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Last-modified: 12/7/97

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Copyright (c) 1997 by James J. Roche. All rights reserved. 

Readers of this group often request reviews of particular tools. This article
is meant to be a pointer to tool reviews/comparisons. It is not a complete
list of sources for tool reviews. If anyone has any additions please send
me a note and I will try to add it in.


Air Compressors
	Portable Air Compressors - Fine Homebuilding October 1988
	Compressed Air Systems - Fine Woodworking June 1990
	Bring in the Air Force - Wood April 1994
	Tool Buyers Treasure Hunt - Wood October 1994
	Air Compressors - American Woodworker November 1995
	Survey of Portable Air Compressors - Fine Homebuilding Januarly 1998

Air Filtration Systems
	Air Filtration Systems - Wood November 1995

Air Tools
	The WORKBENCH Guide to Air Tools - Workbench October 1988
	Selecting a Spray Gun - Fine Woodworking June 1990
	HVLP sprayers - American Woodworker October 1992
	High Volume Low Pressure Sprayers - Wood April 1993
	Woodworkings Sure Shots (nailers) - Wood December 1993
	Tool Talk: Finish Nailers - Popular Woodworking May 1994
	Survey of Framing Nailers - Fine Homebulding November 1996

Bandsaws
	Shopping for Bandsaw Blades - Wood December 1989
	Bandsaws - Wood October 1990
	Bandsaw Roundup - Wood April 1992
	Band Saws - Popular Woodworking September 1992
	Buyers Guide to Bandsaws - American Woodworker June 1994
	Bandsaws - American Woodworker November 1994
	Bandsaws Tool Buyers Update - Wood  December 1994
	Bandsaws ($400-$800) - ShopNotes November 1995
	Stationary Bandsaws - Wood Winter 1997

Belt Sanders
	Portable Belt Sanders - Wood October 1990
	The WORKBENCH Guide to Benchtop Belt/Disc Sanders - Workbench September 1991
	Portable Belt Sanders - ShopNotes September 1996
	Choosing a Belt Sander - Fine Woodworking December 1996

Biscuit Joiners
	The WORKBENCH Guide to Plate Joiners - Workbench April 1988
	Plate Joiners - Fine Woodworking June 1989
	Buying a Biscuit Joiner - Wood December 1992
	Biscuit Joiners - American Woodworker October 1993
	Tool Buyers Treasure Hunt - Wood October 1994
	Biscuit Joiners - American Woodworker November 1994
	Picking a Plate Joiner - Fine Woodworking February 1995
	Survey of Biscuit Joiners - Fine Homebuilding March 1995
	Biscuit Joiners - American Woodworker November 1995

Carvers
	Power Carvers - Fine Woodworking April 1991

Circular Saws
	Portable Circular Saws - Wood October 1990
	Portable Circular Saws (AKA sidewinders) - Fine Homebuilding November 1990
	Circular Saws - Consumer Reports November 1992
	Circular Saws - American Woodworker November 1994
	Circular Saws (low end) - ShopNotes January 1995
	Survey of Cordless Saws - Fine Homebuilding July 1997
	Survey of Worm Drive and Hypoid Saws - Fine Homebuilding November 1997

Clamps
	The Smart Shoppers Guide to Clamps - Wood February 1991
	Quick Clamps - ShopNotes May 1996

Cordless Screwdrivers
	The WORKBENCH Guide to Cordless Screwdrivers - Workbench April 1990
	Cordless drill/drivers - Wood October 1990

Cordless Drills
	Cordless drill/drivers - Wood October 1990
	Cordless Wonders - Wood April 1991
	Powerful Cordless Drill/Drivers - Fine Woodworking November 1993
	Cordless Drills - American Woodworker October 1993
	Cordless Drills - American Woodworker November 1994
	Cordless Drills - American Woodworker November 1995
	12V Cordless Drills - ShopNotes March 1996
	Cordless Drills - Wood August 1996

Cut-Off Saws
	Portable Electric Cut-Off Saws - Fine Homebuilding September 1990

Detail Sanders
	Tool Review: Detail Sanders - Wood November 1994
	Picking a Detail Sander - Fine Woodworking March 1995

Dovetail Jigs
	Dovetail Jigs - American Woodworker April 1996

Drill Bits
	Buying Forstner Bits - Wood February 1991

Drills
	The Great Electric Drill Shootout - Wood August 1990
	Survey of 3/8" VSR Drills - Fine Homebuilding June 1993
	Powerful Cordless Drill/Drivers - Fine Woodworking December 1993
	Buyers Guide to Cordless Drills - American Woodworker December 1993
	Tests of 47 Corded and Cordless Drills - Consumer Reports January 1994

