Tools & Equipment

Anyone who has ever had to strip damaged coats from a sizeable surface area will immediately see the utility of this tool.

Neil Erasmus shows how to make a vacuum box jig for thicknessing thin stock.

It’s always good to see a new name emerge in toolmaking, particularly domestically. I’ve recently spent some time using a locally produced set of 3", 5" and 7" adjustable try squares.

Peart has recorded a lifetime of lessons both in the workshop and beyond – lessons that can benefit any woodworker who is taking on a commercial focus.

Coming in at 20.2 kg without batteries and packing away all the required accessories into a hard systainer, this unit is truly portable.

I had an opportunity to review three sawblades including a 24 tooth rip, a 32 tooth crosscut and a 32 tooth combo blade.

Known for their power carving tools, Kutzall also have a range of handheld rasps for use on wood, rubber, rigid foam and more.

A joinery table kit that makes it easier to mortise narrow and thin workpieces is worth taking a look at.

The terms ‘hardwoods’ and ‘softwoods’ are neither accurate nor descriptive, since some softwoods are actually harder than some hardwoods.

Using hardwax oils


Have you considered using hardwax oils on any of your timber projects?

Around a year ago I upgraded to a full-specification router table set-up. Having run various table/router combinations over the years, I’d spent some time searching around.

When I look at equipment like this I understand where America’s edge comes from in manufacturing military equipment. This is a superbly made piece of aluminium and steel kit.

A traditional Japanese workbench is more than adequate for boxmaking and it is much easier to keep flat than a full bench.

The natural or bark edge of sawn timber can lend a sculptural, earthy or rustic effect to your woodwork.

CSP Tooling recently developed their new 12.7mm shank, 30mm diameter bit which has 10 four-sided carbide insert blades arranged in a spiral pattern.

My understanding is that this is the most expensive machine in its class on the Australian market.