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2015 WOOD Innov8 Awards

We appreciate innovation in woodworking tools and products, especially when it makes a meaningful difference across shops large and small, pro and hobbyist. Among the dozens of new products we considered for this award, these eight intrigue us the most.



We're always on the lookout for woodworking tools and products that make life in the shop easier, safer, and more precise. Here are eight game-changers that fill the bill for the new year.



Manufacturers of woodworking products live and die by the innovations they bring to market.



From the first cut to the final knob, these tools make building cabinets easier, faster, and more accurate.



Here are the eight new products we judge most innovative for 2011.



Check out the 25 best wood tools of the Past 25 Years.



Tool manufacturers live and die by the innovations they bring to the woodworking marketplace.



We tested eight products and several home remedies to see which Blade and Bit cleaners work fastest and safest.



What if you could cut your finishing time by more than half, and get a super-smooth finish, to boot? You can! Stow that brush and enter the spray age with a low-overspray system.



The first hand tool every power-tool woodworker needs



After months of testing, these super-accurate layout helpers earned a permanent place in the WOOD magazine shop.



Here are the 10 models we tested.



We love power tools; but many times a hand tool does the job better and quicker and always with less noise and dust.



We tested 11 units priced from $130 to $325 in search of one that will handle most woodworking-shop needs.



Good news: Easy and precise sharpening doesn't have to cost a lot of coin. To help you decide which type and model is best for you, we rounded up dozens of sharpeners and spent more than a month testing them.



These handy tools make joining boards a snap, but only a select few do the job with maximum accuracy and minimum fuss.



They saw, sand, scrape, and more. Is it time to add one to your tool box?



We tested 11 units priced from $130 to $325 in search of one that will handle most woodworking-shop needs.



Are these circ-saws-on-steroids worth their plump price tags? We test 5 models to find out.



For paring tenons and rabbets, nothing does the job better than one of these handy hand tools.



WOOD® magazine editors searched far and wide to find the best new woodworking tools for the new year.



Woodworkers use this tool mainly for sharpening, but also for grinding down hardware, and, with wire wheels or cloth buffing wheels, cleaning and polishing.



Why buy? Power tools and machines make noise ranging from mildly annoying to downright harmful. Muff-style hearing protectors reduce the sound reaching your ears, effectively preventing hearing damage.



Why buy? Handling 4x8' sheets of plywood, medium-density fiberboard (MDF), or other sheet goods by yourself can be tricky, cumbersome, and unsafe. So we decided to see which panel handlers deliver the (sheet) goods.



Are these circ-saws-on-steroids worth their plump price tags? We test 5 models to find out.



A dead-on-accurate steel rule not only helps you mark perfect measurements, but it also proves indispensable at setting blade and bit heights on machines. We tested several models in each of three categories, and then named our favorite rule for each category.



Why buy? A shelf-pin drilling jig ensures wobble-free adjustable shelves by helping you drill precisely positioned pin holes.



Save some scratch (and space) by going smaller, without sacrificing performance.



 
 
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