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What hand tools cant you live without?

What hand tools can't you live without?

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While building a travel tool chest I had to make a hard desicion about which hand tools would make the cut. I'll tell you what I settled on, but I want to know which tools would end up in your tool chest.

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Rockler has 5 great ideas under $25

Rockler has 5 great ideas under $25

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Rockler launched more product innovations than any other manufacturer at IWF, and our faves are all under $25!

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Antiquarian Woodworkers: Get Ready To Download

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Tools for Working Wood founder is re-releasing 19th-century woodworking how-to magazine, Work.

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Catching up with Toshio Odate

Catching up with Toshio Odate

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Considered to be the original ambassador of Japanese woodworking tools to the West, the master woodworker and sculptor shares tea, tool advice, and thoughts on the social responsibility of woodworkers.

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A Toolkit from Grandpa

A Toolkit from Grandpa

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Iowa woodworker assembles a practical tool collection for his grandchildren, with lots of love tossed in

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Baby planes

Baby planes

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A look at an instrument maker's standby, and some ideas for using them in furniture making

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Feels good to be back at Colonial Williamsburgs hand tool conference

Feels good to be back at Colonial Williamsburg's hand tool conference

FWW co-sponsors a wonderful event,"Working Wood in the 18th Century," every year at Colonial Williamsburg. The presenters started bending and cutting wood right away this year.

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The long, winding road to Fine Woodworking

The long, winding road to Fine Woodworking

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Fine Woodworking's newest associate editor talks about Spain, hurdy-gurdies, and his unlikely path to being a part of his favorite magazine.

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A workbench anybody can build

A workbench anybody can build

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This innovative workbench from FWW in 2009 is worth another look. It is simply two long boxes and two sawhorses, but it can do everything the fanciest Scandinavian bench can do, plus it stacks and stores in a corner of your shop.

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Is the Radial Arm Saw on its Last Legs?

Is the Radial Arm Saw on its Last Legs?

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Has the tool gone the way of the Model T or T-Rex?

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Miracle Shield Blocks Kickback

Miracle Shield Blocks Kickback

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New tablesaw technology promises to stop kickback in its tracks.

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Stanley Works Acquires Black & Decker for $4.5 billion

Stanley Works Acquires Black & Decker for $4.5 billion

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The Stanley Works and Black & Decker have merged.

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Broken power tool: Junk it or fix it?

Broken power tool: Junk it or fix it?

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Let's say the brushes on your router's motor are shot. What do you do: replace the brushes or buy a new router?

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What is this Tool?

What is this Tool?

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Think you know your hand planes? The first reader to correctly identify this plane wins a free book.

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Reader Says Mythbusters Missed on Hammer Strikes

Reader Says Mythbusters Missed on Hammer Strikes

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Debate continues on the hazards of striking a hammer on hardened steel

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Stick your tools in a shoe?

Stick your tools in a shoe?

Woodworkers have always been good recyclers, but this idea may have taken one step too far.

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Drill/impact driver kits are a good value

Drill/impact driver kits are a good value

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Porter-Cable, Hitachi, and Makita are offering impact drivers and drill-drivers that share batteries

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Become one of our Tool Experts; Win Fabulous Prizes

Become one of our Tool Experts; Win Fabulous Prizes

Our annual Tool Survey is underway...

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Its Hip to Have a Square or Two

It's Hip to Have a Square or Two

These two small tools are critical if you want a well-equipped shop

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Six Ways to Hold a No. 1 Plane

Six Ways to Hold a No. 1 Plane

An tongue-in-cheek guide to handling a tiny tool

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