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Festool RTS 400 REQ Sander Video Review

Festool has made some rolling changes to their already outstanding 400 series finish sanders. The new Festool RTS 400 REQ and its delta pad brother (the DTS 400 REQ) now feature a more powerful motor, updated Cleantec connection system, and bumpers to avoid damage to nearby workpieces. There are also some small ergonomic changes. The […]

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DeWalt FlexVolt Table Saw Review

You have to admit that DeWalt’s introduction of the DeWalt FlexVolt Table Saw is a bold move. Lithium Ion technology has advanced far enough to satisfy once skeptical tradesmen who thought battery power couldn’t supplant AC power in drills and saws. But now in table saws, too? A failure at this point would still be considered a […]

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When Using Glue-ups in Joinery is Best

For anyone starting out in woodworking, some skills take time to master. Others come more quickly. Joinery ranges from utilitarian to decorative, but it must always be dependable. Joint failure is annoying at best and dangerous at worst. A carpenter’s skill level, available tools, and application determine the joint type. Hundreds of possible configurations exist, however. Along […]

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Festool Domino DF XL 700 Joiner Review

In the world of joinery, a perfectly executed mortise and tenon joint is the holy grail of woodworking. Many a laborious hour has passed whilst I have fine-tuned an errant mortise or sanded a wayward tenon to perfection. While I find the art of joinery with hand tools to be well ….an art, the more practical […]

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Bosch Green-Beam Self-Leveling Cross-Line Laser

Like just about everything else in life, a good foundation is essential for a good result. It’s especially true in the trades, as the incremental work done at each step of a project either builds on trueness or reveals the opposite. We’ve reviewed plenty of levels from standard spirit levels with aluminum construction to bamboo […]

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Festool RTS 400 REQ Orbital Finish Sander Review

When we visited Festool in Germany last year, we got to see the Festool RTS 400 REQ Orbital Finish Sander in action months before its North American launch. It’s a rolling change from the previous model – the Festool RTS 400 EQ – which was a phenomenal sander in its own right. Clint DeBoer and […]

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Ryobi Cordless Belt Sander Video Review

We spent some time getting to know the Ryobi Cordless Belt Sander – a brushless model on their popular One+ 18V lineup that came out along with a brushless belt sander from Ridgid. The two share some similarities but also have some key differences. Check out our Ridgid Cordless Belt Sander Review The sander uses […]

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DeWalt FlexVolt 60V Max Circular Saw Review

One of the products we saw at the DeWalt Experience made us wonder at first if it was really necessary – the new DeWalt FlexVolt 60V Max Circular Saw. After all, full-size cordless circular saws have been around for a while and they cut quite well, to be honest. With DeWalt’s recent success in the 20V Max/18V sector, […]

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Ryobi One+ 18V Trim Router P601

Using a router is a lot like painting a room – in a very short time with just a little effort, you can dramatically change the aesthetic. Run an ogee along a table surface, ease sharp corners, flush cut two pieces, create rabbets, dadoes, and even dovetails. You could haul out the big, corded plunge […]

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Ridgid Gen5X Brushless Belt Sander Video Review

Ridgid and Ryobi (both TTI companies) decided to bust through the cordless barrier when it comes to belt sanders. The Ridgid Gen5X Brushless Belt Sander runs on their 18V platform and, obviously, sports a brushless motor. It takes advantage of a 3 x 18-inch belt and a variable 400 – 935 FPM belt rate to […]

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