Woodworking Tool Reviews

Kreg 90 Degree Corner Clamps Review

Kreg 90 Degree Corner ClampsAmateur woodworkers will recognize the annoyances that are involved in clamping 90 degree corners and though there are several corner clamps on the market, we decided to pick up a few pieces of Kreg’s new corner clamps. These clamps although ideal for pocket hole joinery, are really equally suitable for any 90 degree joints.

Kreg’s Corner clamps can only, as the name suggests, be used for clamping degree joints which could include picture frames, box and drawer constructions, shelving or T-joints. They are built with heat treated steel and have a nickel plated finish for sustainability and long-lasting effectiveness. The new adjustment nut added to the adjustable spring loading mechanism is great, making adjustments both fast and easy.¬ The clamp is easily releasable without extensive force via the blue rubber coated clamp release. It is ideal for woodworking and cabinet construction owing to its ability to be set for varying thickness levels up to 1.25” (1 ¼”).

There is one fixed blue steel clamp surface with inset 90 degree faces to assist in accuracy during construction. Its unique design allows it to be used for constructions like fixing shelves, instaling drawer dividers or in box-holes. The clamp surfaces are roughly 2” x 1” in width providing a solid clamping surface, preventing damage to the work pieces, especially where soft wood has been used. The secondary mating clamp piece provides a self-squaring joint (preset at a 90 degree angle) as it is set on a screw swivel head.

During use, Kreg’s Clamps are easily clamped and opened, this can easily be done with one hand. During clamping, both pieces are flushed,  making it easier to set the clamps and holding the joint securely level during the time the glue takes to dry. Two Kreg corner clamps hold a T-Joint piece firmly at a 90 degree angle allowing it to be placed virtually anywhere. And while Kreg does manufacture clamps that address this purpose more fully, the 90 degree corner clamp can just as easily be used for pigeon hole joinery, as previously mentioned.

This clamps’ handiness extends to setting shelves into dados and toenailing because they work great to hold the joint at the angle required while you drive in the nails.

Basically, anywhere you need a 90 degree joint to be held together and as long as the material is less that 1.25” thick, these clamps are perfect acting like a pair of hands. This is especially useful if you’re working alone in your workshop,

Jorgensen Cabinet Master Parallel Bar Clamps Review

 Jorgensen Cabinet Master Parallel Bar Clamps ReviewThe Jorgensen Cabinet Master from Adjustable Clamp Co. is at its best when it’s being used for cabinet construction although it does well for any other clamping and spreading jobs. What parallel bar clamps like the Jorgensen do is provide a 90 degree clamp angle where each jaw is parallel to the other.

The jaws and bars are smooth and apply equal pressure to wooden surfaces during clamping jobs; the reinforced steel and casting construction of the Jorgensen allows for a great deal of durability and sustainability. This is then in turn wrapped by bright orange, hardened plastic covers.

JET 629004K 16-32 Plus 16 Inch 1

JET 629004K 16-32 Plus 16 Inch 1 ½ Horsepower Open Stand Drum SanderIf you’re looking to reclaim scrap or smooth out the rough edges on pieces of stock, look no further than the JET 629004K Open Stand Drum Sander . This is a great, great tool to add to your workshop and here’s why:

For starters, if your stock goes through much re-sawing, you’ll often find yourself surrounded by varying sized thin sheets or strange wedge-shaped pieces and with the drum sander, they can each be turned into uniform, thick, usable stock.  You’ll be shocked to realize how much use can be gleaned from a true, honest-to-God 1/8” of stock that fits neatly into a dado, or from a 30” board with 3/16” on one end and 9/6” on the other; most of it can be saved by sanding it down to 3/8, sawing off the smooth bits and sanding it down to ¼”.

You might want to invest in a pair of excellent calipers for use with it, since the built in gauge is not very accurate. The calipers (and a bit of patience) let you resaw your boards to about an a hundredth of an inch of thickness, before reaching for the sander.
The dust collection systems are great. Hooked up to a good dust vacuum,  you’ll find little dust on the floor.

The one issue, if it can be termed as such, is that with even fairly find sandpaper, the sander will quite likely leave lines on your wood. However, if you don’t want lines you might want to try really fine sandpaper or opt for the fancier, oscillating kind. But the lines aren’t such a big deal and it’s not that hard to change the sandpaper. So long as you’re using Jet’s Pre-Cut sandpaper or sandpaper that you’ve used based on the Jet template, it’s fairly easy and quite manageable to get it right on the first try. You don’t need to be an expert, for that to work either.

We generally like to sand along the grain and since the saw marks are usually perpendicular to the grain, it makes it a lot easier to see when all the marks have disappeared. This not only indicates a smooth board, but also uniform thickness.

The JET 62900416 is a lot quieter than a planer which, even with ear plugs tend to be quite loud. Of course, this doesn’t mean that it isn’t loud, but it’s a lot quieter than most power tools. Additionally, there isn’t any tear-out on figured woods.

Now, if you plan to take stock from ¾-1/2”, this sander might be too slow for you. But if you’re using the planer for smoothing and fine-tuning the wood’s thickness, this is a great and much quieter alternative.

All in all, we would recommend the JEW 52900416 Drum Sander.



Incra V27 Miter Gauge Review

Incra MITERV27 Miter GaugeYou might have the best table blade or saw on the market today but without a solid miter gauge to back it up, the end result is sub par at best. Gauges that come bundled in with table saws aren’t always the most accurate and in electing an 3rd party product, we went with the Incra V27 Miter Gauge’s basic budget model.

The version we reviewed was shipped in regular transparent, plastic packaging that came along with printed instructions on how to set up and use the product. The great thing about the manual was it was simple, easy to read and follow which corresponds well with how easy the gauge was to set up and use. If you’ve been around power tools before or have basic DIY knowledge, you won’t necessarily need the instructions. That said, we would advise going through the points listed alerting you to little known facts. For instance, we discovered that the V27 can also be used on machines like a router table, band saw, sanding centers and other machines with miter gauges using the ¾”x3/8” standard specification. Also included is a hex key for easy adjustments.

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