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Smart Jars

Smart Jars

By Bob Duncan Pegboard always seems like a good idea, but for tools, I’ve moved to a shelf/drawer system. But I kept the 4×8 sheet of pegboard tacked to my shop wall, because, well, it should be good for something. At Maker Faire in New York City last September, I […]

by December 22, 2016 Product Reviews
Porter Cable 20-Volt Lithium Ion Battery Tools

Porter Cable 20-Volt Lithium Ion Battery Tools

By  Bob Duncan Porter Cable has created a set of interchangeable tools that use the same battery and charger. The company has kept prices down by selling some tools without chargers, assuming you’ve already bought the charger with another set. The basic set includes a 1/2″-chuck cordless drill and a […]

by December 22, 2016 Product Reviews
Gerber Knives

Gerber Knives

By Bob Duncan Gerber has been designing knives and other tools for outdoorsmen and the military for more than 70 years. Two of their knives are useful for carvers. The Three-Blade Stockman features a long, locking roughing-out blade; a smaller sheepsfoot blade, and an even smaller drop-point blade, all of […]

by December 22, 2016 Product Reviews
Zippo 4-in-1 Woodsman

Zippo 4-in-1 Woodsman

By Bob Duncan Zippo has expanded beyond the windproof lighter business into the outdoor and camping markets. The company’s new 4-in-1 Woodsman tool is ideal for woodcarvers, especially those who harvest their own walking sticks. The lightweight tool is a bow saw, useful for cutting down saplings, that quickly converts […]

by December 22, 2016 Product Reviews
Dremel 4200 Rotary Tool

Dremel 4200 Rotary Tool

By Bob Duncan Dremel has added a new EZ Change mechanism to its rotary tool that allows you to change bits in seconds with no wrenches. The pull-lever system replaces the standard collet nut system, which required you to use a wrench to tighten or loosen the nut. In our […]

by December 22, 2016 Product Reviews
Sjöbergs Smart Vise

Sjöbergs Smart Vise

By Bob Duncan Sjöbergs, the company that has set the standard for full-size workbenches and smaller carver’s benches, has created a mobile workstation they call the Smart Vise. The Smart Vise measures 14 1/4″ by 14 1/4″, can be clamped to any table or workspace, and includes a versatile bench […]

by December 22, 2016 Product Reviews
Losable Knives

Losable Knives

By Bob Duncan Chestnut Tools has partnered with Lee Valley to offer what they call losable knives. The inexpensive stainless steel knives come in boxes of five and are meant for people who frequently lose their pocketknife. They’re also perfect for carvers who like to reshape their knives. These knives […]

by December 22, 2016 Product Reviews
BushSmarts Carving Tools

BushSmarts Carving Tools

By Bob Duncan BushSmarts’ new carving tools for the outdoorsman include a hooked knife and custom sheath, a thumb guard, and a roll-up pouch. Each piece is sold separately. While the knife could use sharpening, I love the sheath, which is made from thick, oiled leather stitched with wire. A […]

by December 22, 2016 Product Reviews
Micro Pro Champion micro motor

Micro Pro Champion micro motor

By Bob Duncan Woodcarvers Supply has redesigned their Pro Champion micro motor to give it a higher top speed and greater power (torque). The tool now features a top speed of 46,000rpm. The Micro Pro kit eliminates the foot control. I never use the foot control with a micro motor, […]

by December 22, 2016 Product Reviews
DMT Dia-Flat™ Lapping Plate

DMT Dia-Flat™ Lapping Plate

By Bob Duncan When you sharpen gouges and V-tools using oil stones or waterstones, the tools can wear a groove into the stone, which makes it difficult to sharpen flat tools. That’s why it is important to flatten, or lap, your stones regularly. To lap a stone, you need to […]

by December 22, 2016 Product Reviews