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Tools We Can't Live Without

Between working wood at work and at home, and having the luxury of trying virtually every new tool that hits the market, our staff members get exposed to a lot of tools. Not surprisingly, some become favorites. We're sure you'll like them, too.

When woodworkers look to step up the performance of their tablesaws, the most obvious (and often most expensive) upgrades typically include a miter gauge or sled, a premium blade, and-especially on older saws-an aftermarket rip-fence system. After you've amped up your saw with these "big three," now comes the fun stuff: tablesaw jigs and accessories that make tricky or tedious tasks safer, easier, and more accurate. Here are some of our favorites.

There is a mind-boggling assortment of casters available on websites and in catalogs and home centers, how do you pick the right ones for your projects? Read further to learn how.

One of the most effective ways to turn that tool into cash is to list it online. Follow these steps to ensure a safe and profitable transaction.

Properly adjusted machines make better cuts and you can dial in peak performance on your stationary machines with this practical set of tune-up tools.

These handy helpers offer powerful persuasion with a gentle touch.

The ample power and go-anywhere versatility of today's cordless tools could doom your electric tools to a looooong life on the shelf.

Tool how-to and reviews from the editors of WOOD magazine and you!

14" saws, add-on fences, and saws for resawing. We review them all.

Nailer/compressor combination kits and brad nailers for $100 or less.

Our findings on 8 models of parallel-jaw clamps.

We look at portable drills, benchtop drill presses, and mortising machines.

There's more to dust collection than just sucking up debris. We'll show you what to look for.

6", 8", and 12" we tested them all.

Mid-size and minis both found their way into our tester's hands.

The editors at WOOD test lots of tools. Learn more about our usage of tenoning jigs, shop vacs, blade and bit cleaners, and other shop tools and helpers.

WOOD looks at the 12" models.

From multi-base to trim routers, our testers take them all throught the paces.

We cover drum, random-orbit, and belt/disc sanders. Learn more about our choices.

The main workhorse of many shops is the tablesaw. See what our tests revealed and what accessories we like to add to this shop centerpiece.

Need an opinion or two on a tool purchase? Post your question in this busy forum.

With all the choices in mitersaws these days (sliders and non-sliders alike), a 10" sliding compound mitersaw provides the best combination of accuracy, cut capacity, power, price, and portability.

Lots of reviews that didn't fit into the categories above.

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