work to see if your bit supplier is one of those who does this.

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I have been using Freud Router Bits for a very long time and am aware that during the manufacture, some of the bits they sell can make a variety of cuts so that you can get more profile options than just the one thing you may have purchased the bit for in the first place. I have long wanted to make some samples of what my bits can do so I can compare an choose which one I want to use, so this was a good time for me to do that ...

5 Essential Wood Router Bits

I wonder if the person who invented the first working wood router, really knew what kind of a versatile tool he was opening up the world to? There have been so many different add-ons, attachments, jigs and bits, not to mention the variety of routers, their features and how they work, the whole thing can be quite daunting for newcomers to woodworking. What's nice about wood routers is you can make things as simple or as complicated as you want to get but everything still comes back to basics which includes the most used router bits.

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My first router was single speed, half horsepower with a fixed base and took only 1/4" router bits. I still have some of those bit and they were very rudimentary but even then I thought this was an amazing tool and the reason I purchased it was because I could use a round over bit in it and save myself some time while making a better job ... 

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