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  1. Planer and Jointer Options

    Using stationary planer to smooth wood for cutting board

    Planers and jointers are essential tools for achieving smooth, flat surfaces and precise dimensions.

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  2. Understanding Planers and Jointers

    Running freshly planed board through a jointer

    Properly preparing lumber is a key to successful woodworking. These two tools are essential to that surfacing process.

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  3. FlexiPort Hoses Fit Your Portable Power Tools

    flexiport hose innovation lead

    What is the best wood dust collection hose for small power tools? Small benchtop tools and held power tools, such as sanders, circular saws, and track saws generate a lot of dust right where you least want it: directly under your nose. Unfortunately, the confusing array of non-standardized small dust ports on these power tools makes it hard to connect a dust hose—until now. The Rockler 3' to 12' Expandable FlexiPort Hose Kit and 12' Fixed Length FlexiPort Hose Kit feature tool port fittings that flex to fit on almost any tool and a 2-1/4'' hose port fitting that connects to most shop vacuums and dust separators. Plus, a redesigned quick connection system makes it faster and easier to connect and disconnect the hose to your tools.

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  4. Sealing Turnings for Food Use?

    Turned salt and pepper shakers finished with shellac

    There are several good reasons to seal raw wood that will be used for food-contact items, such salt shakers and pepper mills.

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  5. Improve Your Routing with Jigs and Bits

    Spline, indexing dado and fluting router jigs

    Get the most out of your router and improve precision and efficiency with an impressive array of specialized jigs and bits.

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  6. Understanding Router Basics

    Selection of three different types of router on a workbench

    At its most basic level, a router is simply a motor with a cutting bit attached to it, installed in a base for controlling it by hand. The motor spins the bit at extremely high speeds. This is our modern handheld router in a nutshell.

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  7. Router Table Fundamentals

    Rockler cast iron router table with promax

    Flipping a router upside down and mounting it to a flat surface is a common way to add functionality. These "router tables" can be remarkably basic or amazingly fancy, thanks to many accessories now on the market.

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  8. Router Safety Considerations

    Using router to cut circles with jig

    Routers are remarkable additions to our woodworking shops. But like all power tools, especially those designed for cutting wood, safety is an important concern.

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