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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

Bandsaw

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

Alder, Red

Red alder (Western red alder) grows exclusively along the west coast of British Columbia, and is typically one of the...

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Pink Ivory

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Yellow Poplar

Yellow Poplar (Liriodendron tulipfera)by Peter MacSween Yellow Poplar (aka Tulip Poplar) is the largest hardwood tree found in the eastern North American...

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