Why Technique Matters

Friday, February 18, 2011 | Reader Comments | How-To | Sanders | Paint

Sanding Technique

In the review of the RO 90 DX multi-mode sander written by Cliff the "Wood Nerd", he mentions that initially he struggled with the balance of the machine. The weight of the motor in the rear of the sander combined with the weight of the dust extraction hose were making it challenging to keep the pad flat. This brings up a very important point about how proper technique can make a noticeable difference in the performance of a tool.

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The Wood Whisperer's Trestle Table

The Wood Whisperer - Trestle Table

Creating an elegant table using Festool power tools.

Our good friend Marc Spagnuolo, well known for his video woodworking webcasts on thewoodwhisperer.com, was nice enough to share his latest creation with our readers, an elegant trestle table. His three part video series on the trestle table offers very thorough step-by-step explanation and documentation of the complete fabrication and finishing process. This means that even if you're not interested in building a trestle table, you get the benefit of seeing processes that you may use in another project.

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Choosing the Right Abrasive Type

Monday, December 13, 2010 | Reader Comments | How-To | Sanders

Festool Abrasives

Choices, choices, choices...

Well, there's no doubt that all the different types of abrasive offered by Festool can be intimidating, if not confusing. But, each one is developed and engineered to solve a specific problem. You may have tried one type of abrasive, like Brilliant, and decided it does the job and you can just use it for every purpose. Well, that may or may not be the best choice. In this article, we're going to sort through the different types of abrasives and touch on the ideal application for each. Hopefully, once you're done reading this you'll have a better understanding of what you should be using to get the best results.

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Taming Solid Surface with the OF2200 Router

Wednesday, November 24, 2010 | Reader Comments | Dust Extractors | How-To | Reviews | Routers

In this article, Gregory Paolini shares his experiences using the Festool OF 2200 router in conjunction with a CT dust extractor for solid surface work. Gregory Paolini is a nationally recognized woodworker, author, and woodworking instructor.  You can learn more about him by visiting his website at www.GregoryPaolini.com.

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This Old House Uses Kapex For Crown Installation

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 | Reader Comments | How-To | Sliding Compound Miter Saws

This Old House

In this episode of This Old House, Tom Silva helps homeowners install foam crown moulding in their home. Tom uses the Kapex's MiterFast tool to quickly, easily and accurately transcribe the angles needed for cuts from the corners to the saw. The MiterFast is just one more way that Festool helps you work Faster, Easier, Smarter.

Need to Polish Your $200,000 Ferrari? Use a Festool Rotex!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 | Reader Comments | How-To | Reviews | Sanders

Drew Pancroft, proprietor of Zenith Detail, takes the Festool Rotex for a "test drive" in this latest end-user article. Drew travels the country detailing some of the most exotic cars in the United States. Recently, we sent Drew a Rotex RO 150 FEQ and Shinex RAP 150 (Available Spring 2011) to test out and give us some feedback on how these products meet the high demands of his clients. Be sure to check the Zenith Detail website for incredible before and after photos of the Ferrari F-430 from this article.

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Teak Cabanas Made Using the Festool Domino

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 | Reader Comments | How-To | Joiners

Building cabanas from teak using the Festool Domino

Festool offers a solution for joinery that needs to withstand the test of time and of the elements. The Sipo Domino tenons are made from a species of mahagony that can be used in harsh environments or outdoors. Sipo is rot-resistant and was the perfect solution for Ken Tomita's cabana project featured below. Let's see what Ken had to say about the project...

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Repairing Stair Handrails with the Festool Domino

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 | Reader Comments | How-To | Joiners | Sanders

Fox Carpentry of Bridgehampton, NY was recently involved in a remodeling job for one of its client. The task at hand was to repair heavily worn and damaged stairways. This historic home had seen many years of use and the stairways' handrails had seen a lot of wear. Originally assembled using mortise and dowel construction, the joints had weakened and compromised the intregity and safety of the handrail.

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