Archive for the ‘Tool Reviews’ Category

What’s Your Tool Review Wish List?

October 8th, 2010 by

Magazines are a funny business when it comes to keeping track of time. Here at Woodworker’s Journal, we’re waiting for the December issue to hit the mail—(that’s happening real soon, by the way). In the meantime, we’re deep into production on the January 2011 issue, despite the fact that it isn’t even mid October yet. That’s how publishing goes. Sometimes, between print assignments, our eZine tasks and planning ahead, I forget exactly which month I’m currently in. My wife, however, won’t accept “job” as a reason for my forgetfulness. She’s convinced these are actually the onset of “senior” moments…


Funny Bench Cookies Contest Entry

March 1st, 2010 by
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Recently, Rockler and LumberJocks teamed up and put together a contest for creative uses for Bench Cookies (details here).

While I’m sure there are some great entries out there, the one submitted by DonW just begs to be the next viral hit (at least among woodworkers).  Make sure you check it out by clicking here.

Matt Becker
Content Coordinator

Jerry Seinfeld Who?

January 8th, 2010 by

Stuffed shop or situation comedy? Looks like both to you.

Who knew that a bunch of shop rats could be so darn funny?

Your response to Matt Becker’s request for Cabinet Saw Captions has been OFF THE CHARTS! And we couldn’t be happier about it. The numbers keep clicking higher as your rapier wit unleashes itself. Do you think we can top 150 captions before the comedy runs cold?


Gotta Clever Cabinet Saw Caption?

January 4th, 2010 by

When Field Editor Chris Marshall sent us this photo of the collection of Cabinet Saws in his shop preparing for the review you’ll find in our February issue, the completely ridiculous image just begged for a fun caption.

My entry? “A cabinet saw bomb went off in my shop!”

Got a better one?  Leave it in the Comments section and let’s see what our clever readers can come up with!

Matt Becker
Content Coordinator


A Peek Behind the Curtain

December 1st, 2009 by
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Leigh1Because I am a woodworking tool geek, one of the things I really like about my job is that I not only get to see the plethora of new woodworking products as they are launched, but I often get to see them firsthand and get a demonstration of how they work.  (No tedious reading of the instruction manuals for me, no sir!)

A good example of this came recently when Matthew Grisley of Leigh Industries dropped by to demonstrate their new Super FMT Jig ( I have had the pleasure of knowing Matt and his family for many years now, so this demo meeting was a double treat for me. This jig forms both mortises and tenons with one setup, much like their original FMT jig, but at almost half the cost. (A great concept with all of us watching our nickels and dimes even more closely these days.)


The Ones that Get Away

September 2nd, 2009 by
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Nope, I didn't win a Powermatic lottery here. These machines are headed back to warehouse after use in a project story.

Nope, I didn't win a Powermatic lottery here. These tools are headed back to the factory after use in a project story.

When folks find out that I review woodworking tools for a living, one of the first questions they usually ask is, “Do you get to keep them?” Especially those good-natured freight truck drivers who bring this stuff to my shop. Many of them are woodworkers. They really want to know.

Here’s the honest answer: usually, no, I don’t get to keep the tools.

Most sample tools, especially the really big, expensive, incredibly cool ones, have a predetermined round-trip ticket in and out my shop door. And, it should be that way. But believe me, over the past eight years of reviewing tools for Woodworker’s Journal, I could cry a river over what I’ve had to take apart, re-crate, re-skid and put back on a freight truck. Then watch it drive away…