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Woodworking saws

Band Saw Sizes

Bandsaws are really useful tools and often the cornerstone of a woodshop, but the bandsaw sizing system is a source of much confusion. And no wonder: the nominal “inch-size” of a bandsaw is neither a functional dimension nor something you can see on the outside of the saw. In plain language, nothing you see on […]

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Band Saw vs. Table Saw – The Big Saws Compared

Band saws and table saws are two of the largest saws you are likely to own as a hobbyist, or even as a professional woodworker. Given the substantial investment of money and workshop space you have to dedicate to either of them, you might be wondering whether you really need both of these large saws? […]

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Sawing Woodworking saws

Rip vs. Cross-cut – What’s the Difference?

In the context of sawing, woodworkers talk about ripping cuts and cross-cuts, or ripping and cross-cutting. If you are new to the field, just as I was a few years ago, you might be wondering: what do these two terms mean, and why does it matter? The short answer to this question, as I learned […]

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Sawing Woodworking saws

Do You Really Need a Table Saw?

A table saw is arguably one of the best and most versatile tools you can have in your shop – many consider it an absolute essential for woodworking. But table saws are also big, heavy and expensive, and need a very large working space around them, consuming your valuable shop floor space. Whether you are […]

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Festool vs. Makita Guide Rails: Just the Same?

Plunge-cut circular saws are a central tool in most modern woodshops. These saws, often also called track saws, owe their accuracy and ease of use to guide rails or tracks. Although the tracks are usually specific to the saw brand, two of the leading manufacturers, Festool and Makita, carry very similar-looking models. If you are […]