Tag Archives: Carpentry

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 HK 55 Carpentry Saw Review

Back in 1922, Raymond DeWalt developed the radial arm saw as a powered circular saw that could slide for cutting larger stock. It wasn’t until the 1970s that we got the rotating table and the miter saw as we know it really began to take shape. When I first saw the Festool HK 55 Carpentry […]

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Hitachi Cordless Brushless Finish Nailers

Hitachi Power Tools recently introduced a new series of Hitachi cordless brushless finish nailers that includes the NT1850DE 18-gauge 2-inch cordless brad nailer, the NT1865DM 16-gauge 2-1/2-inch cordless straight finish nailer, and the NT1865DMA 15-gauge 2-1/2-inch cordless angled finish nailer. All of the Hitachi cordless brushless finish nailers in this series are powered by Hitachi’s new […]

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Senco SCN65XP 15-Degree Coil Nailer

I retired early from a large mining company, having spent many years there as a welder and and almost a decade in the carpentry shop. I still wanted to be productive so I started helping my neighbor flip houses. When he couldn’t work any more due to an injury, I bought his van and I’ve been […]

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Porter-Cable 20V Max 18 Gauge Brad Nailer

Cord cutting is all the rage lately, whether it’s from the cable company or on your power tools. Just like the liberation you feel when you cease to pay $150 a month for 15 minutes of commercials per hour, the ability to work without being tethered to a cord or hose and compressor is exhilarating. I always welcome […]

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What’s The Best Wood For Painted Cabinets?

What’s The Best Wood For Painted Cabinets?Just as any artist has to decide what medium to use, carpenters must decide what wood to work with. The appearance, color, price, intended use, workability, and aging behavior are all considerations. But so is a wood’s paintability or ability to take a stain. If staining, you want to know how the wood grain will […]

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Setting The Optimal Table Saw Blade Height

Setting The Optimal Table Saw Blade HeightWisdom From the Pro to the Apprentice Ask a group of woodworkers what the optimal table saw blade height is and you may soon be longing for the relative civility of a political or religious conversation. Opinions abound. Some say the blade should be no more than an 1/8 inch above the cutting surface while others […]

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DeWalt FlexVolt 60V Max Circular Saw

DeWalt FlexVolt 60V Max Circular SawOne 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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Ridgid MS255SR 10-inch Dual Bevel Miter Saw Review

Ridgid MS255SR 10-inch Dual Bevel Miter Saw ReviewSome will read this review wondering why a saw that’s been out for quite a few years gets a review in PTR. The Ridgid MS255SR 10-inch dual bevel sliding miter saw came out in 2012 and had a limited run that lasted up through 2014. But that was pretty much the last time anyone could […]

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Makita BO6050J 6-Inch Random Orbit Sander

Makita BO6050J 6-Inch Random Orbit SanderRandom orbit sanders take many forms and power sources from a palm grip to full size two-handed and corded to cordless and pneumatic. The new Makita BO6050J 6-Inch Random Orbit Sander falls into the category of two-handed corded models appropriate for both wood sanding and auto detailing. The sander features two modes to switch between sanding […]

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