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Smart woodworkers know that the less you use your tape measure or rule, the fewer mistakes you make. That’s one good reason to use a bar gauge instead. A bar gauge is simply an adjustable length stick, and Veritas makes some hardware that makes it easy to make your own.

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Another replica of an old Stanley tool, the Kunz #70 Box Scraper is so named because it was primarily used to scrape the labels and painted brands from wooden shipping creates so they could be reused.

Designed to be pulled, the 10″ long scraper pivots around the wooden handle. The 1-7/8″ wide convex blade can be used for rough scraping or removing paint.

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You may have used an abrasive cleaning stick to clean the gunk out of the abrasive belt on your belt sander, but what do you use to clean the abrasive drum on your drum sander? A giant sheet of abrasive cleaner, of course.

As far I as I can find, there are two options: a 15″ x 20″ sheet of 3/4″ crepe rubber backed with piece of 1/4″ plywood from Highland Woodworking, or a 13″ x 20″ x 1-1/8″ thick cleaning pad from Busy Bee Tools. Run either pad through your drum sander just like you’re sanding a piece of wood. The pad will unclog the abrasive, making it cut better, and prolong its life.

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Whether you’re fulfilling your role-playing fantasies as a drunken dwarf or chopping down the first tree in a suburban stand to make way for the new mini-mall, you need a special axe. Ox-head, or as it’s known in Germany, Ochsenkopf, plates its double-bit felling axe in either silver or gold for all your extra-curricular activities.

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With the pervasiveness of table and miter saws, even in the hobbyist’s workshop, the trusty old handsaw doesn’t see as much use as when it was a staple. Still, most shops have one or two handsaws about, but since they’ve gone from the starting lineup to the minors, they’ll rarely ever be sharpened.

For the shop that still uses a handsaw regularly, it’ll need to be sharpened once in a while. When that time comes, do you just buy a new one, or take a few minutes to sharpen it yourself? With a file, patience, and practice you could probably do an okay job, but you’d more than likely be better off buying a proper saw sharpener like the Eclipse 38 from Spear & Jackson.

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Above are two examples of chairmaker’s travishers. These specialized convex spokeshaves are used to create the final shape of a chair seat after it’s been roughed in with an adz and shaped with a scorp.

The Travisher on the left runs $120 at Highland Woodworking. It has a 3″ wide convex blade and handles which continue along the curve of the blade so you can cut into deep hollows. The one on the right is sold at Classic Hand Tools for £82 or $130. It has a 4.75″ radius and is designed to be pushed by your thumbs. It also has a slot in the top for shavings to exit.

Travisher [Classic Hand Tools]
Travisher [Highland Woodworking]

Want perfect miters in applications where precision really matters, like making picture frames? This miter trimmer uses high-carbon steel blades that are razor sharp to shave fractions of an inch from miters, leaving a cut that some might call glass-smooth.

Since you can’t actually use the trimmer to make miters, you first need to make a rough miter cut with a miter box. Then with the miter trimmer you can shave the piece for the perfect fit. The trimmer is made from cast iron, so it weighs 35 lbs. It has angle presets at 90° and 45°.

We’re not sure who actually makes this trimmer. Rockler, Dieter Schmid, Grizzly, Highland Woodworking, and other companies sell what looks to be the identical tool for anywhere from $150 to $200.

Miter Trimmer [Grizzly]
Street Pricing [Google Products]
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With Kreg’s new Micro Pocket Drill Guide, you can fit two pocket holes on a board as little as 1″ wide and 1/2″ thick. The pluggable holes it creates are 25% smaller than standard pocket holes, allowing you to use shorter 3/4″ pan head screws.

If you own a Kreg Jig or Kreg Jig Master system, the Micro Pocket Drill Guide is fully compatible. They color the jig black so you can quickly differentiate it from the standard blue guides.

Included with the Micro Pocket Drill Guide are the 19/64″ Micro Pocket Drill Bit, Micro Pocket Depth Collar, and a few of the smaller pocket screws to get started. The kit usually retails for $50, but right now the only place we can find selling it is Highland Woodworking — they are offering it for $45 plus $9 shipping.

Micro Pocket Drill Guide [Kreg]
Micro Pocket Drill Guide [Highland Woodworking]

 

If you’re planning to make cutting boards, bowls, spoons, or any other project that’s going to come into contact with food, you don’t want to finish it with stain and polyurethane.  Instead you need to use a food-safe alternative like Behlen’s Salad Bowl Finish.

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“Where’s the @#$% miter gauge!”  If you’ve ever exclaimed this in your shop, maybe you need to take a look at this $6 magnetic miter gauge holder from Harbor Freight.

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