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Our illustrated tool primers tell you what you need to know about basic woodworking hand tools, power tools and accessories.

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A Japanese saw is a finely crafted tool that creates a very thin kerf and cuts on the pulls...

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Feature Tools


Bandsaws are versatile shop machines that don’t take up much floor space, and are both...

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Belt sanders

These aggressive sanding machines can work wonders in the shop if you know how to...

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Ambient Air Cleaners

An ambient air cleaner, which you can run intermittently throughout the day to filter the...

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Add texture to wood

Rob Brown shows some methods to add texture to wood.

Featured Wood Types

Red alder

When first milled, red alder has a whitish colour, and on exposure to air, turns light brown with a yellow...

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Pink ivory

All trees have a story to tell. Pink Ivory has a story and it involves African...

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Yellow poplar

Yellow Poplar is a straight, uniformly grained wood with a medium texture. The typically large sapwood has a pale white...

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