Drill Presses
	Drill Presses - Wood October 1990
	Drill Presses - American Woodworker November 1994
	Drill Presses - American Woodworker November 1995

Dust Collectors
	The WORKBENCH Guide to Dust Collection Systems - Workbench February 1989
	Meet the Dust Guzzlers - Wood September 1992
	Lowering the Boom on Dust - Wood April 1997

Fences
	Aftermarket Fences - American Woodworker October 1992
	Tool Buyers Treasure Hunt - Wood October 1994
	Rip Fences - Wood February 1997
	Tablesaw Fences - American Woodworker October 1997
	Shop Test Contractor's Saws - American Woodworker December 1997

Finishing Sanders
	Finishing Sanders - Wood April 1993
	Tool Buyers Treasure Hunt - Wood October 1994

Grinders
	Grinders - American Woodworker February 1993
	Wet-wheel Grinders - Wood February 1995
	Grinders - American Woodworker November 1995

Heat Guns
	The WORKBENCH Guide to Heat Guns - Workbench February 1991

Jointers
	Machines the Give You the Edge Quickly and Accurately - Wood October 1989
	Two New Jointers - Fine Woodworking February 1990
	Jointers - Wood October 1990
	Comparing Jointer-Planers - Fine Woodworking November 1994
	Jointers - American Woodworker November 1994
	Jointers under $1000 - Wood December 1995
	Shop Test 8" Jointers - American Woodworker April 1997

Lathes
	Lathes - Wood October 1990
	The WORKBENCH Guide to Lathes - Workbench May 1991
	Quality Lathes for Under $600 - Wood October 1993
	Tool Buyers Treasure Hunt - Wood October 1994
	Lathes - American Woodworker November 1994
	Mini-Lathes - American Woodworker June 1996

Miter Saws
	The WORKBENCH Guide to Power Miter Saws - Workbench June 1988
	Getting an Angle on Compound Miters - Fine Homebuilding January 1990
	Power Mitersaws - Wood February 1992
	Workbench Guide to Random Orbit Disc Sanders - Workbench May 1992
	Tool Review Sliding Compound Miter Saws - Woodworkers Journal January 1993
	Buyers Guide to Sliding Compound Miter Saws - American Woodworker April 1993
	Sliding Compound Miter Saws - Fine Woodworking May 1993
	Shopping for Chopsaw Stand - Fine Homebuilding January 1996
	Sliding Compound Mitersaws - Wood April 1996
	Compound Miter Saws - January 1997

Moisture Meters
	Taking the Measure of Moisture Meters - Fine Woodworking April 1994

Radial Arm Saws
	Radial-arm Saws - Wood October 1990
	Tool Buyers Treasure Hunt - Wood October 1994
	Radial Arm Saws - American Woodworker November 1994

Random Orbital Sanders
	Tool Talk: Random Orbital Sanders - Popular Woodworking September 1991
	Random-Orbit Sanders - Fine Woodworking February 1992
	Random-Orbit Sanders - Wood February 1993
	Finishing Sanders - Wood April 1993
	Random Orbit Sanders - Fine Woodworking August 1993
	Random Orbit Palm Sanders - Woodworkers Journal Nov/Dec 1993
	Tool Buyers Treasure Hunt - Wood October 1994
	Palm Grip Random Orbit Sanders - ShopNotes September 1995
	Random Orbit Sanders - American Woodworker November 1995
	Random Orbit Sanders - Wood Sepetember 1996

Reciprocating Saws
	Reciprocating Saw Survey - Fine Homebuilding April/May 1994

Routers
	The WORKBENCH Guide to Routers - Workbench April 1989
	Routers, Routers Everywhere - Wood February 1990
	Plunge Routers - Wood October 1990
	Tool Review Plunge Routers - Woodworkers Journal January 1992
	Plunge Routers - Fine Homebuilding January 1992
	Big Plunge Routers - Fine Woodworking December 1992
	Plunge Routers - Fine Homebuilding January 1992
	Buyers Guide to Plunge Routers - American Woodworker July/August 1993
	Laminate Trimmer Survey - Fine Homebuilding May 1995
	Best of the Bunch Routers for Table Mounting - Wood September 1995
	Routers - American Woodworker November 1995
	Plunge Routers 3hp+ - ShopNotes November 1996
	Midsized Plunge Routers - Wood October 1997

