Monthly Archives: August 2007

The (Eternal) Question: Which Cheap Table Saw Should I Buy!?

Posted ago by toolcrib

Somehow these discussions never get old to me – someone in a forum offers a dollar amount, a list of intended uses and a tool. Then the forum members give their opinions on which tools fit the bill. A recent …

Can You Claim Power Tool Depreciation on Taxes?

Posted ago by toolcrib

An interesting discussion arose recently in the WoodNet.net forum recently: can you claim tool value depreciation on your taxes? Upon researching I found that the short answer is – unless you’re turning a profit with those tools 3 years out …

A Band Saw Buying Guide: 6 Considerations That Save Woodworkers Money

Posted ago by toolcrib

So. You’ve decided that your wood shop needs a band saw. Its use in resawing, scroll work and joinery are arguably unparalleled, so congratulations on your decision! Your duty to yourself as a consumer is education. This guide seeks to …

Lubrication For Your Table Saw's Blade Wheel Gears

Posted ago by toolcrib

One of woodworking’s biggest bummers has to be a table saw with blade wheel and tilt gears that are so caked with sawdust that they become difficult to turn. Especially if you’re a hobbyist who has been waiting all week …

11 Tips for Air Compressor Maintenance

Posted ago by toolcrib

Now that you’ve invested in an air compressor to run all of your air tools you’re going to have to learn how to keep it up and running. Because the standard handyman’s air compressors don’t typically require daily upkeep, it’s …

The Radial Arm Saw: Is This Tool Right for You?

Posted ago by toolcrib

The Radial Arm Saw is perhaps one of the most controversial tools around these days, with diehard users who make the RAS sound like a religion more than a tool… and with woodworkers who are just as quick to tell …

Understanding Induction vs. Universal Motors in Your Electric Power Tools

Posted ago by toolcrib

As a woodworker you’ve likely not given much thought regarding the two primary types of motors used to power your electric woodworking tools. The differences in performance – and the number of zeroes on a price tag – should have …

The Seven Golden Rules of Power Tool Safety

Posted ago by toolcrib

Every time you turn on any of your power tools you run the risk of catastrophic harm to your body. This sobering fact is always close to mind in the best woodworkers and other power tool using trades people, and …

The Ultimate Nail Gun Buying Guide for Pneumatic Newbies

Posted ago by toolcrib

If you’re in the market for a nail gun then you’ve either been watching too many B horror flicks or you’ve decided that an upcoming project is going to have too many nails for you to hammer in by hand. …

The Air Compressor Buying Guide For Air Compressor Newbies

Posted ago by toolcrib

You’re probably shopping for an air compressor because you’ve heard about the power of air tools over electric tools. If it’s not more torque and higher RPMs you’re looking for then maybe it’s the easy interchange between tools – almost …