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From Rob's Bench:

Gizmos and contraptions: When woodworking and engineering cross paths

Cutting gears
My nine-year-old son was learning about gears in his science class, so I told him we should try our hand at making a few plywood gears to see how they worked. He already knew about “driven” and “driving” gears, and how different-sized gears affect how fast other gears connected to it rotate. This was a great excuse to head to the shop and practice woodworking techniques while making something cool.
Skill Builder:

How strong is a dowel joint?

Dowel Joint
Dowel joints are fast, easy and flexible to make, but how strong are they? We put this popular joint through some tests to figure out if they are as good as they seem.
Current Issue:

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The 2021 edition of our "Small Shop" issue is chock full of project plans, tips and techniques to help you tool your shop, develop your skills and build your dreams.
Workshop Poster:

Specialty router bits

Specialty Router Bits Poster
A basic selection of straight, edge profiling and joinery bits will handle just about all your routing needs. But for special jobs that are a bit out of the ordinary, you need a different kind of router bit.

Download this handy poster that you can put up in your workshop to learn about the different kinds of specialty router bits.
Woodworking News:

Festool Canada releases new TSC 55 K cordless track saw, delivering top-of-the-line precision and innovation

festool TSC 55 K
The new TSC 55 K has added even more features to this durable tool, most notably Festool’s proprietary kickback stop technology.
Shop Tools:

Air out your shop

Air compressors
An air compressor is a convenient and versatile machine to have in the workshop. They’re great for working on furniture or cabinetry, and they’re just about indispensable when doing any kind of renovation work.

Small shop survey

Milwaukee 2462-22 Impact Driver Kit
There's still time to complete our short, four-question survey and be entered into the draw for this premium Milwaukee 2462-22 Impact Driver Kit.
Woodworking News:

Premium woodturning tools

Hunter woodturning tools
Branches To Bowls is excited to add the Hunter Tool Systems line of fine carbide tools to their line-up of premium products for the woodturner looking for exceptional results.

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