Using Power Tools

Power tools are relatively modern innovations in the history of woodworking, and they have improved the speed and efficiency of the craft. However, they require a unique set of skills and techniques to ensure safety and accurate results.The Basics: •
Read More

SORT BY:
  • Mastering Tablesaw BasicsVideo: Mastering Tablesaw Basics

    with Kelly Mehler

    These techniques for ripping and crosscutting will aid woodworkers of every skill level

  • Rip Narrow Moldings from Wide StockVideo: Rip Narrow Moldings from Wide Stock

    with Steve Latta

    Custom push sticks and an organized milling process produce delicate moldings safely on the tablesaw

  • Flatten Boards without a JointerFlatten Boards without a Jointer

    by Keith Rust

    Working with wide lumber would be a joy if not for the dilemma of how to flatten the boards. The obvious method is to rip a wide board into narrower strips, use ...

  • Pattern Cutting on the TablesawPattern Cutting on the Tablesaw

    by Steve Latta

    There are times when a tablesaw can be used just as effectively as a router or shaper as a pattern-cutting tool, especially when the parts don’t involve curves. ...

  • A Woodworker's Journey of DiscoveryA Woodworker's Journey of Discovery

    by John Lively

    From power-tool addict to a hand-tool aficionado, John Lively traces his journey through both extremes to find a balance and love for both types of tools, for what ...

  • Drilling and DrivingDrilling and Driving

    by David Ashinghurst

    David Ashinghurst takes a look at screw drilling and driving systems that are designed to drill a pilot hole and countersink or counterbore in one stroke. These ...

  • Boring Big HolesBoring Big Holes

    by Robert M. Vaughan

    When Robert M. Vaughan faced a job that involved drilling 18,000 holes, he investigated drill-bit methods to see what would serve him best. (This article deems ...

  • Joint-Quality Edges Cut on a TablesawJoint-Quality Edges Cut on a Tablesaw

    by Lon Schleining

    A common assumption is that the smoother surface a jointer gives is better for glue, but Lon Schleining says that the tablesaw can also yield excellent results. ...

  • An Edge-Jointing PrimerAn Edge-Jointing Primer

    by Gary Rogowski

    There was a time when Gary Rogowski was convinced that his jointer was possessed. Since then, he’s discovered that edge-jointing problems, though common, are almost ...

  • Resawing on the BandsawResawing on the Bandsaw

    by Ronald Volbrecht

    Ronald Volbrecht makes guitars from extremely rare hardwoods. When it’s time to resaw these irreplaceable planks, he doesn’t want anything to go wrong. Over the ...

  • Mastering the TablesawMastering the Tablesaw

    by Mark Duginske

    Mark Duginske explains the fundamentals of ripping and crosscutting on the tablesaw and offers tips on more complicated maneuvers. He starts with discussing the ...

  • Cutting Sheet Goods Down to SizeCutting Sheet Goods Down to Size

    by Charley Robinson

    Charley Robinson evaluates three guide systems for cutting plywood with a circular saw: the Exac-T-Guide, Glide-Easy Saw, and Blade Runner II. They all use a carriage ...

  • How to Install Bandsaw TiresHow to Install Bandsaw Tires

    by Robert M. Vaughan

    No matter how much attention is paid to alignment and adjustment, a bandsaw with bad tires simply won’t perform well. Robert M. Vaughan is often asked to repair ...

  • Using a Portable Belt SanderUsing a Portable Belt Sander

    by Christian Becksvoort

    Chris Becksvoort says the portable belt sander is a workhorse in his shop. He uses it to grind down humps and bumps, level large surfaces, and smooth even highly ...

  • Tapered Legs on a JointerTapered Legs on a Jointer

    by Eric Schramm

    Eric Schramm explains in this concise article how to cut elegantly tapered legs on a jointer. He fits the jointer with stop blocks that are set to the length of ...

Become a Better Woodworker

Save up to 51% on Fine Woodworking