If you’re a regular ToolCrib viewer, you may notice we have a brand new website design. We partnered with Jonathan Carone of CaroneDesigns to freshen up the site and make things easier for you. Whenever you read a blog post, you’ll see a section to the right that says, “Get your tools here.” Underneath that […]
So your portable belt sander just isn’t, er, “sanding it” for you anymore. Even with your portable belt sander jig that basically turns it into a benchtop sander. Also, you enjoy woodworking projects that don’t involve making something to justify your time in the shop. In that case, this is JUST THE PLAN COLLECTION FOR […]
You’ve read our buyer’s guide to 14″ band saws and you’re stoked about our 22 band saw jigs. The only problem is you’re hooked on making your life needlessly complicated, aka, you thoroughly enjoy building your own tools!! Well, it’s time to rejoice. Here are 9 free plans for building your own band saw.
Random orbit sanders were among the top most-loved tools of 2009 on the ToolCrib blog, so we decided to brush the dust off of 2008’s Top 5 Most Popular Random Orbit Sanders and see who the winners are these days.
Math. It’s the persnickety, exacting demon lurking inside every woodworking project. Luckily for us, many woodworkers are also programmers who know how to make computers do the calculating for us. THANKS to those wonderful people, who afforded us the opportunity to round up 44 woodworking calculators, spreadsheets and free software for woodworkers!
Writing and compiling 17 Free Garage Woodshop Plans: Ingenious Space Savers for Garage Workshops led me to Grizzly’s shop layout program. Their ingenious little Flash tool got me thinking – are there any other free woodshop layout tools available? After sending Google into overdrive I found that, yes there are other workshop layout software – […]
I’m a big fan of tracks and circ saws… for me it all started with EurekaZone, and the moment I discovered that woodworking doesn’t always require a table saw. The success of EurekaZone and Festool’s TS 55 has brought DeWalt and Makita into the market. When there’s more competition, everyone wins… In this track saw […]
This thread at WoodNet: Fire Starting Battery Charger tells horror story after horror story of houses and workshops burned down because of batteries left to charge over night, unattended. Don’t do it. I read through all 5 pages of comments and summarized 8 safety tips you could use to better protect your family, your tools, […]
Edge jointing with a router – like edge jointing with a table saw – is another common method for making jointable edges without a jointer (…check out our 8″ jointer comparison if you’re considering the purchase). Planing with a jointer – a tedious but do-able process – is a lesser-recommended technique for finishing the faces […]
Hybrid table saws remain a popular category with woodworkers seeking more power and versatility than contractor and benchtop table saws. To find the top 10 we gathered hybrid table saw tests, reviews and recommendations of professionals and hobbyists from the leading woodworking publications and forums. Here’s what you’ll find in this article: What is a […]