Archive for the 'Tool Reviews' Category

Spyder Hole Saws

Saturday, September 12th, 2015

If you had to compile a short list of must-have tools to ensure a smooth and painless cabinet install, what would you include? A level? An impact driver? A cordless planer? All those tools are perfectly acceptable, and would be on my list for sure, but let me share with you another tool that has […]

Milwaukee Tool Symposium 2015

Friday, July 24th, 2015

Last month, June 17 & 18 to be exact, I had the privilege of flying out to Milwaukee, WI to be part of the annual Milwakee Tool Symposium, which is when the company debus many of its new products. The event began on Wednesday evening with dinner and an unveiling of never-before-seen tools. On Thursday, […]

High-Tech Cordless Tools

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

As woodworkers, we have become accustom to high-tech stationary power tools, complete with all kinds of bells and whistles. Whether it is a SawStop with flesh sensing technology, a TigerStop digital fence, or the plethora of digital speed, angle, and height read-outs found on shapers, sliding table saws, planers, and widebelt sanders. Let’s not forget […]

Bosch Innovation Experience

Saturday, February 7th, 2015

This past week, I had the privilege of attending the Bosch Innovation Experience at the World of Concrete trade show. Every year Bosch chooses a specific trade show at which to unveil and demonstrate all their latest technology, innovations, and products. This year I was invited to attend, along with Ethan Abramson, another Woodworking Network […]

Tool Review – Senco Trim Compressor

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Senco Finish & Trim Air Compressor – PC1010N This little air compressor is my second favorite product made by Senco, the first being their new cordless F-18 nail gun. We have been using the Senco PC1010 for about 10 years on our cabinet and shutter jobs, and just recently upgraded to the newer PC1010N. This […]

A New Fence and Stop Save an Old Saw

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

About 6 months ago, I was interested in upgrading the way we cut door rails and stiles and other smaller pieces. The solution was an easy one; just upgrade the fence and stop on the CTD saw.

Air Compressor Upgrade FTW!

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Over the past year or so, we have been slowly improving and upgrading all kinds of items in our shop…shop carts, assembly tables, work stations, and machinery. The most recent addition to our shop is an new air compressor. Previously, we used two 5hp Ingersoll Rand piston air compressors, one for the shop and one […]

Tool Review – Amana Ripping Blade

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

Amana RB1020 Ripping Blade In our shop, we have three table saws. One is a slider, used almost exclusively for cutting sheet goods, one is a cabinet saw set-up with a dado blade, and the last one is a 3HP Rockwell cabinet saw that we use for every other cut we need to make. The […]

Bosch Tool Review – Laser Distance Measurer

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

GLM80 Laser Distance and Angle Measurer If you are still site measuring for cabinetry strictly with a tape measure, this review is for you. I have been measuring rooms for cabinetry since I started J.Alexander in 2008, and have been using a Bosch laser measurer, to speed up and simplify the process, since 2010. I […]

Tool Review – ThingAMe Jig

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

Last August, while wandering the aisles at IWF2012, I came across the Thingame Jig Tool. It’s a small tool designed to execute one specific task; to precisely and accurately mark a scribed line.   The tool is machined from a solid piece of aluminum, which gives it nice heft and balance while in your hand. […]