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Ken Stratford  |  Aug 22, 2009  |  0 comments
As with all my stands, I kept the construction of this saw station very simple and robust. It moves around every day on 4in castors and works very well.

The top and bottom are 675x535x18mm plywood with an 18x6mm rebate routed all around and 18x6mm groove routed centrally across the width. The ends should be cut to 535x286mm, again with an 18x6mm rebate in both ends to take the sides. Fix together with PVA glue in the base, adding the ends to…

Scott Jenkins  |  Sep 01, 2009  |  0 comments
Readers of the Diary of a New Woodworker column will know that I recently set up a workshop for which I bought several used machines. Judging by the response. the secondhand option seems to have common appeal but it can be a risky business. Why buy secondhand?

secondhand machinery will not suit all woodworkers, but if you are prepared to invest some time in finding your table saw, bandsaw, planer-thicknesser or spindle moulder…

Tegan Foley  |  Dec 31, 2022  |  0 comments
Extremely compact and versatile, with a modern and sophisticated design – including digital technologies – Festool’s new CSC SYS 50 cordless table saw redefines industry standards. What’s more, the new cordless table saw is so compact that it perfectly fits into a Systainer
Andy Standing  |  Jul 18, 2009  |  0 comments
If you intend to tackle any really intricate cutting jobs, then the machine you need is a powered scroll saw. These rather delicate looking machines are capable of producing the finest work, and are one of the safest cutting machines available. They tend to be more associated with craft work and modelmaking, than furniture projects, however they are surprisingly robust machines and can cope with timber up to about 50mm thick. They can also cut…

Andy Standing  |  Nov 14, 2008  |  0 comments
The Axminster is a smartlooking machine with a white steel body and a smooth cast-iron table. A good solid rip fence is supplied and also a plastic sliding mitre fence. The saw mounted on a steel cabinet base with considerable internal storage space.

The saw itself is strongly constructed and very well fi nished. The blade runs on a pair of cast alloy wheels which are well balanced and easy to adjust. The upper blade guard is alloy…

Andy Standing  |  Nov 14, 2008  |  0 comments
Every woodworking project involves cutting up timber, from initial conversion through to fi nal dimensioning and jointmaking. In larger workshops, the table saw generally takes the lion’s share of the work. However, the bandsaw is often a viable alternative for the home user.

Bandsaws generally have a larger depth of cut compared to an equivalent circular saw, and they also cut a far thinner kerf. They can cut both shaped and straight…

Andy Standing  |  Nov 14, 2008  |  0 comments
The silver Draper is a neat little machine. It has an all-steel body with a one-piece metal access door. The blade runs on cast alloy wheels and the blade tensioning system is straightforward to use.

The steel and alloy upper blade guard houses a set of bearings similar to those used on the Titan, with small steel rods giving side support and a roller thrust bearing.

Andy Standing  |  Nov 14, 2008  |  0 comments

The bright, white JWBS9 is another machine with some useful features. It has an alloy frame with a one piece plastic access door. Alloy wheels are used for the blade, and there’s a simple tensioning and adjusting system. The edge of the top casing has a useful viewing window for visual checking of the blade tracking.

Ben Plewes  |  Mar 18, 2011  |  0 comments
In this video series, Good Woodworking's Andy King explains the benefits of a good workshop layout while making a mortice and tenoned frame and panel.
Ben Plewes  |  Mar 17, 2011  |  0 comments
Andy starts this second instalment with an explanation of softwood timber grades before proceeding to outline the frame and panel project that will be completed during this series.
Ben Plewes  |  Mar 16, 2011  |  0 comments
The next stage is to convert the timber at the table saw in readiness for the planer thicknesser and spindle moulder.
Ben Plewes  |  Mar 15, 2011  |  0 comments
This video focusses on using a planer thicknesser to square up and dimension timber.
Ben Plewes  |  Mar 14, 2011  |  0 comments
After thicknessing his stock, Andy turns to the spindle moulder to create the grooves and rebates.
Ben Plewes  |  Mar 13, 2011  |  0 comments
In this episode Andy demonstrates his tried and tested method for creating a workshop rod - an invaluable aid for speeding up and improving the accuracy of any number of woodworking projects.
Ben Plewes  |  Mar 12, 2011  |  0 comments
After creating a workshop rod the next stage is to mark and create components from it. In this video Andy demonstrates how to do this quickly and effectively.