What Is Lathe Swing?


We recently wrote about lathes and, in particular, a mandrel, a tool used with lathes that hold a work piece at the center so the spin of the piece is balanced. This is an essential element of turnery, and it …

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How Long Do DeWALT Batteries Take To Charge?


How long does it take to charge a DeWALT battery, you ask?  It depends, we say.  Like many questions, “it depends” is an appropriate answer.  We’ll tell you why and what it depends on in a moment. There are certain …

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What Is A Woodking Lathe Mandrel?


If you’ve read previous articles I’ve written, you know my brother is a turnery artist in Boston.  His work is stunningly beautiful, true works of art. I especially loved his spring 2022 collection from spalted maple.  His lathe talent is …

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16 Or 18 Gauge Nailer For Baseboard?

16 Or 18 Gauge Nailers

Interior trim work signals you are nearing the end of the carpentry work for that reno job or room addition in your home.  It is the “home” stretch if you will.  Window and door trim, maybe some crown moulding, maybe …

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Is Black and Decker A Good Brand?


The official brand name is BLACK+DECKER, but we will refer to it as Black & Decker or Black and Decker. What is good?  What one might consider something as good for their particular use, while another might choose to go …

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Alternatives To Festool Domino

Festool Domino

Our woodworking projects go in cycles.  A burst of enthusiasm overcomes us, and we rush to the shop for the next project.  Or, a particular need arises, whether it’s a desk for one of the kids or a new platform …

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How Does SawStop Detect Fingers?

Finger Saw Blade

No matter how many times I watch the SawStop video demo using a hot dog to show how quickly the blade stops spinning when it comes in contact with the dog, it still amazes me.  The mark left on the …

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Makita LS1219L Miter Saw Problems

Makita LS1219L

We all have our favorite brands and our favorite saws from those brands to stock our woodworking shop with, and there are a multitude of choices. One of those brand choices is the Makita LS1219L. It is much to compel …

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DeWALT Brushless Drill Problems


DeWALT is a quality name in the power tool world, and most of us likely have at least one of their tools in our woodworking shop.  Its cordless drill is a very popular tool, a generally reliable and durable tool …

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Porter Cable Air Compressor Common Problems

Porter Cable Air Compressor

Air compressors are not the most common of features in a woodworking shop, although they do come in handy on job sites to power nailers and in painting around the house. But air compressors did not make our list of …

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DEWALT Thickness Planer DW735 Problems


I own the DW735 and can attest it is a fantastic planer, the best “lunchbox” style planer on the market, in my opinion. Among the many power tools commonly found in the woodworking shop is a thickness planer.  Depending on …

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What Grit CBN Wheel For Lathe Tools?

What Grit CBN Wheel For Lathe Tools

Once again, with the acronyms.  If there isn’t a terms and terminology book for woodworking shops, there ought to be just to keep up with the acronyms. Key Points: Today’s 3-letter term is CBN, and to understand the answer to …

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Bosch 4100 Table Saw Problems

Bosch 4100 Table Saw

Woodworkers tend to be pretty free in expressing frustration or anger with their power tools.  The things that get said to them are NSFW, to be sure.  Bulletin boards among woodworkers are filled with complaints and venting just as much …

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