Tools & Equipment

Factories and workshops across the world are using increasingly sophisticated machinery. Where did this woodworking revolution start, and what were the milestones in its development?

‘What a surprise this tool turned out to be’, says Raf Nathan after testing the new Bosch GEX 18V-125 cordless sander.

This is a diminutive tool that can be used for edge-profiling and flushing down inlays and solid edging, as well as trimming the ends of frame and panel assemblies.

Many woodworkers rely on factory settings to tension bandsaw blades, but in my experience there is no guarantee that this is accurate to begin with.

Kawasei and Seigen are the new brands in town, fully forged in boxed and canvas roll sets.

When it comes to workshop equipment and what you need, it’s easy for any woodworker to get carried away. With so much to choose from, you can always find justification for that latest gadget.

Thanks to its open design, Hammer’s HS 950 oscillating edge sanding machine is built to sand larger workpieces and curves while maximising belt usage.

No need for an extra hand at glue-up time with the new EHZ one-handed clamp.

When I started signing more large-scale commission work, I knew it was time to invest in larger equipment to help me process the stock.

Armed with various boards of timber, squares and calipers, Raf Nathan recently put the Laguna JX8 jointer and PX16 thicknesser through their paces.

This method of measuring proportions and angles has been hiding in plain sight for over two centuries, and offers a way to take the guesswork out of the many decisions that need to be made when drawing up a design.

Worth taking a look at, the Hafco B-18V scroll saw is an all-round machine for the craft enthusiast.

The 720PRO pocket hole jig is the latest innovation from Kreg and offers faster builds than ever.

With so many power tool brands offering more and more cordless options, I wasn’t at all interested in replacing our trusty 240 volt corded trimmer routers as I was pretty sure they couldn’t perform as well. However...

Not all resins are equal – here are three products specifically designed for general coating, deep casting and use on smaller art pieces.

The Nova Comet II DR midi-lathe is a popular unit on the Australian market but is now back with ‘refreshed’ aesthetics and a constant read system that provides live speeds.