Woodworking Tools

The Fein Multimaster Multi-purpose Oscillating Tool

This Fein Multimaster tool-kit is one of those tools that is a pricey investment, but is one that will make your job completion easier and faster. In the previous two years, attending woodworking shows, I would always find myself watching the demos on the Fein MultiMaster tool. I was ALWAYS impressed as to what the tool was capable of.  I recently saw the ad for the newest version with the quick blade release and the package supplied attachments.  More importantly, I had also found work that required this sort of tool!

I had to perform a job of installing ornamental returns on an old house with period moldings. The old returns had rotted together with some of the crown rake boards. Making the new returns wasn't an issue; trimming back the 4-inch crown molding was bound to be boring to say the least. I bought the Fein Multimaster tool-kit and felt the discomfort all the way back to the job…crown molding to solid wood. The roof’s 12/12 pitch made it nearly impossible to perform the task at hand with any speed while using steady tools.

The Fein MultiMaster accomplished the task in just a few seconds. After trimming back six returns in under one hour, I was certain the tool was worth the price tag. It was almost anticlimactic getting all of that work done in such a short amount of time! Simplicity and speed is what came to mind!

Since my purchase, I've found the Fein MultiMaster tool to be consistent with all that I have seen at demo shows. Once you purchase your own Fein MultiMaster, you will find yourself using it more than you thought you could. The amount of time you can save with the Fein MulitMaster tool, is worth the amount of money that you spend for your purchase, as it pays for itself very quickly.  I find myself treating the attachments as if they were gold, considering the replacement costs. I believe that the Fein MultiMaster can get away with their prices, as there isn't any other tool like it that works as well. The blades and all attachments are intensely strong and durable. Under-cutting doorjambs piled high with trim nails is now a breeze!

 

Router Sign Making

" Routers are especially good at some things, and one task that they do very well is in making signs. We live in a world of signs and we accumulate more and more every day. Unfortunately most of them are not very pretty, and this is where your router can help. Sign kits have been around for years but they are often cumbersome and hard to use – NOT ANY MORE. With the new Rockler sign kit you can make great looking signs in no time.

Have you ever gone out to price new letters for you house, or maybe a small sign for your woodworking shop? Maybe you are selling a few of your woodworking or turning projects at a local swap meet or open-air market? Wouldn't it be nice to have a great sign to put up showing off your work and your name?



The kits are available in either 2 1/4” or 4” kits, and actually having both means you could make some very creative and professional looking sign … AND the kits are very affordable and if you don't think so, go our a price one small sign of house numbers for your house, that will convince your. Then there is the finishing to consider, read on for more …

Getting the Right CNC Woodworking Machine

CNC Woodworking MachinePurchasing a new CNC machining centre can be an enjoyable offer. With each passing year, the rate and technology advance considerably. In spite of the attractiveness of CNC machines available in sculptured housings and exciting color schemes, the final analysis of a woodworking company may simply be influenced if a careful plan is laid out for achieving the most from the machine.

Deciding the purpose
The first step is to figure out how the new machine will be used. For example, since machining centers can route as well as drill, consider whether you want both. Also, identify if you'll need to drill horizontally for dowels, grooves for backs and routes for shelf standards.

Document the construction techniques that are used and all of the hardware that's needed. Care should be used to make sure that the CNC machine is ready for the job to be executed. There should be satisfactory tool shafts so that different drills may be employed, otherwise, the construction strategy must be modified to scale back the tool diameters.

Also, decide whether the woodworking plan needs entire sheets to be cut on the router, or if cutting is on a saw and the machining is to be done on a router.  For nesting, a special table will be necessary and also a forceful vacuum to hold the parts prepared. Since nesting machines cannot drill horizontally, a stand-alone machine could be needed. It is critical to understand the maximum part size and check out if it will fit on the router bed previously as a large amount of machining centers are engineered to machine a 24" deep gable only.

Router Table Basics

Router TableMany people consider routers "scary tools", this is probably because they can spin at such a high rate of speed, but truthfully, routers are among the safer tools in the workshop. Not that they should be taken for granted, ANY tool can do serious harm even a router. The thing that I like most about routers is they can be used to make entire projects. If the only tool you have is a router, you can make many projects with only a router.If you are new to routing, you will soon discover that the most of the things that you can do with a router involve using a router table. Routers with tables are useful too, but having a router table opens a whole new world of projects and woodworking elements.

If you are about to invest in a router, make sure you choose a good brand name like Porter Cable, Freud, Milwaukee, DeWalt or similar. If you are also investing in a router table do NOT purchase an inexpensive table based on price. You will soon find out that your money was wasted and now you still need to go out and purchase decent table. Most bench top tables are not worth bringing home, although there are exceptions, even some of the floor standing models are sketchy, so take your time and buy a decent table.

For some of the basics on using a router table, please see our video, then read on ....

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