Router Bits
	Router Bits - American Woodworker August 1993
	Router Bits Tackle Cope and Stick - Fine Woodworking August 1994
	Carbide Router Bits - Wood December 1994
	Router Bit Review Rail and Stile Bits - Wood August 1996

Sabersaws
	What's New with Sabersaws - Fine Woodworking December 1990
	Survey of Jigsaws - Fine Homebuilding July 1994
	Jazzed up About Jigsaws - Wood August 1994
	Sabersaws - Consumer Reports September 1995
	Evaluating 8 Professional Grade Jigsaws - Fine Woodworking October 1997

Sawblades
	Dado cutting tools - Wood October 1991
	10 inch Carbide Tipped Sawblades - Wood September 1993
	Circular Blades Tool Buyers Update - Wood December 1994
	Combination Table Saw Blades - ShopNotes January 1996

Sawmills
	The WORKBENCH Guide to Portable Sawmills - Workbench August 1989

Screw Guns
	A Survey of Self-Feed Screw Guns - Fine Homebuilding December 1993

Scrollsaws
	Scrollsaw Blades - Wood April 1990
	Scrollsaws - Wood October 1990
	Scrollsaws over $500 - Wood September 1991
	The Wide World of Scrollsaws - Wood October 1996

Shapers
	Shapers - Wood December 1990
	Shapers - American Woodworker November 1995
	7 Reasons to Buy a Home-Shop Shaper - Wood February 1996

Shopsmith
	Shopsmith vs. Total Shop - Wood June 1990

Spindle Sanders
	Oscillating Spindle Sanders Under $700 - Wood September 1994

Tablesaws
	How to Buy the Most Important Woodworking Machine in your Shop - Wood December 1989
	Tablesaw Safety Devices - Fine Woodworking April 1990
	Tablesaws - Wood October 1990
	Tool Talk - Popular Woodworking July 1991
	Double Duty Tablesasw With Special Cross Cutting Features - Fine Woodworking April 1992
	Tablesaws under $700 - Wood Feb 1994
	Tablesaws - American Woodworker November 1995
	Tablesaw Showdown - American Woodworker December 1995
	Cabinet Style Tablesaws - Wood August 1997

Thickness Planers
	Portable Power Planes - Fine Homebuilding June 1989
	The WORKBENCH Guide to Planers - Workbench February 1990
	Thickness Planers under $500 - Wood April 1990
	Portable Planer Survey - Fine Woodworking October 1990
	Thickness Planers - Wood October 1990
	Portable Planers - Wood April 1992
	Portable Thickness Planers - American Woodworker April 1992
	Multipurpose Planer/Molders - Wood August 1993
	Power Planer Survey - Fine Homebuilding November 1994
	Thickness Planers - American Woodworker November 1995
	Portable Thickness Planers - ShopNotes July 1996
	Benchtop Planers - American Woodworker December 1996
	Mid-Sized Thickness Planers - Fine Woodworking November 1997

Vacuums
	Tool Buyers Treasure Hunt - October 1994
	Shop Vacuums - American Woodworker June 1995
	Tool Roundup 6 Shop Vacuums - Workbench November 1995

Vises
	Woodworking Vises - Wood September 1990

Mail Order
	Mail Order Tools - Fine Homebuilding September 1990


Where to get back issues of magazines mentioned:

American Woodworker
PO Box 7591
Red Oak, IA 51591
(800) 666-3111

Fine Woodworking - Fine Homebuilding
The Taunton Press
63 South Main Street
PO Box 5506
Newtown CT 06470-5506

Wood - Better Homes & Gardens
Meredith Corporation
1716 Locust St.
DesMoines IA 50336
(800) 374-9663 subscription
(800) 572-9350 back issues

Workbench / ShopNotes / Woodsmith
August Home Publishing Co. 
2200 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312
phone 800-444-7002
fax: 515-282-6741
Email: augusthome.com
Web Page: www.augusthome.com

Popular Woodworking
Box 58279
Boulder, CO 80322

Woodworker's Journal
PO Box 1629
New Milford CT 06776
(203) 355-2694
-- 
Jim Roche
roche@cs.rochester.edu
University of Rochester Computer Science Department Rochester, NY 14627

User Contributions:

david mccampbell
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Aug 17, 2012 @ 7:19 pm
I'm looking for instructions for a tool called "cutaletter" made by game time inc out of mich. I have the tool and almost have it figured out how it works, still would like more. Any direction would be helpful. david

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