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Add one more to the list of red-anodized aluminum tools you just have to own: the cross dowel jig. Cross dowels are used in assemble-it-yourself furniture that you might find in stores like Ikea. They create a really strong joint because you are mating a bolt with another piece of metal rather then threading into plywood or particle board.

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A couple of years ago we covered Woodpeckers’ Story Stick: a straight aluminum track that allowed you to place several markers with the turn of a thumbscrew. Woodpeckers has just announced a new-and-improved version of their Story Stick: the Story Stick Pro.

At $30 for the 24″ version and $55 for the 48″ version, the Story Stick Pro seems a little pricey, but it’s an interesting idea nonetheless. The “stick” features a slot where several attachments can be tightened into place with thumbscrews anywhere along the slot. To aid in placement, they put both standard and center scales on the top.

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While not quite tool pr0n, Woodpeckers’ red anodized tools machined from aircraft-grade aluminum billet are still very drool-worthy. One of their latest products, their dovetail marking gauges, are no exception.

When making hand-cut dovetails, a marking gauge is handy for laying out consistent pins and tails. Not only does it help you get the correct angle, but it helps you precisely transfer the markings from the face grain to the end grain and vice versa.

The gauges come in three different ratios: 1:6, 1:7, and 1:8. Traditionally you’d use a 1:6 dovetail when joining hardwood and a 1:8 for joining softwood — the 1:7 ratio is a compromise between the two.

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It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s SUPER TRACK! All right, Super Track won’t save your kitten up a tree, but it might just save you a trip to the store to buy T-slot bolts. Rather than use special T-slot bolts, Super Track allows you to use regular hex bolts for your fixtures and to hold the track down.

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The whole point of a router lift is to make it easy to quickly and accurately adjust the height of a router. Most router lifts are pretty accurate, but sometimes adjusting them isn’t a quick as it could be. Generally you have to use a special tool for the top of the table to adjust the height. Woodpeckers’ new Side Winder Router Lift uses a flexible cable and crank that can be mounted within easy reach to quickly raise or lower the router.

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A framing square just isn’t designed to work with sheets of plywood. Especially when making cabinets, most pieces you need to lay out exceed the length of a standard sized framing square. That’s why Woodpeckers designed their 36″x24″ giant square.

Woodpeckers’ CNC machines the square in the USA from 1/4″ phenolic and guarantees the giant square won’t deviate more that ±.005″ from 90° across its entire length. They make the 36″ long leg 3″ wide and the 24″ leg 4″ wide, and machine three handle slots into the square to make it easy to hold and store. Finally, they laser engrave markings in 1/8″ increments along both sides of the square.

Woodpeckers will begin shipping their giant square the 27th of July (2009) and it will cost about $80 shipped.

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You’re not going to drop upwards of $140 on a T-square unless you need a precision instrument, but if that’s what you’re looking for, Woodpeckers is prepared to sell you one of their precision aluminum T-squares.  Available in 12″, 24″, and 32″ lengths, these T-squares not only allow you to draw lines perpendicular to the edge, but by putting a pencil in one of its 1/16″-spaced holes you can drag the square along the edge to produce precisely spaced parallel layout lines.

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Woodpecker combines a dust port, a clear bit guard, and starting pin in one $30 router table accessory.  The free-hand guard allows you to route pieces up to 1-1/2″ thick while removing sawdust and chips.  It also gives you a safe view of where the bit meets the workpiece, but of course you still should wear safety glasses.

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Woodpecker's Story Stick

You’ve heard the expression “measure twice, cut once.”  Ages ago, woodworkers found transferring all their project’s important measurements to a story stick helped them avoid measurement errors. When it came time to mark project pieces, they just placed the story stick next to the piece and transferred the mark. Today, Woodpeckers makes a device that improves upon the story stick in several ways.

Unlike just any old piece of wood from your shop, the 36″ story stick’s aluminum track runs straight as a rail. On one side they engrave a scale with 1/32” increments in both directions, so you can use it either left-to-right or right-to-left. On the other side they engrave a centering scale.  Four steel tabs slide along the track and lock into place with the turn of a knob, with both a pencil slot and a V-notch in each tab to make transferring measurements dead-on accurate.

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It’s not fun to be on the receiving end of the kickback that can happen when you’re ripping a board on the table saw. The material often gets caught by the back of the blade causing splintering, inaccurate cuts and — worst of all; — kickback. 

The Grip-Tite feather board is a block solid tool that delivers holding power to your cast iron saw top while simultaneously pressing your material down and in against the fence. 

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